Thursday, July 31, 2014

Bar view

Good morning from Barview, OR, where it is sunny and cool, looking across the jetty.



We parked next to Jim and Carol, grabbed our jackets and headed to dinner...that was mediocre, but hey, we didn't have to cook it.

The spot we are in is dry camping, and it has the best view in this city park. Strange way to run a park! There is a US Coast Guard watch tower next to us, so we have enjoyed seeing a bit of CG activity around us (MM served 4 years in CG aviation).

The jetty has been surprisingly quiet, with little boat traffic to entertain us. Bugger.

MM is checking his camping apps to find us a place to camp further south. We need to be in place somewhere before the busy weekend starts. He and Carol have been comparing apps and info...this from a recent flip phone convert! He cracks me up...yes, I am easily entertained.

A small boat is going out...and I see a bit of fog rolling in. The landscape changes rapidly here. Interesting. We love being on the water!

I'm sure we will find some neat places today. WYWH, y'all!

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Mt. Rainier

We packed our picnic lunch and headed to the mountain yesterday under sunny skies. We were not disappointed, entering the park in the SW corner, shaded by majestic old trees that smelled like Christmas. Srsly. Douglas fir trees, laden with green moss...ferns galore on the forest floor...but not the first critter anywhere. Bugger.





We stopped at the visitor's center, but the power was out, so the park movie was not possible to see. Stuff happens, and we roll with it.

It was a good day. The sleeping giant remained asleep, and for that we were grateful.

We head south again today, meeting Jim and Carol on the Oregon coast. Yeah, that sounds like a plan. And two deer were by the CG entrance as we left, I'm sure wishing us safe travels!

Poking along...and enjoying life on the road. WYWH!

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tuesday near the lake

We did indeed find a CG with a lake and this awesome view, but not from the CG:




After we got settled in, we walked down to the lake to check out what was happening (lots of day-use visitors), and to see if we could find "the" mountain. We did. It is still there, and beautiful.

The last time we saw Mt. Rainier was way back in 1975. I'm sure it is just older and prettier now. We plan to go check it out today. The weather is sunny and clear, so we will take lots of photos.

The power company CG is nice, but pretty much full of folks and trees. With no satellite reception, we enjoyed a Celine concert on DVD last evening.

We plan to stay here one more night, then move on tomorrow. No destination yet, but we shall find something interesting.

That's life on the road...and the way we roll. WYWH!



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Monday, July 28, 2014

Monday moving.




Goodbye to Monroe and to Jean and Bill. It is time to head south. My guy has found a lake to go visit. He needs a water fix. Check.

So last night during our fabulous dinner, Jean and I were discussing the need for a reunion...Bee, Barb, Sandee...who is in and where??! Blogger's cruise in January maybe? Put your thinking caps on! The more, the merrier! Srsly.

It's another sunny, perfect day in the Pacific NW. WYWH!

Miles and smiles in our beautiful country. Get out and enjoy it!

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

The road to Paris...

Stage 21, final stage of the TdF, is drawing to a close. The guys are doing the mostly ceremonial ride to Paris. Congrats to Nibali for putting Italy back in the winner's circle. It's been a long, hard ride. Enjoy these final Tour moments, guys! Well done.

We two made a short ride through wine country yesterday. We pulled into one very busy winery, then decided it was entirely TOO busy, and made a hasty retreat. MM is having some "sweet" tasting issues, so wine tasting is not appealing to him right now, and crowd jousting is even less appealing. Bugger.

The noise level here at the fairground/speedway CG wasn't too bad during the race last night, despite our closeness to the action. The kitties did well. We enjoyed people watching, and seeing some of the race cars being trailered in. We are easily entertained.




Cool mornings and warm days are a winning combination. This is beautiful country out here. Plus, we get to have dinner with Jean and Bill tonight. Lucky us.

And now, back to my visual trip to Paris...

Happy Sunday, y'all! Cheers!!!


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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Planes and a boy

Tour director Jeanie highly recommended the Boeing factory tour. MM's arm didn't need to be twisted for that.

We found where we needed to be for the tour, then looked for lunch that didn't have to be unwrapped. Found a great Hungarian bistro that uses a white board for their daily menu, because the cook only fixes whatever she is in the mood to cook each day. Sounds just like home! And it was good.

The tour was excellent. MM always enjoys plane porn...and plane toys bring out the little boy in him:






We discovered Jim and Carol from the caravan did the same tour (and toy playing) right after we left! Small world. We will meet up with them again for real...soon. Too bad we missed y'all yesterday.

Laundry and a little sightseeing later is today's heavy agenda. It is a sunny, cloudless day that boasts a high of 79. Sweet.

Life is good here in paradise. Happy Saturday, y'all!

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday, and friends

Rather than camp for a single night and with it raining, we decided stopping and staying put in our intended W WA destination outside Seattle made more sense. Set up/take down once. Check. See Jean and Bill before they leave for the weekend. Check.

A quick email to Jeanie-Weenie and we had dinner plans!



She and Bill picked us up, much to the delight of two kitties being able to see new folks, and we went out for a tasty Greek dinner, with a lot of gab thrown in.

We have several suggestions of things to do and places to see this weekend, and will meet Jean and Bill again for dinner Sunday night. We do that well!

Oh boy, where to begin? I think planes are on the agenda today. Big planes. MM is in charge of the itinerary...which would naturally include planes, boats, and water. He's so predictable.

Have a fabulous Friday. I'm sure we will, too.

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