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Old 09-03-2016, 01:24 PM   #2913
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We had a final visit this morning, and a short hike up their mountain to see the spectacular views of the San Juan Islands and Canada.

Paula and Carroll are both very lean and wiry, from hiking up the hill from the parking area to their home, and then all over this island.

I could feel my core and leg muscles a-working, hiking with them, and just in the steep walk a couple of times a day up the hill to their house from the guest house.

Good for my aging body.

Paula hikes a mile down the mountain, then back up, every morning with their dogs. She's a better woman than me, tho who knows what I would do if I lived in this place...probably the same thing, and it keeps one young.

There is moss on everything here, greening up from recent rains and looking like the tiniest ferns you can imagine. Beautiful, and unique.

Difficult to carry the IPad for photos, but trust me...it is special.

Left in time to pick up some homemade sausage at the little grocery here, plus a pullover, postcards, and Orcas Island sticker at the gift shop.

In line at the ferry, back on the mainland soon, then on to Puyallup.


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Old 09-03-2016, 02:10 PM   #2914
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Bye-Bye, Orcas Island...
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Old 09-03-2016, 07:34 PM   #2915
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We are settled into the huge WalMart parking lot in East Port Orchard, as of just a bit ago. Tucked into a quiet side area, near a sign that limits rv parking to 24 hours.

I got right onto the Port Townsend ferry, and it took about 5 hours total, from the time I got on the ferry to Anacortes, to here. Enough.

I have twice now on this trip successfully driven steep, unpaved roads....first to/from Double Cabin in Wyoming, and then to/from the house on Orcas.

Going up wasn't too bad, tho I was fearing a bit going back down. They said I would have no problem....and I didn't.

Carroll said if I was going to drive all over the country I could do that road...and, I did.

I could have made it to Puyallup yet tonight, if I felt like handling the traffic and was sure I would get there before it got dark....aging eyes, you know.

Better to quit while I'm ahead, and start off fresh in the morning.

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Old 09-03-2016, 08:51 PM   #2916
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hi Maggie... good idea, starting off fresh in the morning.... your "side trip" seems to have been a good one.... hugs and love to you two up there!!!
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Old 09-03-2016, 08:58 PM   #2917
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It was a good visit, with good people, in a beautiful place. .

I need a few hours of down time before beginning the next round of visiting, too, you know?

I can be at my friends house in 1 1/2 hours or so from here...theoretically...and she is making coffee cake for breakfast. .

So, we will still have two days of gabbing and catching up.

Have tidied things up, had a glass of wine, and am reading.

Lily has already crashed....galloping full speed uphill wears her out.

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Old 09-03-2016, 11:01 PM   #2918
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Do try to get to the Fulton Street fish market in Seattle. The parking in the area is sketchy, but worth the trip.

Just across the street from the main entrance of the fish market is a Chinese bakery that sells the biggest and best tasting Chinese Barbecue Pork buns ever. My wife (originally from Hong Kong) is still talking about those shops.

Fantastic food there.

Youngest son used to be stationed near Puyallup, used to go up there every chance we got. He's the one that brought our whole family into Airstreaming.

He's back in California after being stationed in Hawaii. Some people have all the good duty. All I got was San Francisco and San Diego. I'm not complaining....😀


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Old 09-04-2016, 04:20 PM   #2919
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Found warm coffee cake waiting for me at my friends house in Puyallup this morning.

More of where you just pick up right where you left off the last time you saw them. I like.

Going with them to a make-your-own-pizza in an outdoor oven gathering tonight, which will be fun.

The oven owner and host has a large cast iron collection.

We will talk cast iron and fire cooking.

All is well. On to Astoria Tuesday morning.


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Old 09-05-2016, 07:54 AM   #2921
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Had a nice evening with total strangers last night, in an outdoor kitchen and patio area that is as beautiful as anything you might see on a TV cooking show.

All built by hand, from wood harvested on their own property.

The outdoor oven has a beautiful, copper surround, and sturdy shelves hold a huge collection of cast iron kettles and Dutch Ovens. Probably 20 Dutch Ovens, a couple large enough to sit in, also a few skillets and antique waffle irons.

Impressive.

We're going to hang out and just visit today, also make a run to Best Buy to replace my windshield mounted holder for the IPad....used for navigation when traveling, and wearing out after just 15 months of use as 2 of 4 holding clips have broken.

These friends live in a small redwood forest, from trees planted around their home decades ago.

The fragrance of those trees when you step outside is amazing.


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Cool! I want pictures! Sounds like good times, Maggie.

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An Officer and a Gentleman was also filmed in the Coupeville/Port Townsend area.

You are experiencing some of my favourite places. (Am reliving it here vicariously).

"The fragrance of those trees when you step outside is amazing."
The PNW weather is unusually cold for this time of year, but don't let it put a damper on those experiences. The sound of the wind and rain through those trees is also amazing.

Stay safe...and keep us informed, Maggie.
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Old 09-05-2016, 03:16 PM   #2924
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We found House Wine Riesling in the 3l box in their big liquor store here.

They have been introduced to it, and like it, and I have one to take with me.

Yum.


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Old 09-05-2016, 09:25 PM   #2925
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I didn't actually go thru Coupeville, but on to the ferry, so got no pictures.

I will get one of the Interstate in their redwood forest in the morning before I leave here.

We've had a lovely day....talked and talked and cooked and talked and talked. Good people.

My windshield mounted IPad holder, which I use to navigate, was giving me trouble, so my friends rigged a fix for it which is better than what I had before.

I had mentioned to Loren that I was going to find a car wash in the morning, and clean the grime off the Interstate, and he said "no you won't, I'll wash it"...which he then insisted on doing, right there in his driveway...apparently being one who loves to wash vehicles.

I helped, of course, but he is the one who got down on one knee with a couple of different solutions to clean and brighten the tire rims. What a guy.

It's been a great visit, but it may be years before I see them again.

Seems to be the way it goes.


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Hey, Maggie, we found an opening at Fort Stevens, hope to see you Evelyn there! Look for a PM with details.
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