Our trip from Sequim to Puyallup, WA was just 100 miles, including a slight detour to park the Mothership at a Wal-Mart so we could unhook Libby and take a short tour of Port Orchard. For those that don't know, Port Orchard is the real-life setting for many of the Debbie Macomber
books and also the Cedar Cove television series. Misty loves her books and a stop at Port Orchard was a priority for her visit with us.
We are staying at the Washington State Fairgrounds Campground
in Puyallup, WA. You pronounce that "pew-AL-up". We have found a need to use the Northwest Pronunciation Guide
as many words up here are not pronounced as it would seem by their spelling. Puyallup and Sequim are good examples. We have a 50 amp, full hookup, back-in that is all grass. As long as there is nothing going on at the fairgrounds they assign sites that are actually two sites when there is something going on. It makes for a very a large site with plenty of separation and is the most economical site we have had in some time.
Thursday we headed for Seattle to do a little touring. It was drizzling as we left but we knew we would rather see Seattle in its natural setting (cloudy and wet) than see Mt. Rainier in bad weather. We first visited the University of Washington which is in NE Seattle in a very picturesque part of the city. Misty's husband, Gary, is in love with the Huskies for some reason and she wanted to get him some UW apparel. Next was a trip to the Space Needle
After all you can't come to Seattle and not see the Space Needle!! It was fun getting to it as the parking garage was one of those "you can't get there from here" things. The proper road (at least according to Sheila, our GPS) to get to the garage was closed due to construction so we just had to keep trying different roads to get there and finally had to make an illegal U-turn to get on the right side of the street to enter the garage. We did finally park Libby, take a short walk to Seattle Center and took our turn getting a ride up the elevator to the top. The view is stunning and we enjoyed seeing Seattle and the surrounding area.
We then came back down, walked back to the garage and drove Libby about a mile SW to find another parking garage so we could visit the Pike's Street Market. This one was a little easier to find (no construction in the way) and we visited the market which was very crowded but did have a lot of atmosphere.
Friday, the weather cooperated and we drove to Mt. Rainier National Park. The sun was shining all day and it was a delightful trip up into the Cascades to see this mountain which has the most glaciers of any other mountain in the lower 48 states. While there we hiked a little over a mile on the Nisqually Vista Trail near the Paradise Visitor Center and it was uplifting to say the least. This is one beautiful mountain! The visitor center itself is very high up in the mountains (almost 6,000 feet) and allows you to see a good panorama of not only Mt. Rainier but many of the surrounding peaks as well.
Saturday was a sad day as it was time for Misty to head back to Maryland. We drove her back to the Seattle/Tacoma Airport so she could get back to her family. It was great visiting with her again and we will see her and her family Christmas.
Sunday was spent around the Mothership. Doris slaved all day making fudge, brownies, blueberry cobbler and homemade bread while I used up 2 gigabytes of data trying to figure where we were going to go and stay for the next two months.
Monday we visited my Aunt Wanda and her husband, David at their home in Auburn, just a short distance from Puyallup. My uncle, Everett, also showed up and surprised me. I had no idea he lived very near where we just came from - Sequim. I have got to pay more attention as we could have visited him while there as well!! Wanda takes after her older sister, my mother, and is a great cook and we had a very nice meal she had prepared and it was great just to talk and reminisce about old times.
Today has been spent getting the Mothership ready for another travel day and getting this blog done. I had way too many pictures to filter through. Tomorrow, we head for just outside Woodland, WA for three nights. We will be staying at the Columbia Riverfront RV Park right on the Columbia River.