Heading South on Highway 101

We left Port Townsend and headed south on Highway 101, making our way to a family cabin just south of Brinnon, Washington, along Hood Canal. Above are two images of Hood Canal and one of our son, Ian, cleaning off the roof of he cabin. I usually have the roof duty, but this Spring I didn’t make it up for cleaning, etc. The cabin is surrounded by tall evergreens.

Safe travels from the Mothership

docked in rainy Seattle!!

Moving Along

From Lake Crescent we traveled to Port Townsend. There was a park and ride spot just outside the main business district which we used. We caught a shuttle bus into the main part of town.

These are just some street shots of main street Port Townsend, plus the shot from the cab of the Mothership of Highway 101.

Safe travels

from the Mothership

docked in Seattle!!

Commercial Enterprises

A quick glance at three commercial enterprises in Seaside. One is closed and two are still operating. Can you guess which is the closed business?

Answer below*

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from the Mothership

docked in Seattle!

Answer: As run down and weather worn as they look, the Mexican restaurant and the Motel are still operating. The coffee shop (?) is a thing of the past.

Seaside Architecture

While motoring around on a electric trike ( check out Cozytrikes.com).  More on that in the next post as it is a story in itself. I was able to cover a lot of ground quickly, such as the side streets of Seaside which were virtually absent of noise from all of the tourists ( such as me). The house and cottage above caught my eye. I think the cottage is a rental or B&B. The other house is kind of a typical ocean shore house you might see along the beach, although much less pretentious and costly.The house faces West, the direction the wind and weather blown in from the Pacific Ocean, so it makes sense to have a covered porch and the second story protected by the roofline, rather than windows.

Safe Travels

from the Mothership

docked in Seattle

awaiting our next launch in just

under two weeks!

Weiser, ID. Festivities

Our camping neighbors for a couple of days on the playground of Pioneer Elementary School, serious astronomers. The biggest house ( that we saw) in Weiser and a bit of the Eclipse Festivities. The population of the town is @ 4,000. The weekend of the Eclipse Festival it easily doubled, which made for an interesting exit from town!

Making our way to Weiser, ID.

Leaving Benton City and the Klipsun Cottage. Views along the road, some spectacular and some sad. One place that we have now driven through twice without stopping is Lime, OR. in Baker County, OR. The geology of the area is fascinating. The abandoned cement plant looks like a great place to explore and take photos. It is officially a Ghost Town. If you check the link above and subsequent link to the page that lists those towns of Oregon, you’ll find details.

As manufacturing and mining raw materials has gone from our country to ‘developing’ countries, the small towns that housed the employees of those companies have been deserted, leaving a ghostly presence. We saw a lot of that in 2016 when we drove back to Peoria, ILL and then made our way back to the SW via I-40 and old Route 66. I think, until you get out there and drive the country, you don’t really see the full impact of political and economic decisions made by corporate America in the past 50 years. It’s not a subject you will see on the evening news or even news magazine-like shows on TV. It’s not an uplifting story, what happens to workers who move to these remote places to find employment, only to have the company chase the raw materials or cheaper labor to other countries; it’s a race to the bottom and our fellow citizens are just a  disposal resource to Politicians and the corporations that line their pockets. Working in tandem for decades that have methodically stripped this country of its ability to support itself with the materials/ skill and even infrastructure ( to some extent) to be self sustaining as a nation. Drive around the country for a month or two, get off of the Interstate Highway System and see what is really out there, beyond the strip malls of fast food and convenient gas stations.

We all live in bubbles and our perceptions are formed through the lens of those bubbles/personal experience. If you can, step out of your bubble. Dare to venture beyond the asphalt arteries that crisscross this country. You’ll find out something about America first hand, something that may alter your perception of life in America.

Both times we have driven right by/through Lime, OR. I have felt a nagging thought in my head: I really need to stop and get a good feel for this town and what took place here. I’m just as guilty of racing from one perceived destination to another and not taking the time to explore. The times I have pulled off of the Interstate system and gone on the secondary and tertiary roads I’ve been rewarded to such a rich history of the people of this country.

Didn’t sit down to write an essay or screed, but it appears something inside needed getting out.

Travel safe and be adventurous, the two aren’t mutually exclusive!

From the Mothership

docked in Seattle!