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Old 10-01-2014, 05:45 PM   #71
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Blast off

packed up..packed out….pod picked up….house sold……driving out the driveway…headed west to abiliene, texas…abiliene state park…right now…last night in texas…..

and just for me an October heat wave (94 degrees in abiliene town….great…)

but tomorrow….blast off…out the state….roswell new mexico to visit relatives that left me here so many years ago…….bottomless lakes state park……
then on the santa fe striking a glancing blow to the balloon festival……

parks in santa fe mostly booked up this weekend for the festival in ABQ…
snagged one at the trailer ranch…so will be there friday night and eat at JAMBO's in Santa Fe… anyone been there….african homestyle cuisine……in santa fe….
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Old 10-01-2014, 06:15 PM   #72
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Yeeeee--haa!!

Riding off, into the Orcas Island sunset.

Good for you two.


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Old 10-02-2014, 03:32 PM   #73
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crossed the state line …for the last time

Nothing quite like Tejas in the rearview mirror…..crossed it just a few hours ago…now parked at bottomless lakes state park near roswell...:


much cooler…i never want to see much above 70 degees again, ever….

rollin in to the trailer ranch in santa fe tomorrow…...
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Old 10-02-2014, 03:41 PM   #74
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Old 10-02-2014, 04:02 PM   #75
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LOL - just came upon this thread and I had to laugh, cause I am pushing the hubby to move me back to Texas. I have lived here 12 years now and every September - June I whine about the cold and damp and dark ...well, from October to May it's more dark than light! Safe travels and welcome...but consider investing in a SAD light for the depression that sets in after a while. Oh, and make sure you always have a sweater and a jacket with a hood, cause it rarely gets warm around here (and I don't consider anything below 85 degrees to be warm ;-)). Change is always good, so enjoy your damp adventure here is the beautiful PNW!
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Old 10-02-2014, 05:09 PM   #76
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Lori, I've had the same thoughts. Visit the PNW July-Sept. and you think, my gosh why would anyone want to live elsewhere. After a few winters or commutes through the Seattle-Bellevue megalopolis or setting up your life around a ferry schedule and it can wear pretty thin. I have a picture of the family during one 4th of July picnic as we sit around a table along Chuckanut Drive.....in our parkas, freezing our hindquarters off. But it all has its charms and the scenery and ocean/evergreen smell is absolutely intoxicating. Can't wait to get back there with our Airstream, should arrive July 5th and will be properly vacated mid-Sept.
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Old 10-02-2014, 08:39 PM   #77
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Well, it is an Adventure

Weather (not whether!) and When to Visit The San Juan Islands get less rainfall than Seattle due to their location in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains to the southwest. Summertime high temperatures are around 70 ° while average winter lows are in the high 30s. Snow is infrequent. As true anywhere in the Pacific NW, bring layered clothing even in the summer as it can be chilly at night or if you go out on a boat (the average ocean water temperature is about 45 degrees). The spring and especially summer and early fall months are the best seasons to visit the islands; the weather is better, the days are much longer (this is a very high latitude), with plenty of daylight hours to explore.

so there are some differences in climate of the islands vs lower in the sound…rainfall is about half of that that seattle gets….the darkness and daylight length is just what it is….

and so we have been studying and trying to prepare for the changes in climate, extreme from texas…..and while true being there in the summer months makes one believe that paradise awaits…but, i think we are being realistic and going to rent a place for the winter and see how the living is…..if not I GOT WHEELS

BUT 68 YEARS OF TEXAS is enough for several lifetimes…and somewhere else is in the plan…..

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Old 10-02-2014, 09:51 PM   #78
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I enjoy all the naysayers complaining about the Seattle weather. The rain shadow around the Sequim area of the North Olympic Peninsula is so different it's hard for people to comprehend. We have been here for 15 years and have never regretted it. If I get cold I put a sweater or jacket on. If I get hot I can only take so much off and beyond that I suffer. As to the darkness I find it very easy to keep my mind and hands occupied enough to not notice.

The only thing I would be concerned about your plan would be living on an island. That would be a bit restrictive for my taste. We pay a price for living in a rural community for shopping and medical and those things associated with city life. To me that cost goes up even more on the San Juan Islands. Only you can decide if you can live with that.

Have a safe trip and if you would like to come by and chat about aluminum and rivets give me a yell.
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We have just the opposite here in Florida. People come visit in Nov - Feb, and think, "Man! This weather is AWESOME!!!" Then they move here, and March through October hits, with August being slightly warmer than the biblical lake of fire...

But, being from Texas, you know what I mean, only you're a bit drier than we are.

Enjoy your move. I have a very good friend from Florida that lives in Seattle, and he loves it! It's all in your head!

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Old 10-03-2014, 05:05 PM   #80
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we once thought

that santa fe would be a nice place to live,,,/.……NO MORE….ROLLING IN HERE TODAY I THOUGHT I WAS IN AUSTIN TEXAS……

thick with traffic/people/wrecks…….no way jose

i have a theory…any interstate with a 5 in its name is to be avoided…

IH 35--25--

can't wait to get outa here tomorrow…we still like new mexico state parks….and anywhere else away from the cities

give me the dark, dank, wet pacific northwest
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Welcome to the Great Northwest. I've lived in South Carolina, Georgia, Oregon, and Texas (in that order), before moving to Seattle. My wife and I quickly fell in love with the area, and that love affair is going on ten years now.

There's just so much to do outdoors and you are surrounded by beauty. Yes, the winters can get to you the first year or so, but after a while you just learn to ignore the drizzle. We don't really get heavy rain, so a waterproof jacket and hoodie or hat and just get out in it. I've actually come to look forward to it. Pour a cup of good coffee and enjoy.

Just have your vitamin D checked regularly. What days of sun we do get in the winter won't produce much vitamin D because of the low angle of the sun.

The dark days make sure you always get out and enjoy the sunny ones. No one takes a beautiful day of sunshine for granted here.
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thats great and thanks….

In Texas the climate is continual drought …...with occasional flooding…10 inches one night and not another drop for months or years…..

basically one season with some minor divergences in march and october….

so a new climate is in order…as a younger person i would head for the Upper Pensulia of Michigan and revel in the snow ……

but now , just a dusting of snow will do…a supreme rarity in tejas….thats what the indians called it any way.

If the description of the climate of the islands in the brochures is correct, and it really is a temperate, banana belt climate, and in the rain shadow of the mountains, and they boast of well over 200 days of sunshine ….and moderate rainfall of 20 or so inches…..and so its dark longer or whatever…

It is an adventure….
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In Texas the climate is continual drought …...with occasional flooding…10 inches one night and not another drop for months or years…..



basically one season with some minor divergences in march and october….



so a new climate is in order…as a younger person i would head for the Upper Pensulia of Michigan and revel in the snow ……



but now , just a dusting of snow will do…a supreme rarity in tejas….thats what the indians called it any way.



If the description of the climate of the islands in the brochures is correct, and it really is a temperate, banana belt climate, and in the rain shadow of the mountains, and they boast of well over 200 days of sunshine ….and moderate rainfall of 20 or so inches…..and so its dark longer or whatever…



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Pulled out of Santa Fe

headed south towards ABQ and the intersection of US 550…great trip thru some of the most beautiful new mexican countryside….then amazingly as u cross the colorado state line the landscapes change, more trees, greener and then into the valley that is durango colorado..

Our destination is mesa verde national park…a beautiful green mesa

campground is mostly deserted, just us and as the ranger warned us…to remove our water hose at night…and i said because it is to freeze??

and he said, no the bears have been eating them if left out

oh well….maybe the bears won't get us while we are here
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