Monday, July 28, 2014

Monday moving.




Goodbye to Monroe and to Jean and Bill. It is time to head south. My guy has found a lake to go visit. He needs a water fix. Check.

So last night during our fabulous dinner, Jean and I were discussing the need for a reunion...Bee, Barb, Sandee...who is in and where??! Blogger's cruise in January maybe? Put your thinking caps on! The more, the merrier! Srsly.

It's another sunny, perfect day in the Pacific NW. WYWH!

Miles and smiles in our beautiful country. Get out and enjoy it!

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

The road to Paris...

Stage 21, final stage of the TdF, is drawing to a close. The guys are doing the mostly ceremonial ride to Paris. Congrats to Nibali for putting Italy back in the winner's circle. It's been a long, hard ride. Enjoy these final Tour moments, guys! Well done.

We two made a short ride through wine country yesterday. We pulled into one very busy winery, then decided it was entirely TOO busy, and made a hasty retreat. MM is having some "sweet" tasting issues, so wine tasting is not appealing to him right now, and crowd jousting is even less appealing. Bugger.

The noise level here at the fairground/speedway CG wasn't too bad during the race last night, despite our closeness to the action. The kitties did well. We enjoyed people watching, and seeing some of the race cars being trailered in. We are easily entertained.




Cool mornings and warm days are a winning combination. This is beautiful country out here. Plus, we get to have dinner with Jean and Bill tonight. Lucky us.

And now, back to my visual trip to Paris...

Happy Sunday, y'all! Cheers!!!


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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Planes and a boy

Tour director Jeanie highly recommended the Boeing factory tour. MM's arm didn't need to be twisted for that.

We found where we needed to be for the tour, then looked for lunch that didn't have to be unwrapped. Found a great Hungarian bistro that uses a white board for their daily menu, because the cook only fixes whatever she is in the mood to cook each day. Sounds just like home! And it was good.

The tour was excellent. MM always enjoys plane porn...and plane toys bring out the little boy in him:






We discovered Jim and Carol from the caravan did the same tour (and toy playing) right after we left! Small world. We will meet up with them again for real...soon. Too bad we missed y'all yesterday.

Laundry and a little sightseeing later is today's heavy agenda. It is a sunny, cloudless day that boasts a high of 79. Sweet.

Life is good here in paradise. Happy Saturday, y'all!

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday, and friends

Rather than camp for a single night and with it raining, we decided stopping and staying put in our intended W WA destination outside Seattle made more sense. Set up/take down once. Check. See Jean and Bill before they leave for the weekend. Check.

A quick email to Jeanie-Weenie and we had dinner plans!



She and Bill picked us up, much to the delight of two kitties being able to see new folks, and we went out for a tasty Greek dinner, with a lot of gab thrown in.

We have several suggestions of things to do and places to see this weekend, and will meet Jean and Bill again for dinner Sunday night. We do that well!

Oh boy, where to begin? I think planes are on the agenda today. Big planes. MM is in charge of the itinerary...which would naturally include planes, boats, and water. He's so predictable.

Have a fabulous Friday. I'm sure we will, too.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Cool Coulee

Good morning from the Grand Coulee Dam area...as we roll west.

We checked out the dam yesterday. It is big...and supplies power to a huge area along with providing fishing, recreation, and other benefits.

There is a nightly laser show, starting at 10, so went back and enjoyed that presentation. It didn't photo well. Use your imagination, or google the dam for more info.

This is a high desert area. Translation: few trees, and acres of sage brush filled hills. And a farming area. Wheat appears to be the main crop. We just spied two deer with nice racks near the road.



So now we are just killing time and avoiding fire areas, waiting for our Sunday date with friends near Seattle. It has drizzled on us all morning. They need all the rain they can get.

Miles and smiles, y'all!

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tuesday through the forest

We decided to spend another night in Kettle Falls and go sightseeing on a scenic loop road over Sherman Pass.  Look at what we saw…mom and her spotted fawn enjoying lunch:

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Colville National Forest boasts over a million acres, filled with elk, moose, rattlesnakes, bears, cougars, and bobcats, making it one of America’s great, untamed wilderness areas.  We agree…and were happy not to experience any rattlesnakes, thankyouverymuch.  But this crossed the road right in front of us:

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We were thankful there was no traffic behind us so that we could watch him/her cross to the other side of the road.

There are more road closings reported due to the WA/OR fires, so we are changing course and heading S instead of W today for another grand adventure…that involves a laser light show.

Check back tomorrow for photos and info!

Enjoying life on the road, seeing our beautiful country and her critters.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Neighborhood entertainment

Watched this couple go from this:



To this:















He turned around to lead the way, and they were off. Safe travels. Thanks for the entertainment! Glad our set up/take down is easier.

So, the fires have closed even more roads but a bit of rain is on the way. Yay for rain! We will head more south and away from the problems and continue on. We re-group rather well, and the kitties are happy.

That's life from the road, and another day in paradise.

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