From Summer to Fall

We sort of let the summer slip away while taking care of other matters.  We also wanted to take Bertha out once and to check on the mechanical work we’ve had done on the truck before our next extended trip which will be coming up soon.  So on the very last day of summer, in a light drizzling rain, we headed south down Hoods Canal and then southwest through Raymond and North Bend to Long Beach, WA. for an adventure in familiar places.

Pacific Holiday, Long Beach, WA

We lost the wet weather somewhere near Hoodsport, WA and were greeted with sunshine at the ocean where Elaine really enjoyed her walk on the beach.  After breakfast and a stop at the Long Beach bakery to purchase cinnamon rolls for breakfast tomorrow we toured the peninsula up as far as Ocean Park and then went in search of fresh crab in Chinook. After cleaning the crab, eating lunch, and another beach walk we headed back into town to check out the Long Beach Farmers Market where we purchased fresh feta, and vegetables.  (Note for friends and family — LindaLook was vacant but still looks cared for.)

The Long Beach Farmers Market

The next day we went to the Ilwaco Saturday Market where Elaine found a few small things and Gordon enjoyed sunshine and talking with some of woodwork vendors.  From there we headed on down to Astoria/Warren to obtain fuel and supplies so that we could head south the next day.

The Ilwaco Saturday Market

South to Neskowin, OR with a couple of stops on the way.

First Rockaway Beach where we stopped to stretch our legs, shop, and check out the steam train that was in town.

The Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad

And then a health food, translation – ice cream, lunch at The Tillamook Cheese Company.  (Elaine took this picture before it was all gone.)

Tillamook Ice Cream

On through Hebo to Neskowin where we will spend a few nights in our nice quiet pull-thru site

Neskowin Creek RV

A great day of sight-seeing begins with a walk on the beach.

Neskowin Beach

Then a drive down the coast.  I have often meant to stop and take a picture of these rocks and trees at the mouth of the Siletz river but never did until this trip.

Siletz Bay

And a little further down the road I decided to stop at a place that I remember from childhood.  This was the first stop at the aptly named Cape Foulweather that we haven’t been rained on!  And another great picture.

Cape Foulweather

We also spent a day just shopping in Lincoln City before heading back north to Copalis where we hoped to spend a couple of days just being bums.

Copalis Beach Resort

It was nice when we arrived but soon turned to cold wet rain so we decided to cut it short 1 day and head home where the weather was supposed to be nice.  Except for the very beginning and end of the trip we had exceptionally warm dry days. We had a great time on our short 8 night adventure to places we have been many times before.  We did see some new things on the way including the new Astoria Mo’s Restaurant. (just as good as the rest)

Keeping the shiny side up, your Random Rover Gordon

It won’t be very long until we are off on a new adventure.

Hosting at Rasar State Park


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.

In Line at the Port Angeles Ferry Terminal

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.

View From The Drivers Seat

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


Bayview 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.

One of many tulip Gardens


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.

First Site at Rasar

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.

Second Spot at Rasar

Finally they will be pouring concrete so we have moved again.

Third spot!

When we weren’t busy being camp hosts:

We hunted mushrooms

Oyster Mushrooms with Conk below
Oyster 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.

Fresh Oyster Mushrooms
Fresh Picked

We did a lot of sight-seeing

Mtn and stream near Baker Lake
On the way to Baker Lake

Thunderbird Totem at Newhalem
Thunderbird Totem at Newhalem

Suspension Bridge Across the Skagit River at Newhalem
Suspension Bridge Across the Skagit River

Carved a few more spoons

Wooden Spoons
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.

Fourth and final site for our 5 week gig hosting here.


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.

There Is Still Snow In The Pass

E&G In Winthrop

Cashmere County Fairgrounds

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.

Rocky Reach Dam

Leavenworth, WA

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

Cascade Peaks, RV

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.


Dosewallips State Park

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

A Little Dancing – A Little Sight Seeing

A new year and a big tickling urge to go somewhere.  Some friends had mentioned going to the Port Townsend Elks to dance and taking their coach to spend the night.  It sounded like a great new adventure especially when there was going to be a west coast swing lesson involved.  Off we went. One day early so we could spend a whole day taking in the sights and shopping at historic Port Townsend.

Our Site at the PT Elks Park
Our Site at the PT Elks Park

After we got settled in and did a little foray to Eden Saw, a must stop for any woodworker, Henery’s Hardware, a modern hardware with that old-fashioned feel that has almost everything, and a thrift store or two we went for the fish and chips dinner (very good) at the Elks Lodge. We enjoyed the next day of shopping and walking the town and had dinner in Bertha before going dancing.  A pretty good time.

The next morning we were off to Ft Flagler and Marrowstone Island.

A Beautiful Site at Ft Flagler
A Beautiful Site at Ft Flagler

The views from the back window were amazing!

Port Townsend
Port Townsend

We spent the first 2 nights just across the water.


Doesn’t get any better than this!

Of course a bit of beach combing was on the list.
Of course a bit of beach combing was on the list.

Whidbey Island Ferry
Whidbey Island Ferry

The next day we took the Ferry over and spent the day exploring / shopping the Island.

Looking at the Cascade Mountains
Looking at the Cascade Mountains

This is where we ate lunch in the middle of our sight-seeing.  It was a great day and another great trip (well maybe a smidgen too short).

We plan to be out and about for the month of May and have big plans for next winter, but in the mean time it is work, work, work on the new homestead.

Keep smiling, Your Random Rover,




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