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.
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.
While here I was joined by Alexis, my daughter. She treated me to a whale watching cruise from Friday Island. What a wonderful experience.
I joined Alexis and her childhood friend Libby in Seattle for a hike through Fort Lawton, an old Army Fort, to a lighthouse.
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.
July found me in Leavenworth, WA. Leavenworth is a Bavarian Village in the mountains of Washington State!
I was able to enjoy mountain hikes, lakes and of course the quaint village itself.
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.
We also attended International Day or Dragon Fest in downtown Seattle!
I also learned that Washington State is big on Big Foot! I even caught a glimpse of him in a golf cart!
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.
Washington State is also home to many Christmas Tree farms. How cool is that?
Long Beach hosts many international events. Here is part of the sand sculpture event just a week or so before the huge Kite event.
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.
We visited Cape Disappointment too.
Cranberry pickers and separators at the Cranberry Museum
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!
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!
In my RV
In my Jeep
Then came the Columbian Gorge and Beacon Rock.
Marina at Hood River
Adventurous souls in the wind of the Gorge
Bridge of the Gods
Historical Markers gifted to the Lewis & Clark Campground & RV Park
Pear orchards near Hood River
Then onto Seaside, Oregon for a few weeks before heading south.