Friday, July 20, 2012

Driving Down the Highway...

Unpleasant procedure over and we're out of here.  They'll just have to track me down and drag me back if necessary!  Seriously though, throughout our Kaiser network,  doctors have test results fast and phone calls and emails are forthcoming.  Thinking positive thoughts!

Plus I said, hey we're heading out for 3 months. thinking a long circle trip.  First stop today will be Sacramento for the weekend with daughter Stephanie and hubby Gary, then to Medford, OR. for my nephew's wedding.  Southwest of Salem is that terrific winery, Emerson Vineyards, which not only has a super pinot noir, but Friday night music during the summer, and allows free overnight RV parking as members of Harvest Hosts.  I say "free" but we more than cover the price of an upscale RV park in purchases!

Most of August we hope to hang around Puget Sound and Port Townsend, WA, a yearly repeat.  The Point Hudson Marina & RV Park has two boondocking sites right at water's edge and allows us to stay 2 weeks for a very reasonable rate with the best views of some impressive marine traffic; think cruise ships, nuclear subs, aircraft carriers, and a continuous parade of sail and power boats.  Ferries provide scenic travel to and from Whidbey Island and many of the San Juans.  Access to the old Victorian town of PT and all its delights is just a few short blocks away.

Views (above and below) from our site in Port Townsend!

At this point a lot will depend on the price of fuel but thinking September is a nice time for Idaho and a visit with friends in Caldwell.  The Snake River and Hell's Canyon are easy day drives, as is the old Silver City mining town.

Rubber Duck races (yellow dots) in Caldwell Days celebration

The Snake River runs free thru Hell's Canyon to Lewiston, ID

Now the possibilities are many and varied.  We really enjoyed the Star Valley area of Wyoming  a few years ago, and Utah for those amazing National Parks and possibly the Senior Games in St. George the first of October.  The Santa Fe area has so much to offer; the amazing sights of the old city, nearby Bandalier National Monument and the Los Alamos National Laboratory.  We stay at the Cochiti Lake Corps of Engineers park located within the boundaries of the Pueblo de Cochiti.  And if you're into slot canyons and great hikes, the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks is a must!

The slot canyon hike...spectacular!

On our return through northern AZ we will re-visit The Petrified Forest, Flagstaff, and Sedona, and check out some of those great boondocking sites we've been reading about.  A plan is percolating!  So, once again, we welcome your suggestions and recommendations.
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