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 18, 2018

Arrival Whidbey Island NAS-Cliffside RV Park

15 September 2018

A 6 hour drive from Salem with heavy traffic on IH 5 and 405 Loop. Next time we will come up the Olympic Peninsula to Port Townsend and take the ferry over to Coupeville.

Whidbey Island NAS Cliffside RV Park will be our home until 6 October. This is our 5th stay since 2014 and our favorite military campground. Ken and his staff take excellent care of the park and over the years have planted many flower beds, made cute signs from driftwood and definitely show pride in maintaining the park. Can find no negatives except would like to stay longer. Serenity, beauty and nice sites. Enjoy my walks up  the hill and thru the woods with views of Juan de Fuca Strait.
This is first time have not seen the eagle families, but lots of cute cotton tails. Weather is in the 60's with days of rain.

Have toured many areas in the past..Fort Casey, Fort Worden,Mt Baker highway drive, San Juan Islands, Port Gamble etc.

This is a favorite area of Washington for us. One thing we want to do is the drive to Hurricane Ridge on the Olympic Peninsula south of  Port Angeles.

Til next entry enjoy the photos.

Site #12

Flower Bed Behind our site 12

Items left on Picnic Table

View of North Campground from atop of hill

Cute Cottontail

One of Many Flower Beds

View of Beach from Walking Path

Rainbow

Sunset

View of San Juan Islands

Walking Paths




Friday, September 14, 2018

Dinner with Deneen

12 September 2018

Today we drove up to friends Ray and Deneen's for dinner. They live in a beautiful home with several horses, Shetland ponies,Pygmy goats and 2 beautiful American Lab and English Lab dogs...Beatrice and Buckley. Failed to get photo with Deneen.

Beautiful Home


Chess Game with Beatrice

Buckley







Chef Lisa prepared a delicious dinner with salad, cod and potato mixure topped with frest spinach and yummy apple tart with ice cream. We alway enjoy our visits and warm hospitality. Unfortunately, Ray had to make an unexpected trip back East to attend to his father's health issue and we missed seeing him.

Deneen has started a company that makes decadent chocolate covered almonds. She most generously gave me a good supply. Her website is http://www.bunnyandclyde.us Please check it out..unlike any you have tasted.

I really wanted to take Buckley with us. Couldn't stop petting him. Beatrice is cute also.

Thank you dear friend for a wonderful visit and hope to see you next year. Best to Ray and Dakota.


Earlier in the week we had good friends, Barb and Lisa over for lunch. They were our neighbors in Salem and are world travelers. Thanks for sharing your travel experiences and look forward to seeing you in AZ. They have a winter home in Phoenix area.

With Barb & Lisa



Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Lunch with Friends at Brooks Winery

10 September 2018

Today we gathered with good friends Don, Carolyn and Janet for lunch at  Brooks Winery.

With Carolyn & Janet

Two Good Looking Guys-John & Don



The winery affords magnificent views of the Cascades and Willamette Valley. Suggest if you are in the area to please stop by for lunch, tasting and enjoyment. brookswine.com They are celebrating the 20th anniversary this year. Rieslings, Pinot Noirs and Aromatic Whites are the featured wines. They have practiced Biodynamic farming principles since 2002. In 2009 the Eola Hills Vineyard was purchased from our good friends, Don and Carolyn that was planted between 1973 and 1977. The founder of Brooks Wines, Jimi Brooks unfortunately passed away in 2004 at the young age of 38 as harvest was about to begin. He left the winery to his young son, Pascal with Jimi's sister agreeing to oversee the operation. You might have seen the story on Strange Inheritance.






Carolyn choose the Brandade for lunch consisting of salt cod, potatoes, lemon, goat cheese,parsely EVVO. Tasted yummy and different.



Janet and Don selected Shrimp Risotto with shallots, herbs, cilantro, prawns and manchego.



John had the Chorizo Chili with corn, potatoes, beans,beef stock with a creamy parnesan polenta.



I had the Brooks Specialty Sandwich with applewood smoked bacon,chicken, tomato, basil aioli, arugula served with chips and cookies.



Everyone satisfied with their choice. We then walked and toured the winery and gardens.

Until next year dear friends, thank you for a wonderful afternoon and your friendship over the years. Take care.






Sunday, September 9, 2018

Cape Meares & Ecola SP

08 September 2018

Before heading over to the coast, we met Janet at Bush Park for a nice walk. When we lived in Salem, Janet and I and sometimes John walked regularly in Bush and Minto parks. She was my motivation and inspiration. Plus we had some good conversations. Sure miss those walks now.

On the way to Cape Meares, we stopped for a picnic at Anderson's Viewpoint.


View from Anderson's View Point
We stopped at Cape Meares SP for view of Lighthouse.

Cape Meares SP
LIght


Nice View

Wildlife Signage at Cape Meares 


The purpose for going over to Cape Meares and Ecola SP was to document 2 WW II Radar sites. I stayed in car while John walked up to the Cape Meares site. Cape Meares site was established in 1943-1944 to provide early warning of enemy aircraft approaching the Oregon Coast.It was part of a chain of 65 radar stations along the West Coast of the USA and Canada. Concrete remains still exist.

Our next and final stop was Ecola SP and the site of the Tillamook Head Radar Site in operation from 1943-1944 and 1948-1950 for the same purpose of early enemy aircraft warning. It is now part of the Ecola SP. The underground operations building entrances are blocked by heavy steel doors. Above ground, the air intake and exhaust vents are visible.




The weather was not so good, foggy and damp. Parking for the trails to the site are from the Indian Point parking area.

View of Beach from Parking Lot


The Clatsop Loop Trail ascends to 800 ft and is 2.5 miles rt. We opted for the wider trail up and the narrow trail back. So glad we did it this way as the trail back was precarious, rocky and many tree roots. On the descent, found a nice walking stick which made it much safer for me. Wish I had had it on the ascent. Had to stop several times along the way. Can't believe we did not bring water. When we finally got to top at Hiker's Camp, decided this was best stress test for me. Only reason I decided to do this was I didn't want John to go it alone. The things we do for love. Even though there was a cougar warning sign, did not spot any wildlife. Would liked to have seen  some deer. From Hiker's Camp the trail continues to the Radar Site and Tillamook Lighthouse,but it was too foggy to get photo of the Lighthouse and Ocean.

Signage for Clatsop Loop Trail

Map of RT Trail

This was easy part of trail going up

Hiker's Camp Signage

Hiker's Camp
Cougar Warning Sign

Walking Back

Walking Back

Interesting Limbs


This trail is a segment of the Lewis and Clark exploration party in 1806 searching for a beached whale. Hiker's Camp provides several shelters for hikers to camp overnight each sleeping four on bunk platforms.

Got around 13,000 steps for the day or 6 miles.

It was a long day and got back to park at 800PM. Tomorrow we are just going to relax and catch up.