Off again. Left this AM for a volunteer stint at Rasar State Park. The first leg of 40 miles took us to the Port Townsend ferry dock where we had a reservation and were the first “Big Rig” in line.
We got the front row on the ferry “Skagit” for the ride across to Whidbey Island. Bertha seamed stoic about her very first boat ride but the sky was blue, the water smooth, and Elaine and I enjoyed the crossing from the cab of the truck.
Second Leg, up Whidbey Island across the bridge at Deception Pass onto Fidalgo Island and on to the Camping World at Burlington to pick up out new mattress. Old mattress out and new one in we headed back westward to Bayview State Park and set up camp. We plan to do a little sight-seeing tomorrow and then on Wednesday will proceed on to Rasar State Park
Did the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival and all I can say is: “Wow, why have we waited so long? Actually it was a wintry day chilly, windy, and cloudy but none of that put any damper on the display. I skipped taking pictures of the fields of tulips, those are available on the web, done by some very gifted photographers, and yes they are so brilliantly colored that they look like they were painted into the scene with millions of gallons of very expensive paint. We also shopped La Conner, WA where we found interesting craft and art items including The Wood Merchant where finely crafted wooden items from pins, bracelets, bowls, boxes, carvings, intarsia, inlay and furniture abound.
We are off to Rasar State Park, 30 road miles up the Skagit river on scenic Washington Highway 20. Unfortunately the new concrete pad at our site had not been poured due to rainy weather so we are temporarily on another site. Sort of dark and dismal way under the trees but we will make do.
We moved to what will actually be our site when they get it done. At least we have sunshine and we are in the group camp area. That is a plus.
Finally they will be pouring concrete so we have moved again.
When we weren’t busy being camp hosts:
We hunted mushrooms
I cleaned and sautéed a few pounds of oyster mushrooms most of which we ate right away with a few still in our freezer. It was very late in the season but still in nice shape and very tasty.
We did a lot of sight-seeing
Carved a few more spoons
We also explored all the nearby towns – Translation shopping and eating out.
They poured the concrete but we still had to wait two full weeks before moving onto it but we are finally settled in with only a couple of weeks to go. Have to admit it is a beautiful sight with large concrete patio on the edge of the forest.
Finished with our camp hosting here. Met some great people and got to know the Skagit Valley area but it is time to hit the road. Next stop Cashmere, WA over the mountains on WA Hwy 20.
It was a very nice days drive. We saw lots of snow in the pass, but the roads were clear. Took a long break along the way shopping Winthrop, a quaint tourist town. And shorter breaks for lunch and finally a fruit stand and market where we resisted all except for some fresh asparagus. Spent most of the day traveling 221 miles at our pace.
We spent 3 nights allowing us time to tour Rocky Reach Dam, explore Wenatchee, shop Leavenworth, and catch up some old friends that we had not seen for 35 plus years. We were to early for the area’s fruit crops, but found some great local produce.
177 miles southwest to Randall, WA
We only spent one night here. It has been many years since we stayed at this park and then it was under different management. Appears to be a bit run down, though it is still nice.
One more night for this trip and only 52 miles from home we drove 156 miles to Brinnon, WA so that we could go to the Whitney Gardens, famous for their rhododendrons.
We had a great trip with new and old adventures. Dosewallips is as nice as ever and the gardens were interesting.
Keeping the shiny side up,
Your random rover