Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Entering Our 7th Year As Fulltimers

Posted from Casa Grande, AZ

Just a short post and some reflective thinking as we enter our 7th year as fulltimers on this exact date of October the 31st.

In addition to Halloween falling on the 31st day of October each year, that particular date has another meaning for us. After marrying we purchased our first new townhouse in Manassas, VA. We lived in the townhouse for 2 years before deciding to purchase our first single-family home a bit further south in Stafford, VA. Now here's where it starts to get a bit "weird". We closed on the sale of the townhouse and moved into the Stafford house on October 31, 1987. We didn't think anything of it at the time, other than having to rush out and get some candy to satisfy the needs of the neighborhood kids. Certainly we didn't want to be on the "bad" list as soon as we moved into the new place.

Many years passed (25 to be exact), and we decided to sell the Stafford house and begin our fulltiming RV lifestyle. We closed on the sale of the Stafford house on, yes you guessed it, October 31, 2012.

So on today's date we begin our 7th year as fulltime RVers. We have no plans to sell anything currently, so no "closing on Halloween" this year. It's hard to believe that 6 years have come and gone so quickly. We are still enjoying our latest lifestyle as much as ever and we feel that we've only begun to "scratch the surface" so to speak when it comes to exploring new areas and experiencing new things.

As always, thanks for dropping by to take a look!

Friday, October 5, 2018

Leaving the Seattle Area

Posted from near Coarsegold, CA

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Mount Ranier National Park
Seattle Mariner's Baseball Game

I'm running way behind in making posts about our travels this summer, but I guess it will give me something to do when we're sitting in one place for the winter months.

This blog will conclude our visit with our good friends Bill and Debi and touch on a few more sites we visited before leaving Graham, WA.

On August 19th Bill and Debi came over to our campground at Ranier View RV Park and led us on an all day excursion into Ranier National Park and the surrounding areas. The smoke had been so bad for several days now that getting a good view of the peak was a rarity.

We were able to capture several views of the peak from a couple of pullouts along the road inside the park.

A bit further down Paradise Road and we hiked down a short trail to view the Narada Falls.

This is a view of Mt. Ranier from the Henry Jackson Memorial Visitor's Center. Several trailheads begin behind the visitor's center, even some treks up to the peak itself.

Today we limited our hiking to a few short walks because we wanted to get to see the entire park (via main roads). This was one such short walk around a small, but pretty lake.

The weather was great today, but by late afternoon the smoke was beginning to roll in again and limit the views.

On our last night in the Seattle area, the four of us grabbed the light rail and headed in to Seattle to watch the Seattle Mariners play the Houston Astros.

At this point in the season, the Mariners were still in contention. (Like my Washington Nationals, however, their hopes for a playoff spot wouldn't last too much longer.  This didn't deter us from having a good time at the ballpark, however.

Safeco Field has a roof which can be closed, but even with all of the smoke from fires, this night it remained open.

The "Fischer jinx" was not to be tonight as the home team won by a score of 7 to 4.

We left the next morning to head up to stay in an Escapees' Park near Chimacum, WA (on the Olympic Peninsula). We can't say enough about what great hosts Bill and Debi were while showing us around this part of their state and inviting us into their beautiful home. THANK YOU AGAIN BILL AND DEBI!

As always, thanks for stopping by to take a look!