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.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Visit to Olympic NP-Quinault Lodge and Ruby Beach

23 August 2018

Today we finally got some sun and decided to drive up to Lake Quinault Lodge in the Olympic National Park off Hwy 101.John, Mother, Hope and I had stayed here some 18 years ago. It is in a beautiful setting on Lake Quinault.

A mile down the road is the World's largest Spruce tree. Next to the tree is a private campground on the Lake with water and 30amp. Up the hill is a nice restaurant, Salmon, and a laundry. Sites are $40/night. There are also cabins. Think we might consider staying here one day. Of course the park has primitive campgrounds, mostly for 21' rigs.

We then decided to drive north on Hwy 101 and visit Rudy Beach. So glad we made this decision as it is a beautiful beach with many rock formations, tide pools, driftwood and unfortunately there was a deceased Humpback Whale on the beach. Due to the strange coloring, thought at first it was some artist project. The beach is the northernmost of the southern beaches in the coastal Olympic NP. It is called Ruby Beach because of the ruby like crystals in the sand;however, we did not see any.It is the location in years past in the 1700's of two armed confrontations between the local Quinault Tribe and Spanish and British explorers. From the beach you can view Destruction Island named for those who perished in battle. It is a definite stop if in the area. We plan to return.

While walking on the beach, found another heart shaped rock for Hope.

Tomorrow we leave for Hope and family in Redmond, OR until the 7 September. This will be our last visit until May.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Copalis Beach,WA

19 August 2018

A short 50 mile drive today to Copalis Beach,WA and Driftwood RV on Hwy 109 for 5 nights.

Must say we were quite impressed with the RV park, one of the nicest in the area. The park is gated, with the most up to date utility connections we have had for some time. Much care has been given to the landscaping and they are in the process of adding 30 additional sites. The campground backs up to Copalis River and is a short distance via car to the beaches in the area. We are in site #15,a backin with 50 amp and satellite reception. Sites are long,gravel and have ample space between sites.

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Site #15

Utility Pole

Really Old Truck

Old Tractor

Bear Carvings 
One of Several Flower Gardens

Twisted Sitka Spruce

After settling in we drove the short distance to Ocean Shores for groceries. Saw several deer grazing in the yards and median.This area has lots of motels, condos and restaurants. Also next to the IGA is a very large and well stocked ACE.

Between the Houses

Crossing the Road to Check the Mail

Weather is in the 60's and foggy with smoke from California and British Columbia wildfires.

From here on the 24th we head back to Redmond,OR and final visit with family until May.

Oldest son, Eric, sent me a photo of his 48 year old Teddy Bear after plastic surgery. Somethings we keep forever. So glad he kept this.

Eric's 48 year old Friend
Hope also sent photo of her climb to Smith Rock on her 46th Birthday. Even at that age I didn't have the stamina to do this difficult climb. So happy she did not see any rattlesnakes.

Climbing Smith Rock

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Last Days in Grayland,WA

18 August 2018

Tomorrow we depart for Copalis Beach and Driftwood RV park just 50 miles north for 5 nights before heading back to Oregon.

This has been a relaxing stay in Grayland and have enjoyed the cooler weather. Before leaving we went down to the Marina in Westport and walked the pier. Crabbing is very popular in this area. Stopped and asked if I could take some pictures. Also got a lesson in distinguishing male and female crabs.

Crab Pot

Female Crab

Male Crab

Female & Male




On way back we stopped at Cranberry Road Winery for dinner. Very nice.

Cranberry Road Winery

Wooden Walrrus in Restaurant

While we were here, John managed through his diligence to get information on a WW II Army Radar site located near the towns of Raymond and South Bend. Made several trips to Museum in South Bend and County offices in both towns. Even met the owner of property where part of the base was located. Some buildings still remain.

Not much else going on..just enjoying the relaxation.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Furford Cranberry Museum-Grayland,WA

11 August 2018

Today I visited the Furford Cranberry Museum in Grayland which showcases the history of the community and cranberry farming in the area. There are displays of what life was like in the 1920's,30's and 40's. The museum is located on Hwy 105, open every day and donation accepted in lieu of admission.

Typical Home

Local Store

Tools of the Day

Amocat Display..note backward spelling

Technology of the Day 

Display on WWII

The showpiece is the Furford Picker/Planter invented by Julius Furford who passed away in 1999 at age 91. This is the machine that picks the berries while pruning the vines at the same time and is still used today.

Furford Picker & Planter

Wet & Dry Harvest of Cranberries

In 2010 Aberdeen residents Chuck and Gwen Tjernberg purchased the property and Mr Tjenberg produced parts for the machines and as of today has built 22 new machines. His wife, Gwen, took on the Museum project collecting many items depicting life in the early years as well as a display on the Finnish community, logging and fishing.

Finnish Article History

Finnish Language

Finnish Families in Area

Logging Tools

Fishing Gear

This is a definite stop if in the area. Gwen gives a very good tour.