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Old 08-10-2015, 07:42 PM   #169
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Yesterday we drove to Gig Harbor RV Resort, situated on a hill just outside of Gig Harbor. The CG is improved since we stayed here 3 years ago with wifi that actually works and better TV. The CG has narrow spaces tiered on a hill and so long as we stay inside or go around town, it is fine, though too many trailers among the many trees leaves little to do outside. Fine for our purposes.

Gig Harbor is an expensive suburb of Tacoma as well as a tourist zone. Three years ago it was pretty quiet, but things have picked up and there are lots more restaurants. Just downhill from the CG is a restaurant with a strange name—Hi-Iu-Hee-Hee or something like that. Breakfast was quite good—first you get a fruit bowl with ripe fruit, then a little waffle, then what you ordered. I had a skillet; it was good.

Last evening we met Dan L., who about 4 years ago had an Airstream for a while. He sold it for more than he paid for it when his life changed. We had dinner at Il Tucano (also unsure of spelling) and it was good too. We spent the evening catching up and telling stories.

Today we went north to Pt. Orchard and met Ken and Sue (Au&Ag) and saw how hard it is to park their 31' trailer in their driveway. They got it in, but not an easy place to park. We told more stories, maybe the same ones as last night, and then got a tour of the Pt. Orchard area and had a late lunch at a Thai place that was different than we are used to, but ok. Then back to their house and a tour of their trailer—lots of space, nice wood, but too big to park at our house. Ken and Sue moved here a couple of months ago after she retired and they left Colorado. Though Ken is the "cat guy" on the Forum, we only saw one and it was mostly asleep; the others hid.

This entire area is heavily treed and if you just drive by on the expressway, Wash. 16, you go through a green tunnel, but beyond that it is hills, trees and houses all over, hidden in the trees. Lots of traffic. Water everywhere and from Ken's house, through a small space in the trees, you can see Seattle. Probably as close as I want to go to Seattle. Although it rained a little this morning (I promised to bring some), they have had little or no rain for 2 months. The grass is brown, but the trees mostly look ok. We did see some south of Olympia with beetle kill—characteristically red needles as the tree dies fast once the beetles hatch inside and spread blue fungus which clogs up the sap passages in the tree. Oregon trees looked worse with a lot of die off of new shoots as the tree protects itself from lack of moisture.

In the past week we have met 2 Forum members who post a lot and Dan, who made a splash several years ago on the Forum. Pleasant times with all and none of those awkward moments in the conversation when no one can think of anything to say. It's good to have faces and more personality to put with the posts on the Forum.

Tomorrow we go north to Sequim for 2 nights. That'll will give us a chance to drive over to Pt. Townshend and see it, and then it is an easy tow to Pt. Angeles for the ferry.

Maybe I'll download photos if I have time. Dan wants to stop over and see our trailer, so maybe not.

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Old 08-10-2015, 09:34 PM   #170
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Dan can't come this evening, so I'll try to download photos. It didn't work on the CG Tengo wifi, so I'll try our JetPack.

1. Mt. Hood from 50 miles away through the forest fire haze.

2. from 20 miles, less haze, bigger.

3. Sandy, Oregon, has many flowers along the main drag. Though the Colorado wildflowers are colorful, they are small flowers on small plants and dispersed among the sagebrush, dirt, sparse grasses and some trees. In the Pacific coastal area, they are big, lush, covering everything.

4. While I don't know if Oregon City is really boring, the state highway dep't thinks it is.

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Old 08-10-2015, 09:46 PM   #171
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More photos. I now know how to load more than 4, but more photos makes them all run together in my mind, so I'll stick with 4.

1. Pendleton mill and store in Washougal, Wash.

2. Tidal Flat on one of the multitude of bays, estuaries, lakes and sounds. I think this was on the road between Shelton and Allyn, Wash.

3. Seattle from across Puget Sound. Lots of haze today, but pretty dry and sunny.

4. Bridge between Bremerton (on left) and another town. Bremerton has a large naval base.
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And, more.

1. Pt. Orchard looking south from the harbor at the public market, a bar, houses on a hill.

2. Pt. Orchard harbor, looking across to Bremerton.

3. More harbor. A lot of the marina is covered with large sheds like giant pole barns. I guess they don't like water to fall on their boats.

4. Ken and Sue's giant trailer. The angle makes it look like you could never get the trailer out, but you can. I suggested they get their road closed by the town so they could park on it instead, but that is not a really good solution. A smaller trailer would feel cramped after the luxe amenities of their trailer. Beautiful wood dinette table, valences on the shades, wood (not real wood) floors, Corian countertops, full size fridge, all the Classic features—that would be hard to give up.

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Just for you.

Hi, Bob meets Bob and Dusty Boo-Boo.
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Bob, Bob looks just like I thought he would (so does Dusty, in fact, they look alike). Two guys with beards—neither of you would get into Canada. Oh, I have a beard too—tomorrow they can kick me out, but if I give them your name, maybe they let me in.

Today we are in Sequim, Wash. We selected this campground because it is midway between Pt. Angeles (where we get the ferry) and Pt. Townshend, an historic town we want to see. We've been here three times over the years and never gave ourselves a chance to see Pt. Townshend. It is surely a tourism town with lots of shoppes, but maybe I can direct Barb towards the historic sites instead (sometimes that works!).

Yesterday after our mandatory nap, we went to see Dungeness Spit. I understand spit is something dentists are concerned about, but this is a different kind. This is part of a wildlife refuge and is a sand bar extending out 5.5 miles into the Strait of San Juan de Fuca (how you pronounce it is up to you). You are advised to not hike it during high tide. At the rate I would walk 11 miles, there would be several high tides during my walk (or swim). Instead of drowning, we decided to find an overlook and discovered one by driving through Squim (locals pronounce it "Squim") to the Strait. It may have been a park that required money, but we plead ignorance. We could barely see the "New Lighthouse" (it was new 150 years ago), so I took out my 500 mm. lens and then we could see it clearly. A lighthouse and several out buildings barely above the water.

Even with image stabilization, holding a 500 mm. lens and not shaking it is difficult. The photo came out fairly well, but I need more practice with this.

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Best to download photos in a separate post as one can't trust CG wifi.

1. Hood Canal Bridge, the longest floating bridge somewhere. It is over a mile long and has a lift bridge for navy ships. The Hood Canal dead ends eventually, so I guess they use it for training.

2. "New Lighthouse" on Dungeness Spit, miles and miles away. The Spit is 5.5 miles, but turns from north to east and was probably 3 miles from where we were. The blur in the upper left is apparently a bird or a bug on the lens. Everyone we know in Gig Harbor and Pt. Orchard says to see the Spit. A 5.5 mile long sand bar (biggest anywhere in salt water I think) is impressive. It seems so low, I imagine it is not a good place to be in a storm.

3. Pilings out about 100 yards from us. Looked like a dock was once there with some sort of larger area at the end. Birds love to stand on the pilings, apparently looking for fish.

4. Crammed in at Rainbo CG. It actually looks like there's more space here than there is. Late last night a Class A parked next to us and is about 5' away. Had to park our truck about 50' away. Since we never remember everything we keep in the truck, I made quite a few trips back and forth to the truck yesterday. "Exercise is good" I kept telling myself. Wifi works fairly well, but can be really slow, then fast, then slow. Lots of TV channels, some with snow at no extra charge.

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Interesting posts Gene. When using that 500mm lens try using a mono-pole it will help a lot. As far as you having lots of TV candles, enjoy them now as that will not be the case one your into Canada. also we charge for snow, so enjoy that also......

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Hi, Gene; We stayed in Gig Harbor a few times. I think there is only one place. If so, we camped at the same place as you did. Or you camped at the same place as we did. We drove through, and spent a little time, in Sea-Quim too. [Sequim] They say Skwim, but I told them if they want me to say that way, they need to spell it correctly.

If you give the Canadians my name, you will get in for sure; In jail that is. When you get to Port Angeles, Look up Smartstream, Dan and Irene. They have room for several Airstreams with partial hook ups too. Dan has enough motorized vehicles to keep you occupied for days.


I don't get it; They let that idiot Bieber in this country, but won't let a nice guy like me in their country without mental abuse and harassment. What the hey?????


Oh, and Bob told me a sob story about you. Or was it a Sabb story? Either way it was sad.
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Looks a lot like Vancouver Island!

Looking forward to your Canadian photos and experiences too!
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I don't get it; They let that idiot Bieber in this country, but won't let a nice guy like me in their country without mental abuse and harassment. What the hey?????

You get the mental abuse and harassment because Bieber has tried a couple times to get back in with a disguise. Someone said it had something to do with an old fart with an airstream..... sorry could not resist.....

By the way, we sent Bieber down to you guys.... You can keep him. Last time I heard they were wondering is they will ever let him back in. Mind you he sort of blends in with a few other wing-bolts you folks are housing.....lol
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Gene,

It was fun spending the afternoon with you guys.

You should have taken us along as tour guides. As far as I know, the "New" in New Dungeness, is just like the New in New York or New Jersey. It is in deference to Dungeness on England's southeastern coast. My grandfather was the Keeper at New Dungeness lighthouse for several years when my dad was young. Several years ago the local light house society wanted to do a video interview with my dad at the lighthouse. Susan, my parents, my daughter and I met the light house people in Sequim. They drove all of us in a big 4x4 SUV to the lighthouse via the beach. After the Lighthouse ,we took a tour of my dad's grade school. Its now a museum.

The Navy wants to go down Hood Canal because a major Trident submarine base (Bangor) is down the canal several miles from the bridge. I have never observed it, but I understand it is quite a production when they open the bridge for a Submarine. There are many Navy/Coast Guard boats escorting the Submarine.

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P.S the rain you brought us is arriving in short light spurts. I don't think you had it properly secured on your truck.
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I completely forgot about Smartstream. I wonder if he still has the Tin Crumpet Airstream on site, or has it been sold?

I also can report the fix I made on the oven works wonderfully. I found the pilot light tubing was loose and when I tightened the nut down that holds it to the assembly, it lit right away. It had never worked well since we bought the trailer, but does now. That alone will help us get into Canada; I won't have to use Bob's name to get in.

We went to Pt. Townsend today. Previously I used an "h" in the name, but discovered they don't have an "h" in it. The lower town is a few blocks deep and follows the water. From the dates on the buildings, it appears the town got wealthy in the 1880's as a shipping center with ferries to everywhere across the water. There are many Victorian era masonry buildings downtown and large Victorian houses above town. Downtown is busy with tourists today and traffic into town moves slowly. They are big on traffic circles here and they really slow things down and people struggle to figure out where they are going and trying not to hit too many other cars going 'round and 'round. There was a double one near Gig Harbor where Burnham Dr. meets the Wash. 16 expressway. I had a little car blowing her horn next to me as I pulled into traffic—I guess she was afraid I'd crush her (after she blew her horn I did think about it) and I got confused and went the wrong way. Eventually we found our way back to 16.

Pt. Townsend is at the end of a peninsula and although the 1880's are over, it seems to be thriving again. Many of the downtown buildings have been fixed up. We ate a very good restaurant, Silverwaster, for lunch and then found a bakery for a large baguette. Walked and drove around for a while. We visited Undertown too. There are stairs that look like a NYC subway entrance and we went down into the darkness. There was a candle shop and some places reeking of incense. One has strange paintings and another looked sort of like a headshop. No retail marijuana stores in Undertown, though we saw some elsewhere. Undertown is less than a block long and is simply a passageway less than a block long with access to some basements. An interesting town without many T shirt shops, fortunately.

The drought is a big deal here. Burn Ban signs are everywhere. It did rain a little today, though not enough to matter. It did wash off some of the bugs on the windshield.

Bob, it was a Saab story, not a Sabb story. Buffalo Bob worked at a garage where I took a Saab to fix the starter. It cost a lot and then my then wife crashed it into the back of a Buick. The Buick didn't suffer much. This is called a "past wife experience". Maybe that is why Buffalo Bob looked familiar. This was long before either of us had good wives, Airstreams or heard about internet Forums. Back when we were both novices on the Forum we discovered this and that we had lived a few blocks from each other in those days (1970's). We also discovered we both met our wives in sleazy bars—Bob in the Allentown section of Buffalo and me in Evergreen, Colo. Having been in both sleazy bars, the one in Buffalo was much sleazier. So Barb and I tell people the place to meet your future spouse is a sleazy bar.

Getting ready for the entry to Canada. Barb found 2 potatoes and is baking them to eat them before we are found to have them. They wlll be disguised as stomachs. Checking for citrus so we don't import citrus diseases to infect the many orange groves on Vancouver Is. I will take a shower later so I smell good because I know Canadians like cleanliness. I'll rip off some panels in the trailer so they can see there is nothing hidden.

Ken, it was great to see you and Susan. Now that I have seen the insides of a Classic, I don't know if our little Safari will ever feel the same. I'm going to see if I can stretch ours and fit in a real sofa and a dinette and turn the bed 90˚ so Barb doesn't have to climb over me. But I do like Barb climbing over me. Keep your house blue, great colors. Ken and Susan's house is surrounded by bushes and trees and that creates lots of privacy; very different from the desert where there are few trees and the bushes are a few feet high and trying to grow in the driveway. We're going to bring rain to Victoria next.

Photos later.

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Hi, Gene; we just went to Canada tonight and the border guards didn't like our driver. Our driver has a beard too. They had him park on one side and let several huge tour busses go ahead of us. We only had ten tourists in our bus, and after that experience everyone said they wouldn't spend any money in Canada. And they didn't. We didn't tell anyone about our experience because we didn't want to spend the night in our tour bus in Canada. They were stirred up enough with out our help. Not one frigg'n dime spent in Canada! Yesterday's American tour was much better anyway; Sad because we liked our driver/tour guide.
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