Hoh Rainforest

Moss dripping from large trees and huge ferns on the forest floor. There was a nice hike from the Rangers Station to the Hoh River. We arrived in the mid morning time frame and there was already quite a few people parked and hiking the trail; people from all over the world. As we left around 2:00pm there was a lineup of vehicles, at least 60, waiting to get into the park.

It’s a pretty amazing place and well worth your time to drive 16 miles from Highway 101, on a very winding road, to reach the this National Park.

Images of the Hoh River in the next installment.

Safe travels

from the Mothership

docked in Seattle!

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.

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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.

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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.

Big Red

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I mentioned in the previous post that I did most of my traveling around Seaside on an electric trike. This photo is of a newer model, but it is nearly exact to the trike I rode.

In my wife’s family, the trike is referred to as ‘BIG RED’. This trike will literally push you back in the seat if you are not careful. The acceleration is controlled ( I use that term loosely) by the right hand grip. It will do a wheelie if you are not very careful when you rotate the hand grip. There are two posts with small wheels on the back of the trike and they are there for a reason: to keep the trike from flipping over backwards. Most of the weight is towards the rear of the vehicle, including the driver. Makes for some harrowing moments if you are not vigilant.

The trike comes with all of the usual features: back and front hand brakes, parking brake, horn, lights, directional and gauges to let you know the battery level and speed. It comes with a key fob that allows you to set an alarm. If anyone touches the trike when the alarm is set it lets out a high pitched squeal. So, if someone thought they could lift it into a truck bed ( would probably take three people), the trike will protest!

When I took it out the first time at Seaside I needed to find a gas station with an air pump as all three tires were low. I had to drive about a mile to the nearest station. When I pulled in ( silently) there were three rough looking dudes on Harleys getting gas. I was a bit leery when I couldn’t find the air pump because that meant asking the attendant ( Oregon is the only state that won’t allow self pumping), which meant driving the trike up to the pumps where the biker dudes where. I asked the attendant quickly and then was directed to the side of the building ( where I could fill the tires out of the view of the bikers). Just one of those ‘timing is everything/ moments, I guess.

Riding around town was interesting in that people were doing a rubber neck kind of thing as I whirred by them. Three guys on Honda scooters zipped past me twice on the same street, honking their horns. Never a dull moment on Big Red.

I used the wire basket to carry a small backpack with my Nikon camera inside and there was a wire lid to lock it in place.

Top speed: 40+ kph!

So, that was my experience with BIG RED.

Safe travels

from the Mothership

docked in Seattle!!

More from Central Oregon

Reading on the Mothership, our granddaughter misses some of the sights as we travel across Central Oregon. Needless to say, she is an avid reader ( voracious, maybe). I think that is her brother’s foot sticking up on the left. I guess I kind of got him in the shot.

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from the Mothership

docked in Seattle!

From Prairie City to John Day, OR.

Just some shots from the cockpit of the Mothership as we made our way from Prairie City to John Day. The Fossil Center was really busy the morning we were there, but we did get a chance to see all of the exhibits, just not go out on the trail or whatever to see the actual beds. Just keeping track of two grandchildren, when I’m in a boot and need a cane to navigate, was a challenge enough indoors!

As an aside: the motorhome you see in the photo we seemed to have followed for a couple of hours. Not much traffic on this road, which is nice. Just a bit boring looking at the back of the same motorhome for miles!

 

Safe travels

from the Mothership

docked in Seattle!

Leaving Prairie City, OR.

The morning routine of packing, cleaning and unhooking from water, electric and waste lines. Making sure the site is clean as when we found it. We drove from Prairie City to John Day to check out the fossils ( next post). Wasn’t much traffic as we drove across central Oregon.

Safe travels

from the Mothership

docked and winterized

in Seattle!