Gratitude, Blooms and Streams

Pardon my dahlia and Airstream saturated blog. Just a few of things that make me smile.  

For our last stop in Washington, we popped over to Camas to visit our friends, Duane and Dianne (and Dusty too).  Back in March, they graciously hosted us for two days of courtesy parking.  Now, we stop back as friends ready to share stories from our summer journeys (and tour the gardens for flowers and fruit).

During our four day stay with them, we toured Silver Bullet Trailer Inc, a custom design and renovation warehouse in Portland area.  The owner, Sergey, has an impressive collection of vintage Airstreams, including a Bowlus.  He is custom crafting a few personal trailers and several food trucks. 

Part of our Airstream themed weekend, Duane and Dianne hosted a potluck, including several of their friends from the Oregon Unit.  It was a delightful evening of introductions, shared stories, and camping antics.  Andrew and I really enjoyed meeting new friends.

Unfortunately, the weekend ended quickly.  It was time to say goodbye and move onto Oregon.

Andrew, Ame and I want to thank Duane and Dianne for an other wonderful weekend.  We really enjoyed our visit and hope to cross paths again soon…maybe next time we can host you somewhere.

Silver Bullet Trailer Inc
Silver Bullet Trailer Inc
Silver Bullet Trailer Inc
Silver Bullet Trailer Inc
Silver Bullet Trailer Inc
Silver Bullet Trailer Inc
Silver Bullet Trailer Inc
Silver Bullet Trailer Inc
Silver Bullet Trailer Inc
Silver Bullet Trailer Inc
Dahlia
Dahlia
Dahlia
Dahlia
Dahlia
Dahlia
Dahlia
Dahlia

Kalaloch Beach

Our final National Park visit in Washington is Olympic NP.  Back in April, we attempted a day trip out to the Peninsula from Olympia.  While distance-wise it is a relatively short trip, the main road (101) is a slow road to travel.  We managed to see a little of eastern side of the national park and forest, but we didn’t make it to the beach.

With a desire to spend more time in Olympic National Park and see the beach, I booked us in for a week at Kalaloch Campground.  It is within the boundaries of the park and forest and directly next to the beach. 

For our seven days, we spent most of our time wondering the shoreline enjoying the sea life.  Ame loved the wide open space and got to run and play stick every day, heaven!  She loved exploring the (very large) driftwood trees on the shoreline, running through the fresh water streams that bisected the beach, and watching other people and dogs taking a stroll. 

The only time with left the camp was for an impromptu trip up a forest road, which was a shocking experience for us.  First, the main road (101) is densely forest covered, but once getting back a few hundred yards into the forest roads, it is obvious the amount of clear-cut deforestation from the logging industry.  Our views of Mt Olympus showed evidence of heavy logging. 

It was interesting to get a view from the ridges of the wall of fog that is often present along the Pacific Ocean coast.  While the coastline is socked in with thick fog, drive a mile or two inland to find blue skies and sun.  From the forest road we could see the curtain of thick fog creep in from the shore. 

After three weeks back in Washington, it is time to shift gears and head back towards Oregon. 

View of Mt. Olympus
View of Mt. Olympus
Kalaloch Beach
Kalaloch Beach
One of many jellies, Kalaloch Beach
One of many jellies, Kalaloch Beach
Starfish on the beach, Kalaloch beach
Starfish on the beach, Kalaloch beach
Sea Anemone, Kalaloch Beach
Sea Anemone, Kalaloch Beach
Birds, Birds, Birds, Kalaloch Beach
Birds, Birds, Birds, Kalaloch Beach
Ame playing on the beach
Ame playing on the beach
Kalaloch Beach
Kalaloch Beach
Sunset, Kalaloch Beach
Sunset, Kalaloch Beach
Ame on the Beach
Ame on the Beach

Back to Olympia, WA

For Labor Day weekend we returned to Olympia to visit with family and friends.  Our nine days in town flew by with much socializing and activities.     

One evening we managed to enjoy a tasty dinner with our former Land Yacht Harbor neighbors, Bruce and Larinda, who then invited us back to their beautiful new home for dessert and conversation. 

My cousin, Richard, and his wife, Sandra, hosted us at their lake house for afternoon of stunning views and great stories.  They also took me for Olympia’s annual Tug Boat Races, where spectators can tour boats, watch races and shop artisan tents.  While we didn’t get to see the boats race, we had a wonderful time admiring the various boats and art on display.  On our final day in Olympia we visited Burfoot Park for a stroll along the short wooded trail to the beach.  We day concluded with a drive through a few Puget sound neighborhoods and a stop for ice cream. 

With such great hosts and fun activities, Andrew, Ame and I look forward to many future visits to Olympia. 

Tempo Lake
Tempo Lake
Andrew & Ame, Burfoot Park
Andrew & Ame, Burfoot Park
View from Burfoot Beach
View from Burfoot Beach
Ame enjoying a walk with Sandra & Andrew
Ame enjoying a walk with Sandra & Andrew
Dahlia Love
Dahlia Love
A Beauty at Land Yacht Harbor
A Beauty at Land Yacht Harbor