Dunedin Railway Station, Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand - Saturday, December 30, 2023

Dunedin Railway Station, Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand - Saturday, December 30, 2023
Dunedin Railway Station, Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand - Saturday, December 30, 2023

Wednesday, August 2, 2023

Can You Believe It's August Already? - Wednesday, August 2, 2023

It amazes me that 1-1/2 weeks ago we were in San Antonio, Texas. Today, we're 2,635 miles away in Chimacum, Washington. We are so fortunate to live in this society with its freedoms. We are very thankful for the opportunities we have in our country.

We pulled in in the opposite direction of the hook-ups
so we could have a view of the Columbia River out
our back window.

At 6:30 this morning, it was a magical moment when I saw the moon setting in the west over the Columbia River in Woodland, Washington. 

The sturgeon moon setting over the Columbia River.
Columbia Riverfront RV Park in Woodland, WA.
These are pull-through sites.

The night before in Eugene, after dinner with Lonnie and Drew, we saw the huge "sturgeon moon" rising in the southeast. We were all impressed. This week's full moon is called a sturgeon moon because it occurs around the time of year that, historically, indigenous populations found the large freshwater fish were easily caught in the Great Lakes (according to the Old Farmer's Almanac).

This morning, we left the Columbia Riverfront RV Park at 9 am. All was well and we had light to moderate traffic on I-5, with only a couple of slowdowns north of Olympia near Lacey.

We were delayed north of Silverdale, Washington. The Hood Canal Bridge was closed. When we arrived, we were three miles away from the bridge. Luckily, they opened the bridge shortly after we got there and we only waited 1/2 hour. Some waits can be two hours or more.

The Tacoma Narrows twin bridges.

The Tacoma Narrows.

The Tacoma Narrows Twin Bridges.

Bremerton's mothballed fleet at the Puget
Sound Shipyard.

Waiting for the bridge to open.
Cars in front of us.

Cars behind us.

Traffic started moving.

"This wait is for the birds. Oh, oops, 
there aren't any birds waiting here."

The Olympic Mountains.

Traffic on the Hood Canal Bridge.

We can't get enough of these Olympic
Mountain views!

Hood Canal Bridge traffic.

Traffic waiting on the other side of the bridge.

Well, we're happy to be out of that traffic mess! When we arrived at Evergreen Coho SKP RV Park in Chimacum, they were going to put us in a water/electric site only. I told them that in February I had reserved a full-hookup site for 2-1/2 weeks. I got my confirmation paperwork out of the truck. They moved people around and were able to get us into a full hookup site. Thank you very much.

About 1-1/2 weeks ago, I had a gel manicure and pedicure. Normally, that lasts three weeks. This time, one toenail lost its polish and three fingernails were chipped or had polish half gone. The RV park recommended DK Nails in Port Townsend. I was able to go in immediately. They matched my nail color on my toe and fixed that. Then I had a full manicure to fix the bad manicure I received in Texas. They did an excellent, efficient job. 

Bob and I had Thai food leftovers for dinner! Mmm! Then, we took a two-mile walk around the RV park.

On Thursday, I will do laundry and we will be packing for our cruise! So excited!

Friday, Bob, Diane Howell Evans, and I are doing a 12 km Spruce Railroad Volksmarch along the north shore of Lake Crescent on a paved trail following the old, abandoned railroad bed. We have to bring flashlights for the tunnels. That should be a gorgeous hike!

And then Saturday, we will drive down to my brother and sister-in-law's place to park our truck there while we're gone on the cruise. Our son Michael will pick Bob and I up there and we'll travel together to the cruise ship terminal. Fun times await! A group of 11 of us will be on the cruise.

Must get some sleep. At least I get to sleep in tomorrow!

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