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Jun 23, 2016 - Time in Lake Sawyer

After a nice nine day stay at Evergreen Coho we moved over to the Kent, WA area. Once again we were at Lake Sawyer but this may be our last stay at this park. Rather unhappy with the small spaces that we are placed on and the run down look of the park. I think they have too many long term tenants at their park and not putting any money into upkeep. Anyway, we did have a great visit while we were in the area for two weeks. Rick’s sister’s grandson graduated from high school. We enjoyed the ceremony and are very proud that Kevin has earned a...

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Sep 20, 2015 - Tough Mudder - Black Diamond WA

Tough Mudder weekend Yay! It is here! The Tough Mudder is a long obstacle course where proceeds go to the wounded Warrior Project. It is happening this weekend in Black Diamond, WA. The team name Dirty JerZ is from a soccer team the kids had in New Jersey. The Dirty JerZ soccer team still plays too! Some of the kids have run on different occasions in the Poconos of Pennsylvania as well as Englishtown NJ. Some kids have run more than others, and for a few this is their first time. It is not so much of a race but more of a team event as...

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Sep 17, 2015 - Black Diamond, WA

Today we drove back up north, near Seattle to a town called Black Diamond. This weekend is the tough Mudder Race for the Seattle area. We have a lot of kids flying in from all over the country for this race and we are so excited to be seeing them soon. On the way up we had a nice breakfast at the Black Bear Diner in Madras. It is a chain but they sure have some good breakfast grub! We drove through Warm Springs Oregon. They have had a huge forest fire here very recently. There was black charred grass for a long ways. There were still some...

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Jul 23, 2015 - Day 16

Mt. Rainier. Mt. St. Helens. Two similar mountains, both are volcanoes. Two different mountains, Rainier has been dormant for tens of thousands of years, St. Helens erupted 35 years ago. Mt. Rainier dominates the Cascade range. The highest peak in Washington, it can be seen from most places in the Seattle-Tacoma area. As you drive the mountain roads toward the national park, the hills hid the mountain. Then it appears in all its snow-capped wonder. There are two visitor centers with viewing areas in the park. The first one we stopped at is...

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Jul 22, 2015 - Day 15

Seattle is just another big city. Traffic, confusing streets and grimy neighborhoods, reminds me of home and has me wishing we were back in the country. But there are a few good points. Seattle sits on the edge of a bay off the Puget Sound. Boat traffic is plentiful, almost as bad as the highways. Ferries, pleasure boats and ocean-going cargo ships crisscross the bay. We waited until after rush-hour to drive into the city, but the traffic was still bad. Thank goodness for Google maps and GPS or even I would have gotten lost. We found our...

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Jul 21, 2015 - Day 14

We made it to Washington. After two weeks on the road we have reached the western end of our trip. What a surprise entering the state. We left the Rockies behind in Idaho and after driving past Spokane we found ourselves crossing rolling prairie. I thought I was back in Montana. It seems parts of eastern and central Washington are considered high desert. First it was range land with signs warning you to watch for cattle. Later the land turned to farming with vast fields of potatoes, alfalfa, and field corn. A strong wind from the west made...

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Jul 21, 2014 - The Ocean

After being at Deschutes State Park we crossed the Columbia River and headed for Randle WA. We arrived at Cascade Peaks on Thursday afternoon, Jun 12, got set up and it started to drizzle. Then it rained. And it didn’t stop raining (off and on, mostly on) until the next Wednesday! The park was located in the Cowlitz River valley. It is also considered to be in a volcanic valley. Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Rainier and Mt. Adams surround the valley. We did get out one day and found a fishing area below a dam on the Cowlitz River. Lots of folks were...

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Aug 28, 2011 - Black Diamond, WA Temp 78

Short 101 mile trip down Interstate 5 thru Everett and Seattle made harder by "Daniel" (our Garmin GPS) routing us thru a neighborhood not meant for big RV's. (Barb's note in defense of Daniel - he has no "big RV" setting". We got situated in our RV park and then headed to Sam's for supplies. We also purchased a new single serving coffee maker.

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Jun 27, 2011 - Chicken with head cut off day

The new jack was installed replacing the defective one in the morning and also got the routine service of oil change, lube, etc. Spent the rest of the day running around trying to get the proper seals, signatures, etc. they are requiring to close on my condo. What a mess. I am exhausted tonight, do not handle frustration and stress as well as I used to. Russell threw a pity win of farkle to me tonight but still commands the lead in wins on this trip. Ha. I'm slowly losing weight again so that is the good news. Have another small "fix-it"...

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Jun 26, 2011 - Laundry and Lazing Around

Did nothing spectacular today except a couple loads of laundry. Met a nice young man in the park laundry. He used to write a publish a local magazine. After we talked, he brought me three issues of his magazine to read his feature articles and a 3 part short story that he had written. Russell and I were just lazy all day. Made a huge Cobb salad for supper.

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Jun 24, 2011 - Staying Put for the Weekend

We drove to Black Diamond, WA earlier today and are staying at an RV park near Kent where we are going to have the Right rear jack replaced on the Motorhome on Monday am. They had to order the part before we went to Port Townsend so now we needed to come back for installation. We were so fortunate today to meet and lunch with a delightful gentleman. His name is Dick Raymond and is a survivor of the Anastasia that was sunk at Guadalcanal in Aug. 1942. He shared many stories of then and since, had a wonderful sense of humor to boot. He...

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Sep 6, 2010 - Black Diamond, WA

Yesterday I visited Dan and Joan Harvey. I went to college with Dan. They showed me their lovely new home and took me for a drive to show me the surrounding area. They live just North of Seattle. We ended up at Puget Sound and we had a great dinner outside enjoying the evening view. I forgot my camera again so I took a picture of the scenery at dinner with my cell phone. Later we had dessert at their house. Again, I forgot to take a picture of Dan and Joan.

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