Winter mailing address

If you need to reach us by mail, please contact me for our mailing address by email / text or facebook. We can get letters sooner if sent to Olympia, Washington. San Diego traveling mailbox temporarily not in use.
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Washington State Fair, Puyallup

Owen enjoyed the giant slide.

Owen enjoyed the giant slide.

My bumper-car riding boys.

My bumper-car riding boys.

Richard says he could do this all day and take a nap in it.

Richard says he could do this all day and take a nap in it.

Archery Club members were there for the public.

Archery Club members were there for the public.

Chess Club members were there to offer tips to chess players. This particular person wasn't too happy to play with Owen. You can tell by her body language. He later tells me that she was grumpy.

Chess Club members were there to offer tips to chess players. This particular person wasn’t too happy to play with Owen. You can tell by her body language. He later tells me that she was grumpy.

The good that came out of this painful game of chess was meeting a homeschooling mom. As soon as I said we’re home schoolers too, we connected. She friended me on facebook that second and invited us to a field trip at a farm located in our city. We’ll be keeping in touch.

We had a special parking spot specifically for oversized trucks. It was so much easier getting in and out.

We had a special parking spot specifically for oversized trucks. It was so much easier getting in and out.

Picture of the day.

Picture of the day.

Trailer Tucked In

Our trailer is tucked in for the winter at a local RV storage. She was our home for 3 months and I had mixed feelings tucking her in for hibernation. Before locking her up, I reminisce.

Owen’s bunk bed is folded away and not a Lego piece is in sight. He spent his mornings in his room building away. Our couch looks empty without my floral cover and throw pillows. Our kitchen looks bare without the dirty dishes. Our bedroom is stripped. Our mattress top cover is going with us as well as our pillows and beddings. Out of habit, I adjust the teal and white curtain by the door.

I gaze at the welcoming yellow-painted walls and cheerful lime green kitchen. I recall the warm days at our first RV campsite at Bridgeport, CA painting away. We created lots of happy memories here and not knowing if we’ll continue to travel in our trailer in Spring makes me a little sad. Will we keep her stored away or sell her to a family? Whatever we decide, I’m sure it will be for the best. But for now, we fondly lock her up and say thank you and have a good nap… see you in Spring…

She sleeps next to a boat and a mini trailer. If you want to see her interior, there are pictures posted on the tab “Our Travel Trailer”. Scroll down for the makeover pictures.

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Random Pictures from Sep. 3-13, 2014

 

Sep. 3, 2014 Owen is playing with a little boy dressed in a cop uniform. There was a slow-speed chase.

Sep. 3, 2014 Owen is playing with a little boy dressed in a cop uniform. There was a slow-speed chase.

Sep. 3, 2014 riding our bikes at the campground with our wonderful friends Milenda and Dan.

Sep. 3, 2014 riding our bikes at the campground with our wonderful friends Milenda and Dan.

Sep. 3, 2014 riding our bikes at the campground with our wonderful friends Milenda and Dan.

Sep. 3, 2014 riding our bikes at the campground with our wonderful friends Milenda and Dan.

 

Sep 5, 2014 - I was a vendor at the local craft fair using my paper quilling expertise. This was my display table.

Sep 5, 2014 – I was a vendor at the local craft fair using my paper quilling expertise. This was my display table.

 

Sep. 5, 2014 The best part was having kids come to my booth and me teaching them. The highlight of my day.

Sep. 5, 2014 The best part was having kids come to my booth and me teaching them. The highlight of my day.

Sep 5, 2014 - craft display

Sep 5, 2014 – craft display

Sep 5, 2014 - craft display

Sep 5, 2014 – craft display

 

Sep. 5, 2014 Owen got to play with kids and made some friends.

Sep. 5, 2014 Owen got to play with kids and made some friends.

 

Sep. 6, 2014 Richard met a retired Dutch man who had been traveling for 4 yrs with his wife in the US and now has to return to his homeland.

Sep. 6, 2014 Richard met a retired Dutch man who had been traveling for 4 yrs with his wife in the US and now has to return to his homeland.

 

Sep. 6, 2014 He was selling his car for $1,000.

Sep. 6, 2014 He was selling his car for $1,000. We almost bought it.

 

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Sep. 9, 2014 This was my last walk-around the campground with my friend.

 

Sep. 10, 2014 Move-in day. This stunning display of cheerful flowers welcome us.

Sep. 10, 2014 Move-in day. This stunning display of cheerful flowers welcomed us.

 

Sep. 12, 2014 Richard found me an Asian grocery store. They had a lot of everything I needed.

Sep. 12, 2014 Richard found me an Asian grocery store. They had a lot of everything I needed.

 

Sep. 13, 2014 While the boys bond with building Lego, I have girl-time and played with different hairstyles. I like this look.

Sep. 13, 2014 While the boys bonded building Lego, I had girl-time and played with different hairstyles. I like this look.

La Push Beach, Washington

“In the state of Washington, under a near constant cover of clouds and rain, there is a small town named Forks. Population: 3,120 people. This is where I’m moving.” – Bella Swan (Twilight Movie)

My new friend Ashley G. told me about Forks and La Push Beach where the movie Twilight was filmed. I’m not a big fan but I was curious to see it. Please note: we have no plans to move to Forks, WA. We were at Port Angeles and decided to take the drive. What I found was a beautiful beach and fascinating marina at first beach.

La Push Beach is a series of beach chains called First Beach, Second Beach and Third Beach.  one, two, and three. The beach’s most prominent natural growth is the Sitka, Spruce, and Evergreen trees that populate the shore. We mainly explored First Beach because it’s where they filmed the movie.

Upon arrival, we come across this sign. I loved it!

Upon arrival, we come across this sign. I loved it!

These are rows of cabins at a resort with majestic views.

These are rows of cabins at a resort with majestic views. Quileute Oceanside Resort.

 

Quileute Oceanside Resort
The Oceanside Resort has a range of lodges for all budgets along First Beach. The tourist attractions most popular are surfing and fishing in the spring, tourists can hike in the summer, and storm watching in the winter and fall.

 

 

The First Beach of La Push, Washington is located 14 miles from the town of Forks. It is the only beach of La Push that can be accessed with a vehicle. The crescent shape beach brings in driftwood that slows down the waves and makes it dangerous to stand in the water. Within walking distance are a few homes of members of the Quileute Indian Tribe which is where the beach is located; The Quileute Indian Reservation.

 

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To  explore in the near future…

Second Beach

Trails to Second beach start at the Quileute Indian Reservation, and span a mile before you reach the coast. Second Beach is the longest and flattest of the three beaches and is the most populated. Though within a mile of First and Third beach in each direction, north or south; they are inaccessible due to the protruding headlands and steep bluffs. Half a mile offshore is an archipelago. Sea stacks are mixed throughout the small islands and are known as the Quileute Needle. They are part of a wildlife preserve called; Quillayute Needles National Wildlife Refuge. The wildlife protects coastal creatures including but not limited too; seabirds, oystercatchers, and gulls.

Third Beach

Third Beach is a 1.6 mile hike from the road with views of Strawberry Bay. The hike is mostly level but can sometimes be slippery and somewhat dangerous due to the harsh coast weather. Third Beach is one of the Olympic Peninsula beaches which tend to consist of seastacks and driftwood. In the isolated non-developed cove at Taylor Point, there is a waterfall that falls directly onto the beach where tide pools are also featured on the north end. It is located on Olympic National Park‘s Pacific Ocean coastline, reached by a trail through the forest from near the Quileute Indian Reservation town of La Push. Being the Third Beach down the La Push, Washington coastline, it is the most secluded. However, there are multiple camp sites that put campers within 5 minutes’ walk of the ocean where Teahwhit Head blocks the way to Second Beach. There is also a boiler in the swamp by the one-and-a-half mile trail to the beach from an abortive oil exploration in 1902.

source:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Push_Beach

Olympic Rain Shadow

We explored North Washington yesterday and had a great time! We educated ourselves on the Olympic rain shadow. Our family has a thirst for knowledge and here’s some really fascinating information on the subject.

 

OLYMPIC RAIN SHADOW

the climate in rain shadow areas is relatively sunny, windy, and cool.

The climate in rain shadow areas is relatively sunny, windy, and cool.

The Climate in the area

source: http://www.olympicrainshadow.com/olympicrainshadowmap.html

Spring arrives early and lasts long. We notice distinct changes in the month of February; usually we mow the lawn twice during this month, and there are significant stretches of clear weather. By the arrival of months more typically associated with spring, say April, mornings are often in the 40’s and clear, and afternoons can easily be in the mid 50’s. Sunny stretches and beautiful, partly sunny days are common, with stormy periods frequent, but usually brief, a day or two at a time. Overcast, gray weather is possible, but not common.

By early summer, for example Memorial day, the length of the day, and increased sunshine have often already started to dry out the lawns, but other vegetation is growing in full force. Often we are surprised by a cold and windy storm in late May to late June, dropping new snow on the crest of the Olympics.

High summer, which includes July, August, and September, rarely have precipitation at all. There is allot of sun during this period, but it is not hot. High temperatures average in the 70’s with some days in 60’s and some in the 80’s. Evenings and nights are cool, with temperatures in the 50’s. The maritime location has a major influence during this period. The first effect is wind. Afternoon wind is quite common, and over the offshore waters of eastern strait it is often very strong. The next maritime influence is occasional AM fog, or late AM clouds. The days seem to come in three varieties: clear all day; clear sunrise with some clouds late morning followed by sun; and maritime fog till mid morning, then clear onward.

Fall is a relatively brief transitional period in October and part of November, with variable weather. Usually there will be a brief cold storm in early to mid October, which delivers the first blanket of snow to the higher Olympic mountains, followed by a clear night or two with temperatures close to freezing.

Winter includes late November, December, and January in rain shadow areas. The sun is lower in the horizon, and storms are common, but periods of sunshine are common too.  There are frequent crisp clear periods following the storms, and sometimes sunny periods during extended periods of high pressure in January. Storms can be very strong and windy in this period. There can also be periods of gray weather which can go on for multiple days at this time of year. This seems to happen during times with multiple weaker storms with less defined fronts. Snow and cold periods also arrive, more frequently than in the greater Seattle area, perhaps once or twice a year. But as most areas are right at sea level, the sun or a warmer storm usually melts things off in a day or so.

 

We explored 3 of the 7 region that is in the rain shadow.

 

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First stop: PORT TOWNSEND

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My good friend Taz used to live in the city and gave me her old address. The curious monkey in me had us driving into the street and taking pictures of the neighborhood.

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We pretended we were guests. It was nice to see where my friend lived.

 

 

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A few miles down the road, we stretched our legs and found a park via tripadvisor.

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Chetzemonka Park overlooking Strait of Juan de Fuca. Approx 1 hr ferry-away from Victoria Canada.

 

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The park had bench swings that made Owen want to take a nap.

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This cabin was used for community events.

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Along the edge of the park we spotted locals going down a trail. We chased after them and found this secluded beach where only locals knew about. Score! Yes, that’s Richard having quiet time.

 

Second stop: SEQUIM

We didn’t spend a lot of time here except for a quick lunch. We took notice of the weather. It’s very much like California. The sun was so strong that it was burning my ear. It was a lot warmer here.

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I was fascinated by the traffic lights.

 

Third stop: PORT ANGELES

We decided to walk around town for an hour. We found an 80 yr-old stationery store, my favorite place in the world besides Target. It had art supplies, books, craft  and scrapbook items.

 

 Later, we found a corner bookstore inside this beautiful building.

Later, we found a corner bookstore inside this beautiful building.

A seahorse.

A seahorse. Street art scattered the town.

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I learned that the bookstore owners had been in business since the 1980s. They talked about going through the technology-changes and the need to adapt to keep up.

 

What a wonderful day we had. Owen was so tired.

What a wonderful day we had. Owen was so tired.

 

 

Sister in tow

During the week of August 26-30, 2014, my sister Pauline of Aliso Viejo, CA came to see us.

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We stayed overnight at the Marriott. As you can see, we had a room with a view and dancing with joy.

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Sister time, lunch time. Enjoying chowder and company.

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I’m not sure if they sell fish here….

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Exhibit A: Gum

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Chew, chew, chew. Ready to launch.

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Free space spotted!

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She left a piece of her at Gum Alley. (I was grossed out the entire time. Gagging.)

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We ate at a restaurant that mainly served biscuit. We were seated overlooking the bakery downstairs.

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While waiting for our order, we watched staff stir, pour, knead and bake. It was very entertaining.

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Owen’s biscuit and gravy.

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My sister ordered fried chicken, fried egg over biscuit and gravy. You can’t see it, but it’s on a clear plate.

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We went on a city tour. This bus went on land and water. A bonus for Owen!

 

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I’m afraid of water and being on this lake had me worried.

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Seattle is something else…

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That house with the red roof was the one from the movie “Sleepless in Seattle”.

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Our tour guide had Owen go to the front and patrolled the water while the guide talked to us.


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8-29 Harbor Day at downtown Olympia (4)

Harbor Day at downtown Olympia.

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I shall call him “mini me”.

 

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We went hiking and met a very friendly donkey.

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Here we are stretching before the hike. I love Owen, my photo-bomber.

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8-29 Hike

 

Bed & Brkfst babysitting

Richard & I stayed at a B&B for one night. While away, Aunt Pauline babysat Owen. She built him a campfire, made him s’mores and they went on the roof of the trailer. They got to spend quality time together as did Richard & I.

 

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It was nice seeing my sister.