My husband's birthday and our 4th wedding anniversary is coming up pretty quick. So....we decided that since we didn't have a large budget and a lot of time, we would "slab it" to the main destinations and then RIDE, RIDE, RIDE, once we got to them! We purchased a trailer to get us there quicker and would use our scooters to get around everywhere else once we set up camp!
So, we pulled out and headed for the border on July 27th. Getting through the border was relatively painless....this time!
The ride was very nice and it was good to be able to sit in the car and think of all the places we would go on our scooters after we got all set up...:-)
Our tent is a 4 person tent with has two twin air mattresses in it. Which kinda makes it a KING bed in a....well...medium size tent. But there was enough room for us to sleep without bumping into each other or tearing the thing down if we turned over in the middle of the night. We had to get the bikes off the rack first though. No small feat!
Sooo, we have finally spent two nights in the "wilderness" in our tent. I just about froze my butt off! haha...My beloved was cool as a cumcumber having been raised in rainy, wet British Columbia.
But I gott admit, the down comfortor was a big plus. Along with the egg crate, Duvete cover, and ....well....ME! ha..
We checked in with the Habour Master who told us to just pick a spot anywhere we wanted to and pay in the morning. It was slim pickens, but we found a spot between the huge RV's. Then we set out to see what we could see on our scooters!
|Dinner at KFC!|
|We took a short drive into a camp that told us they had room, but was full when we got there! :-(|
this is Gladys...the lady who rescued by freezing butt with the sale of her sleeping bags for a buck each!
|There seemed to be an overabundance of deer! The sad thing was they were not that afraid of people!|
|Then after a long day and running to the store to get a lantern for our site, we got a camp fire ready where I tried to suck up as much heat as I could befor heading for bed! haha. No repeats of the night before for me!|
We were in Cap Sante and took a ride on the island and to the Farmers Market that was across the way from where we were camped. The scenery along the way was breath taking...:-). This is just one shot as I have a lot more stuff to show you!
Then we decided to stop just outside the Farmers Market and eat lunch at a restuarant/church/storage building thingee to have some Croatian food!. Sorry the pictures are not in order. I haven't figured that part out yet...:-(.
It was pretty un-remarkable food as it consisted of three little sausage link things. One beef, chicken, lamb and topped with "onion sauce" which was really just sauted onions on a roll. The drink was limonade with fresh strawberries chopped and mixed in. It wasn't bad...it just wasn't GREAT!.
Then we decided we had better find an internet cafe' to try to catch up on e-mail and my blog and ride report!
After catching up on things...or at least for the first day or so....I took all of my riding gear off and put on some comfortable walking shoes. We parked the bikes and had a stroll around the market.
THEN....we spotted this! So, we grabbed some on our way out of the market...:-)
That was pretty much our day! We rode back to the campsite and started setting up for dinner. Dinner consisted of Polish Kilbasa sausage which we roasted on a grill that our "neighbors" in the RV next to us left on our trailer for us to use. We had also stopped at the store on the way back and got more ice, potatoe salad and greek salad. Chris (Scootard) made a fire and we talked and watched it until it almost burned out. Got ready for bed and slept in our new sleeping bags....:-). I was STILL COLD!..haha
Showered and went to bed after the fire went out. Tried to get pics of the fire, but couldn't get it to come out right. Chris looked like a ghost! haha
So, it was time to go and leave our nice RV neighbors behind. We stayed at the marina and were the ONLY tent in the whole place. haha. Our campsite was actually two, but nobody else came to stay to our immediate left. Maybe they looked at our little tent and was afraid they would squash us like bugs if they tried to set up?? Anyway, it was time to go to our next anniversary adventure!
|I was estatic about my new (old) sleeping bag! Mine is the red and blue Ozarka trail one on the left...:-).|
And just when you think you have escaped the trials of life........
Well..... you know.........
I left this half for Scootard as I found it a bit dense. I would have need a stick of dynamite to get that out of me later!
And we pushed on to see what else was waiting for us....:-)
We thought about our supply of fire wood dwindeling down and thought we'd better get some more on the way back to camp!
Cooked out last meal for that campsite which consisted of some Polish Kielbasa sausage, four scrambled eggs which I cooked on our fry pan that we picked up at a thrift shop on the way back and tortillas with apple juice as you can see.....:-).
This morning we got up early (about 6:45am) and began to break camp. It took us about 1 1/2 hours to get the tent dried off and the ground cover swept and cleaned off. There was a lot of condensation on our tent. I was glad we water proofed it before we left Canada!
We decided to head back to Oak Harbor and find a place to catch up on our ride reports and get some breakfast. Remember we ate breakfast last night for dinner! ha
We found this beach along the way. I think it is the beginning of the Pugent Sound.....(?)
And then we went over to Camp Casey.....
|Sorry about the previous smaller pics. I kept getting a error message when I tried to make them larger. I decided to ignor the warnings and see if they would post.|
These are all old Navel barracks. Seems that they are having a kids soccer camp there right now. I don't know what else they use it for. But they do have a conference center as well.
We are headed toward Sedro Wooley, Washington where we hope to spend the night and get some much needed rest....at least for me! ha. Tomorrow, we head to the Okanogan in BC, Canada where we will spend the next three days before heading home. We found this antique shop along the way. I resisted the erge to buy anything as our car was already full of the comforts of home....:-).
We decided to stop at a Fred Meyer store to get gas and take some food to ADV rider- K7TBT's house for dinner. All the while hoping that it was still alright to come since we hadn't heard otherwise!
I this was the main street. Very small town it seemed...but nice.....:-)
AND FINALLY, after an hour and a half of driving in a circle of sorts and asking direction........
|And met up with Ron and Deena.......|
Ron ("K7TB2") rides a KLR650......
While Scootard and Ron had a chin wagg, I decided to go in and meet the Mrs....:-) "Deena"
We added the Bar-b-Que Chicken that we'd purchased at Fred Meyer along with some potatoe salad, hummus, and Naan bread; which Deena added green beans, corn on the cob, and corn bread.
After dinner, Scootard and I decided to get the tent up since we packed it a little damp when we left Whidbey earlier in the day. After we got our tent up and our beds set in place, Ron wanted to share his pics of his ride to Alaska with friends.
|After a night of story telling and pictures of Alaska, we headed for bed. Thank you, Ron and Deena for the use of your lawn and the added food for dinner...:-)|
|We got up early the next morning, broke camp and headed for the Okanogan in BC, Canada where Chris's mom and some hot showers awaited us!|
The wildflowers were very much in bloom and lovely as ever!
All the water .......well you know what happens to me!...haha
The Porta potties where interesting in that they said this on the back:
And I might add, it lived up to its name QUITE WELL..........:-(........YUCK!!!!
After escaping the "ooz".....we came into a little spot in the road called Concrete. This is the police department which had recently closed down because of a lack of funds. The whole town seemed to be dying......it was quite sad.....:-(.
This is the main street of Concrete, Washington.
Since there wasn't much to see, we decided to push on and head toward Canada....
The temperature was beginning to change quite noticeably!
|We pushed on through the Cascades toward Winthrop, Washington.|
And onward we traveled!