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Jun 24, 2019 - Olympia, Washington

When we left Cheyenne on April 16, our goal was to continue straight through to the Olympia area to get started on our annual visits to doctors, dentist, daughter Shari and her family, Sharon’s brother Brian, financial advisors, attorney, and lots of friends. These days, four hours of travel per day is our maximum, so it took us a week on I-80 and I-84 to pass through Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, and Oregon to I-5 north to our membership park in Elma, Washington, arriving there on April 22. We know you dear readers aren’t interested in hearing the...

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May 28, 2019 - Olympia WA

Olympia WA The route from Yakima to Olympia (US 12 west to I-5, then north to Olympia) is scenic: it goes west following the Naches River, the Tieton Creek and crosses the Cascade Mountains at White Pass (4500 ft) then descends and parallels the upper section of the Cowlitz River south of Mt Rainier. We covered part of this route in 2009 on our way to Mt Rainier National Park—we turned north from US 12 at Morton, WA. Though relatively short (168 miles) it took us 4 hours to reach our destination. The good news is we had a nice day, cloudy...

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May 14, 2019 - Hoquiam to Olympia, WA

May 14, 2019 We awoke to our first showers today which we expected. Unfortunately, most of what we would like to do today are outdoor activities. Camp has a lovely recreation room with WiFi access but we are not permitted to use it. Time to move on! The drive through Hoquiam(meaning hungry for wood) and Aberdeen meant crossing the Hoquiam river several times! Both cities had their histories and economy tied to logging and today hold the major portion of the Olympic Peninsula population which is less than 25,000. A piece of trivia, the area...

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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 - 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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