Blogs from Washington, United States, North America


Thanks to the awesome little heater we had in the cabin, we both slept long and well last night, even though the temperature got pretty low. We left the KOA this morning on our way to Hurricane Ridge in Olympic Park. Manoli had decided that the trip to Hoh Rain Forest was just too long, at 2 1/2 hours one way, leaving little time later for anything else. We arrived at the Olympic Park Ranger station a little after 8am. After getting our bearings, we started the looong drive up to the Hurricane Ridge station, only 17 miles, but winding and slow. It was only about 9am when we got there and the store and snack bar didn't open until 10am .On the plus side, there was plenty of parking. We took a few photos from ... read more

North America » United States » Washington July 20th 2021

Again, I apologize for being late in posting this, but this KOA's internet was up most of the time, but had extremely limited bandwidth last night. We left the Spokane KOA just before 8am, with no plans to stop anywhere along the way, except for lunch and gas, since the trip was over 6 and 1/2 hours. When we got to the Columbia River canyon, and saw they had an overlook, we couldn't resist. Such awesome views of the canyon, river, and the Ginkgo Petrified Forest on the other side. After stopping for some photos, we crossed the bridge over the river and continued on. The Google Map app had selected the best route to the Olympic KOA, having us go south of Seattle and just north of Tacoma, then up the Olympic Peninsula. I guess ... read more

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

North America » United States » Washington March 1st 2021 28th February - Memorials Close-Up Part 4: Franklin Roosevelt and the Martin Luther King Jr Memorials Franklin Roosevelt Memorial The presidential memorial opened in 1997, is not a white marble structure, but a flowing landscape architecture design. The memorial is designed as a timeline best experienced by starting at the northernmost end of the memorial which us where we started today with Terry, our virtual guide. A statue of Roosevelt sitting in a wheelchair greeted us, a reminder of the man who refused to let disability stop him. Terry walked around, despite the rain enabling us to get up close to the sculptures so it felt as if we were there in person. Bronze sculptures by several artists depict the longest-serving president and the major issues he dealt with during his presidency including the Grea ... read more

North America » United States » Washington February 25th 2021 25th February - The Lincoln Memorial & The Capitol Reflecting Pool. Another first - virtual visit to Washington DC. The Lincoln Memorial stands at the west end of the National Mall as a monument to the 16th President, it stands 190 feet long, 119 feet wide, and almost 100 feet high. Surrounded by 36 columns, one for each of the thirty six states in the Union at the time of Lincoln's death. Because Hawaii and Alaska attained statehood several decades after the Lincoln Memorial was finished, their names are inscribed on a plaque located on the front steps. The statue of Lincoln is 19 feet high and weighs 175 tons. The original plan was for the statue to be only ten feet high, but this was changed so that the figure of Lincoln would not ... read more

North America » United States » Washington » Ashford September 26th 2020

In late September, Anne and I traveled to Washington state to do a bit of hiking in the North Cascades as well as the Mt Rainier NP areas. It had been over 9 months since out last trip so we were beginning to get a bit of cabin fever and were more than ready to travel. We had heard that airports were not crowded and that Delta was doing a superior job of managing the cleanliness of its flights as well as mandating mask wearing so we were pretty sure we could social distance as necessary and remain relatively safe from infection by the dreaded virus. And that is what we found pretty well over the entire trip. Everyone in the airports and on the airplanes was wearing masks and maintaining their distance with very few ... read more
Sauk Mountain Trail
Sauk Mt. Summit
Sauk Mountain Trail

North America » United States » Washington September 16th 2020

Yesterday was our day to break camp and return home. I wanted to leave by 9:00, and Natalie aimed at 10:00, so we compromised at 10:50. Natalie thought that perfectly fair. Of course, a couple people stopped by for a chat, and the final cleanup, packing and disconnecting took a bit longer than planned. I had been a bit concerned about getting out of our campsite without damaging either the coach or the site, but it proved pretty easy. (Until we did it, it was a bit of concern and it probably should always be at least enough concern to be careful.) Our drive home took 3 hours, then half an hour to unload into the house and we were off to fill the gas tank. The first part of that puzzle was to choose a ... read more

North America » United States » Washington » Stevenson September 16th 2020

Woke up to a glorious morning at our Heppner campsite. The sun rise was hazy, but still beautiful. It appears the smoke has gotten worse since last night, and I fear it's going to get worse as we head West today. Our plan is to head north to Interstate 84, then join up with the Columbia River Gorge Scenic byway. After a nice breakfast, we got the RV's ready and headed out. I called the owner of the park to express our pleasure on the conditions of the place as well as the extremely nice couple managing it. She got a kick out of our story of heading into the grave yard yesterday. We headed north out of Heppner on Rte 74, and passed through beautiful prairies and ranches.Beside cattle, there were considerable sheep as well. ... read more
Scenic view of the Columbia River
Crossing the Columbia
The Last Cocktail hour

North America » United States » Washington September 14th 2020

Another fine day in the sticks, with many neighbors, begins without much change in weather. The sky is still obscured by smoke and haze that seems parked overhead. However, it is dry, if cool, and there's plenty of light to read by while comfortably seated outside. Today's excitement was seeing shadows for a brief little while. This afternoon, we walked the beach again for bit longer, and looked a little closer at the cliff and some of the features along the beach. There's just not much to see toward the water, except a couple way out in the bay collecting clams. We talked to them a while and learned the park has an area campers are permitted to collect clams- too far in any direction, and they're on private property. This couple did collect their limit ... read more
Sasquatch lounge chairs
Interesting driftwood log

North America » United States » Washington September 14th 2020

Although our RV has cable, it's only the basic Seattle channels, so any news beyond weather is only the acceptable Seattle news, so we mostly have ignored it. It's really quite interesting how life in a small community of KOA campers can become an engaging experience. Last night before dark, we heard what sounded like a bulldozer starting up and working on the other side of the campground. After a little while, we saw the source: a fairly standard farm tractor was towing a pickup with a camper shell into a campsite. Today, a big tow truck came into the campground, loaded the pickup onto its bed, and drove away, leaving the camper shell mounted on a frame and all hooked up to electricity. And that was only the beginning of our excitement. We took another ... read more

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