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Old 01-28-2015, 06:35 PM   #253
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I'm loving your adventure Kingfisher! In 1986 I flew over the San Juans in a small plane on my way from Seattle to Vancouver, BC. It was beautiful looking down on the little island jewels, and I promised myself to get there one day. Still a goal of mine. I've been all around the mainland... Seattle, Anacortes, Olympic Park... Vancouver and Vancouver Island. Now that I have the Airstream, I really need to make that island trip happen. Reading about your experience is making me ache more for a visit.

Keep it up, and best of luck hunting for a home.

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Old 01-28-2015, 09:17 PM   #254
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hey, thanks spenfolder

once settled.....i hope to fly over the san juans, as well as sail....to some of them....heck...we hope to be able to get the ......

whatever it takes to do some inter-island travel... at this point i do not want or need to leave orcas....

the house hunting has been an experience...always is...but the island is worlds different...well from texas, anyway...

we are learning with each house...we have had four under contract and just this evening the fourth one was accepted by the seller

THIS ONE IS GONNA WORK.....because ...we have learned....; hopefully.

this one really looks good....a specialized house (they all are)...but this is a really different shape and only one bedroom , with a loft..about 2000 sq ft....

has a guest house.... is serene and isolated,,,backs up to a 1500 acre preserve at the end of a dead end road.....

AND ACCESSIBLE PARKING FOR AT LEAST TWO AIRSTREAMS

i need crossed fingers....10 acres of paradise....closing march 2nd....gotta do this one....or leave the island.....not gonna happen......

this one has been waiting on us!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 01-28-2015, 11:40 PM   #255
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"Accessible Parking!" I like the sounds of that!

Got my fingers crossed too. This will be the one.

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Old 01-29-2015, 06:46 AM   #256
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Old 02-02-2015, 02:08 PM   #257
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12th man died

I THINK THE ENTIRE STATE OF WASHINGTON IN IN MOURNING

OR SHOCK....

I CERTAINLY AM
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Yep, a very unfortunate play call, I guess...or perhaps even more unfortunate execution of the necessary play.

I read an analysis that said the hawks would be in a "must pass" situation on the 3rd down if they ran on the 2nd down and didn't make it, because they were short of time-outs. If true, it could make sense to pass on the 2nd down instead of 3rd to keep things a little surprising for the Pats, while stopping the clock if the 2nd down pass was incomplete. Too bad the Seahawks were the ones got surprised.

Very sad, disappointed and a little mad - especially about the fisticuffs that erupted in the end-zone. That was some poor behavior in the closing moments. <sigh>

Ah well, how goes the house hunt?
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Old 02-05-2015, 12:50 PM   #259
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calling all roofers

OK...Island prices are high...

but goodness gracious....

whada think it would cost for 50 squares

of 24 ga metal to replace cedar shake roof??????

any thoughts
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Is it cheaper if you take your TV back to the mainland, pick up the squares and then bring them back to the island?


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Old 02-05-2015, 03:34 PM   #261
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OK...Island prices are high...

but goodness gracious....

whada think it would cost for 50 squares

of 24 ga metal to replace cedar shake roof??????

any thoughts
I had my roof done about 10 years ago, shake to standing rib steel. I did about 30 squares and had bids as high as $25000. I priced the material for DIY and it was around $3000. Found a local outfit did the job for $5900. When I questioned the high dollar guys to justify their numbers in relation to the material cost, some got very creative while others just got indignant and left.

Look around and do your homework. The gullible can really get taken for an expensive ride.
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Old 02-05-2015, 03:51 PM   #262
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well, the more i get semi educated

the confuser i become,,

i have two island contractor bids now and will have the third ,....tomorrow

there is a significant measurement deficiency between the two of about 12 squares:

but both are about 10$ a square foot

i called a roofer in anacordes, he is coming over next week...but he estimated about 6$ per square foot::

so at this point i don't know whether to stand there or run: neutral:

suspect the mainlanders will make the islander look like bandits
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Start talking about how long it will take and how many men. It's easy to get a materials cost from a couple of suppliers. Subtract materials from total bid and with the installation hours figure the cost per hour. That will be the scary figure. You should be able to get general installation times from the roofing suppler. You can also find how much construction workers make in the area. The profit some of these outfits want to make is unbelievable.
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Now the Orcas Island Adventure really begins

they say it's the journey that is the objective rather than the destination..

and airstreaming is all about the journey....the destination was always an excuse to hitch up the dream wagon....and look for el dorado...the shining spot on the hill.....

the very excitement is the road....the travel....the sights seen along the way....wandering in wonder....each destination is in and of its self...a jewel of jewels among various routes of travel.....

and then you get hooked....a final destination compels...beckons....and a dream comes true.....

Orcas Island....

we made it...after three houses under contract....the fourth one took...as they say.

we will close on or before march 3.... on a 10 acre park like setting..a mile or so in.. at the end of a dead end private road....

all the solace and privacy one could dream of....with a view that goes forever...

so it was about a 200,000 mile airstream journey that spaned 5 years and a circle around most of the states and then like going down the drain we focused on oregon/washington and then by magic...


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Well when the fat lady sings and the checks in the bank post some pictures as they have been beautiful to look at.
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