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Old 08-05-2014, 09:12 AM   #15
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continuing the journey

but this time it is in the wrong direction.

got my hensley part…ready to go…we've been cooling our heels at the skp abode in chimacum. we have driven the area scouting possible real estate adventures; port townsend, port ludlow, discovery bay, sequin,….but all say…have you been in the area in the winter time??????

so we are considering a return trip later…sept…oct and stay at the skp for six months…travel the area…endure the winter weather…explore the san juans…..

now…the tough part…have to go to pacific beach state park today and stay for two days…...

then a mad dash south…headed for the burning "heart o texas…ug ug ug

3800 miles so far…….12 or 15 to go…be back in tejas on the 15th of aug or so….

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Old 08-05-2014, 09:59 AM   #16
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Sounds like a good plan.

Being Texans, harsh winters are not something you are used to living with, but I've had two friends who lived in Seattle for years....one still does....and they don't report those winters as being intolerable.

Not compared to Central Illinois, anyway.

I always thought winters in that part of the country were fairly moderate.

So fun to have the option of looking, experiencing and choosing.


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Old 08-05-2014, 11:11 AM   #17
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September, October, and even November is often quite good. If you want to see winter here, come back for January and February.

To me, the very best camping out here is the months of September & October.

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Old 08-05-2014, 12:31 PM   #18
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The San Juans got snow twice last winter. They do get considerably less rain than Seattle, since the ridge of Vancouver Island catches the winter Pacific storms, creating a "rain shadow."

Even with "sunny" days in winter, there is considerably less daylight than in Texas due to the more northerly latitude. It's something to consider.

We have land on Lopez and spend 5-6 weeks camped here every summer. It's lovely here.

One thing we consider when we talk about moving up here permanently is the change it would make in our Airstreaming. In the 4 years we've owned our Airstream, we've generally camped somewhere for at least a weekend about once a month, with December and January reserved for repairs, maintenance and improvements. Living on an island served by ferries means that every trip to somewhere else costs several hundred dollars right off the bat, just to get truck and trailer to and from the mainland.

Many people who live in the San Juans become "snowbirds" who drive south for the winter months. Some travel around while others go to the same spot every year where they are part of a seasonal community.
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Old 08-05-2014, 05:26 PM   #19
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Sequim is famous for being in a "blue hole" caused by rain shadows from Vancouver Island and the Olympic mountains. So it may not rain there as much as elsewhere in the area. That is likely why you see quite a bit of retirement activity there. Temperatures are also generally moderate. However, be prepared for very short days and very long nights in the dead of winter, and plenty of wind. It always seems to be windy near the Strait of Juan de Fuca, as I'm sure you noticed. Wind there is normal, not anomalous. If you're a kite flyer, you'll be very happy indeed.
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Old 08-05-2014, 05:56 PM   #20
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thanks

we are hopefully doing all the right diligence and will spend time here in the "off months" to see…and have heard about and consider the longer nights/shorter days/gray/cold days for the winter months.

have thought that i might just keep airstream in anacordes cause the 270 round trip is a consideration…but would depend on the place and the island…hopefully we will, as we hope, travel the west and more after we move somewhere in the state of washington…….

we took the long way to pacific beach today…going down the westside 101 through the rain forrest and along the banks of the incredible crescent lake…..

full house here…lots of beach goers……..
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Old 08-05-2014, 07:21 PM   #21
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Never checked but I assume the SJ Islands are a part of WA state.WA seems to be a tax hungry state. You might want to check.


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Old 08-05-2014, 07:40 PM   #22
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Yep, SJ islands are part of WA. There's no Conch Republic, though if they had one, they'd have to call it a Gooey Duck Republic.
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Old 08-05-2014, 08:14 PM   #23
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texas is tax hungry

and hotter and drier than hell
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We moved from Los Angeles almost 16 years ago and never looked back. L.A. like Texas is hot, dry, and very tax happy. Also filled with way too many people.

We actually live about mid way between Sequim and Port Angeles right in the middle of the rain shadow. The nights are long in the winter but also much shorter in the summer. Wind does blow down the Strait but if you are back inland just a bit it's not a problem. The area north of Sequim known as Dungeness is flat and does get windy and a bit colder. Going south up the hill will also provide a dramatic weather change. The entire area is full of little micro weather systems and traveling just mile or two can make big difference.

I'm glad you found Crescent Lake, it is one of my favorites. I would be happy to have you by for a visit and show you around a bit but I am nearing the south end of the Alaska Highway and won't be home for another month. We should be home for your return trip in the fall and the welcome mat will be out.
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Old 08-07-2014, 06:53 PM   #25
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washington in the rear view mirror

sadly, we head out and down…..leaving pacific beach ….sigh….down thru humptulips….I5 to I205….and I84 East…tonights rest stop is Memaloose state park …on the banks of the mighty columbia river…just south of the dalles. it is a nice park…sandwiched between I 84 west and the rail road down at the bottom of the river bed…it is a green oasis with a mix of faint interstate drum and rails clacking…but with the wind in this great river valley all is just moving…….

memaloose is indian for dead…or dying..as there was a memaloose island where the indians buried their dead and one white man was allowed to be buried there along the time of lewis and clark…

looking for lewis and clark……..

tomorrow a stop in baker city, oregon…the birthplace of Mr Wally Byam

what great time we had there on July 4th, Wally's birthdate…and the rally that was there in 2011.

then on to Brunea dunes near mountain home idaho…where silos of ICBM's await the touch of a mad man…..

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Sockeye Salmon on Orcas Island

Your recent adventures on Orcas Island is bittersweet for I am presently on Orcas Island yet sadly without my Airstream.

I concur, the San Juan Islands are spectacular and well worth the effort to travel this far NorthWest.

I spotted several vintage AIrstreams you referred to, which appear to be permanent residents. This only exacerbated my separation anxiety from our beloved Airstream.

One more perk to the San Juan Island region is the access to fresh seafood. I grilled a Sockeye salmon tonight which came from a fishing boat earlier today.
Yesterday, fresh crab cakes and a crabmeat quesadilla (delish).

I wish you safe travels and many more fond memories.
You know, 6 months in the San Juan Islands and 6 months in Texas doesn't sound bad at all.

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Orcas in the winter is spectacular. The tourists are gone and the locals are mellow. But very spendy to make a regular ferry run. I'd be eyeing Anacortes, Whidbey, Port Townsend, Port Ludlow, or near Bellingham. Plus, construction cost and well water expenses are very tough on Orcas.

I've tolerated WA winters for over 20 years. If it gets too much, head a few hours east where it's dry and sunnier, if not a bit colder.
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The Orcas Island Adventure

Lived in Port Ludlow for a couple of years and really loved it, even with a daily (long) commute to work in Renton and Everett. Living with no air conditioners or even screens on the windows is quite a treat for us southern-born types. Real estate prices there are still fairly depressed so don't be afraid to make an offer on property you like. Also, be prepared to take your Airstream south in the "dark" months. We like Lake Havasu City but lots of choices.... We really love Ruby Beach on the coast, hope you caught that place.
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