"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood... And sorry I could not travel both. I took the one less traveled by. And that has made all the difference." --Robert Frost

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

3 - 2 - 1 - Blast Off !!

Saturday, June 28, 2014
Seven Feathers Indian Casino

We MADE it!  We escaped!  Finally, after 2 months of major purging, goodwill drops, dump drops and storage bin runs, we are on the road full time!  The house isn't sold yet, but we aren't letting that keep us from the road.  What an exhausting time!  In our last few days some very good friends of ours gave us a special gift.  Seems it's a very well known story in motorcycle circles.  Our friends thought it would be a fitting gift for us even if it were going in a 5th wheel instead of a Harley Davidson.  We love it!  The story goes...

Legend has it Evil Road Spirits have been latching themselves on to motorcycles for
 as long as there have been bikes on the road.
These Evil Road Spirits are responsible for mechanical problems and bad luck along a journey.
Legend goes on to say that by attaching a small bell onto your motorcycle, the Evil Road Spirits will become trapped inside the bell where the constant ringing drives them insane, making them lose their grip until they fall to the ground. (Ever wonder where pot-holes come from?)
It is also believed that the mystery of the bell carries twice as much power when it is purchased by a friend or loved one and given as a gift.
 
Thanks Mike & Rose!
 

There was no shortage of beautiful views along the drive.  Many rivers that I did not get the names of too.

 
  Lake Shasta, CA

Mt. Shasta, CA


 

We are not typically private RV park types.  We prefer state/county/COE parks and boondocking.  We love to hike, kayak, bike and fish as opposed to the private park type of amenities.  We'll wallydock when we need to.  We'll also stay at private parks too when that is more advantageous for whatever reason.

Our first outing will be in the Hoodsport area of Washington for a Friends & Family reunion.  On the way we decided to stay at Seven Feathers India Casino RV Park in Oregon to break up the drive.  What a gorgeous place!  So lush and clean.  Decently spaced, flat areas.  Very natural looking.  I know there are many amenities, but we were there only one night.  I believe it was $40 a night for full hook-ups, but with the first time casino member card, we received 20% off.  We took the free shuttle to the casino and had an ok dinner, gambled our free money and then went back "home" and collapsed.  It was a longer drive than we prefer to do, but that's how it goes sometimes.



 
 


Sunday, June 29, 2014
Dash Point State Park, Federal Way, WA

We didn't remember until we almost arrived that we had been here before with the kids about 7 years prior.  It's a nice park.   Lots of greenery and fairly decent spaced spots.  We even have full hookups.  They have a pretty complicated tiered system of pricing.  Like 6+ different levels.  We are here for 4 nights.  This allows us time to decompress and organize the things we just stuffed into the trailer.  We shopped and put things away.  Feeling really comfortable now.  Great weather for the area.  Sunny to partly sunny, 70s to low 80s. 



Tuesday, July 2, 2014

Today we had a wonderful surprise visit from Allen & Donna Ferguson (Fergizmo).  We have followed them from their launch a while back and enjoy reading their blog.  We knew they were in the area, but a bit northeast of us.  Well, they decided to drive the 45 minutes, one way, to pop in and see us even though I was not on the computer and could not acknowledge we'd even be here.  When we heard the knock on the door, I had a feeling it might be them. We only had about an hour to visit as I had to pick my sister up from the airport and they had to get going also.  It sure was nice to meet them face to face.  They are as lovely as they seem from their blog!  We will both be attending the RV Dreams Fall Rally in Indiana, so hopefully our paths will criss-cross from WA to IN.



I picked my sister up and we are having a great BBQ's steak dinner.  Filet Mignon, what a treat!  I sure love my steak even though I try to limit my red meat these days.  We leave the Tacoma area tomorrow for Hoodsport.  There will be lots of friends, clamming, oystering (is that a word?), crabbing and lots of fresh pasta rolling!  Good times for sure!


19 comments:

  1. Congratulations. Hope the house sells quickly. It is so good to be out from under it and not to have to go back. Take you time. Spend several days at every place. You see more and get the feel of the country.

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    1. Thanks! It really is strange to finally be out. Doesn't seem real yet. Since Steve is still working, we'll probably stay 2 weeks at each stop.

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  2. Yahoo!!! Yippee!! Congrats. You have so many wonderful adventures ahead of you. Slow down, relax and enjoy yourselves.

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    1. Thanks Jim and Sandie! We are really looking forward to getting somewhat of a routine down as we go along. Today was a do nothing day and we needed it.

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  3. It was good to finally meet up. I'm sure we will have more time to gab in the future. Enjoy yourselves and be safe. We'll see you along the road or in Indiana.

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  4. We definitely need more gab time! No doubt we'll see you along the way. Thanks again for driving out!

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  5. Congrats on your successful transition to a new and wonderful lifestyle. Hope to meet ya'll down the road.

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  6. I'm glad to hear you are finally on the road; I'm very jealous. John and I are trying to get a plan in place to be out of here late next Spring. I know it's possible...we just have to figure out all the details to make it happen.
    I'm inspired by all the blogs I've been reading and determined to do what we need to do so we can enjoy life to the fullest.
    I've started a blog too mainly as a journal to document this adventure.
    www.travelwithfrenchies.blogspot.com
    Enjoy your freedom!!!!

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    1. Thanks, I hope it all works out for you too!

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  8. Congratulations - you made it! Let us know when you are back in the neighborhood - would love to catchup. Heading to Jackson in a couple weeks. Just got back from Minnesota yesterday (work travel) - it's on our list to visit in the RV. 10000 lakes and lots of RV parks. It was funny - I went to one of the companies buildings and RVillage has an office in the same building! I was very excited to see it!

    Enjoy your time on the road! Looking forward to our next visit!

    Eunice and Paul

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    1. Eunice, we are back for a couple of weeks to finish things up. Let's catch up again. Funny you came across RVillage office!

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  9. Haven't looked at your blog in awhile. Glad to see you finally did it! Our house didn't sell until a few months after we went full time so hang in there.

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    1. Thanks, we had to come back to tie up some loose ends, but look forward to continuing on in a couple of weeks!

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  10. Congratulations! I bet you thought this day would never get here and now here you are on the road. I had one of those bells on my Harley but had never heard of one on a 5th wheel, what a great idea!

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    1. Thanks. Ya, our friends are big HD riders and they thought since it's to protect form pot holes, wrecks, etc, they though it would protect us just as well. We love it!

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  11. Woo hoo! Glad you're on the road full-time now! Hope your house sells soon so that'll be one less burden to think about. Maybe we'll cross paths some day... since we're new to RVing we're mostly sticking to private campgrounds but want to start doing more national parks, boondocking, etc. once we get the hang of things.

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  12. Thanks Mike. We had a hiccup in the plan and had to come back to CA, but we head out tomorrow to pick up our trail! We'll be in UT for a little genealogy then some time in Montana.

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