Blogs from Skagit Valley, Washington, United States, North America


We knew a few days ago that we would have to dodge snowstorms on the way home. We had planned to take I 84 to Pendleton on Monday and then drive home over Snoqualmie Pass on Tuesday. As we watched the weather, it became clear that all the higher passes in Oregon would require chains by Tuesday, so we rerouted through Burns, where we spent the night on Monday. The drive to Burns was a little too exciting...We woke up to snow on our car in Burley, but clear roads. After having some charging issues (the car wasn't pre-conditioned and the temperature sensor was misreading the outdoor temp at 17 degrees, so charging was very slow) we headed to Twin Falls to try charging there. The chargers were at a beautiful visitors' center overlooking the Snake ... read more
Shoshone Falls on the Snake River by Thomas Moran, c. 1900
Snake River at Twin Falls below Shoshone Falls
Snake River at Twin Falls bridge

After I took a last swim in Skagit Bay, we finished loading the Tesla, and started off on our EV road trip! (My plan is to swim every day on this trip....) The trip to Portland was uneventful. It's a generally boring drive, with often bad traffic, but this time at least the traffic wasn't too bad. This part of the trip gave us a chance to figure out more about the navigation system, and we were able to add multiple stops in the correct order! We stopped to charge up in Kelso and arrived at Bill's cousin John's place in the late afternoon. He lives in a beautiful Portland suburb, in a house full of Japanese artifacts he's collected over the years. He previously taught in Japan, in an English immersion program. We had a ... read more
Skagit Bay
On the road
Second state...Oregon!

North America » United States » Washington » Skagit Valley October 3rd 2018

We are embarking on our third trip to Japan together. (Bill has been there several times earlier in his life). We will again be visiting my brother Matt and his family, and will meet his wife Dianne and his daughter Madelyn for the first time! For this trip, we are taking the train from the Valley to Vancouver BC, and then flying to Haneda airport in Tokyo. We woke up to a temperature of 38 degrees this morning, and in Tokyo, it's 78! It will be great to have some extra summer....... read more
Boarding the Amtrak in Mount Vernon
Taylor Shellfish farms from the train
Bridges as we arrive in Vancouver

North America » United States » Washington » Skagit Valley September 6th 2014

Unsere erste Station im Nordwesten der USA sind die North Cascades - ein Teil der Rockies, der etwas schroffere Berge als in anderen Teilen zu bieten hat. Mit dem Wohnmobil, das sich teilweise etwas wie ein Schiff fährt, ist das Fahren manchmal gewöhnungsbedürftig, insbesondere, wenn man geschotterte Wellblechpisten fährt; das Geschirr tanzt dann für uns Samba. Und heute ist im Schrank irgendwas aus dem Fach rausgehüpft und hat sich so verkeilt, dass wir den Schrank nicht mehr aufkriegen; mal sehen, wann wir einen Weg finden, wieder an unsere Lebensmittel zu gelangen :{ Die erste Tour hat uns auf einen Pass und weiter zu einem Sattel mit Blick auf einen hübschen Gebirgssee geführt; eine nette Einstiegstour, bei der uns fette Murmeltiere, lustige Chipmunks und niedliche Pikas begegnet sind. Ausserdem hatten wir tolle Ausblicke auf kleine, aber steile ... read more
Putziger Pika
Foto mit Tanja, Jens und ohne Mt. Baker
So sieht Mt. Baker wirklich aus.

North America » United States » Washington » Skagit Valley September 2nd 2014

Along with the adventure of having many house guests during our beautiful summer, we traveled quite a bit around our region, but by the slower means of pedaling, paddling and walking... Here's the best of our trips: A long kayak paddle up the Skagit River estuaries with my youngest brother and his son We spent the day paddling from our house, across the Swinomish Channel and through the "Fish Gate" and into the estuary marshes. A bike tour of Lopez Island My brother, nephew, and I pedaled 15 miles from our house to the ferry, rode the ferry 45 minutes to Lopez Island, and then toured the island, making a 30 mile loop through farmlands and along rocky coasts...and then took the ferry back and rode home! A three day backpacking trip on Mount Baker with ... read more
Our beach
Shoreline near our house

North America » United States » Washington » Skagit Valley December 28th 2013

Happy New Year to you all.....wishing you peace, health and joy in the coming months! In sitting down to write this year's new year greeting, I find myself tired of the "what a wonderful life we've lived this past year" format. While that is true, and we do truly love our life here on Skagit Bay, you've already heard enough about our kayaking, biking, hiking, gardening... Our sons are doing well, and our grandson is exceptional, of course. We are both actively volunteering (Bill is with Hospice now); we sleep late, eat well, read newspapers daily, watch Stewart/Colbert/Maher/Louie C.K. most evenings and frequently feed our House Hunters International addiction as well. Bill would like to watch many more movies on our big screen, but Lynn is always reluctant to commit.... Our travels have been documented here ... read more
Paddling into LaConner
Kayaking Skagit Bay
Blue Evening Skagit Bay

We leave Tuesday morning for a 25 day trip to the state of Oaxaca. It is the next to the last state in Mexico on the Pacific Coast. We will spend the first part of the trip in the capital city (Oaxaca) and the last part on the coast. From Wikipedia: " The state is best known for its indigenous peoples and cultures. The most numerous and best known are the Zapotecs and the Mixtecs, but there are sixteen that are officially recognized. These cultures have survived better to the present than most others in Mexico due to the state’s rugged and isolating terrain. Most live in the Central Valleys region, which is also an important area for tourism, attracting people for its archeological sites such as Monte Albán/url... read more
Gabriel sledding in January
bike ride
Methow Valley end of February

North America » United States » Washington » Skagit Valley October 15th 2011

We are heading off to Japan on Sunday...the second trip for me and the 6th for Bill. We will be staying with my brother Matt. Our last trip there was in 2002, before I started blogging, so I have only memories as reference. It was one the most fun trips we've taken. Japan takes silliness seriously, from clothes to fads to TV game shows. Everyone we met was so very helpful. One man actually walked us from one train to another (far out of his way) to make sure we got on the correct train line. Work and school hours are long, streets are packed at 11:30 pm, trains are crowded and no weekend culture is part of the tradition, but there is much energy everywhere. Can't wait to get back! We hope to visit Nikko ... read more
summer evening
Canoes after arrival at Swinomish for the Paddle
Swinomish drummers and dancers

We left Helena early, around 8:00 am, with the temperature around 27 and mostly clear skies. John and Linda's remodel is moving along, and we can't wait to see how it looks when it's done....(so, we'll be back...???!!). The first pass out of Helena was still a bit slippery...the temperature got down to 14 degrees F and there was ice on the road. The rest of the trip was perfect though: mostly sunny and the roads were dry and uncrowded. Leaving the Rockies behind, we crossed more rangeland (mostly Black Angus cattle, with many small calves) and rivers...over two more passes, and through Idaho. We had a late breakfast outside of Coeur D'Alene, and headed west through Washington's palouse: vast wheat fields on rolling hills. After the Columbia Gorge, there are more small farms and towns. ... read more
Mt Helena
Looking west towards the Rockies?
Snowy pass...

North America » United States » Washington » Skagit Valley October 12th 2009

Hello Everyone, We are off to Italy in a will be a real change for us and a return to the travels of our youth. After having spent all of our travel time recently (except for the trip to Canada) in Hispanic (or in Lynn's case, Kenyan) cultures, this will be a different sort of trip. Of course, with the heavy Italian influence in Argentina, we have built in a bit of a segue.... Please unsubscribe if you are not interested! Here are few recent photos...... read more
Grandchild Gabriel with sunflower
Kayaking and biking all summer!
Beebe Family Reunion 2009

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