More from the Hoh River

Huge tree and fallen tree ( roots exposed) on the Hoh River Trail. It was an amazing walk through the rain forest. Highly recommended!

Safe travels

from the Mothership

docked in Smoky Seattle!

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Elliott’s Post

These images were either taken by our Brooklyn grandson, Elliott, or feature him. The location is still the Hoh River. It was such a nice day. This side of the Olympic Mountains has nearly 100″ of rain annually. Having a sunny, clear day is really a treat.

Safe travels

from the Mothership

docked in Seattle,

still waiting for a screen door as

the Freight Company, after waiting 6 weeks for the door, lost the shipment

so I’m now waiting for a replacement door, gratis of course, from the factory in Indiana.

Adventure#2: Olympic Peninsula

Our first night out we spent at Kalaloch Beach. Our site was within a short walking distance from the Pacific Ocean. Basically “roughing it” as we had no hookups. Pretty rustic, but secluded. Our Brooklyn grandson, Elliott, above hanging out with grandma on the beach. The steps down to the beach are behind that wall of large driftwood.

Was a fun night.

Adventure#2 to be continued.

Safe travels from the Mothership

back in Seattle!

Floral from Seaside

Motoring about on Big Red gave me a chance to see things I might otherwise miss.

It’s kind of like walking and doing street photography, but at a faster pace.

Safe travels from the Mothership

docked in Seattle!

Note: One week away from our next adventure. This time we are going around the Olympic Peninsula, clockwise, if that makes sense?

Also, the screen door I ordered, from the Coachmen factory in Ohio, is on its way to Seattle. Should be here on the 24th. Once here, I will have to see what sort of hardware pieces I will need and maybe have time to install it before the next adventure.

The Day Before

24-DSC_4898Getting ready to venture to Seaside Monday. The day before usually entails packing and loading and the inevitable forgetting of some important item. The weather in Seaside looks promising, a little cooler than Seattle at the moment.

I’ll try to post as much as possible. May have to utilize public spaces for wifi. Fingers crossed.

Latest Modification

fullsizeoutput_402dA few weeks ago I purchased a retractable coach step from Etrailer.com.  This particular model is made by a company called Lippert. This one has a piece of steel, which you can’t see, running between the two mounting brackets. That extra sideways support, I thought, would help stabilize the step. This was both a safety concern as well as a convenience driven modification. Coachmen, in their wisdom, did not think the coach entrance needed a step to enter and exit  the coach. We have been using a foldable, plastic step the past two summers and it was a bit dangerous as well as a pain in the ……

After I bought this retracble step ( seen in the operating position) my nephew and I had to find a way to engineer it so it would actually be safe and work for some time. Most RV’s that come with a retractable step have a metal box just underneath the first coach stop so you attach the new step on top to the brackets and on the sides to the metal box it fits into. We didn’t have that box, so…..

What we did was get a piece of 3/16th steel to place on the top of the first coach step ( underneath the grip tape you see) attach the steel plate through to the step brackets underneath ( where you can’t see in this photo). Our thought was that the steel plate would carry the load across the step, making it strong enough to handle foot traffic. Most of the stress/load on the retractable step is downward, so using the galvanized carriage bolts and lock washers it seemed like it would be more than ample to handle the load or stresses we will put it through. The steel plate was painted with a black, matte primer to keep rust away as long as possible as well as the underside of the step. When retracted, the step you see locks into position so it doesn’t vibrate to the open position when traveling.

So, I think we are ready for the first voyage of this summer, coming up on July 9th, when we take two of our grandkids with us to Seaside, Oregon, about a five hour drive from our home. Hopefully both the new step and our sanity will be intact at weeks end!!

Happy Voyaging!

From The Mothership

docked in Seattle, WA.