This is my new favorite way to plan a vacation: instead of planning 7 days or 10 days, plan 5 and then keep extending it, day by day. This removes that dreaded “end of vacation depression” and feels decadent, like helping yourself to another scoop of ice cream. So, since we have a reliable rabbit/cat sitter and flexible schedules, we are still on vacation! Continue reading Oregon Coast 2011
We spent the weekend at the Dosewallips State Park. We had glorious Summer weather during the 3 days with rain every night, hard rain, but we were comfortable, warm and dry in the BnB: bungalow-in-a-box Coleman camper. Rob was outside all day and could only be enticed inside and out of the rain with cheese added to his dinner. Then he’d mope around and sigh a lot. We found a great short hike along a trail that went along the river where we saw salmon, elk and eagles. Rob was wading and Scott was looking at all of the rocks in the water when he realized they were not rocks at all but salmon moving in the shallows. They were hard to see at first because they had taken on rock tones and mottled coloration as camouflage but they were spawning and the park ranger told us they were Summer chum salmon. Joe rode out one day on his BMW motorcycle for a brief visit and coffee. We traveled to the park by crossing the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, heading North up the Kitsap Peninsula, crossing the Hood Canal bridge and then heading South a few miles on Highway 101 on the Olympic Peninsula. The park is situated in the Olympic Mountain foothills along the Hood Canal and a lovely place to spend some time. We are looking forward to a return visit.
Remember the old slogan, “Do the Puyallup?” Well, Rob did the Puyallup this weekend. He did his bit to represent TDI, Therapy Dogs International, with his buddies Nala, a Havanese, and Rowdy, a giant teddy bear in a St. Bernard suit. Clover, a lovely Dalmation, joined us later for the next “shift.” I played chauffer and Scott acted as his valet but this was his show and he did us all proud. He met more people than I could even keep count of and he actively engaged each kid who petted him with a sense of wonder while enduring the adults who heavy handedly patted him on the head. We didn’t get to go to PawsWalk because it was the same weekend but next year, I’d like to get a team together to walk PawsWalk under a TDI banner.
We are in Breckenridge, Colorado and the scenery and weather are just beautiful. We camped in Idaho, Utah and Colorado along the way and when we arrived in Breckenridge, we were supposed to move into the family house. But we were still having so much fun with our camper that we weren’t ready to quit so we are sleeping in the camper in the driveway! Rob was great in the truck the whole way and he so enjoys meeting new people everywhere we go. Scott is posting the first installment of our trip pictures for you!
Tuesday morning: We are docked in Juneau. On-shore adventure awaits!
Monday afternoon: We left Ketchikan at 3 PM and are heading North through the Inside Passage to Juneau. We roamed around town, bought some gifts and had a great cup of Ketchikan roasted coffee. It rains 12.5 ft / year!! Arf! New photos have been posted to Scott’s Facebook page.
Sunday afternoon, May 16: We’ve just passed the northern end of Vancouver Island and heading out into open ocean through Queen Charlotte Sound aboard the Norwegian Star. Click this link to see the ship’s real time position at sea:
We’ll be arriving at Ketchikan, Alaska at 7 am on Monday morning. Our most Northern destination is Skagway and then back South for some kayaking at Prince Rupert before heading back to Seattle via the Western shore of Vancouver Island.
Happy Holidays everyone from snowy Seattle!
(Red/green color identification consultation provided by my sweetheart!)
With a break in the storm on Saturday and the next forecast sounding absolutely dire, people are flocking to the grocery stores in droves. We went across the street to Fred Meyer and found lines 50 people deep at the registers. So we bailed out and plan to come back later at night once the storm has arrived.
During the first few days of this Winter Wonderland, my preferred vehicle has been my ultra competent Honda Element with all wheel drive and ABS but as of Saturday night, the snow is deep enough to break out the serious hardware and fire up Inga’s Toyota Tacoma with 4WD, ABS, ample clearance and big ass tires. I push the 4 – 5″ blanket of snow off the truck and venture out into the empty fluffy white streets, the dark night filled with snowflakes. I tool around the neighborhood enjoying the beauty of it all and the simple pleasure of driving in snow for fun before ending up at Freddie’s across the street. As hoped, it is utterly empty of manic shoppers and I leisurely browse the aisles for a few extra supplies in case the power goes out.
It’s now Sunday afternoon and the storm warning has been extended into Monday morning. It’s been snowing on and off for hours and the sidewalk needs shoveling yet again. Robbie looks for squirrels in the trees and Freya plops down in the snow and starts eating it. The snow melts on Robbie’s back but Freya just looks like she’s been sprinkled with coconut flakes due to her super thick fur coat. Little birds are steadily chipping away at the suet. It’s only 30 degrees and the snow is going nowhere. Seeing how we have about 30 or so snow plows in all of Western Washington, getting to work tomorrow may be problematic. Thankfully, it’s very quiet at work right now due to the holidays so working from home is an excellent alternative. The weather people are saying that it will not get above freezing until Christmas Eve and Inga is now talking about moving to San Diego. */:-)