The summer of 2016 was our first complete summer as fulltime RVers. By all measures, it was fantastic! We began our quest to beat the heat in earnest by going west to Eureka, California, and made a right turn onto US101 northbound. We met with friends in Trinidad, CA, for a few days of Jurassic Park-style camping before entering Oregon. The theme for the majority of the summer was coastal living, as we worked our way north along the Oregon and Washington coastlines. We stayed at many different campgrounds, enjoying lots of sunshine and a bit of wind. We visited lighthouses, state beaches, and lovely port towns.
We rounded the upper-left-hand corner of Washington state with a stop in Port Angeles, Poulsbo, and Gig Harbor, all of which are west of the Puget Sound. From there, we took the ferry from Bainbridge Island over to Seattle, enjoying the view of the Seattle skyline as we approached. Lunch on the boardwalk was our first time setting foot in Seattle proper.
Our next stop was a beautiful area east of Seattle, known as Issaquah. While there, we took the opportunity to make hit-and-run trips into Seattle. We toured the famous Theo chocolate factory, had lunch at a brewery, and Roy attended a Seattle Mariners baseball game at Safeco Field! One highlight of our time in Seattle was a visit with Lori’s sister Lisa and her family. It was good to see them all!
From Seattle, we began moving south, to Centralia, Washington; Portland, Oregon; Eugene, Oregon; and Redding, California, with our ultimate destination being San Diego for the holidays. The only hiccup was having a flat tire on the trailer just north of Grants Pass, Oregon. It went very smoothly, however! We were only delayed by about an hour, and no damage was done to the rig!
Now, we are settled into our site on Mission Bay. We’ve become first-time grandparents, and we are looking forward to spending the holidays with Roy’s family. Come December 29th, we are off to Palm Springs, followed by Arizona! Stay tuned!