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Aug 31, 2018 - A Day in Spokane

Bonnie called as I was headed out the door so I chatted w/ her for a while before heading off on my bike to find the Bing Crosby House. I’m staying at a Courtyard which is a great location on the edge of downtown, right by the river next to the convention center, but no free breakfast. So I thought I’d better grab something before getting the day started. GPS told me there was a McDonald’s .7 miles from where I was at so headed that way. This was a first for me. No dining room. It only had a drive-thru and a walkup window w/ some outdoor...

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Aug 30, 2018 - On to Spokane

Not much happening today. Left Butte around 8:30 and drove straight through to Spokane w/ only one stop arriving in Spokane at 1:30. Walked a few blocks to the Main Street Co-op Grocery and Deli for lunch then spent the remainder of the afternoon/evening editing pictures and researching the upcoming Seattle leg. Steps 3407/237052 Bike 49.5/49.5

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Jun 17, 2018 - Bacon, Sheep, and the Portuguese

The final family reunion morning featured a brunch buffet (fresh fruit, homemade cinnamon rolls, bacon...you get the idea) and an invitation to Chapel with the staff. We decided we'd better go and pray for them since they were expecting 165 young campers to arrive on our heels. The young chaplain gave a rousing and entertaining talk on sheep and we sang along lustily to the guitar hymns. After final Merrifield goodbyes I was off to check out the resort town of Coeur d'Alene (I'll come back in the off season) and backtrack to Spokane where I...

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Cum Laude

Jun 10, 2018 - Spokane, WA and old friends - June 7-9, 2018

We left the Columbia River Gorge - reluctantly. It was a beautiful place and we did not see enough. It was time to head to Spokane. As we headed east, to go north, we crawled up out of the gorge and we were in a different landscape. The hills were very much like the hills between Santa Barbara and Paso Robles. About 70 miles from Spokane we started to climb a little bit (less than 2,000 ft above sea level) and we were in the world of green wheat fields and stands of tall pines. There is a lot of water in this part of Washington – lakes,...

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May 18, 2018 - Mels Birthplace

Spokane Washington, This is where Mel was born and grew up here until he was 9 years old. He still has cousins and childhood friends here that we caught up with for reminiscing. He spent his summers here at Newman Lake learning to swim, scuba dive, and water ski.

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Apr 11, 2018 - Spokane, Washington

We made a valiant effort to see Spokane Falls which are right downtown, but never could find a place to park the RV. After confusing the GPS to the point where it was saying, "Turn Left; Turn Right" in quick succession before we could do either, turning the wrong way (on GPS instructions!) into a one-way street, and general frustration, we decided that we'd just have to skip them and headed for Manito Park. There we found a beautiful Japanese garden and walked around in it and then through a tiny bit of this immense park. Turns out that...

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National Parks Tour

Apr 10, 2018 - Mostly Driving and Chores

We now have clean clothes and a restocked pantry, so we're ready to forge ahead--but slowly. The drive from Oregon up to Spokane was a trip into a different world from the Oregon coast and the city of Portland. Rolling hills without a tree in sight for most of the way. There were farm houses (with their attendant barns and other outbuildings) on hilltops here and there and some interesting looking rocks. And lots of wind! Finally got into the conifer country as we approached Spokane and we're parked at a tiny campground called "Peaceful...

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National Parks Tour

Sep 27, 2017 - China Here We Come

China travel adventure begins today . Well actually the China misadventure began 3 days ago when I was reading the Lonely planet guide book and saw that the People's Republic of China requires visitors to have a visa. Something we did not have. After a few frantic phone calls to Viking, our tour company and web checks we realized that if we were to leave today one or more of us would have to appear in person at the closest Chinese consulate and hope they would give us expedited visas. In our nervous state we misread the map and thought LA...

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Apr 20, 2017 - Hanging out at Felts Field, (Spokane), with friends and airplanes

4-20-17 Felts field play day with Dave Today’s plan was for Bob to meet up with old college buddy, Dave L. and have a play-day at Felts Field in Spokane. We had set up to meet at the airport at 11:30AM which allowed for beauty rest for each of us. Julie and I decided to run errands in the morning before I went to the airport. As we were ready to leave, I managed to lock us out of the trailer. It’s a long story, lets just say if you lock the door, then close it, it’s locked. I had left the truck and RV keys inside, Julie carries spares but...

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Apr 19, 2017 - Spokane, Pend Oreille, and old friends

4-19-17 Spokane, Pend Oreille, and old friends Today was the first day in a long time, (it seems) that we didn’t drive all day. At least I didn’t drive all day. Turns out old high School and college buddy Scott did all the driving. We started the day with a tour of Kristi and Scotts new home. They recently retired and moved to Spokane from Fresno, CA and landed in a bran-new house with a gorgeous view. The home is nice, made to entertain kids and gran-kids and in a semi real setting yet close to town. I offered suggested improvements which...

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Apr 18, 2017 - Milton-Freewater, OR to Spokane, WA

4-18-17 Milton-Freewater, OR to Spokane, WA Today is a short driving day so we had time to have breakfast with Larry and one of his favorite breakfast places in Milton-Freewater called “We Bit O’heather”. I asked our server if she was Heather. She said no, she is Heather’s daughter. Good place to eat. After breakfast we went to Nancy’s work at Watermill Winery and said our goodbyes, we left with a case of hard apple cider. Thanks so much for the hospitality Larry and Nancy. Always great spending time with good friends. Finally got a hold of...

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Jan 13, 2017 - Along The Canadian Border

Unfortunately the night was a bit of a disaster as, due to extremely low outside temperature, the heating system on this & some of the other coaches froze up. It was pretty cold & uncomfortable as you only get a sheet & a lightweight blanket on the bunks. We got dressed early & moved back to our original roomette but that was just as cold with ice forming on the window frames. Their was a lot of moaning about the cold over breakfast with the recommendation to call the Amtrak customer services & ask for compensation. We had crossed into...

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