Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Happy Labor Day weekend! Three days off work was always pretty welcome, when we were employed, but now it just means that our favored haunts are impacted with weekenders…
Since our last posting, we have spent some time in Port Townsend and Chimicum, visiting with other RVing friends. Then we joined Lee & Susie Blattner, who were with us on our Europe trip earlier this year, at their place in Vancouver, WA. Their youngest son & his family have purchased their home and they were parked in the driveway. We got to park across the street at a neighbor’s. Aug. 29 was my birthday, and their family had a big dinner for me and Susie baked a German chocolate cake too. Yum. It was in honor of our joint trip to Germany. They showed us around the area and we visited all three of the bars and taverns that their son owns. Imagine us, bar-hopping!!
Leaving there before the big weekend seemed like a good idea. We stopped at some RV dealers in Junction City, OR hoping to see a 32 foot Allegro. The RV consumer ratings recommend either an Allegro or a Seabreeze for us, since we want one between 30 and 32 feet and these are the ones with the highest ratings. We have looked at several Seabreezes and a Seabreeze LX and really like them. Now we will wait for the high gas prices and the end of summer to cause people to put their RV’s on the market and then we will swoop in on a good deal. Mostly we are using the internet for our search. Our own RV is doing fine. We just want a little more room and a separate bedroom.
We are now situated in site C-12 in the Salmon Harbor Marina in Winchester Bay, OR, hoping to move to site C-22 (next to LaVerne & Dave) after the weekend. The monthly rate is good here and we will be here that long because the Crabfest for the RoVing Rods runs from Sept. 26 to Oct. 2. It is unusual for us to stay put for so long but with gas prices going through the roof, it seems best to hunker down until the situation gets under control. There are plenty of rig chores we can catch up on and once the weekend is over, we will inflate our boat and start crabbing.
When we arrived yesterday, Dave and LaVerne Markle, Sid Bowen & Pam Collins, Jack & Helena Vincent, and friends of LaVerne’s named Bud and Darlene were here already. So we had a raucous Happy Hour with them and then adjourned to the local Thai restaurant for dinner. The food was excellent, although the service was slow because the place was packed. Today we awoke to heavy fog, but that has lifted now and some sun is coming through. We are hoping for nice weather and good crabbing during the next month.
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Unfortunately, we have crappy cell phone service at Winchester Bay and can’t access the internet there either. So we will be checking e-mail and updating this blog from the local library.
Today is a beautiful day and we will be setting up our boat and crab traps as soon as we return to camp. Yesterday, Ken and Carolyn Kimpton joined us for a few days and they are camped at the local county park where there are hookups. We have moved to site C-22 and will stay there until the Crabfest starts. Hoping to see many of you soon!

1 comment:

CaliforniaGrammy said...

Great blogging . . . we check every day now, to our various blog sites . . . and alas! "A new one from Mary and Elaine!" Good pictures too, isn't it fun! Gil and Mary Ward are coming to stay a night with us on Saturday . . . so they'll test out our newly leveled spot for you. Winchester Bay looks so inviting . . . See you soon!