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.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Hurricane Ridge NP

26 September 2018

Taking advantage of the sunny day, we booked the 1015AM ferry from Coupeville to Port Townsend for our drive to Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic NP south of Port Angeles. The ferry ride is only 30 minutes and there is a very nice cafe at the landing so we got a breakfast sandwich and coffee to go before boarding the ferry.

On the way we made a brief stop at Fort Worden as John wanted to see if the museum had some new exhibits. Grazing in the parade ground and by some homes was able to get a couple of deer photos.




Our drive took us via the towns of Sequim and Port Angeles. We stopped at the park visitor center in Port Angeles and had our picnic lunch before driving the 17 miles up to the Ridge. There were several displays in the NP Visitor Center.

One interesting one was of a 650 year old Douglas Fir Slab planted in 1349. If you were to plant a seedling today to reach this size would be in the 27th century.







It is well worth the drive for the views.










We were booked for the 815PM ferry return, but were able to go standby on the 515PM. The Washington Ferry staff is very accommodating and friendly and the ferry system is most efficient. RT fare was around $28.00. If taking any of the ferries, strongly recommend reservations which you can do on-line.


Hike to Deception Pass Bridge

18 September 2018

Today we drove to Deception SP to the North Beach Parking Lot for the hike up to the bridge. It is just a short 15 minute drive from the campground. Deception Pass is a strait separating Whidbey Island from Fidalgo Island connecting Skagit Bay and Juan de Fuca Strait..part of Puget Sound.For a more historical explanation of the area suggest you go to wikipedia.

Map of Deception Pass


View from Hike

Another View

And More

Hiking Path

Spruce



The Bridge was completed in 1935 and over 20,000 vehicles cross over the bridge 180 feet above the water today. It is the most visited park in Washington. There is a parking lot on the south side and you can walk the bridge for magnificent views.

Under the Bridge

View Through the Bridge

Closer View

View from Path


The hike takes you among age old spruce pine and off the path toward the bottom is a path to the beach that seems to be a popular fishing area.

Anglers



Later in the evening viewed a magnificent sunset from campground.

Sunset at Cliffside

Sunset


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