Oh Say Can You See....

Trip Start Jun 01, 2009
Trip End Sep 22, 2009

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O Say Can You See

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Monday, August 31, 2009

O Say Can You See

August 28, 2009 (Friday) – Tacoma, WA (160 miles)

It wasn't a long ride but there sure was a lot of traffic. After traveling two-lane roads for thousands of miles, merging onto I-5 shortly before Bellingham, Washington, transported us into another world….or so it seemed.  Leaving Canada, we traveled through a rural area of the state comprised mostly of large dairy, hay and berry farms.  On the interstate, we got our first glimpse of the Pacific at Bellingham Bay.  From there, we viewed mostly trees and small towns until Seattle.  Even with the uneventful border crossing and traffic, we reached McChord AFB on the south side of Tacoma in a little over four hours and found "Holiday Park", the FamCamp, already full except for dry campsites.  Our host, Rob, was fairly confident of a full hookup site for the following day so we found a spot made the best of it.  We awoke the next morning to find our oldest battery had gone “kaput”, which was not unexpected, so Wendell spent the first morning finding a replacement while I did mounds of laundry.  Rob showed up shortly after 10 AM and assigned us another site, so when Wendell returned, we moved over a couple of spaces.  Our old neighbors wished us farewell, then greeted us hello a few minutes later.  I have to say this is one of the friendliest camps we’ve stayed in.  We haven’t encountered any anti-socials yet. 

We made contact with our friends in DuPont and Seattle and settled on Friday and Saturday evenings for a visit.  Our next task was to see if we could find a sitter for Nitchie so we wouldn’t have to drug her.  We put a notice on the office door, and today, when our old neighbors left to start their Inland Passage cruise to celebrate their 50th anniversary, we welcomed the newcomers who said, “We saw your notice and would love to watch your dog”.  The Army colonel and his wife are relocating to the area and will be staying in the camp while house hunting.  Their adult nephew is with them and he will be Nitchie’s sitter for the evening.   Nitchie has already taken a liking to him; he has two Boxers at home and assures us she will be “well loved”.  We were hoping for someone in the park to respond, but we never thought it would be as convenient as next door.  Of course, we are paying the young man. Part of the reason he is here is to look for work.   

Wendell went to the TMO today to check on what we will need to do to travel “Space A” with the military should we decide to take advantage of a free trip to England.  There are very few flights into England direct but lots of opportunity to travel to Germany and then on.  It’s been a lot of years since we were in Germany, so maybe a visit there first would be in order.  When our oldest daughter, who served during the Gulf War along with her husband, was stationed at Heidelberg, we visited and even got to go on flag orders into East Berlin (before the Wall came down).  Now, that’s an experience I will always remember.  Anyway, with the information Wendell obtained, we at least now have an idea of what we need to do.  We traveled “Space A” to Hawaii many years ago and did fine going over.  Coming back, we were delayed a day but so what?  We returned to the hotel and layed around the beach all day.  Bummer!

August 31, 2009 (Monday) – Cannon Beach, Oregon (160 miles)

We had a lovely time with both sets of friends in the Seattle-Tacoma area.  The Wilson’s met us in Old Tacoma on Friday evening at a wonderful seafood restaurant – The Lobster Shop - overlooking the bay.  Our first choice had been the Harbor Lights but the almost two hour wait sent us on our way. The meal was fantastic; I had Ahi Tuna stuffed with crab and avocado.  It was dipped in an egg wash and bread crumbs, then flash fried so the tuna was still rare.  I have never been a Sushi fan and usually don’t prefer raw meat but I do like tuna lightly seared so I thought this dish might be interesting.  It was…and the leftovers made a nice lunch for Wendell and I the next day. 

Saturday afternoon, we once again left Nitchie in the care of our RV neighbor, and drove a few miles south to Dupont and visited our friends, the McClintick’s.  It had rained during the night and early Saturday morning but cleared off to an absolutely gorgeous afternoon.  We retired to the back deck with our cocktails.  Diane had baked a piece of king salmon for our appetizer and served it with crackers and homemade tartar sauce.  The king salmon seems to have a milder flavor than the reds, but that could be just my imagination.  We sat outside talking about everything from flowers in the yard to our upcoming Air Force reunion in Savannah, Georgia.  The closer it gets, the more anxious we are to be there….and see everyone.  We would like to think we could get in to Paula Dean’s restaurant, but the wait is usually hours and I doubt we’ll stand for that.  We do want to take the Ghost tour…..in a hearse and also visit some of the other spots.  Many years ago, I read the book “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” which was written about Savannah, but I ordered another copy to refresh my memory.  After much planning, Bob grilled our dinner and we enjoyed a great meal with great friends

Sunday morning, we said goodbye to our new RV friends from Tennessee and drove south on I-5 for a few hours to cross into Oregon.  At Kelso, we turned west and followed along the mighty Columbia River all the way to Astoria where the river dumps into the Pacific Ocean.  Astoria is an appealing area and quite busy as we drove through.  Wendell and I both remarked that it looked like a good spot for a vacation. It appeared they were having a street market or fair and the automobile and pedestrian traffic was extremely heavy so we had a nice slow drive through town and got to view all the shops and activity.  From there, we turned south on the coast highway (101) and continued until we stopped at Cannon Beach.  When we set out, we weren’t sure exactly where we would stay but had set a destination for the area around Seaside, OR.  We did pull into one RV park in Seaside but decided to drive the additional few miles to Cannon Beach and check out another one.  We were glad we did!  The Cannon Beach RV Resort is great.  The resort is on the east side of 101 but only a short distance from the beach.  We piled into the truck today and drove to Tolavana Park.  It is one of the few “dog friendly” beaches and we wanted to see if Nitchie would be interested in a dip in the Pacific.  I’m pretty sure you’ve already figured out the answer to that question:  “NO”.  However, she did enjoy our stroll along the beach to observe Haystack Rock and the Needles. Those are large rock formations just a few feet out into the water and are home to hundreds of Puffins.  There’s a sign at the base of Haystack and we couldn’t get close enough to read It, but I’m pretty sure it said “Beware of Puffin Poop”.  The weather is much like you’d imagine for Oregon; cloudy and cool so sunbathing on the beach was not on the agenda.  Actually, I don’t think the temperature ever got higher than 63 degrees today.  After the beach, we drove the streets of Cannon Beach and Seaside.  We stopped at a produce stand and got a basket of cherries and a few peaches.  The owners gave me a good deal because they liked my “Bush-Cheney” bumper sticker.  I guess there are a few conservatives in this blue state. 

Tomorrow, we’ll continue along 101 to Dunes City and visit the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.  I doubt Wendell’s back will permit a ride in one of the dune buggies, but we’ll see.  There’s also the Heceta lighthouse to explore.
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