Our blog is to keep family and friends informed of our motorhome journeys.
We have dreamed of this for many years and finally our dream has come true.
We are looking forward to many happy miles ahead.
One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. Henry Miller.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Vancouver WA to Travis AFB

24 September-27 September 2015

We spent 2 nights at the VanMall RV park in Vancouver in order to get the Tow Bar refurbished and checked after 6 years and 60,000 miles. The only reason I chose this park was proximity to Roadmaster and not a place we would return. Rv's are very close and packed like sardines..could not extend our slide or open some of the bins. As for Roadmaster, glad we decided to deal directly with the factory rather than a repair service. We had an appointment for 11AM on 24th and job was finished by 2PM. Cost was reasonable at $140 for labor, refurbished tow bar and new cables.

26th September

Today we drove to Holiday RV Park in Medford/Phoenix OR for a 1 night stay. All sites are pull through, full hookups, walking distance to several restaurants and  on a creek.

Holiday RV Medford OR #C-4

Stream by Park

27th September

Today a 6 hour drive down IH 5/505 bypass and IH 80 to Travis AFB and our home for the next 3 weeks. This is our 4th stay.It is a nice RV Park at $20/nt, full hookups, laundry,RV wash and convenient to Commissary and Exchange. While we are here we want to visit the Computer Museum and Winchester House.This is only park we have stayed that has pet owner section.

Travis AFB #51

On our drive today passed some balloonists with Mt Shasta in background, Lake Shasta which is still low and dry in the NW arm and field burning. Scenic part of drive is from Medford to Redding.

Morning Fog Medford

Drive down IH 5

Mt Shasta

3 Balloons

Balloonists with Mt Shasta in Background

Trickling of Water

Very Dry NW Arm of Lake

Marina Lake Shasta

Field Burning

Got 1 photo of the Bloodmoon Eclipse. Next one is in 33 years..will miss that one.

From here we will spend 1 night in Bakersfield before going to the NWS in Seal Beach for 3 weeks.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Arrival McChord AFB Holiday FamCamp RV Park

21 September 2015

A short 2 hour drive from Pacific Beach to our home for the next 3 nights, Joint Base Lewis and McChord. Fort Lewis is home to the I Corps and McChord to the 62nd Airlift Wing. Both Bases are located 10 miles south of Tacoma in a very nice treed setting. It is a training and mobilization center for all services and the only Army power projectionbase west of the Rockies. The strategic locations provides the Air Force the ability to  conduct combat and humanitarian airlift operations with the C-17 Globemaster III.

C-17 Globemaster

Another View

Last year we stayed on the Fort Lewis side,but opted this year to stay at the McChord AFB Famcamp called Holiday. This RV park is  located among the towering fir trees and next to the flight line. A beautiful setting for only $18/nt with full hookups and 50amp.Downside, no satellite TV and internet. We have to use our ATT MI-FI and local channels of which we only get several with static.Still, it is quiet and walking paths very nice.

Site #4 McChord AFB FAMCAMP

View of Laundry and Bathhouse

Another View of Campground

Certain parts of the base afford beautiful views of Mt Ranier. The Exchange and Commissary are very well stocked and large.Finally found the Coconut Mango sauce we like. Unable to find  in regular grocery stores. It goes good on seafood,port and chicken.

Upon our arrival we noticed a water leak next to campsite.Immediate attention was given and the problem fixed in less than two days. It was interesting to watch the fix. A very efficient crew.

Finding the Leak

Hard at Work

Casused by small crack in pipe

Thursday we leave for Vancouver WA to have Roadmaster do some work on our tow bar..more of a precaution than a problem.Will stay there 2 nights a VanMall RV before 1 night in Medford then on to Travis AFB in Fairfield CA for 3 weeks.

Oh yes, we have another problem that needs fixing..the toilet. Seems the lever gets stuck and John has to get the screwdriver and tighten the screw ever so often. He talked to Dometic  and they no longer make that model, but they can send a replacement for the stand that has the lever which we will have them do when we get to Travis. He thinks he can do the replacement work and I have full confidence that he can do the job. After all, he has replaced the motorized front shade and restrung 3 window shades..not an easy task.

While we have been here,met some new friends who are from Florida and also fulltimers, Jim and Gloria. We hope to meet up with them along the way again.

Now to supervise John on the window cleaning.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Cape Disappointment

17 September 2015

A break from the rain and a drive down to Cape Disappointment SP,formerly Fort Canby SP, via Hwy 109/101. The park is located at the southern end of the Long Beach Peninsula in SW Washington. The Pacific Ocean is to the west and Columbia River to the south with a view of Astoria, OR. We lived in Oregon for 25 years and never explored the park except for Fort Columbia.

Park Map

The park encompasses almost 1900 acres, offering  miles of beach, 2 lighthouses,Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center,hiking and biking trails, campgrounds (1 with 60 sites offering full hookups), remains of WW I and WW II costal defense batteries and gun emplacements. There are breathtaking views of the Pacific,Columbia River and Lighthouses as well as old growth forests. It was a perfect day for touring.

This area is the windiest in the USA. The North Head Lighthouse has recorded winds up to 120 MPH. The wife of one of the keepers who was unable to bear the howling winds, flung herself off the cliff into Beard's Hollow. In 1932, a duck was blown off course and crashed through the lighthouse window and chipped the lens. There are 19 lighthouses in Washington and Oregon. This area is known as the "Graveyard of the  Pacific". The North Head was constructed 2 miles from the Cape Disappointment Light because ships traveling from the North couldn't see the Cape Disappointment Light. The name  Cape Disappointment comes from British fur trader John Meares after his inability to locate the river's mouth.

Trail Map to North Head and Bell's View

North Head


Keeper's Store

Keeper's Cottage-Now for Rental

Another View of North Light
Cape Disappointment Light

View of Columbia River

Interpretive Center

Fort Canby Next to Interpretive Center

Before doing the North Head trail, do the Bell's View passing the WW II structures.

Old Growth Tree on Bell's View Trail

Bell's View

Water Tower

View of Pacific from Bell's View

Bell's View Signage

Signage for WW II Structures
John on Top of Triple Level WW II Observation Post

Another View

Upon our return, got some photos of sunset at campground.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Arriving Pacific Beach Navy Campground

15 September 2015

Due to impending weather, we decided to depart Cliffside a day early for Pacific Beach Naval Campground. We sure hated to leave this beautiful campground and area as this is one of our favorite campgrounds. Last night took some parting sunset pics.

We took the 930AM ferry from Coupeville to Port Townsend for our drive  down 101 along Hood Canal to 108 and at McCleary 12 and 109 to Pacific Beach. The campground overlooks the Pacific Ocean,but high on cliff with no beach access. This is a short hike or ride and you can drive on the beach. It started raining when we arrived and this weather is expected for the next week.
Our purpose for coming here was to  visit WW II coastal defense sites for John's website. We will be here for 6 nights and then 3 nights at Ft Lewis in Tacoma.

Before boarding the ferry could not resist more deer photos. The little one is so precious grazing next to mama.

As we were first in line,we got best view of crossing. Cost of ow with RV was $65.00.

Boarding the Ferry

On Board

Front Space

The Crossing

Port Townsend Dock

The campground is mostly empty and the sites long with water and 30amp. Attached to the campground is a Conference Center/motel and cafe. Just wish the weather was sunny.

Site 33

Mostly Empty Sites

We have for sure decided to come the Peninsula next time instead of Seattle..less traffic stress and more scenic.