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August 2018; Monthly Report

Monthly Report; August 2018:

Imagining:

We’re thinking about winter; where to spend it. Arizona? Utah? Mexico? Each has its advantages, but since we need to be in Mexico by late December anyway, maybe just stay and explore more of the Mexican Caribbean. But then we have reservations to stay in Tucson Arizona too. And southern Utah in winter – beautiful. Ah, what choices. One thing we’ve learned; it’ll become clear as we travel on. Continue reading

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Anacortes Washington; August 2018, Part 3

The first of August found us in Pioneer Trails RV Park outside of Anacortes, Washington (Pioneer RV park described in Anacortes, Part 2). And, as we mentioned earlier, the RV park made an excellent base from which to explore Puget Sound, the North Cascade Mountains and Seattle. We took full advantage of it. Continue reading

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Anacortes Washington, July 2018, Part 2

At the end of our two-week limit, we moved from our comfortable camp at Washington Park outside of Anacortes to Pioneer Trails RV Park on the south side of town. Nightly costs at Pioneer Trails are expensive, about $55/night, but the long-term rates are much better. At $800/month, plus $.10 per kWh for electricity, a month-long stay at Pioneer Trails cost us about $27/night; a bargain for western Washington State. Continue reading

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July 2018; Monthly Report

Monthly Report; July 2018

Imagining:

We spent July in Anacortes Washington on Fidalgo Island in the northern Puget Sound, a two-hour drive above Seattle. With sunny summer days in the 70s and lots of things we’re already thinking about spending our summers here. We still hope to build our home base in Utah, but summers would be spent here, nestled between the Salish Sea and the North Cascade Mountains. Continue reading

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Anacortes Washington, July 2018, Part 1

After spending June in eastern Washington State, we drove through North Cascades National Park to the “west side” and the quaint, seaside town of Anacortes just in time for the Fourth of July. It felt strange to be in the deep, green, fern-covered forests of western Washington after so many months in the open sage lands and pine forests on the eastern side of the state. Continue reading

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Far East Oregon; August 2017

It was mid-July when we entered southeastern Oregon at the cowboy town of Lakeview on the Oregon/California border along shores of huge Goose Lake. From here the high deserts of southeastern Oregon stretch far, far away; as far as the eye can see, and then far beyond that, forming one of the largest wild areas in the conterminous United States. This is a land of remote, deep canyons, vast sage-covered plateaus, and high desert mountains. Wild rivers flow through the Owyhee Canyonlands while Steens Mountain rises almost 10,000 feet high in the middle of it all. This is Oregon’s Outback. Continue reading

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The Volcanic Byway; July 2017

After spending most of July in the eastern Sierra Nevada mountains we took highway 395 north following a series of small highways and back roads that penetrate the volcanic lands of northern California. This is a land of high, juniper-covered, arid sage lands punctuated by massive ancient lava flows, mineral hot springs, and glacier-covered volcanoes rising above it all. This is the Volcanic Byway. Continue reading

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The High Sierra; July 2017

We spent May drifting down the Oregon coast, June in the redwood forests of California, the 4th of July on a mountaintop in Sonoma County’s wine county, and sweltered in gold rush country in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Now it’s mid-July and time for the High Sierra; the wilderness and small towns along legendary highway 395 on the eastern edge of the magnificent Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. Continue reading

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California’s Gold Rush Country; July 2017

After enjoying the pastoral wine country of Sonoma Valley we drove across the Central Valley and its endless fields of corn and climbed into the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. This is gold rush country; the old wild west. Continue reading

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California’s Redwood Country

The first thing we discovered about northern California’s Redwood Country is that it isn’t all about giant redwood trees. Yes, the ancient redwood forests of northern California are incredible and standing next to a living thing that’s 2,000 years old, taller than a thirty-five story building and over forty feet in circumference stretches the mind’s ability to comprehend. But there’s more than even that in Redwood Country – much more. Continue reading

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