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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