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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We spent a day or two exploring Whidbey Island where Pam lived for 10 years before she moved to Carlsbad.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With a grateful heart…may you continue to seek peace, love and joy within yourself and those you encounter every day.