Up to Date Adventures in Washington

Howdy from beautiful Washington.  We have arrived at Ocean City, Washington from Chimacum, Washington. We parked Max and Tana the entire month of August at the Evergreen Coho Escapees RV park (near Chimacum, Washington) on the Washington peninsula just south of Port Townsend and east of the Hoh Rainforest.

Taking Max and Tana to Port Townsend via ferry boat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When we arrived at Chimacum (about 4 weeks ago), the sky was very hazy due to forest fires in the area (mainly Canada). Fortunately it cleared; so we got to enjoy the eclipse on August 21st (at 92% totality), which was fun to see like the rest of the country observed–some better than others.

Before we arrived, we traveled over the Cascade mountain range from Winthrop, Washington to Anacortes, Washington.

Washington Pass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winthrop is a small town on the Methow River. It was a mining town in the early days; but now it’s mostly a tourist town with lots of summer and winter recreation activity.  We saw lots of people taking float trips down the river and having fun on nearby lakes. We took some lovely hikes and got to kayak a couple of times while we were in the area.

Hiking trail to Blue Lake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blue Lake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fishing on Buck Lake outside of Winthrop, WA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bash with moms on paddle boards on Pearrygin Lake (Winthrop, WA)

 

The rest of July we stayed in Anacortes about three weeks and explored this area including the San Juan Islands of San Juan, Lopez, and Orcas.

San Juan Island Sculpture Park

 

 

 

 

Neat windmill at the SJIS Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Yellow Submarine meets Mr. Orange Fish

 

 

 

Relaxing on a beach on Lopez Island

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also went to Seattle a few times while we were in Anacortes and Chimacum to visit Natasha and Dani and their son, Sebastian (“Bash” for short) and some friends we met while we’ve been full-timing. Also Pam’s brother and sister-in-law (Brenda) came to visit us, so we spent a little time with them in Seattle and Port Townsend.

Bash and Dani having fun on the roller coaster (2nd car)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natasha and Bash on the Fremont Troll

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grandson Bash shaking hands with the infamous ‘D. B. Cooper’

 

Seaplane landing near Gas Works Park – Seattle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selfie at Seattle Center

 

 

Chihuly Glass exhibit

 

 

 

Chihuly Glass exhibit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chihuly Glass exhibit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Busy Pike Place Market

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The “Gum Wall” at Pike Place Market

 

 

RV Friends Dave & Cindy, Rich & Brenda

 

 

 

 

 

Selfie at Crescent Lake w/David & Brenda

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunset at Washington Park – Anacortes, WA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We spent a day or two exploring Whidbey Island where Pam lived for 10 years before she moved to Carlsbad.

Statue of salmon offering on Rosario Beach
View of Puget Sound from Mt. Erie (Anacortes)

 

Deception Pass Bridge to Whidbey Island, WA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View of Puget Sound from Mt. Constitution (Orcas Island, WA)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Washington is such a wonderful state. Its mild climate and beautiful surroundings makes it a tourist destination nearly year-round.  It’s majestic mountains, shorelines and forests are a delight to hikers, bikers, hunters (and fishermen) and tour buses.

David lands a nice trout

 

The Dungeness Spit is over 5 miles long!

 

 

 

 

 

Selfie at the Dungeness Spit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last week we went to see Cape Flattery, the northwestern most point of the continental U.S. , where the Strait of Juan de Fuca meets the Pacific Ocean. We saw the water spouts of grey whales swimming in the area, pods of huge pelicans, and a sea otter playing in the water.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cape Flattery Lighthouse – the most Northwestern point of the continental U.S. We saw grey whales swimming in the distance from here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sea otter playing in the ocean off Cape Flattery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seahawk looking across the Strait of Juan de Fuca

 

 

 

 

Happy couple at Cape Flattery

 

 

 

 

 

 

While David and Brenda were here, we hiked up Hurricane Ridge and through a park in the Hoh Rainforest. We also went whale watching with them and saw a pod of Orcas in Puget Sound.

Hurricane Ridge overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hoh Rainforest Mossy Maple Trees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David and Brenda at the Hoh Rainforest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David & Benda at Rialto Beach

 

 

 

 

 

Next week we’ll be on the Washington coast for a few days, then over to Mount Rainer and Mount St. Helens. It seems every day has been a blessing since we arrived. I’m very thankful for the opportunity to travel and see this part of the country. Along the way, we’ve met some very interesting and friendly people. It’s enjoyable to talk to both residents and tourists because they love being here and enjoy the beauty that surrounds them.  Hopefully they don’t take it for granted.  I sure don’t.

We all live in a Yellow Submarine…

 

 

 

 

 

With a grateful heart…may you continue to seek peace, love and joy within yourself and those you encounter every day.

Carl 🙂

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