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Early Summer Washington Travels 2017

New name for our Travel Blog, haha! Brad's been retired for awhile now, hope you like it!

Ocean Shores, WA

After a couple of unseasonable heatwaves in Nor Cal this spring it was time to beat feet to the coast and cooler climes.
Our chosen destination of Ocean Shores, Washington was to change it up a bit, do something different than the past few years. So up to Washington first and then back down to Veneta, Oregon to volunteer at the Oregon Country Fair in July and then we'll head east for the rest of the summer/fall.
Ocean Shores was a little chiller than we were used to (usually there in late July) but we had some fine weather and were able to walk on the deserted beach and absorb the sunshine.
We enjoyed a visit from our son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Ally Robinson, newlyweds from 2016, who tent camped next to us. We showed them around the coastal communities (our favorite bars!) and cooked them fried oysters and steaks the 2nd night, good times!
I celebrated my 52nd birthday with Brad at a lovely restaurant overlooking the ocean, Sea View. We also made some new friends and visited a new bar, always on the hunt for new places!
PS, The first pics are of a full Lake Shasta (hasn't been full in years) and Mt. Shasta and Shastina in northern California.

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Long Beach, Washington

After only a couple of weeks we moved south to Long Beach, a town we first stayed at last year that we really liked. Thankfully we arrived during a sunny day for Brad to set us up because the next day it was stormy and we drove over the Columbia River bridge into Seaside, Oregon to stock up on groceries. That's not a fun ride over the span in crappy weather but at least we weren't towing the rig!
Long Beach is a great little town with a bike path that runs along the coast all the way through town, and just a few minutes walk from the campground to the beach. Brad made good use of the walking trails and beach logging 30+ miles a week; that new hip is fabulous! I accompanied Brad on some lovely walks but also enjoyed biking around as Long Beach has some really beautiful and quaint neighborhoods to explore.
Less than a mile away from our campground there's a bar and also a new restaurant we discovered called the Depot in an old converted train depot that was quiet, romantic and delicious. We also celebrated our 28th anniversary dinner at a wonderful restaurant called The Pickled Fish that has views of the ocean, an all appetizer dinner of yummy delicacies! One other notable restaurant is Salt Pub overlooking the marina in Ilwaco a mile and a half away. We explored some other communities close by, visited Goose Point Oyster farm for a 1/2 gallon of fresh shucked oysters and hiked up to the North Head light house, part of Cape Disappointment on the Lewis and Clark trail. As I'm sure is evident, we love Long Beach and look forward to coming back next year!

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PSS, The last couple pics are of Brad's Father's Day breakfast of bacon and jalapeño wrapped oysters over poached eggs!!! We will so miss the fresh oysters, might have to score some before we head east!

Safe summer travels friends, enjoy!

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Phoenix Desert Botanical Gardens

Spring time in the desert

Desert Botanical Gardens

Often when we have to have the rig in for work we are faced with killing time while we wait for our home. In such situations we enjoy taking in some local sights be they museums, gardens, cemeteries or scenic drives. We were fortunate to have an excellent spring day in which to visit the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix to view the cactus and other indigenous plants. So many varieties of succulents, flowers, shrubs and trees, even a butterfly exhibit, we we're delighted. Afterwards Brad treated us to an outdoor lunch at Cibo an upscale bistro for some awesome eats.

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I'm happy to report the rig has been outfitted with a new solar panel on the roof and 4 new 6 volt batteries allowing us to "boondock" or dry camp easily. So although we have enjoyed the last 3 years here in Peoria and have made some good friends, we have decided that we won't be coming back next year as it's time to explore other areas. We're excited to hit the road again at the end of April and make our spring/summer trek to the Pacific Northwest. Safe travels to all and as always, happy trails!

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Parker Boat Races 2017

Bluewater Casino fun with the gang!

Parker, Az

Our good friend Leslie of Tustin, Ca invited Brad and I to a weekend of boat races in Parker on the Colorado River (Arizona side) for Team Reiter as part of the support crew. We had a great time cheering for the driver Mark and seeing all the boats racing the course as we had never been to boat races before. We had excellent weather, plenty of ice cold beer and good people to keep us happy. All of the rooms at the Bluewater Casino face the river so great views and an easy to navigate casino (not too big). The best part was cheering on Mark as he came in 2nd on race day (Sunday)! In fact we had such a good time that we failed to come home on Monday and stayed another day! The last pics are of us at the saloons along the road home, enjoy.

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The videos can't capture the exhilaration of boat racing; the smell of the high octane fuel, the roar as the big boats skim the surface of the water. We look forward to being a part of the races in October when they return to the Bluewater!

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Phoenix Area Hike

Squaw Peak

Squaw Peak Hike

One of the aspects of our lifestyle that we especially enjoy is getting to know folks as we travel around (or stay put). Beyond making friends it's the best way to pick up local knowledge about all kinds of things; where to eat, fish, hike, etc. A friendly bar acquaintance told us about a hike very popular with the locals that was just a few miles away. Squaw Peak, once attained has views of Phoenix and surrounding areas. Many people use the trail as their "workout" so it was busy even during the week which makes it a bit more challenging. The trail is steep and rocky, 3 miles round trip and described as "strenuous" on the website, which it proved to be for me. Brad marched right up to the peak, waited a bit then headed back for me and accompanied me back to the summit. Coming back down was hard for both of us, tired knees! Lovely views of the valley on a perfect ( not too warm) day!

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Until next time, happy trails!

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End of 2016/Beginning 2017

Peoria, Arizona to Newport Beach and back again

Peoria, Arizona

It's always great to get back to our "home pad" at Casa Del Sol in Peoria, Az and settle in for awhile. Even better is seeing old friends again and catching up over cocktails! The day we rolled in our good friends and fellow full-timers Jimmy & Glenn had a beautiful al fresco dinner homecoming for us! Glenn made us his homemade lasagne which was the largest and most delicious we've ever had, what a lovely welcome after a long day of traveling.
After setting up the Tiki hut and outdoor kitchen Brad surprised me with beautiful flowers and we were ready to party. We hosted "Friendsgiving" dinner attended by our Casa pals and the turkey and fixings were great but everyone agreed Brad's fried chicken was a most excellent addition!
It was especially nice to have the holidays at home and to decorate a bit. Brad treated us to his world class dry aged rib roast (which he also smokes and then roasts to perfection, I made a Yorkshire pudding to accompany it, so decadent! I also had to include some pics of the cheese souffle I made as it took a couple of trials to get it right.

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Quartzsite, Arizona

We planned a trip to see family and friends in So Cal after the holidays to avoid all the crowds and traffic. Our travels take us through Quartzsite, Az where we like to stay a couple of days to check out the rock and mineral shows. A little too rainy for rock hounding this trip but I did get to shop at Gem World, a favorite of mine with all kinds goodies for jewelry making. Brad joined the Quartzsite Yacht Club, the largest yacht membership in the US with reciprocity across the country, ha ha.

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Newport Beach, California

We had stormy weather on the way to Newport Beach, that pretty much describes our stay this February; stormy and wet mostly. Still we managed to get out and walk and bike and enjoy beautiful Balboa Island and beach communities. It was especially nice to see the folks (Brad's parents) and spend time with Lance and Tina Robinson, Brad's brother and sister in law. We visited all our favorite bars and were introduced to some new places and of course enjoyed delicious meals and seafood.
Our newly wedded daughter Loretta and her husband Jeremy drove down for a weekend during our stay (we had a month at Newport Dunes Rv Resort) and we had fun showing them around a bit. All said, we loved our annual stay in lovely Newport Beach, it always goes by too quickly.

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So back to Peoria to finish off the winter dry and warm until April when we migrate north for Spring and Summer! Peace & safe travels ♡♡♡

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