Washington State – Summer of 2016

I apologize for not providing a travel blog for so long. Life happens and I got caught up in enjoying being alive and with other people. So forgive me for the length of this posting as I catch up on my summer of traveling in Washington and Oregon.

I left Yosemite after the Memorial Day weekend. This was a most wonderful week in one of America’s treasures. After a near disaster filling up with gas in Redding, CA I picked up a young man hitch-hiking to Portland. He and I enjoyed two days of traveling together. I provided him with a signed copy of Sandbox to Sandbox as his sister traveled a similar journey and perhaps my book could help her.

After depositing Joe at his home in Portland I traveled to the Lewis and Clark Campground and RV Park in North Bonneville, WA. The building itself is much like a museum with many artifacts and publications scattered throughout.

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This park is managed by my second cousin Janice that I have not seen or heard of for some 54 years. It was a great reunion and I promised to return in August to spend time with her. I did help build a spreadsheet to help her with billing utilities to the monthly occupants. It is nice to share my talent wherever I can.

I traveled to La Conner, WA where I enjoyed to sights of the beach, Anacortes, La Conner and Seattle.

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While here I was joined by Alexis, my daughter. She treated me to a whale watching cruise from Friday Island. What a wonderful experience.

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I joined Alexis and her childhood friend Libby in Seattle for a hike through Fort Lawton, an old Army Fort, to a lighthouse.

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During June I worked on completing the photo journal of my Route 66 trip. While the book is expensive on Amazon I did purchase 20 to sell at just $5 over what they cost me. If you are interested in a book portraying Route 66 with 904 color photos on 460 pages then email me and I’ll send you one for $40 + $5 shipping fee. To get a good view of what the interior is like go to Amazon.com and search for Paula Coffer and use the ‘look inside’ feature to read the first chapter.

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 July found me in Leavenworth, WA. Leavenworth is a Bavarian Village in the mountains of Washington State!

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I was able to enjoy mountain hikes, lakes and of course the quaint village itself.

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While here I visited Alexis again for a parade in Seattle. I just wanted to spend time with her. We had a great day together before I drove back to the quiet mountains of Leavenworth.

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We also attended International Day or Dragon Fest in downtown Seattle!

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I also learned that Washington State is big on Big Foot! I even caught a glimpse of him in a golf cart!

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July and on into August found me at Long Beach, WA. On the way to Long Beach I was able to visit Mount Saint Helen.

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Washington State is also home to many Christmas Tree farms. How cool is that?

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Long Beach hosts many international events. Here is part of the sand sculpture event just a week or so before the huge Kite event.

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I was joined in Long Beach by my battle buddy John’s wife Norma. She spent a week with me walking the beach finding sand dollars, ocean fishing for salmon and enjoying RV life. Then we went to the Lewis & Clark Campground & RV Park in North Bonneville before I took her to the Portland Airport for her trip back to Washington DC.

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We visited Cape Disappointment too.

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Cranberry pickers and separators at the Cranberry Museum

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There is just so much to see from Long Beach to Westport, WA. One day in the Jeep I drove over 20 miles along the beach. Eagles, Elk, Driftwood, dead fish, dead Sea Lions. So much to see and so little time!

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During this time I have also begun writing a travel guide to Washington State where I have an imaginary, magical traveling companion named Ralf. Ralf is a wire haired Dachshund. I have been fortunate in that a fellow traveler has a wire haired Dachshund that she has allowed me to photograph. No muss no fuss with a dog that doesn’t belong to me!

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In my RV

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In my Jeep

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Then came the Columbian Gorge and Beacon Rock.

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Marina at Hood River

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Adventurous souls in the wind of the Gorge

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Bridge of the Gods

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Bonneville Dam

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Historical Markers gifted to the Lewis & Clark Campground & RV Park

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Pear orchards near Hood River

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Then onto Seaside, Oregon for a few weeks before heading south.

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Haystack rock

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