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Third Goalpost – Blaine, Washington

Third Goalpost – Blaine, Washington

Blaine, WA
42° / 68° Always Rainy ☂
TODAY’S RV PARK: Birch Bay RV Campground
OUR RATING: 4 Stars – Decent campground, cell signal is ok on both Verizon and AT&T, nearby town are incredible with the bay only a couple of blocks away
PRICE: (Free) Thousand Trails resort

Since leaving California, we’ve driven north through Oregon to Washington.  As soon as we crossed into Oregon, it started snowing and raining.  It hasn’t stopped raining in the past month, although there are moments of sunshine most days that we take full advantage of.

Multnomah Falls
While we passed through Oregon, we were delayed a week for RV repairs.  Having not been in any kind of wet weather, well, since Florida, any water leak soon reared it’s ugly head.  We were delayed in Portland, OR (of all places) while the repairs were completed.  We were very disappointed with the homeless situation in Portland.  Those poor folks are living on any stretch of highway they can find, including the grass in the highway exit cloverleafs, side of roads and entrances to shopping centers.  Homeless tent encampments everywhere.  Sad, that’s what remember most about Portland.

Fortunately, our campground was right on the Oregon Trail.  Which we followed on a day trip to visit Multnomah Falls – which was just a short 20 minute drive out of town.  There were a lot of waterfalls along the way, but this one certainly takes the cake!  The hiking paths leading up to the falls were super simple which made for a nice excursion.  We were not visiting in their primary season, so we missed out on any trolley adventures that run during that time.

We eventually made our way north to Washington, with a short weeklong stop just outside of Port Angeles.  We have never seen trees or forestry so tall before!  The campground at Dow Creek RV Resort was completely empty and we were one of only a few travelers staying that particular week.  Which meant we had no neighbors and nothing but forest to look at and the sound of a lovely creek nearby.  Dogs wandered off-leash (since there was nobody around to say otherwise) and enjoyed the private trails that climbed up the hills in the campground.  Puddin enjoyed running in and out of the stream every time the trails crossed over them.  Even Peanut delighted in the trail adventures.  Being that this camp was in the same forest as where “Twilight” was filmed, we were thankful not to run into any vampires.  Bats, however, are a different story.  We added this park to our Must Re-Visit list of campgrounds!


Peanut and Puddin watching Steve go “clamming”. Canada in the distance.

After our empty-handed vampire trip, we headed all the way north…. as far as possible that you can drive in America without crossing the Canadian border to Blaine, WA.  We stayed for three weeks and loved every minute of it, except the constant rain.  Our first free day in Blaine gave us time to enjoy the famous clamming sport that the area is known for.  One of the many things we loved about the area, is that Washington state is very very dog-friendly.  Most places encourage you to bring your dogs and really go above and beyond to give your dogs a great experience.  From terrific leash free areas to special dog parks, our puppies put this town on their Must Re-Visit list as well.

Steve got lost for hours in the bay shore, digging up clams for dinner.  Even came up with a handful of oysters for a raw-oyster bar appetizer later that night.

Peace ArchToward the end of our time, Tara flew out to join us as we make our way across the top of America toward the great lakes for our official summer vacation.  The first thing we did with Tara was take our Goal Post photo at the Peace Arch, which borders America and Canada.  This is a beautiful park that is maintained by both countries – apparently the only National Park in America that is maintained by two countries.  And the pride is obvious.  There are immaculate gardens all around to showcase the peace agreement.  Even border police were peaceful to us, as we took an innocent wrong turn out of a very busy traffic circle and accidentally ended up in the traffic line to cross the border.  They turned us around and let us back into America, after proving our citizenship of course.

Leaving Blaine and heading toward Glacier National Park led us down Highway 20 which snakes through the Cascade mountains.  Steve, of course, not happy with the mountain driving, I had to silently restrain my over-enjoyment of the beautiful cliffs and terrain that only mountains can provide.  We ran into a bit of winter at the top and enjoyed an impromptu snowball fight on the side of the road.  It was a gorgeous drive, and had we more time, we would’ve loved to have stayed at one of the many little rustic towns with adorable RV parks.  But… we are on a mission and have dates to meet on the calendar.  Tara has a flight to catch in a couple of weeks, and lots of ground to cover before then.

Cascades Dam - Laurean and Tara

Cascades Roadway




Random Thoughts During an Inside Day

Random Thoughts During an Inside Day

Beaumont, CA
46° / 64° SunnyTODAY’S RV PARK: Cherry Valley RV Park
OUR RATING: 4 Stars because it was convenient off the highway, super cell signals, full hookups, nice friendly staff, and great county park within a 5 minute drive
PRICE: $13/day with RPI membership

Yesterday was an inside sort of day.  A day to rest between a day of adventuring and tonight’s wedding Rehearsal dinner.

Some people can’t stand inside days.  I love them for the opportunity to enjoy quiet and get things caught up.  Work seems to be plugging along and I got some good work done yesterday.  Today I already “Ate My Frog” at work.  It’s all downhill from here, and I’m still on my first cup of coffee.  Tomorrow will be a bear at the desk because it’s the 1st – and that generally comes with alot of campaign budget changes.  Most of the day, I anticipate will be housekeeping/administrative work for clients.  Not hard stuff, just tedious work.  I actually enjoy that kind of work.  It takes a bit of effort, yet yields a good sense of accomplishment.  And of course a good sense of control over my environment.

The other quiet day activity I enjoyed yesterday, was my DIY spa day.  Full pedicure, manicure and wax.  After I do my facial and body scrub later this morning, I’ll be all set for the weekend’s festivities.  Today, I’ll give Steve a quick shave – just the hair neck line, iron his clothes and he’ll be set to go too.

dog-signThat just leaves our puppies.  After 3 days of rain, an inside day for them – they are itching for activity.  After lunch, we are taking them to the dog park up the street so they can run themselves out.  Noble Dog Park is one of the better dog parks we’ve been to, and its quite obvious the county is proud of it – it is very well tended too.  When we went there last week, there were some other good dogs there for them to play with, even a Great Dane!  Puddin’s favorite breed is Great Dane.  She’s always been attracted to them and can’t leave them alone.  Perhaps its their size or their natural gentle nature or how “softly” they play.  Puddin enjoys playing and running with other dogs – she just doesn’t like it too rough – even for dog standards.  Some dogs get really rough – and that’s when we leave.  Or if an “intact” male gets “rowdy” with her.  We don’t put up with that kind of behavior.  She won’t either.  It’s surprising how many dog parents don’t control their male dogs when they get “rowdy”.  It’s not cute.

So far, we’ve been enjoying Cherry Valley RV Park.   We are scheduled to leave Sunday, but we are going to request to stay until Wednesday when we head to Vegas.  The original plan was to stop over at the KOA in Barsto/Calico for a few nights.  We stayed at this KOA as we came into California and enjoyed the super fast WIFI.  We no longer see the need to stop overnight heading out of California.  Vegas is only a 4 hour drive from here, we can drive straight through and save the $300 for a nice Vegas RV park.  We anticipate an expensive lodging month in April as we head toward Oregon.  There aren’t any RPI’s or Thousand Trails along the way, so we will be paying for all nights for a few weeks.

We’ve already pre-paid for a few nights in Lake Tahoe, so everything else can be cheaper road stops.  Unless I can convince Steve to finally try a Harvest Host.  He’s still nervous about boondocking because our refrigerator requires an electrical hookup.  Now that we have a 30 amp adapter, we may be able to give it a try, as some Harvest Hosts are said to have electrical.  (Note to self: research this)

UPDATE 4/14/2022: The change in plans with Cherry Valley took three days to unfold.  Read on dear reader to see how this unfolds.

UPDATE 4/14/2022: A windstorm in Nevada closed highways, and we weren’t able to stay in Lake Tahoe.  Lost our entire prepayment.