Enjoying Anacortes, Washington

If we had to pick one place that felt most like home to us it would have to be Anacortes, Washing. Sounds strange to some, I know. Especially given the not so great weather a good deal of the time. But it’s so quaint and laid back that it’s hard not to fall in love with the area.

We’ve been staying at the Fildalgo Bay RV Resort since the beginning of February and I dare say I’d be happy to stay another month or two. But, as is usually the case, we never know exactly how long we’ll be here before we head to the next job.

I thought I’d take a few minutes today to share a few pics from the area.

Home is where we park it …

Fidalgo Bay RV Resort

Fidalgo Bay RV Resort

Having the gazebo really makes a big difference in our comfort level outdoors. So we always try to get one when we can.

Flowers in February, gotta love that!

Flowers in February, gotta love that!

We took a hike up to Mt. Erie a couple of weekends ago. It’s the first time we’ve been up there. The view was fabulous so I’m sure we’ll go back.

View from Mt. Erie Anacortes, WA

View from Mt. Erie Anacortes, WA

Mt. Erie Anacortes, WA

Mt. Erie Anacortes, WA

We enjoy walking around the loop at Washington Park as well. We had some sunshine on the day we went last time.

Washington Park, Anacortes, WA

Washington Park, Anacortes, WA

 

Washington Park, Anacortes, WA

Washington Park, Anacortes, WA

Washington Park, Anacortes, WA

Washington Park

Loop Road, Washington Park, Anacortes, WA

Washington Park

I’ve posted pics of Deception Pass before. But it’s too pretty there not to post a couple more. πŸ˜‰

Deception Pass, Anacortes, WA

Deception Pass, Anacortes, WA

Deception Pass, Anacortes, WA

Deception Pass, Anacortes, WA

The Tommy Thompson Trail runs by the Fidalgo Bay RV Resort and we’ve been making the most of it while we can! It’s perfect for leisurely walks into town and quick bike trips to the market for odds and ends … and the views aren’t too shabby. πŸ˜‰

Tommy Thompson Trail, Anacortes, WA

Tommy Thompson Trail, Anacortes, WA

Tommy Thompson Trail, Anacortes, WA

Tommy Thompson Trail

Tommy Thompson Trail, Anacortes, WA

Tommy Thompson Trail

The trail goes through a couple of dry storage areas for the marinas and although you can’t tell in the pics, the area is abuzz with boat prep for the season.

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Anacortes, WA

While these boats are still waiting for their trip to the dock, we did see some gorgeous vessels on one of our rides into town.

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Seafarers Memorial, Anacortes, WA

Seafarers Memorial, Anacortes, WA

Sea what I mean? It’s really hard not to fall in love with this place! I asked this guy and he said he thought it would be okay if we stayed here for a while … just sayin’. πŸ˜‰

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That’s all for now. I hope wherever you are you’re enjoying the beauty around you. πŸ™‚

~Cheers~

Nooksack Falls … and Blueberry Happens

I thought yesterday was going to be one of those days you wait for all week. You know the kind I mean? Hit the snooze button a few too many times. Grab coffee and snuggle back under the covers for a while, leisurely planning your day off. Yeah, one of those days.

It started off well enough, snooze button and all. Coffee was great, but not really a leisurely affair. Hubby was excited to check things out on our new (to us) truck (More about that later.) and I was excited about doing a little exploring toward Mt. Baker. I figured we’d find a place to take a nice long hike seeing as it was a rest day from P90 for me. πŸ™‚

Quick shower done, play clothes on, our Shakeology ready almost ready to take with us… and this happened.

I don't say "M*@* F*@*" very often ... What? Stop laughing! Okay, okay. But today I said it LOUD and with conviction this morning! Yeah, this happened. Ooops, that's gonna stain. Oh well, blueberries happen. And hey, it gave me a good excuse to try on my Society of Beer Travelers shirt that was too tight before Shakeology! Mmmm ... speaking of beer ... I just might be swapping out my yellows today.

I don’t say “M*@* F*@*” very often … What? Stop laughing! Okay, okay. But I said it LOUD and with conviction yesterday! Yeah, this happened. Ooops, that’s gonna stain. Oh well, blueberries happen. And hey, it gave me a good excuse to try on my Society of Beer Travelers shirt that was too tight before Shakeology! Mmmm … speaking of beer … I just might be swapping out my yellows today.

Uggg… I’ll admit it. Part of me wanted to climb back under the covers with my laptop and a cup pot of coffee. But I took my own advice of “Suck it up butter cup!” used about a roll of paper towels and a half of bottle of windex but got the job done. I’m glad I didn’t stick my head back under the covers because this was my reward.

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Even with the overcast and sprinkles (that we’ve come to love here in the Pacific Northwest πŸ˜‰ ) it was a beautiful day.

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We didn’t get in the hike I was hoping for, but we did get to check out a raging waterfall. Nooksack Falls is located off WA State Highway 542. I didn’t realize it at the time, but the falls here were featured in the movie The Dear Hunter. Cool bit of trivia. πŸ™‚

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I think I was shivering a bit here.

The Nooksack River making its way to flow over the 88 foot drop …

Nooksack River

Pooling up just a bit before the plunge …

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And there she goes …

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Like a river that don’t know where it’s flowin’ …

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It took a left turn and it just kept going. πŸ˜‰ Are you humming along to Bruce Springsteen now? You’re welcome. πŸ™‚

Anyway, we ended up making an early day of our exploration because we had shopping and errands to run. But we had fun!

Oh yeah, before I forget. Here’s a quick pic of the newest member of the Gibberish Clan! We haven’t named him yet but hope to soon. We still have Lil Ms. White with us. There’s just way too much sentimental value there to put her out to pasture just yet and I love having her to myself. Well, I should rephrase that. I will love having her to myself once we get the registration processed through South Dakota. Our friends at America’s Mailbox are handling it for us so I’m sure it will all go smoothly. πŸ™‚

Now, back to names for the new guy … does anything come to mind? The only thing we know for sure is that is has to be a rough and rowdy boy’s name. Because as you can see, he’s pretty bad ass looking. Right??

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He’s almost as tall as our H.O.W. and has really big “hips”. I don’t think a female persona would be too happy with us talking about her big hips all the time. LoL So a guy’s name it will be.

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That’s all for now. As always, thanks for stopping by.

Don’t forget to send me a name idea if you have one! πŸ™‚

~Cheers~

Semiahmoo Bay – Blaine, WA

We took advantage of the sunshine yesterday and strolled along the Semiahmoo Bay in Blaine, Washington.

Semiahmoo Bay, Blaine, WA

Semiahmoo Bay, Blaine, WA

That’s White Rock, Canada across the bay. Still no passports in hand, so traveling into Canada will have to wait for another day.

White Rock, Canada

White Rock, Canada

Semiahmoo Park has a great paved bike path as well as gravel trails along the peninsula that leads to The Resort and Marina. Drayton Harbor is to the east of the roadway.

Drayton Harbor, Blaine, Washington

Drayton Harbor, Blaine, Washington

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It was hard to capture the brilliant red of these berries but they were so pretty against the blue of the harbor …

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Semiahmoo Marina reflecting the setting sun …

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The shadows started getting longer, so it was time to head back. The walk from the parking lot at The Cannery Lodge to the Semiahmoo Resort is about 1.25 miles, a perfect 2.5 mile stroll round trip. πŸ™‚

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But not before I stopped to feed the “horse” … lol

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This was one of the coolest dead trees we’ve seen. It sort of looked like Pegasus to me. πŸ™‚

20141123_155410Β Happy Monday folks!

~Cheers~

Travel Days and Boondocking Stays

Seems hard to believe that just a couple weeks ago I was sitting poolside working on my tan in sublimely warm and sunny New Orleans. Now here we are in Ferndale, Washington 2,800 miles away and I’m working on my laptop bundled under the covers at 6:00 in the morning. No, I’m still not a morning person, but this is about the only time we get half-way decent internet service. Yes, that’s a big bummer. πŸ™

But, I wanted to share a few pics from our whirlwind travel days. So before I lose my window of opportunity here, let me see how many I can download. πŸ™‚

So long for now mighty Mississippi River … and humidity!

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We’re headed through the high dessert for a few days. πŸ™‚

I’ve lost count of how many times we’ve passed the Continental Divide signs. But this is the first time I’ve had my phone close enough to snap a picture. Not very good quality, but I got it! LoL

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There’s just something about freight trains rumbling along the tracks I just love.

Freight trains in New Mexico.

Freight trains in New Mexico.

Sunset in Shiprock, New Mexico

Sunset in Shiprock, New Mexico

Sunset Shiprock, NM

Sunset Shiprock, NM

We made a quick stop at the Four Corners Monument. I think I had built myself up a little too much for this stop. It was cool, no doubt. But it seemed a little run down and dirty. I’m guessing maybe it was due to being off season?

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4 Corners Monument

4 Corners Monument

It wasn’t very crowded, but I still wasn’t able to get a picture without people or random feet in it.

Four Corners Monument

Four Corners Monument

From there we went on to Moab, Utah. The scenery on the way was stunning as ever.

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Beehive Rock, Utah

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(For anyone keeping score on the time, it’s been 3.5 hours since I started this post. Uggg)

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We spent the night at Klondike Bluff, a BLM area about 16 miles north of Moab on Hwy 191. It’s a trail head parking area as well, so there was a bit a traffic around sunset. It’s a perfect spot for an overnight stay. Dinner with a view of the snowy mountains in the background. There are so many opportunities for outdoor activities there and it’s so gorgeous! We will definitely plan a trip when we can enjoy the area for a few days.

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When we headed out of Moab on Monday morning we started to get a little nervous about some of the steeper grades ahead. So, in an effort to minimize any serious damage to our beloved F150 (with nearly 260,000 miles on her) we rented a truck in Provo, UT to do the heavy hauling for the rest of the way.

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As you can, I got the light load. Nothing but the bikes left in our truck. Thankfully the trip went smoothly for the final 900 miles of our journey. πŸ™‚ How about that Provo sky though, huh? So pretty there!

This is the first time I’ve ever been behind the camper so it was a different perspective for me. Now I have an entire album of the rear end of our rig. Β LoL

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Finally, hitting Seattle was sort of like coming home … if there is such a thing for full-timers. It was a perfectly sunny day and traffic was a breeze.

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I know home is where we park it and technically South Dakota is “home” now. But I really love how the Pacific Northwest feels, if that makes any sense at all. It’s such an odd thing for me to wrap my head around because I’m a total beach lover. πŸ™‚

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Well, this is the second day now that I’ve been working on this little post and I’m about out of patience so I’ll stop here. I think a little trip to see if we can find a park with better Verizon service may be in order on Sunday. I’m going crazy not being readily connected at all times! Yikes, I think I may be addicted. Ya think?!?

Thanks for stopping by.

~Cheers~

 

Oh by the way!

Here are the addresses for our Β boondocking spots Β – (With temps in the teens for our last two nights on the road we stayed in hotels πŸ™‚ )

Night 1 – Camping World in Katy, Texas. Easy access to spaces,safe area, a bit of road noise but not too bad. Β (27905 Katy Fwy, Katy, TX 77494)

Night 2 – Walmart, Clovis, New Mexico – Friendly manager, minimal parking lot traffic, just a few big rigs, safe area. (3728 N Prince St, Clovis, NM 88101)

Night 3 – Walmart, Farmington, New Mexico – The manager was very nice, no big rigs the night of our stay, just a handful of other RVs, safe area. With the exception of some kids riding through at about midnight blaring their horns for fun, it was very quiet. (4600 E. Main Street, 87402)

Night 4 – Klondike Bluffs North Parking Area – BLM Trail Head – 16 miles north of Moab on Hwy 191.

 

Big Fun in The Big Easy

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We headed out from Artesia, New Mexico and made tracks to the Big Easy, yep New Orleans, Louisiana! πŸ™‚ The location has come up a time or two before but up until now the timing has been off. I mean really, who wants to work in the hellacious heat and humidity? It’s a good thing we didn’t head here sooner because guess what? It’s pretty hot and humid even in October! LoL

With only two days to get settled before Joe had to head into the plant, one afternoon was all the time we had to check things out … so we packed in as much as we could. We had never been here before, so we weren’t too sure what to expect, especially after Katrina’s wrath. I was pleasantly surprised by the laid back vibe. I’m not a city person so I’m usually a little tense in big crowds. But after we sat a quick little rain storm out I was ready to relax and let loose. (Maybe the loaded lemonade and sailor’s coffee had something to do with it πŸ™‚ )

We waited out the rain at the Palace Cafe. It was a great little spot to watch the pedestrian traffic rush from place to place. After a little Spinach Salad and Fried Oyster Loaf we were ready to head out. But darn, look more rain! So we were forced to try the White Chocolate Creme Brulee and Sailor’s Coffee. Poor us… lol.

Creme Brulee and Sailor's Coffee at the Palace Cafe, NOLA

Creme Brulee and Sailor’s Coffee at the Palace Cafe, NOLA

It was fabulous and more than enough calories to get us hitting the French Quarter! We really just wandered around with no particular destination in mind. Here’s a glimpse of our day…

Hey Look! This is my kinda place!! :-)

Hey Look! This is my kinda place!! :-)

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French Quarter 2014

Hey, no fair! I'm trying to get rid of my Big A**!!

Hey, no fair! I’m trying to get rid of my Big A**!!

Happy Halloween, NOLA style :-)

Happy Halloween, NOLA style :-)

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Balcony bathed in sun in the French Quarter, NOLA

Balcony bathed in sun in the French Quarter, NOLA

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French Quarter 2014

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After the Battle of New Orleans, in 1815, the Plaza d Armas was renamed Jackson Square after the victorious United States general Andrew Jackson. In the center of the park stands an equestrian statue of Jackson erected in 1856.

St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA

St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA

Art show in Jackson Square, NOLA

Art show in Jackson Square, NOLA

Cafe Du Monde - The original French Market Coffee Stand since 1862

Cafe Du Monde – The original French Market Coffee Stand since 1862

Musical Legends Park, French Quarter, NOLA

Musical Legends Park, French Quarter, NOLA

The Greats -

Some of the Greats – Fats Domino, Jumbo Hirt, Pete Fountain

View strolling down the river walk along the Mississippi River, French Quarter, NOLA

View strolling down the river walk along the Mississippi River, French Quarter, NOLA

A spot to get our #BeerTravel Passport stamped! Jackson Brewery, New Orleans, LA

A spot to get our #BeerTravel Passport stamped! Jackson Brewery, New Orleans, LA

So we did!

So we did!

A day in the Big Easy wouldn’t be complete without a few street performers …

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Don’t take offense, but apparently it’s the universal hello sign in NOLA … honest!

"Hello!"

“Hello!”

Then the sun said “bonsoir” and well, most pics taken after that probably aren’t suitable for this blog. But here are a few safe ones. πŸ™‚

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All of the bands we heard were fabulous!

All of the bands we heard were awesome!

We had a fantastic time! The food was fabulous, the entertainment was rockin’ and the drinks … well, let’s just say we survived a Hand Granade or two!

Tropical Isle - Home of the NOLA Hand Grenade. Yummy!

Tropical Isle – Home of the NOLA Hand Grenade. Yummy!

Oh, and just for the record, this is a close to the NOLA PD either of us got. Wfewww!! πŸ™‚

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No that ticket isn’t for me!!

Thanks for stopping by, that’s all for now.

~Cheers from the Big Easy~