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Old 10-16-2014, 06:52 PM   #113
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Washington truly is a beautiful state - especially the San Juans. My wife and I will have the good fortune to spend four months there next year in our AS. We will be serving as interpretive volunteers at San Juan National Historical Park on San Juan Island from March 1 to May 15 and atop Mt. Constitution in Moran State Park on Orcas Island from then until June 15.

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Old 10-16-2014, 07:44 PM   #114
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and we will

certainly hunt you down..

we are going to Orcas next week and are going to find a rental so we can have a house to winter there in and see how the climate works...

we certainly enjoyed our visit to cove palisades and the area around Bend is just magnificent…..

certainly beautiful weather today…….
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Old 10-17-2014, 06:48 PM   #115
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and today

after yesterday's spectacularly sunny day…it has been …well not rain all the time..but the sky is just wet….and so what

people here, and we, just go about your business..walk the dog in the rain…bicycle in the rain…do whatever….

this valley that we are in is a spectacular place in its self…
so much water and so much greenery and the quaint little towns that line washington highways 202 and 203 going north ; fall city, carnation duval, redmond, botthel are
..well they just look livable…people walk, bicycle whatever in these towns and they have not been revoked, if you will, by large box amerika….

tomorrow we venture to a gem of a discovery (i hope) as i threw a dart on the wall and choose a county park on the cascade highway; rock port, wa and the howard miller steel head county park on the skagit river….

so day four in washington ends with a beautiful rain on the tolt river at carnation, washington:wally

and the island calls
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Old 10-17-2014, 10:01 PM   #116
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We may pass each other. My wife and I are doing the Cascade Loop, CCW. Today went across Steven's Pass on 2, into Leavenworth, and then north along the Columbia on 97. We're staying in Winthrop, WA, a cool little cowboy town. We'll be hitting 20 in the morning, west to the Sound and down through Oak Harbor back to Seattle.

I have a well traveled friend who says the Northern Cascade highway is the most beautiful scenic drive in the lower 48. I get to find out for myself tomorrow.

I have to echo what Rrroberts40 says. I've only lived in Washington 12 years, but the diverse beauty is everywhere you turn, so much that I am still exploring. Even in the city, going about your business, you come around a bend and there is a looming Mount Ranier in all her splendid beauty, dwarfing the Seattle skyline.

Snow capped mountains, ocean vistas, enchanting islands, deserts to the east gorged by mighty rivers, rain forests with huge trees covered in thick moss, untouched beaches; this state will have you falling in love with it all over again every where you turn.

My wife is an Oregon coast girl. My kids were all born in the Southeast. When we'd go to do something in the rain, they'd complain, and she'd just tell them "We're ducks. It doesn't bother us."

Wait, what am I doing. IT RAINS ALL THE TIME HERE. Don't come, you'll hate it.
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Old 10-18-2014, 07:04 PM   #118
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and so thanks to

my bud for pointing me to carnation and the tolt mcdonald park…a jewel…

and then somehow my dart throwing pointed me to rockport washington and a skagit county park…right on the skagit river..

howard miller steelhead park…just beautiful as well as the drive here as it veers off washington 9 to washington 530 east…a beautiful drive in the foot hills of the cascades…
the drive as one enters washington from portland and especially as you leave olympia to the southeast is the most majestic mount rainier.

paula pointed out several landmarks along the way …one as we crossed the green river…she recalled "the green river killer"…some sort of mass murderer that dumped victims in the green river…

then, as we drove thru OSO…we began to see signs that people "hearted" OSO…loved it…. and as we drove thru…i having only briefly researched highway 530…

i noted that some sort of slide had occurred recently and the highway was rebuilt thru there... only completed this month…

then as we drove thru, paula recalled the horrible mudslide that covered this part of washington only this past march ….as a complete hillside gave way in a mudslide and buried most of the town of OSO killing 40 or so….

so it rained all last night and part way on the trip this morning and then most of the afternoon and now is just beautiful…some sun…some clouds…some liquid sunshine…..
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Old 10-18-2014, 07:40 PM   #119
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kingfisher24, thanks for sharing your story, it's interesting and inspiring. Good luck with your leak. Low probability of everything going right. Please keep up the posts and pic's.
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Old 10-21-2014, 08:47 PM   #120
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deception pass

Sunday morning we left the beautiful county park on the skagit river…headed out on the north cascades highway heading west …..a beautiful and short drive that bring one into anacondas and then following 20 west on to whidbey island…and we were headed for a stay at deception pass state park…now in researching this park i just became confused...

it is a large and varied and very beautiful park…i stumbled around and could only find suitable rv parking at the quarry lake location…

.on cornet road near cornet bay….so the quarry loop is on the opposite side of the road as one would think ….but found it fine…a forrested (what else) loop that was mostly deserted…and it rained both days we were there…most of the time at night…

and what a surprise…we were warned…but if you have never stayed in the area…then you have a surprise coming…

at all hours of the night and afternoon mostly there is the most racket you can ever imagine…sounds like the end of the world…but is only the naval air station on whidbey island and boy do they terar up the sky….

and it's on to the san jaun's from here
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and then

we pulled out of quarry lake and headed for the san juan ferry….

we were set to sail at 10:35…got in line paid $202.00 for a round trip ticket…and got ready to board.

the trip was the route that leaves anacordes and then sails to lopez and then shaw islands and then orcas taking about one and one half hours….

the day was fair after nightly rains at deception pass and as we drove off the ferry at orcas village it had rained during the night but was a beautiful day on the island, we proceeded to west beach resort checked in and got set up.

water/electric no sewer at all..beautiful setting $30.00 plus 7 bucks each for the dogs…. oh well…dogs get charged for here…we have a pet deposit in the house we are going to rent..

WE DROVE TO OLGA THE FIRST DAY1111

looking at houses in rosario and deer harbor…..

rains here each day….

but it is beautiful
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Old 10-27-2014, 09:50 PM   #122
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the adventure begins…in earnest

as if they weren't already….as we just on a whim came to Orcas in july to scope it out….went home put the house up for sale…packed or sold all our stuff…she kept plenty…a pod full.

sold it in five days…loaded up OCT 1st and headed to the PNW…took a leisurely trip and hit the island 7 days ago. we just closed/signed the papers this past friday at a title company on the island …it funds oct 29

we had been in contact with a leasing agent on the island for a month before we began this journey…feeling confident that we would have several properties available…as this agent reassured us that there was no need nor did they pre lease..just show up and …we could not get pre approved before hand…but don't worry there will be several for you to choose from….

well as we were traveling here she thew us under the bus and ran over us twice or more

so we got here …naked as a jaybird….but luckily…as this entire endeavor has been…LUCKY…

we have now secured a cozy seaside cottage in Rosario……not what we had been looking at …but delightful nonetheless.

close to moran state park and the cascade bay is in view of the cottage and a mere leisurely walk away is the mansion at Rosario and minutes from eastbound wa 98245…...

so ……..tomorrow is the first day of island life in a seaside cottage by the bay….ain't life grand
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How close is Burger King... Walmart.... a Mexica eatery? Will you be offering courtesy parking?
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and who is wilson??

no burger king…no wally mart…no nuthin….but trees, water, rocks,…..and beauty beyond compare…. a beautiful and warm community (ies) of eastbound, rosario, deer harbor, doe bay and olga…..with just enough to keep one happy….why on saturday and sunday…there is a creperie…… serving what else ? CREPES

moved into the cottage today…took about four trips…moving stuff out of the stream…..about a 11 mile round trip from west beach to rosario…..

really surprising how much stuff we lug around in the airstream….especially if you're HOMELESS…UNTIL NOW THAT IS…

this island really feels like home….

got a post office box in washington…got a physical address…got water service…got electric service…..

we are going to make a trip to the mainland this thursday…day trip…just to shop off the island and see how the commute works for ISLANDERS
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