On Monday, September 19th, the group volunteered to do a cleanup project at Fort Worden, Stoddard Battery. We removed debris, weeds, grass and moss from 2 bunders / battery stations. They plan to use these stations for educational purposes. The before and after pictures are amazing. It is fun to see what 18 volunteers and 2 rangers can accomplish is 2 hours.
Thanks to everyone who participated: Ellen Arechavala, Kirk Atkinson, Al & Betty Moody, Molly & Brian Bopp, Mike & Gina McGinn, Mark & Connie Miller, Kelly & Pam Meer, Diana & Craig McHenry, Mike & Charlotte Henry, Chuck & Joyce Gregory,
Tuesday was a free day on the caravan. Ed &Cheri’s invited us along with Mike & Gina to alley surf at their home in Anacortes. So, we left the caravan 2 days early on Monday night.
On Tuesday, Ed setup an Ocean Kayaking tour. First, we took a ferry to the island of Orcas. Cory from Shearwater Kayak Tours gave us a great 5-mile, 3-hour tour of the islands and bays. Cory not only gave us a tour, but taught us lots about how to kayak better and all about the area and the life around us. Very nice tour.
After the tour, we ate lunch on the pier the Market and Dock Store.
On Monday, the group continued to tour Seattle. We first stopped at the Museum of History and Industry. This was a nice museum that shows the history of Seattle and highlights businesses and industry that started in Seattle.
Next, we visited Chihuly Garden & Glass. Wow!! What unique glass sculptures and objects. Fascinating. A must see if you are in Seattle.
We finished our tour with a visit to the Space Needle which is right next to the Chihuly Gardens. It does give great views of the city. Pam and Kelly shared a (very expensive) drink with Al and Betty at the top in the revolving glass floor bar. Expensive but good.
On Friday, we traveled 105 miles to Bothell, Washington just north of Seattle, to Lake Pleasant RV Park. Another full-service RV Resort. Great sites with good privacy between sites.
On Saturday, the group rented 2 12 passenger vans and went to downtown Seattle. Pam and Kelly walked around with Terry and Kirk. Using this video as our guide, we did a foodie tour. First we went to Piroshky Piroshky and Wow. Great food. Our favorite of the day. We then went right next door to Beecher’s Homemade Cheese and had their “World’s Best” Mac & Cheese. Next, we walked to “Dog in the Park” to have a Seattle Dog. Made with cream cheese and carmalized vegies, it was good. Still like a Chicago dog better. Next up – Pike Place Chowder. It was just to hot outside to eat hot chowder, so the group passed. The entire group then went to Dick’s Drive-In for burgers. Although Seattle believes this is the best burger in the country, many felt that In-N-Out and Culver’s are better – Sorry.
We also walked around the market. Saw some fish throwing and lots of small shops.
On Wednesday, the group went ziplining at Leavenworth Ziplines. Our group really enjoyed the 5 different ziplines. They started small (under 100 feet) and ended big (1,200 feet). Very fun and safe. We had a great couple of leaders who made the event very fun.