We had a wonderful time with the kids,
|Camping with the Boy Scouts|
|Hi Mr Goat, do you want to be brushed?|
|Domi and Andrew - a new way of looking at things|
|Admiring the new Pergola the guys put up, complete with roof|
|Neighborhood deer looking for the best yard delicacies|
|Domi trying to hit the ball|
|Shedd Aquarium in Chicago|
|Aunt Julie telling Domi how she's going to feed the reef fish|
I told you we put our Jeep in the repair shop shortly after we got to the kids' house and got it back about 2 weeks before we left. I got some really good pictures of what it looked like with the top being taken off, but, they put the pics in a PDF file and I don't know how to post them, don't think I can. Anyway, it looks brand new, just like it did when we bought it, they did a terrific job. There was one incident before we left the area, which turned out to be a blessing, where it poured down rain and the windshield was leaking badly. Ron was able to bring it back to the repair shop and have it repaired. We've been in rain since and no leaks.
|Lining up for the parade through downtown Loudonville|
In mid July, we headed towards our bus rally in Loudonville, OH. It was a special one, Flxible was celebrating 100 years of being in business, their first product being the side car for the motorcycle. We got there a few days before it officially started so we could sightsee around the Amish areas. Boomers, Steve & Pam lived nearby, so we got together with them one day for lunch.We both appreciated the
We had told ourselves the last time we were there, (2 years ago), that if the
|Now this is definitely an antique|
Ron took a tour of the Ohio State Reformatory, while at the rally. The front of it looks like an old fancy hotel, I would never have guessed it for what it
|Multi tier cell block|
|The electric chair|
It also was used to make many movies, including "The Shawshank Redemption" and as a Russian prison in "Air Force One", among others.
Once the bus rally was over, we didn't know what to do next. We really hadn't planned beyond the rally. Ron had been thinking of getting an end of season job somewhere to finish out the summer or maybe even work until next summer, but, until the rally was over, I had no clue what he was thinking.
I had always told Ron I wanted to go back to the Florida Keys for a winter, since we had such a good time in the winter of 2001 down there, when we worked for a KOA in Fiesta Key. We did hear from a friend that they were looking for workampers at Sugarloaf Key down near Key West, so we sent our resumes in, but, never got a response back. Also, Ron saw a workamper job near the Everglades. We probably could have gotten the job, but, I said no, because, one, it was not IN the Keys and the other was, we would have been plagued with mosquitoes the entire time we were there.
We had seen some jobs on the hotlist for jobs in Yellowstone & Grand Tetons, so we sent online apps in and decided to drive in that direction, thinking if we got called for interviews we wouldn't be that far away. In fact, fellow Boomers, Frank & Gretchen Knapp lived in Billings, MT and we thought we'd visit them while waiting to hear.
We were hoping we could somehow escape the heat that was plaguing the midwest, so we drove three days straight right across the country, back through Indiana, Illinois and stopping near Davenport, IA for the night at an Elks lodge that thankfully had air conditioning. On the way across, we stopped to have breakfast in Altoona, IA and met with fellow Boomers Bruce & Kathy who were working at Adventureland. That night, we spent the night in a Cabela's parking lot and it was HOT!! We had looked and looked and looked for our Corps of Engineers camping book, but, couldn't figure out where it went, because we certainly would have stayed at one on our cross country trip.
On our third day after leaving Ohio, we pulled up to Frank & Gretchen's condo and found out it was hot there, too....because it was overly warm, we decided to stay in their nice cool basement while we visited with them. The bus stayed out at the curb and didn't bother anyone.
We had a wonderful 2 1/2 weeks with them, they took us everywhere to show us their fine town and nearby historical areas. We even went to Red Lodge, such a cute little town, and then
|Yellowstone River in the distance|
|Me and Frank climbing the stairs to see the view|
|Red Lodge, MT|
|Stopping for coffee, sweets and a stroll around town|
|The switchbacks we just came up|
If you know Frank & Gretchen, you know they like to play cards...nonstop almost,
|See how clear this pond water is?|
|Top of the World Store at Beartooth Pass, Elev. 10,947 ft|
|Meeting new friends at lunch|
|Use your imagination, see the train going through the mountains?|
Right before we left, we saw another job opportunity in Buffalo, WY at a KOA, so we thought, what the heck. It was on a Friday and we thought surely, if they were looking for someone asap, they'd see our resume and respond before we left on Monday headed west and said as much in our cover letter.
Well, come Monday at around noon, the owner of the KOA called and
|Our campsite at Crescent Bar|
|View of Columbia River|
|On the shore of the mighty Columbia River looking downriver|
We're resigned to not working the rest of the
|Beautiful paintings on the buildings|
|A beautiful glass ball tree|
While there, we visited Whidbey Island, because I'd never been there and had
|Coupville Bay on Whidbey Island|
|Getting ready to board the ferry out of Anacortes|
Now, it had been beautiful weather on Friday when we went to Whidbey Island, but, Sunday morning dawned
|Looking back towards where we parked|
|Heading out towards the San Juan Islands|
|Friday Harbor, San Juan Island|
|The ferry was packed|
|Passengers and bicyclists were let off first|
|This boat is headed towards Victoria, B.C.|
|One of many pretty little bays around the islands|
|Pickup load of sheep coming home from fair|
Now, I'm sure that some of you out there who have been to all the islands are having a good laugh on our account, because we didn't ask anyone what was on the other islands near the ferry terminal. The first island we came to, Orcas Island, looked like it could have had a couple of places to have lunch, but, we didn't get off there. The next island was Shaw Island, the smallest island of all and it didn't have much, just a few houses. The last island, Lopez, looked very remote. There was a modular structure at the top of a hill,
Yep, there was, but, we would have had to arrange to have a taxi pick us up. We talked to said taxi, it was going to cost us $27 to go 4 miles into town and back, but, he couldn't even pick us up right away and we were on a time constraint, so we turned him down. What saved us though, from eating there, was the kind offer from the young woman who worked there. She offered to take us to the
|Gary & Nancy Asplund, Ron & me having lunch at Buckley's|
|Looking out at the bay, the sun was finally out|
I told Ron the next time we come over here, I want to take the car and go on every roadway on every island to see
|One of many beautiful houses we saw on the islands|
On Monday, we headed up to the next
|Our campsite in Birch Bay|
|Beach side in Birch Bay, WA - high tide|
|An empty lot for sale with a million dollar view|
|Blackberries are in season and boy, are they plentiful and sweet!|
clamming up here, so it's good that the tide goes out so far, I guess.
We saw Bellingham and walked around the downtown in Fairhaven, with lots of one of a kind shops and neat things to
look at. The next day we drove around Birch Bay and went in the very few shops they had and then went on to Blaine. Now, like I said, we've never been up here before, so looking at the town from a distance, we thought it was fairly large, until we got into town. The town we thought was Blaine was in fact, White Rock, over in Canada. So, we walked around downtown Blaine, but, there wasn't much to see. I did have a nice conversation with the lady in the Visitor's Center.
We thought about going into Canada, but, haven't yet. I heard about what Nancy told us when they went over there, they got grilled for ten minutes on whether they had guns in their vehicle or not, just because they had Texas plates. Not sure if we want to deal with that, plus being the weekend, the wait to come back would probably be loooong. We've been in Canada twice before, but, not in this area, maybe we'll wait and take the rig in when we can stay longer.
It seems weird that it was only 2 weeks ago that we left Montana...as some parting shots, as we leave here tomorrow, we went down this morning to take pictures of the low tide. The tides around here can go out as much as a
|8-25-2012 6:30 - Even higher tide|
|8-26-2012 7:30 - Low Tide|
|Picture below is zoomed in, this is the regular view, the water is waaay out there.|
|See the dark blue line? The water is shallow to that line|