All done… For now!

We made it home mid week and went off to work Thursday and Friday. It was kind of a shock to the system.
We spent Wednesday scrubbing the RV inside and out and emptied the contents (many cases of wine and some full and empty growlers) of our home away from home into our house. We’ve decided to purge even more of our stuff and closets and whatnot are further being emptied.
Airbnb was awesome again this summer. We had wonderful guests throughout and our housekeeper made everything perfect in between each guest and for us before we arrived home. I’m so happy to help others have a great vacation as we hell ourselves afford ours!
I think Gigi was the only happy family member upon our return. Mica, out cat seems to prefer the RV and Kona doesn’t really care where as long as her people are there. Andrew and I both had difficulty transitioning. I think there is something about being in a small space with fewer responsibilities for cleaning and upkeep that makes us more content. More down time and relaxation …
It was great fun to see friends and make new friends across the country. Connecting to awesome people rocks!!
We are taking the RV to my parents’ house next weekend and I will try and be better about posting as we go on smaller trips in this area.
Thanks for reading!!

 

 

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From Bend to Olympic National Park area

So, we have made it to the furthest point west of the continental US yesterday!! Yay! This spot is on an American Indian Reservation in Washington. The trail is really nice!

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Two days ago we left Bend around 9 AM and were on a reasonable 6 hour drive when we hit a closed road (US Highway 26) due to… Fire. So many fires out here this year! This one was caused by drought conditions and an RV towing a trailer with a flat tire which caused sparks. So, add about an hour and a half. Then, we ended up in a construction jam for another half hour. Wow, long drive here.
But the views along the way were awesome (when I wasn’t sleeping).

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As we got further north it started to rain! Not great for us, but hard to be too upset knowing the whole area is in a drought. It was done when we pulled in. That makes dog walking and hooking up the RV nicer. Great walk near the RV too. A little woodsy path to an old, now removed dam. It was built in the early 1900s for electricity generation but it blocked the fish swimming upstream to spawn. So, recently it was removed and replanted with native seeds… It has a ways to go, but it is looking good!

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Yesterday we hiked in Neah Bay and bought delicious smoked salmon from a small shop on the Reservation. When we come back to this part of the country we will make a point to spend more time here!

Today was a mellow day. We had lunch at a cute diner called Granny’s Cafe. My pinto bean burger was moist and quite flavorful. We ended lunch with another blackberry treat. We’ve had many desserts, and many blackberries recently!

We spent the rest of the day on the Elwha River. It was just a small shoulder parking spot and a short climb down to the river. We waded across to an “island” made of river rocks and likely covered when the water level is higher. A beautiful and restful place!

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We leave early tomorrow for the high desert of Washington. So much we didn’t get to do here. So, there are so many reasons we’ll have to come back!!

From Trinidad to Coos Bay to Bend

What an amazing few days we’ve had! We left Trinidad and went north on 101. There was a beach, pretty deserted and huge… The morning was mostly overcast due to fog off the ocean and the sand was black, coarse and fun to play in!

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After this super fun (especially for the doggies) stop we were on our way to Coos Bay in Oregon.

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We drive about 4 hours to arrive in a great park,  Osprey Point, where we parked at the edge of Ten Mile Lake and only went sight seeing as far as the docks and the pizza shop on property! A relaxing evening outdoors.

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From here, the following morning, we drove east to Crater Lake. We only had time for a quick stop, as our destination was Bend. The park rim drive was amazing… We only did a little bit of it since we had the RV with the car in tow. We don’t like to have to unhook the car to turn around so we try to be careful about where we go (can’t back up with the car on the tow dolly… A reason to buy and new car… Another story for later). There was a fire burning in the not too far off, it was away from the lake and we heard that it was under control. This trip has been full of weird, extreme weather. Flooding in Texas and such dry conditions further north.

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Then we were off to Bend. About another hour and a half to the three night destination. Here I sit, outside of Chow, waiting for a table for brunch! We’ve had a fun time here as well. We’ve beer tasted (it’s their festival and so we need to taste at 12 places… Three down and nine to go), we’ve hiked all over the local paths and National Park areas like Pilot Butte and Deschutes. We shopped in the Old Mill and dined at the coolest food truck, beer tent I think I’ve ever seen! Heated benches under a roof, for cold months, food trucks around the perimeter, and lots of local brew on tap. Yum-fun!

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Later today we will see the lava caves and dine on a rooftop to watch the sun set! Will post more photos later!!