Thursday, June 24, 2010

Returning To our Homeland

After 100 days of travel, we have returned to our homeland.  Not our native homeland, but our adopted homeland.  We adopted The Evergreen State as our homeland in 1994 when we became legal residents. 

We left Seaside, Oregon in a light fog Wednesday morning.  It was good to be getting out of the RV park now as almost all of the sites on the South side became occupied by Tuesday.  I guess folks are wanting to be settled in before the July 4th holiday gets too close.   We drove North to Astoria and then East on Hwy. 30. 

We crossed the great Columbia River into Washington just before the small town of Rainier, Oregon.   It actually felt great getting back to our familiar territory.


                            Not a lot of traffic Wednesday.DSCF5135                              Then we saw those great words overhead…….DSCF5136We had a couple of miles of driving East before connecting with I-5, and then about 13 miles South to Woodland.  We had to make a quick stop at the place we bought our MCD blinds.  They needed to make an adjustment on one because it wasn’t wanting to go up like it should.  We got that done in about 15 minutes and we were once again on our way.  This time going North on I-5.

We drove to Exit 79 in Chehalis and pulled off the freeway to Wally-Dock for the night.  After getting settled in our usual spot when we need to stay here, we went into Walmart and purchased over $100 in groceries.  Time to stock up again.


This morning is when we have our appointment (8:30) at Uhlmann’s RV to get the new monitor installed.  Even if we could have gotten a replacement ourselves, this is a covered warranty job and needed to be done by “professionals”.   We’ll wait and see how things go after the monitor is installed in order to determine if those professionals do it right.

Tonight we are going over to Darin and Stephanie’s house for dinner.  We can’t wait to see the girls again.  I bought stuff at Walmart to fix sweet potato fries and roasted asparagus.  Darin is going over to Costco to pick up some good looking steaks, which I’ll reimburse him for.  I’ve planned some angel food cake and fresh strawberries for dessert. 

Wednesday we did finally begin to feel some warm weather.  In Chehalis it was 75F and sunny.  Western Washington is one of the best states in which to spend the summer months.  We’ll enjoy it while we are here.  September will be here soon enough and that will bring about another trip South for us.

Until next time……so long for now!


Karen and Al said...

Good to know a good state to spend the summer. I sure wish we could leave south Georgia and find some nice cool weather!

Sam&Donna Weibel said...

A big Welcome Home to you, boy it is great you will be seeing your Granddaughters and enjoying dinner with family too, We hope you guys have a great time, Be safe out there. Sam & Donna.

JB said...

As nice as it is to get out on the road it is always nice to return home to family.

Jerry and Suzy said...

Good to be back reading you again! Hope to keep it up for a while. Have fun with the grands. Yes, western Washington is good place in the summer. Maybe another year we'll be up there again.

Happytrails said...

Looks like you are "home" again. I am so glad you all had such a wonderful trip and got to see so many awesome sights.
I know you will enjoy that delicious dinner but seeing those "grands" will be the dessert.

Take care and enjoy!!
Mike & Gerri (happytrails)

Rick and Paulette said...

Steaks, strawberries and Angel Food Cake - I guess the family is glad to have the Grands(parents) home!! Good luck with the backup monitor installation too! It's nice and warm here too, near 80F, it's about time! Welcome back to the Great Northwest!

Phyllis said...

Here in southern NJ it is 96 today and oppressively humid. Washington weather sounds tempting.

Carol K said...

I'm glad you made it back to Washington state safely. Washington got warm just in time for your arrival. I laughed when I read that you overnighted in your "usual" place at the Chehalis Walmart. Great pictures, as always!

Dennis and Donna said...

It is good to be "on the road", but a grandchild fix is like refueling..ya just GOTTA do it every so often..Wish we could have joined you for the meal...Great job Grandma!! Keep on bloggin!!

Paul and Mary said...

Welcome home!

KarenInTheWoods and Steveio said...

Enjoy those grandkids... and then get ready to hit the road again with more adventures!!

Karen and Steve
(Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard

KarenInTheWoods and Steveio said...

Enjoy those grandkids... and then get ready to hit the road again with more adventures!!

Karen and Steve
(Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard