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Oct 29, 2018 - If it's raining, I must be in Olympia

After an excellent visit with friends in Boise, I did the last long drive back to the ranch. A few thoughts after a month on the road. The best road scenery was the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Dramatic basalt cliffs close at hand, the big river just below. Worst road scenery was downtown Cairo, Illinois. I have never seen such a rundown, dismal urban center. Dishonorable runner-up was the approach to Little Rock, Arkansas -- unbelievable number of unattractive billboards. The worst food of the trip was Cici's Pizza Buffet....

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Aug 25, 2018 - Washington and Oregon Coast

Very nice drive through Olympic National Park and along a couple sections of the Washington Coast. Olympic National Park is another 1 million acre park that is beautifully maintained. It is however a hiking park which requires a little more effort. The old growth forest is made up primarily of Western Red Cedar, Douglas Fir, and Western Hemlock. Large parts of the forest are covered in a moss that is really pretty. We thought we might run into Mick Dodge, but I guess he was hiding. The coast is very pretty but also cold as you would expect....

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Aug 10, 2018 - Travelin Toes - Elma, WA

Here we are in little Elma, WA at the Elma RV Park. Why Elma you might ask? Well, about three months ago, somehow, I discovered that the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band was going to be at the Grays Harbor County Fair, which is in Elma. A quick Google search and BOOM! I ordered tickets which was for this past Wednesday. Then figured if we took the 5th wheel there it would be much better than driving back home after the concert. What a great choice that was. My son, Steve and his wife, Allison, joined us at the concert. Never have been to the Grays...

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Traveling Toes

Aug 10, 2018 - Grueling travel day

My GPS said it would take about 4 hours to get from Burnaby to Olympia, but I expected about 5 because of crossing the border. That became a 45 minute ordeal and I had to relinquish a nice banana! I stopped at a rest area about noon to have lunch and once I got back on the road again, the traffic going north became stop and go so I was glad I wasn't going there! Ahh - spoke too soon. From exit 173 to my exit of 116, the going was verrry slow! At least I could stay in one lane most of the time. It took 4 hours to go those 57 miles. The day...

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Jul 8, 2018 - Julia Bulette & Boot Hill

Julia Bulette was born in London and moved with her family to New Orleans in the late 1830's. Around 1853 she moved to California; lived in several places until she arrived in Virginia City around 1859 or a bit later. At the time, she was one of very few women in the town. She was described as a beautiful, tall and slim brunette with dark eyes. Because of this she was sought after by the miners. Well, she quickly took up prostitution. She lived and worked out of a small rented cabin. As an independent operator she competed with the fancy...

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Traveling Toes

Jul 7, 2018 - Virginia City

The drive up to Virginia City was interesting. Since Reno is at 4500 feet and Virginia City is at 6150, it was a climb. At one point we reached 6700 feet! All along the way there were signs warning of wild horses too. According to folklore, James Fennimore, who was nicknamed "Old Virginny Finney' christened the town when he tripped and broke a bottle of whiskey at the entrance of a saloon in the northern section of Gold Hill which soon became Virginia City. The Comstock Lode was discovered in 1859 and is named after Henry Comstock. He...

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Traveling Toes

Jul 1, 2018 - Finally! Reno..........

Before I get into my Reno trip, you will notice some other pictures. One is of a hummingbird that I took at our house a few days ago. Then, as I write this, we are enjoying a bit of time away and are at Copalis Beach, which is a bit north of Ocean Shores. I was able to capture a rare coastal sunset last Wednesday. I went to Reno on June 16th to participate in the National Women’s Bowling Championship. This event actually began in March with ladies from all over the nation participating at one time or another. When we were there, 32 states...

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Traveling Toes

Jun 20, 2018 - Reno Update

Greetings! I will be doing more on my trip to Reno but just have not had the time to do proper research and uploading photos...…………… We did have a blast! Bowling wasn't up to par, but what the heck! Now that my 'toes' are back on the ground updates and fun stuff will be forth coming! Oh,,,,,,,,,,,, Happy First Day of Summer tomorrow! Toodles!

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Traveling Toes

Jun 16, 2018 - Toes Touched Down

My traveling toes are in Reno! For those of you who do not travel I5 north, be aware! Traveling through the construction by the Tacoma Dome is, simply put, AWFUL! Bet it took us at least 20 minutes to get through it all. After that, it was smooth sailing. We got to the airport in plenty of time. The media warnings for this weekend was to get their at least 2 1/2 hour prior to departure because of long lines going through TSA. Because the three of us are not airport savvy, we had to ask which line we should go in. The agent told us just to...

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Traveling Toes

Jun 14, 2018 - Toes Are Ready!

My bags are packed and I'm ready to go to Reno! I fly out on Saturday and return on Tuesday. We bowl Sunday at 5:30 and Monday at noon. Our good friends from Havasu, Gary and Wanda are already in Reno. I'll have dinner with them Saturday and on Sunday we will go to Virginia City. Unfortunately they have to leave on Monday so our time together will be short but good. I haven't seen them in two years so there should be a lot of catching up! I have posted one picture which is of my great granddaughter, Stella Lee Smith who was born on June...

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Traveling Toes

Jun 4, 2018 - Toes Stuck in Olympia

Here we are, still at home. About 3 weeks ago we took the 5th wheel in to have the wheel bearings packed. The RV tech called and asked us to get there right away and when I arrived I was horrified. The first picture you see is how the leaf spring assembly should look like. The next one is what happened. The bolts holding the spring assembly to the frame are called 'wet' bolts, meaning they have a zirk fitting that has grease inside. This bolt is inserted into a bronze bushing. Come to find out, none of these bolts were ever greased at the...

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Traveling Toes

May 28, 2018 - It's been one year

Greetings fellow journal followers! I hope that all of you have enjoyed this holiday weekend and that the weather cooperated for your plans. It was one year ago today (date wise) that we embarked on our epic journey to New York for Whitney's wedding. I seriously don't think a day goes by that I don't think of that trip as some memory always seems to crop up. So, here we are planning another trip! Not as far as last year, but it's going to be fun anyway. Three of my bowling friends asked me to go with them to Reno and participate in the...

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