Seattle, Washington

Chihuly’s largest suspended sculpture

We were fortunate to be invited to our friends Jim Karlovec and Dana Longo’s wedding, August 26th, in Cleveland, Ohio. We stayed with friends Karen Moyer and Bruce Kahn in their wonderful condo in Broadview Heights. Luckily we flew out of Seattle, so we spent the day visiting the Pacific Science Center to see the Chihuly Garden and Glass Exhibit, also the Terracotta Warriors. The Chihuly exhibit opened May, 2012 and includes three components: the Garden, the Glasshouse, and the interior exhibits. We were in awe of the beautiful glass art especially the installation inside of the Glasshouse, the expansive 100-foot long sculpture, it is one of Chihuly’s largest suspended sculptures. If you haven’t visited a Dale Chihuly blown glass exhibit, I highly recommend it. Dale Patrick Chihuly was born in Tacoma, September 20, 1941, and has had exhibits all over the world. Click on thumbnail to view images Continue reading

Vancouver Island and Salt Spring Island

We went over to Salt Spring Island to visit my sister, Sue and Denis for a few days, Aug 13th to 18th. We celebrated Bob’s 71st birthday at Auntie Pesto’s overlooking the Ganges Harbor. We played some pickle ball, went swimming in Vesuvius Bay and enjoyed relaxing on the porch chatting, drinking and eating together. We took a day and went on a biking trip over to Vancouver Island to visit Chemainus and Ladysmith.
We caught the early ferry from Vesuvius to Crofton and rode to Chemainus to view the wonderful murals that put this small town on the map. The first mural was painted in 1981, today Chemainus is painted with more than 40 murals, depicting scenes from the town’s history. We had fun riding our bikes around town seeing all the beautiful 40 large murals depicting the Cowichan First Nations, European exploration and settlement, fur trading, railway development and more…… After lunch at the Willow Street Cafe, we rode our bikes along the coast rode to Ladysmith and back to Chemainus, where we had dinner in a fabulous restaurant, the Sawmill TapHouse and Grill. We got the last ferry back to Vesuvius after a wonderful day on our bikes. Click on thumbnail to view images Continue reading

Whistler, BC

We booked an Airbnb at Whistler for 2 nights, August 3rd and 4th. The drive from Vancouver was sunny and beautiful but when we arrived at Whistler the smoke-filled air was everywhere. We decided to drive right to Joffre Lake Provincial Park and hike up to the lakes as far as was possible to still be able to see the views. This magnificent park, established in 1988, with jagged peaks, icefields, cold rushing streams and especially the three turquoise blue lakes is one of the best day hikes we have ever done. The trail passes the Lower, Middle and Upper Joffre Lakes, and each more stunning than the last. Their striking, saturated blue colour is caused by “rockflour” or glacial silt in the water that is suspended in the water and reflects green and blue wavelengths of sunlight. As we arrived at the Upper Lake the smoke was getting denser and it was difficult to see the glacier and the tops of the peaks. We turned around and headed back down the trail but had to stop for a swim at the Middle Lake from a balancing floating log. What a great hike and would love to return and camp at the Upper Lake. Click on thumbnail to view images Continue reading

Summer in British Columbia

Bob and Chris McKay friend from grade 1

We finally arrived back in Vancouver on June 1st, staying at the beautiful Eagle Wind RV Park in Aldergrove, for 4 months. We are looking forward to seeing our family and friends during our stay here. Our first outing was a weekend trip to Oliver, BC, staying at The Lakeside Resort, with Bob’s high school classmates for an all men’s golf tournament in memory of Dan Grimble. Myself and two of the other wives came along, Robbie Harper and Dawn White. We enjoyed our time visiting all the fabulous wineries in the Okanagan Valley, as well as shopping in all the wonderful boutiques in the area. The Okanagan Valley is BC’s premier grapegrowing region, with quiet family-run boutique vineyards to world-class operations. Oliver is considered the “Wine Capitol of Canada”, and is home to nearly half of BC’s vines and more than 40 wineries. We were amazed by the growth of the Okanagan Valley in the past 40 years and we will definitely make a trip back here again. Click on thumbnail to view images Continue reading

Trip to Florence and Yachats

While our RV is still being serviced we decided to drive out to the coast to visit Florence and Yachats. We drove into the Sand Dunes Frontier, the dunes lie along the coast, with the estuariies of three major river valleys connected by two long stretches of sand, about 40 miles of dunescape. We drove in as far as we could go, then climbed up the dunes to view the beaches. After leaving the Dunes we drove north to Yachats where we had lunch at the Green Salmon Coffee Shop, it caters to the new age and millennials, so we fit right in!!!!! We had been here before on our first trip north in the RV in 2014, and wanted to return again it was so good, especially with vegan options! Bob enjoyed their mocha, known as the best mocha on the Oregon coast. Then it was a long drive back to Junction City to pick up the RV. Continue reading

Sahalie and Koosah Falls

After leaving Seven Feathers RV Park we drove north to Eugene, to get our RV serviced in Junction City, at Guaranty RV Centers. We decided to stay near the RV Center so we booked in at Life Northwest RV and Lodging in Harrisburg which they had recommended the last time we were here. It was one of the worst Parks we have stayed in as we were parked on the driveway to the main building which we found out was a church because on Sunday morning the traffic was unbelievable. We took the RV into Guaranty and left in the jeep to enjoy the day sightseeing. We drove up to Sahalie Falls and Koosah Falls which we had visited before but with the huge snowfall this winter the runoff was amazing. Both falls are located along the McKenzie River. Continue reading

Crater Lake

We are staying at Seven Feathers RV Park in Canyonville, Oregon for a few days and well worth it as this is a beautiful Park. We have never been to Crater Lake National Park, as it is only a two hour drive from here we decided to take the opportunity to explore Crater Lake in the snow. Crater Lake, “Deep Water in a Sleeping Volcano”, surrounded by almost 2,000 ft high cliffs, the lake is fed entirely by rain and snow, it’s the deepest lake, 1,943 feet, in the USA and the most pristine, clear, blue color on earth. It is awe inspiring at first sight. It was a brilliant blue bird day and the stillness of the lake reflected the entire shoreline wherever your eyes looked from lake to sky almost the same color blue. Continue reading

Volcanic Legacy Scenic Hwy-Northern California

Today we visited Lassen Volcanic National Park, where Lassen Peak is one of the largest plug dome volcanoes in the world. Its last eruptions were between 1914 and 1921. We drove Hwy 44 from Redding to the Park entrance, and the road was open to the Summit Lake Trailhead, where we had great views of Lassen Peak but couldn’t go any further because of the huge bank of snow still there. We saw ski tracks on the mountain and then met one of the fellows who had hiked up to the top earlier and had a great ski down back to his car. I guess May is the best time for spring skiing on Lassen Peak. We stopped a t Manzanita Lake on our way out to get reflections of the mountain in the clear blue water. Click on thumbnail to view images Continue reading

Shasta Dam and Trinity NF

It was sad leaving San Diego but nice to be on the road again. Our first stop was in Redding at the Premier RV Resorts. We drove up to see the Shasta Dam and to explore the area more. The water level was back up to almost normal height, at 602 feet high, it is the 8th tallest dam in the US. On our way back to Redding we stopped in Weaverville, a historic California Gold Rush town founded in 1850, nestled at the foot of the current Trinity Alps Wilderness Area. We stopped for lunch at the Strawhouse Cafe on Highway 299, with a beautiful deck overlooking the Trinity River. It was raining so we didn’t get to enjoy the deck but next time for sure, as we would definitely stop here again. After lunch we visited the Trinity Alps Wilderness, located between Eureka and Redding. It’s a beautiful forest with 55 alpine lakes to explore and high granite peaks known as the Trinity Alps. The Wilderness contains about 520 miles of hiking trails, including 17 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail and 35 miles of the Bigfoot Trail. We will have to come back and do some hiking in this beautiful Wilderness. Click on thumbnail to view images Continue reading

Ski Trip to Aspen/Snowmass

Another wonderful ski trip, this time with the Chagrin Valley Ski Club and our friends from Ohio, to Aspen/Snowmass, Colorado. A destination with four mountains: Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk; and two incredible towns, Aspen and Snowmass. We flew from San Diego to Denver to meet up with the group flying from Cleveland but arrived too late to catch the bus so we took a small van with the five others who were late arrivals as well. It was a long drive to Snowmass from Denver, four hours with a stop for groceries and beer. We stayed at the Top of the Village Condos, a perfect ski-in/ski-out location, and shared a two bedroom condo with Karen Moyer and Bruce Kahn. Lucky us, because we flipped for the Master bedroom and won. The first two days at Snowmass, the weather was picture perfect, blue skies and lots of snow. Monday night we took the free shuttle into Aspen to see the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour playing at the old Wheeler Opera House, built in 1889. We had dinner with the group at the Red Onion Restaurant, Aspen’s oldest historic restaurant and bar established in 1892, dating back to the silver boom of the 19th century. Continue reading