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One Degree of Separation

You all might be tired of all my weird “degree of separation” stories but I can’t help it if weird things keep happeneing to me.

We arrived successfully yesterday, December 29, in Puerto Penasco, Mexico.  As usual we had to check out our favorite haunts.  Last night we were having some great fried oysters and drinks at the Wrecked At The Reef bar and I struck up a conversation with they guy next to me.  HIs name is Len and he is from Canada.  Where in Canada I ask. Oh, an island in the Gulf Islands named Gabriola.  Cool, I say.  We stay at the Silva Bay marina on Gabriola often.  He says, oh, I used to live by there but now I live by Dodd Narrows.  I bought the land and don’t know what I am going to build yet.  (You boaters will know exactly where this is). So I ask him if he knows Pierre and Tove Landry.  They lived until recently on Gabriola but with Pierre mostly living at their marina in the Broughton islands.  Well, of course Ken knows Pierre, but has never met Tove.  he did know they sold their place on Gabriola and now have a place in Nanaimo.

Whew.  There is a lot to follow there.  Anyway, I had reserved 4 tickets for the New Years bash hoping some friends would join us, but that had fallen through so Ken bought one of the tickets from me.  The wait list is so long he would not have been able to get one any other way.  This is his first trip to this area and probably not his last.

More updates later….except to say it is cooler here than normal but being from Seattle I was comfortable in shorts and sandals today as we drove around in Stubby with the top down.



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iPad post

Well, I have a hard time posting from my iPad but that is all I can do from now on so I had better bite the bullet and do it.  Expect typos, auto-correct annoyances, and all that good stuff.  Sheesh, the things I do to keep you updated on our trip!

Day 1 started fine until 30 minutes in when we got a rock chip on the driver side. Ka-bang! Crack! Not spreading much, thank goodness.  Ten minutes later a car starts honking at us.  We had an outside hatch door not closed.  Thank you, Good Samaritan!

We left Des Moines at 1:00 pm and were in Salem, Oregon at 5:00.  What a great time to go through the Portland area!!!  Christmas Day!  Up super early on Monday.  We were on the road by 5:00.  In the A.M!!!!!  Again, a great day to travel.  The weather cooperated so the Siskiyous were great.  Most of the day was on I-5 until we crossed over south of Stockton to a great RV park close to I-99.

Oh, did I forget to mention my boo-boo?  I was going to spell Garry awhile driving.  NO biggie.  We stopped for fuel and I took over.  Oh, dear.  I need to use the mirrors better when pulling out of a gas station when pulling a trailer!!!  CRUNCH!!!!! SQUISH!  Poor Smart Car Stubby was wondering what hit him.  Well, it was a gas station concrete (red) post.  The post won the battle.  But because I am married to an awesome tolerant man, no bad words happened.  It took a bit of work to get it out of there… and Garry said it was  just one panel of sheet metal.  No biggie.  His words.img_3033

So day two was a 12 hour 605 mile day.  Day three started later.  We left our park at 7:00 and againfor the most part traffic was great.  We had more sun and no snow on Tehachapi pass.  We got to Barstow and headed to the the Blue Beacon truck car wash. For about $100 we got the motorhome and the dented trailer washed , RainXd, and dried.  Life is good.

So that brings us to date.  We are just out of Barstow, CA and until a minute ago we’re watching the WSU Cougars in their bowl game but had to change it.  Too hard to watch.

Tomorrow we will be in Arizona and in Puerto  Pensaco (Rocky Point) Mexico by Thursday and will be there for New Years and beyond.  After that, more Mexico, but our schedule depends on the Seahawks so we will just wait and see.

Happy New Year to you all!


Hitting The Road

Well, it has been an interesting several months – beginning with selling our condo and whole building in August and becoming renters.  We have moved back into the house we built in the early ’80s.  Dale and Christy own it now and they nicely kicked their renter out (Sorry, Ann) and we began an extensive remodel and update project.  We moved in just before Thanksgiving.  The majority of the work is done which is good because the focus switched to getting the motorhome ready so we can head south.

Our plan is to leave in the afternoon on Christmas Day and get down around Salem, Oregon.  That will give us a headstart on Monday.   We will be towing an enclosed trailer with Stubby (our Smart Car) in it.  No Honda Trail 90 or bicycle this year!   Fingers crossed on how it goes.  We have yet to hook the trailer to the motorhome and see if all the lights work and how it tows.  And we leave tomorrow??  OK, fingers and toes crossed!!img_2012

The latest travel news for us was a trip to Silverton, Oregon in November to pick up Stubby’s trailer from the manufacturer.  That trip got expensive because we stopped at a Costco in Wilsonville and saved a bunch of sales tax money buying a huge TV and other stuff for our new home.

We also flew to California in October to our good friend Brian Halvorsen’s wedding to Colleen!  A good time had by all, for sure!


Last week I traveled with Theresa to New Orleans.  She was attending the work conference on restoring America’s estuaries.  She participated in a poster display with her poster on Connecting With Waterfront Owners and also did a couple presentations.  I was able to go to the one she did on Working in the Nearshore: Policies, Planning and Practice.  I met some great people and of course we enjoyed New Orleans food, music, Bourbon Street and all sorts of good things.  Unfortunately the Seahawk game we watched wasn’t what we hoped for but the bar and food was good.   I had not been to New Orleans in over 15 years and Theresa had never been so it was a lot of fun.

Thanks for following my blog.  I will update when I can.  The basic plan is New Years in Puerto Penasco, Mexico, then depending on how the Seahawks do in the play-offs our other Mexico stops be determined.  We are not sure how long we will be gone.  As Garry keeps saying, we come home when the wind blows us that way.