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North America » United States » Washington » Spokane July 19th 2021

Sorry for the delay in posting, but the KOA's WiFi was absolutely terrible. We left the KOA a bit later again, since we had less than 3 hours of driving. We got off the interstate at Petty Creek Road, yes, you heard me right, Petty, like my last name. Last night I'd discovered that there was a Petty Mountain, and Petty Creek Road, on our way to Spokane. We drove several miles down the road, hoping to see some sign telling us which mountain was Petty Mountain, but no such luck. We even went a few miles further, stopping to ask a couple of farmers about it. They weren't sure either, so we gave up, deciding we'd surely seen the mountain along the way. We got back on the interstate heading towards Lake Coeur d'Alene. We ... read more
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North America » United States » Washington » Spokane July 15th 2018

8/5 After a wonderful dinner and great conversation, we went to bed and slept like babies. In the morning we woke to a delicious home cooked breakfast of Huckleberry pancakes. We watched hummingbirds line up for the feeders and deer in the meadows. The uninvited turkeys came later. Our breakfast feeding frenzy over, we piled into Ellen and Jim’s car for a tour of Spokane. ‘Spokan Falls’ was the original name of the town, named in 1873 by James Nettle Glover after the Spokane Tribe. By 1891 an ‘e’ was added and the falls was dropped making it simply Spokane. The impressive Spokane Washington Water Power Company now called Avista Utilities, completed the Monroe Street Dam. We took the steps down to Spokane Vista, an impressive park and viewing spot of the powerful falls. There is ... read more
Monroe Street Bridge, Spokane
Mount Spokane stone Vista House
Looking towards Idaho from Mt Spokane

North America » United States » Washington » Spokane July 15th 2018

8/6 While preparing breakfast, Ellen and I watched hummingbirds and wild turkeys out of her kitchen window. I enjoyed all the wildlife but Ellen was not so fond of the turkeys and their mess. When Jim and Dave left to play golf, Ellen took me for a tour of Spokane. We began in an area of historic homes on a bluff that overlooks the city of Spokane. Cannon Hill Park is an historic district in Spokane that was once a brickyard that made the coveted Cannon Hill paving bricks. A fire closed the brickyard and the area became Adams Parknamed after John Quincy Adam’s grandson. The name was changed later to Cannon Hill Park for A.M. Cannon, a local banker and real estate developer. The Olmsted Brothers, nationally known for their landscape designs, created a design ... read more
High tea at the Davenport Hotel, Spokane
Doorman at the Davenport Hotel, Spokane
Original Fox Theater, now the Martin Woldson Theater, Spokane

North America » United States » Washington » Spokane June 10th 2017

Travel Blog 4-29 to 5-25 All is packed and our belongings have been shipped to a location in Washington, some place secure but accessible whenever we need to get into it. Julie retired on a Friday and we set off on becoming full time RVers that Monday. The cats loaded up weeks earlier, had become accustom to the big downsizing and settled in to traveling. Sleeping in the back while I drove and perching on the dash when we stop for the night.We crossed into Canada without incident, having done it many times before we knew what we needed and what not to bring. Be sure to check the Canadian travel website for restrictions on pets, firearms, wood, etc. Traveling with cats, we knew all we needed was current rabies tags and we were good. Great ... read more
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North America » United States » Washington » Spokane February 14th 2017

In February 2016, we made a decision to sell our 31 ft class C and upgrade to the class A, so we started shopping around. It did not take long to find a great deal on a new Vista LX 35f that was being shipped to Prescott Arizona. Affinity RV was exceptional in getting us the right price for the package we wanted. We started our first adventure in the RV, driving from Prescott to Laughlin Nevada. A nice little oasis on the boarder with RV parks, Casinos and shopping. Though we did not spend much time there, we loaded up with the necessities that we would need on our journey north. Our first night in the RV was a late roll in to Canyon Trail RV Park in Boulder City. It is not a huge ... read more
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North America » United States » Washington » Spokane June 26th 2016

I shared this devotional below with some loved ones this week. It's from Sarah Young's "Jesus Calling" book. I though it was a great one to post here on our travel blog too. One of my prayers has been that we as a family enjoy the Lord together, thank Him often, and "sing" with Him! God is Sweet! God loves you and He sings over you, dear ones! Psalm 118:24 "This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it." I want you to begin each day by opening up your hands and your heart to receive My gifts. From the morning sunrise to the evening stars, I have prepared so many gifts for you. And I can't wait to see what you think of each one. Will you notice ... read more

North America » United States » Washington » Spokane June 25th 2016

You know how when you have months and months to prepare for something and you dream of being ultra organized with packing clothes, meal planning, cleaning, etc. It was a nice dream. Our reality is we leave in less than a day and a half and the RV still isn't packed. We've shopped Costco and Super 1 and Walmart and PetSmart and the Franz Bakery Outlet, all in the last 3 days and we still don't have all the items on our list. CRAZY!! We'll spend a 1/5 of our trip budget and we haven't even started our vacation! But at least our four kids have been a "GREAT" help. ;D I did check out some classic books on CD from the library - the kids don't know yet how blessed they'll be! Surprise Road Trip ... read more

North America » United States » Washington » Spokane August 25th 2015

We headed North for the summer searching for a low elevation, cool weather spot. I found Skookum Rendezvous RV Resort in Usk, Washington in my Google searches. Danny and Maureen Motola had a lot for sale which they rented to us for a month. The 1600 mile trip took us 2 weeks as we don't travel very fast. The resort is located on the beautiful Pend 'Orielle River. The area is beautiful, albeit isolated. Maureen connected me with their pickleball group that carpooled to the Indian Reservation twice a week to play indoors. Yes, the Kalispell's call themselves Indians and live on a reservation, not Nations People. The facility was first class and welcomes all people from the area. We spent our time "sharpening the saw" as Stephen Covey writes. Oh, and picking up bear scat ... read more
Skookum RV Resort
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North America » United States » Washington » Spokane August 31st 2014

So my Tom Tom GPS worked great for all of about 50 feet as we left the Palliser this morning, until we had a detour at our first corner! LOL Luckily I know the downtown area a little bit so got us out onto Memorial Drive and then onto Number 2 South. So all is fine again until the GPS has us turn onto a township road then wants us to go onto a little gravel side road for 35 km! I don't think so! We decided to ignore the unit and make our own way along Number 2 South until we hit the Crowsnest and turned West. The Tom Tom FINALLY stopped telling us to make a U-turn and figured out the correct way to go. So instead of the GPS telling us where to ... read more
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Miata on the road

North America » United States » Washington » Spokane May 6th 2014

I think I travelled through every season of the year as I travelled from Cochrane to Spokane today. I came via the Crowsnest Pass, which was clear and dry two days ago but not today. As variant as the weather was, the roads were consistently clear of ice or snow and were just wet from time to time, so that was a good thing. I'm traveling in our new RAV4 so that is a change - a nice change at that. I always reflect on the changes in the Michel Valley just east of Sparwood. When I used to drive through there with my folks in the 50's, the mining towns of Michel and Natal existed and were full of the miners and their families. All the houses were small square shaped buildings with high peaked ... read more




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