The last three weeks have been very busy and very productive. Despite what seemed like 2 straight weeks of rain, we still managed to get some exploring done, even if we got a little waterlogged.
Here are a few quick shots of some of the other places we got to poke around in.
Harrison Hot Springs
And those of you familiar with the TV show “Timber Kings” might recognize this fellow. This is the Sasquatch statue carved by Pete Ryan and installed by Beat and his crew. You can watch the episode here.
Sasquatch Provincial Park
Peace Arch Park
A beautiful hiking trail on old train tracks. The tunnels were an incredible feat of engineering and took several years to build. They were created to connect the Fraser River Valley with commercial centers to the east. It took a bit of screwing up my courage to enter the tunnels (just little bit claustrophobic), but I surprised Mike and did it anyway.
Hope is a small town located at the end of the Coquihalla Pass. The entire town is populated by these wonderful chainsaw carvings.
Hope was also renowned for being the filming location for the original “Rambo” movie. This year marks the 35th anniversary of that event, and the town featured a walking tour with an explanation of which scenes were filmed on what spots. We came across this filming harness being towed through town. Not sure if it was connected somehow, but we thought the harness was really cool anyway.
We also got some improvements done to Lonestar while we were waiting out the weather. This included a new set of taps and a larger kitchen sink, solar panels mounted on the trailer roof, and a newly designed pull out bed frame that collapses down into a couch in the daytime, and folds flat against the wall for travel. Much nicer to be sleeping up off of the floor.
In the meantime, we were happy to make some new friends. We spent a great evening with Marj and Jeff, a couple of full-timers from Alberta. They are a wonderful, friendly couple who were welcoming and incredibly easy to talk to. They kindly (and patiently) taught us a couple of new card games, and will hopefully be joining us in Arizona after Christmas. We had so much fun! Can’t wait to see you again guys!
We also had a breakfast date with Theresa and Claude whom we met through RVillage. They’ve recently sold their house and have become full-timers. We were amazed at how many things we had in common, right down to dealing with real estate agents. It’s so nice when you meet people like them and immediately feel a connection. They hope to be hitting the road full time in the spring, and we hope our paths cross again in the future.
Back At ‘Er
With our month in Chilliwack now behind us it was time to hit the road once more. We entered Washington at the Abbotsford/Sumas crossing with absolutely no difficulty and made our way to Bellingham, WA and the nearest Costco to stock up on the things we knew we couldn’t bring across the border.
We traveled on down I5 through Seattle, caught a beautiful view of the Space Needle lit up after dark, and finally settled in Tacoma for the night. In the morning we crossed the Tacoma Narrows and got a good look at Galloping Gertie, the famous bridge that twisted itself right into the water in 1940. She’s much sturdier now, and features a fabulous view of the water below.
We swung north and began our coastline tour, stopping for a beautiful beach hike in Dungeness
before cutting across to Forks and finally down to Ruby Beach, where I got my first glimpse of the Pacific Ocean proper. It was love at first sight. I had poor Mike pulling over at every lookout for photos and videos, which he patiently did. He just shakes his head and calls me “his five-year-old” when I get this excited.
Our second night in Washington was at the Quinault Casino in Ocean City. It offers free RV parking, as a lot of the casinos do, and they’re much quieter and have far better security than Wal-Marts. We had a very restful night there, and then crossed the state line in the morning.
Oregon or Bust!
And as pretty as Washington was, I have to admit, Oregon is now my favorite by far. The highway follows the coastline much closer, and the terrain changes at every turn. Rocky shoals, long sweeping beaches, tide pools and sand dunes. It’s never a dull moment,and always something new to look at. We even stopped for lunch right on the beach just past Astoria.
Our first night in Oregon found us in Tillamook at the Blue Heron French Cheese Company, a beautiful little spot featuring a renovated barn full of fine cheeses and wines, gourmet food items, upper end kitchen gadgets and souvenirs. There was a petting zoo outside, and a field in the back where they allowed RV overnight parking. A very quiet and restful sleep that was greatly appreciated. And so was the incredible brie cheese that I left with.
Driving the Coast
The rest of that day was spent exploring the 3 Capes Scenic Loop, starting with the lighthouse at Cape Meares.
This spot also starred the Octopus Tree, estimated to be somewhere between 200-300 years old.
The rest of the loop featured beautiful beaches, sea caves and even sand dunes.
After a night at the Casa Del Wal-Mart in Newport, we started the morning with breakfast at the Boiler Bay State Park, which is a small spit of land that looks out over the most amazing surf and shoals.
We moved on from there to spend the afternoon at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. This place is incredible! They have so many hands-on exhibits and fascinating animals, including the Passages of the Deep, a series of underwater walkways that lead you symbolically from the Oregon Coast out into the open sea.
By the time we left the aquarium, it was getting late and we needed to find a place to spend the night. We ended up in Florence, and as I write this, we are finally all caught up. Let’s go see what today will bring.
See you down the road. 🙂
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