A New Home Soon

First the important news:

It has been a long while since I have posted but we have been busy in a relaxed-retired sort of way.  We never did find a house/shop/property that we liked so we decided to build.  First we purchased one acre of land between Sequim and Port Angeles, Washington.  It took a lot of looking but I think we made good choice.  What do you think?  You can see the Olympics over the top of our neighbors house.

Lot With Olympic Mountain View
Our View From The (future) Sun-Room And Back Patio  (Hurricane Ridge is on the right)

We started with a soil test for the septic system, then settled on a plan for the house, followed by a layout to fit everything on the lot, and then refined the house plan including a complete redesign of the kitchen, utility room, and master suite, plus some misc. changes here and there, and finally selection of colors, appliances, and materials.  The shop design will be easy.  A simple metal pole barn will do fine.  Soon we will have a home again but as of now we do not have a production schedule.  The well has been ordered and hopefully will be drilled next week.  There should not be any problems but it does have to be in and providing potable water before we can obtain building permits for the septic, house and shop.  Hence no schedule just a rough time-table.

When we arrived we spent the month of May at The Rainbow’s End RV Park just east of Sequim.  It is a pretty and a well-kept park with very pleasant managers.  Unfortunately it is right on a very busy section of highway 101 and consequently very noisy.  Though the park is fairly nicely landscaped it does have a parking-lot atmosphere. We stayed one month here and moved on.

Rainbows End
Rainbows End

We moved to the John Wayne Marina RV Park where it is very quiet.  Oh what a relief!!  The picture at head of this post is of Sequim Bay as viewed from the park.  The highway is up over the hill and barely audible.  We are in our 3rd site here and will move to another site in the park on September 1st.  We are so pleased with our current site we wonder if we made the right decision.  The new site will have a very nice marine view but will be less protected from the wind.

 

Two Sites at John Wayne Marina
Two Sites at John Wayne Marina

Just a few of the things we have seen here during our short stay:

The House I Wanted But Elaine Said Was A Little Too Rustic
The House I Wanted But Elaine Said Was A Little Too Rustic

I found this lovely home at the mouth of the Elwah river overlooking The Strait of Juan de Fuca.  Great location!

North Sea Oil Platfom, The Polar Pioneer, At Port Angeles
North Sea Oil Platform, The Polar Pioneer, at Port Angeles

A lot of controversy about this vessel but no matter where you stand on the issues she is impressively huge. Those are ocean cargo ships in view behind her.

The John Wayne Marina
The John Wayne Marina

What a view and just across the road from the park!

Marymere Falls at Crescent Lake
Marymere Falls at Crescent Lake

We hiked up to the falls and had a picnic on the lake with Elaine’s brother and some of his family. What a fun day!

Elaine and Friend at the Lavender Festival
Elaine and Friend at the Lavender Festival

We went to the Lavender Festival and Elaine made a new friend.  What can I say?

Gordon at the Lavender Festival
Gordon at the Lavender Festival

And here I am out sitting in a field of lavender, ostracized without cause.

We are just beginning to explore this awesome place.  I am sure it will take up much of our non-traveling time to really get to know the area.

We got away for a weekend  and traveled to Kalama Washington for a family reunion with some of Elaine’s clan which we enjoyed very much.  We stayed at the Columbia Riverfront RV Park and took time to do a little sight-seeing on the south side of Mount St Helens.

Columbia Riverfront RV
Columbia Riverfront RV
Barge Traffic On The Columbia River
Barge Traffic On The Columbia River

An evening view of the Columbia River from the park.

Ape Cave
Ape Cave

An interesting lava tube cave on Mount St Helens.

Ape Cave Looking Out
Ape Cave Looking Out

It was chilly in the cave and I wasn’t dressed for the shift of temperature from 90 something to 42 so I didn’t spend much time exploring the 1-1/2 mile cave!

We also managed to make one trip over to Spokane to see kids and grands:

Tyler (Mr Pickoff) Hedy
Tyler (Mr Pickoff) Hedy

We enjoyed watching our grandson Tyler playing baseball.

Delaney Dancing
Delaney Dancing (Standing)

Saw dance recital with granddaughter Delaney and also saw granddaughter Paige showing off her color guard skills but unfortunately grampa wasn’t clever enough with the camera to get any good pictures.

It was fun seeing everyone and sharing a few meals.  Now that we are residing in Washington it will be much easier to see the family regularly.

In 2 to 3 months our real work will begin as we will be moving in.  In the mean time we plan to try to do a little R&R so we will be ready.

Wishing you and yours happy travels,

your random rovers,

Elaine & Gordon

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