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Sunday 17 December 2017

Walmart our new best friend...

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Whew it’s been a great start! We stayed at the North Whidbey RV Park right across from Deception State park. As mum said last post it was an easy first stop. Heh, well except for the Fighter jets and bomber that spent the whole day buzzing around the park at near mach one. So loud! but they called it quits for dinner so we had two quiet nights.

The first day through we went for a walk along Cranberry Lake to the ocean. I tried to get a shot of the jets flying overhead but it’s really hard to hold your ears and take a picture at the same time! Needless to say I couldn’t get a good shot through the trees. 

The ocean side was beautiful with a few sand dunes and a gnarly old tree that has seen a lot of attention over the years!

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But before long we were back on the road again! We took the 20 south and across a ferry to Port Townsend. Our next stop was Dungeness County Park where we took a break from driving to hike through the woods to the ocean beach below.

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From there we continued on until the Walmart in Port Angeles East. Here we stayed the night and took the bus into Port Angeles where we hung out at the Coyote bbq Pub. Which was a blast! Until it was time to head back to the RV. The bus ride was pretty quick and everyone was extremely helpful making sure we didn’t miss our stop!

The next morning we woke up and hopped into the drivers seats and made our way though the Olympic National Park. We were delayed by a road crew that was cleaning up a slide that took out part of the road. It was a short 30 min before we were moving again. Mind you it took longer to get down to Aberdeen than I thought it would. The driving song of the day had to go to: No Roots by Alice Merton

Along the way we parked on the side of the road just before leaving the park behind us. Street view And a view from the lake. ha street view looks like it was taken on the same day!

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Once in Aberdeen we headed to the Walmart to grab a few more supplies. This Walmart was crazy busy compared to the one in Port Angeles East but just as friendly. I’m amazed at the contrast from Vancouver and so far most everyone will look back and return your smile or polite niceties for almost colliding with them in the isles. I am really impressed with Walmart actually. We’ve gotten everything from memory-foam mattress covers to groceries and even a case of beer all from the same place and everyone is courteous of each other. That and the free overnight parking is awesome! That night was a bit more eventful as just as we called it a night 3 sheriff squad cars pulled up in front of our RVs (We parked next to another RV that was already there) and proceeded to chase after someone in a truck. We decided to head out earlier than usual the next morning. Mostly because of the busy area and wanted to get a head start on the weekend traffic. ;-)

After about 4 days on propane for our furnace and light cooking we thought we should stop and refill just to make sure we weren’t getting low as the gauge is totally messed and just points down like a wet noodle. At some point we’ll have to stop and get it fixed but not today. Our first stop was at the Mobil gas station across from Walmart which had a huge propane tank outside but the old lady at the register wouldn’t help us so we headed out of town and found Ryann at chimneytechniques who was happy to help us out. And, which it turns out, we had only used about 4 Gallons (about 14 L) out of our 18 Gallon tank! So while mostly just taking up time she filled up our tank and gave us one of those magnetic fuel readers that you can stick on the outside that gives you a fuel level estimate. We were looking for a BBQ as the one we had wouldn’t fit so we had to give it away but all she had was a Big Green Egg. Which as we drove away were trying to figure out how we could get it here! They look awesome!

Finally we headed into Astoria, home of the Goonies! (Great adventure movie) Goodbye Washington, Hello Oregon!

We are currently parked in the Fort Stevens State Park. I spent an extra $8 to pay online which once we got here realized it was a total waste as the place is mostly empty. But now here we are for the next few days to relax and enjoy the area before deciding our next stop!

Whoa this was a long one today and I haven’t gotten all our pictures from along the way or of the view from our window this morning but my cellular connection is just barely one bar and bout to give up on me. It will have to wait for a better signal... have a great weekend!

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