August 31, 2017

Escape Road Trip - Day One & Two

It's been almost a month since we picked up our Escape 19 travel trailer in Chilliwack, British Columbia, so I thought I'd share some pictures from that trip. Enjoy!

Since we were planning to spend five nights camping once we picked up the trailer, we had to haul all our gear to Canada. We had lots of storage tubs in the cab and bed of the pickup, the latter of which had to be moved into our hotel on the night prior to getting the trailer! What's in those tubs? Water hoses, black tank hoses, wheel chocks, kitchen gear and dishes, non-perishable food, clothes, guitar, camp stove & grill, chairs, table, heater, fishing gear, etc. Did we need to bring everything? Well, pretty much! No time for fishing, but we were prepared.

I'm pretty sure this is Mount Hood. I need a map with all the mountains in our area!

My partner in this exciting adventure. We have been counting the days for this moment! 

Call me a Luddite, but I still like maps on paper. What you don't see in this photo is the RV stand-alone GPS, as well as Rod's cellphone running Google Maps. In spite of all these maps, we still managed to get lost when we decided to get off of I5 to avoid a traffic delay due to bridge work. 

Spotted this cutie on I5 near Olympia where we were pretty much stuck in traffic for what felt like several hours, but was probably only one or two.

Love this view! Mount Rainier was much more visible than my photo depicts. The ferry goes from Kingston to Edmonds and sounds its horn very early in the morning. Guess it makes for a nice alarm clock.

Beautiful boats in the Kingston marina. 

Love their mini doughnuts fresh out of the oil and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. Yum! (No photo since they were rapidly devoured.)

Such a gorgeous day on the peninsula. I could gaze at this view for hours.

Relaxed and ready for our adventure!

Delicious dinner at this new-to-us restaurant. The fish sliders are worth returning for (which we did later in the month).

Our fellow travelers and camping experts/advisors. 

Evening shot of Mount Rainier and Kingston/Edmonds ferry.

Amazing how it dwarfs Seattle. I can just make out the Space Needle.

It wouldn't be a vacation without ice cream, right?

July 30-31, 2017
Depoe Bay, Oregon to Kingston, Washington

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  1. Replies
    1. Mary, it was so much fun! Heading out again in a couple of weeks.

  2. Sounds like you two know how to enjoy retirement, although I must say it sounds like a lot of work --this trip LOL

    1. Diana, we're having a great time at this whole retirement thing. :)

  3. Amazing! I'm glad you pointed out the Space Needle or I would have missed it! Since you're a super map lover like I am, a great companion book to our road trip to California last year was The Next Exit by Mark Watson! It's updated every year and literally lists the services at each interstate exit! It saved us from running out of gas in Idaho... telling us to get off at an exit where there were no visible signs and coming in the back way to a gas station when we were on fumes. (*cough* Dane was driving *cough*) It'll also list every restaurant and hotel and whether you need to turn left or right once you pull off. HANDY!! You two are such an inspiration!!

    1. Kathy, thanks for writing! I remember you telling me about The Next Exit and I told Rod about it on several occasions as we drove down I5. :) We looked at the app, but it didn't have very good reviews, so we're going to buy the print edition instead. Thanks for the recommendation!

  4. What a fun, fun time you are having!

    1. Nan, we really are! We're super excited about our upcoming trip to the Olympic Peninsula!

  5. I love that in all of the gear a guitar was included!

    1. Lisa, we're happy there's room for the guitar! It's been great to hear him play at our campsites.


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