I got up this morning and guess what? It was raining! Imagine that... in a rain forest. I fixed breakfast and was sitting on my bed about 5:30 listening to the rain, the next thing I knew it was 9:00. That rain hitting the roof of the trailer had put me fast asleep.
I took a couple more scenic photos of the moss covered trees while I was driving out of the rainforest jut because the trees are so pretty.
After I got back onto hwy 101 going south, I saw another photo of the low clouds hiding the mountain. I sure can’t say this enough. If you do make a trip like this, you really should get the best camera you can afford. These photos do not do the scenery justice. I’m sure that later on in life I’ll look back and say something like “if only I had”.
I stopped near Ruby Beach to take a photo of the Pacific Ocean for Cindy. It was a great looking beach. It was secluded without the normal tidewater junk etc. No big rocks that I could see but I’m sure that there are sharks out there somewhere!
As I was going to visit my cousin in Olympia, I didn’t want to pull my trailer into town so I got a spot at the Elma RV resort for the night. When I checked in, the lady running the place said I really needed some cookies. So she gave me six, fresh baked cookies in a little bag. I think I like this place already.
By stopping here, it actually helped in 2 ways. First I didn’t have to pull my trailer through Olympia. The second is that I could just cut down hwy 12 to Interstate 5 and bypass Olympia altogether on my way to Oregon!
I met with my cousin Tim and his wife Pat in the middle of the afternoon and sent a most enjoyable time talking. Unfortunately, both of their daughters were out of town so I didn’t get to see them. We went out for an evening of fine dining at a Chinese buffet by the name of: get ready for this, “Super Buffet”. The food was pretty good and the conversation was stimulating. They then took me for a drive to see downtown Olympia and the “weirdo’s” as Tim calls them. It was a lot of fun. Here is a photo of them (Tim and Pat, not the weirdos). As I promised, I am not posting the one I would have picked, but will live with this one.
Last night, Tim’s wife Pat expressed that she would like to see the trailer. She arrived about 7:30 this morning. After a cup of coffee (yes, she is special so I brewed a pot for her!) I showed off the trailer a little bit. Kind of what’s what and where does that go, etc. She took a couple photos of the trailer, and of ME!
I decided to get a little work done on the trailer because I was just going down to Portland today. I emptied and washed out the tanks and cleaned up a little. I went ahead and did a load of laundry because it was pretty inexpensive there. I finally hooked up and left about 11:00 just ahead of checkout time.
I didn’t hurry too much, I just cruised along at 50 mph and enjoyed what little scenery there was. I stopped at a rest area on I-5 to eat lunch and heard on the radio that it was going to be in the 80’s and sunny for the next 5 to 6 days and it was over a weekend. I realized then that I was in for problems finding a place to park tonight. I started stopping at every state and Federal Park I came to check on availability and every one was already full. I guess in Washington or Oregon, they can reserve the site over the internet and the parks don’t hold any back for walk-in’s. I finally gave up and started calling all of the RV resorts and Parks that were even close. I located one called Tri Mountain RV park in Ridgefield Washington. They had a few openings left. I back tracked up north on I-5 and told them I would keep it for at least 3 days until Cindy got here. After she looked at it, we would make a decision then if she wanted to rest up here for a couple of days or go ahead and head out. This was just fine with the owner. This park is not too expensive and offers electric, water, sewer and restrooms with pay showers for $27.00 a night. That’s not bad after what I had to pay up north. The only thing they didn’t offer was Wi-Fi but I think there is a coffee shop not to far that does and I did see a MacDonald’s that usually has it also. Tomorrow I’ll just hang out a little and get ready for Cindy to arrive (I can’t wait!).
Mt. St. Helen’s is not too far, I may take a few minutes to run up there. If I do, I’ll take photos of it and post them tomorrow.