Sunday, August 2, 2015

Crescent Beach RV Park, Port Angeles, WA

Crescent Beach
Sunday, August 2, 2015, Crescent Beach RV Park, Port Angeles, WA, - 194.1 Miles Today, 7912 For the Trip

I left early, planning to take the ferry between Lynnwood & Edmonds. It saves about 80 miles of driving, but to be sure to get one you need an early boat. Since it would cost around $80.00, I'd use less gas driving, and I wouldn't be able to get into the campground until at least 11:00. So, I decided to take the land route. Not a bad drive, although much of it was on busy 4 lane (minimum) roads, even at 7:00AM on a Sunday.

I arrived at he campground around 11:30 & discovered that their check out time was 2:00 & there was someone in my assigned site. I parked at the side of the sites, and took a walk on the beach. That was, after registering & paying for the site. You get a wrist band (like at concerts & RV shows, etc) that gives you permission to walk on the beach. A bit different than the Great Lakes, or Nantucket, for that matter. There, no one owns below the high water mark. Here, apparently, they own to the water, no matter where the tide is. I watched one of the "guards" chase a couple of stand up paddle boarders off the beach when they came onto the shore for a break.

They should add the name resort to this campground, but only because of the price - $50.69 per night. I wanted to stop at the Elwha Dam campground; it had the best reviews in the area, but it was full.

Sites here are burned up grass, full hookups & one bathroom with two unisex showers located at the other end of the campground. They also have a novel solution to wasting hot water & cleaning - both shower doors have been locked all day even though there is a sign on the doors saying leave the doors open when not in use.  I finally knocked, and no one answered...

They do have a nice beach - I took a couple of photos so I could get my moneys worth. When I got back from my walk there was still a van in my site, so they gave me one next to it.

I went back to the beach after dinner for some evening light & to chase seagulls.

Nice campground hosts, but they sure protect their beach! I wish they did as much for their sites - dog poop is on the side of my site. At least it is on the sewer side!  More photos (not the dog poop) at today's LakeshoreImages page.

Dinner, by the way, was a Marie Callender's frozen Country Fried Chicken dinner. OK, but not as good as home made.

Until Next Time -

Lake Ki RV Resort & Camp, Arlington, WA, Day 2

Saturday, August 1, 2015, Lake Ki RV Resort & Camp, Arlington, WA, Day 2 - 0 Miles Today, 7717.5 For the Trip

I was so busy doing nothing that I didn't post last night. Sorry, but since there isn't much to write about, you didn't miss much. I spent the day reading, took a shower, and had another steak along with broccoli for dinner. The highlight of the day was a drive to Walmart for more snap peas. No photos for the day.

Until tomorrow -

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Lake Ki RV Resort & Camp, Arlington, WA

Site 22, Lake Ki RV Resort & Camp
Friday, July 31, 2015, Lake Ki RV Resort & Camp, Arlington, WA - 85.9 Miles Today, 7717.5 For the Trip

The earliest start of the trip - I was out of the campground at 6:30AM, much too early for us retired guys! John at Roland Toyota of Everett said it would take 2 hours from Bellingham to Everett, but at that time of day the traffic was minimal, and it only took an hour. I got permission from the store manager at Albertsons to leave the trailer there (across the street from Toyota) since there was very little parking at the Toyota dealer. They had the oil seal replaced by 11:30, I did some shopping at Albertson's, then headed north to Arlington & the Lake Ki RV Resort & Camp. The only photo is the site one above.

While resort in name, it is only one by price - $40.00 per night for full hookups. The bathrooms & pay showers ($1.00 for ? minutes) as well as the laundry are as far away as they could be and still be in the same park. The gravel sites are difficult to find; a poor map & the only site id is a small tag on the power pedestal (although some sites have a small sign on the picnic table). There are also many dead ended sections that are difficult to tell from the main loop. I had to do some tight turns & backing to get out of a couple of them before I parked the trailer & walked around until I found my site. I'm in site 22. All that said, the laundry is inexpensive - I did a double load.

By the time I was done with laundry & sitting around reading, it was time for dinner. Albertsons had small seasoned round steaks that were priced by one, get two free, with two steaks per package, so I went for it. A bit tougher than I'm used to, but you can't beat the price. So, dinner was a steak & mashed potatoes.

Until tomorrow -

Friday, July 31, 2015

Bellingham RV Park, Bellingham, WA

Whatcom Falls
Thursday, July 30, 2015, Bellingham RV Park, Bellingham, WA - 32.6 Miles Today, 7631.6 For the Trip

I got a late start today, but didn't have all that far to go. I stopped at the Nor West RV park, but no sites were available. The Bellingham RV Park is closer to the airport, but since I wanted to go to Wilson Motors (the local Toyota dealer), it was the next choice. I'm in site 47, a full hookup, including cable, for $39.78 with a Good Sam's discount.

After setting up the trailer I headed into Bellingham & Wilson Motors. My service manager was Mike, and I can't say enough good about him. He managed to work me in on a busy day. Wish he decided to transfer to Syracuse!

Lots of good & bad on the oil change. First, it was the least expensive I've had in quite awhile; the bad, like I suspected, I needed rear brakes. Another bad, while they were doing the oil change, they discovered a leaking transmission oil seal. The good - the part is less than $15.00 (although 2 hours of labor). The bad - they don't have one in stock. The earliest they could get one would be Monday, and my space at the RV park isn't available over the weekend. So, I called the Everett Toyota dealer, (my next stop), and they have 2 of the seals, and will schedule me in for 9:00AM tomorrow. I called & have a reservation for 2 days at the Camp Ki RV Resort in Arlington, a few miles north of Everett.

As I said, Mike was an exceptional Service Manager. He took one look at the wash job they did on the RAV4, shook his head & said "They don't know how to hand wash a vehicle"! My towing mirrors and tire on the roof kept it out of the automatic washer. I admit it was still covered with Alaska dirt, but it was streaked, not really cleaned. He made me follow him over to the wash area & proceeded to hand wash the car himself. Did a great job!

On the way back to the campground I stopped at the Whatcom Falls Park. There are a couple of waterfalls in the park, however the low water level doesn't help with photographs. Still, I took a few, including a man made water chute that is screened off to prevent anyone using it. Looks like it would be fun!  More photos at today's LakeshoreImages page.

By the time I got back to the campground it was 5:00. I relaxed at the trailer, had a shower in one of the best showers of the trip - lots of room in both the shower & changing area, a bench, plenty of hooks, etc.

Dinner was a chicken sandwich, some taco chips & the rest of the snap peas.

Until Tomorrow -

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Silver Lake County Park, Maple Falls, WA, Day 2 & Mt Baker

The View Across Picture Lake
Wednesday, July 29, 2015, Silver Lake County Park, Maple Falls, WA, Day 2 & Mt Baker - 0 Miles Today, 7599 For the Trip

An early post. I drove to Mt Baker, having much better luck than the last time I was here in 2012. A partly cloudy day with somewhat harsh lighting, and a light breeze that destroyed the reflective qualities on the lakes most of the time, but still a great improvement. I stopped on the way in at the lake to photograph Mt Baker in the background. I do wish the chopped off reds were not in the image, but that's the breaks. I then headed to Artists Point. Hard to describe, but beautiful in every direction. I took lots of photos, and will probably work on them more when I get back to the trailer. Right now I'm parked outside the cell tower building and the light is a bit bright to process the images (but, for some reason, I have a strong Verizon signal!  More photos at today's LakeshoreImages page.

I'm heading back to the campground to relax for the afternoon, then will come back towards sunset for some evening photos.

For those that saw my earlier posting, I have to admit to an error - I called Mt Shuksan Mt Baker. I corrected the titles and added a couple of photos taken later in the evening, as well as a couple of Nooksack Falls. The falls is a tough shoot - you can only see it from the top & it is a long, narrow falls in 3 sections, so it isn't the most photogenic I've seen. It also has a lot less water going over it than in my 2012 photo.

I'm happier with the evening Picture Lake image, but the evening isn't getting much warmer (at least the light) so I'm going to call it a day at 7:00.

A new one for me - on the way down the hill we had a traffic stop because a car commercial was being made on the road. About a 10 minute stop, and as we went by the car it was covered with a black shroud. Must be something new...

Dinner was a frozen pizza, and more snap peas.

Until later -