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Bridal Veil Falls

Thursday, October 27, 2011

7/15/93 – Made it to Bridal Falls, BC by 2:00 PM. We left about 8:30 AM and did not stop for lunch. The BW bought two sweaters for $12 total yesterday – then spent $4 washing them. She claims one is a $100.00 sweater, but I wouldn’t know. It has been raining off and on all day today, and the sweaters aren’t dry. It’s cold, about 60 degrees, but 87 per cent relative humidity so I sweat copiously, both while hitching up this morning and while setting up camp here. We’re about to hike up to the falls – a 15 minute walk. More later.

The falls were truly impressive – 80 meters (195 foot) trop, and you get right up to the bottom of them. The path up to the observation platform, however, is a real killer. It seemed like several hundred feet up, and it took 30 minutes to walk back down, too. Very steep. I didn’t take my camera along because the BW said “not for her” and because it was raining a little. Also, the spray at the foot of the falls was heavy enough to soak my sweater. The temperature was about 56 degrees on my little mirror thermometer, and it was probably 100 per cent relative humidity. I also didn’t take any pictures from the ferry this morning. The ferry is one reason (Port Townsend to Widby Island) that we only covered 135 miles in six hours – first wait, then go slow, then waid some more. We had to turn in the apples the BW just bought and my can of Halt (pepper spray) to get into the country. Were we got off of I5 (exit 256) I stopped at a bank and traded $100 US for $126.36 Canadian. The teller told me that if I gave her the Canadian money back I would get $97.22. With that three per cent loss it is obvious that you don’t want to bring back a great deal of Canadian money.

  
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DANCINGGRAM 10/27/2011 5:29PM

    Wow,it was probably beautiful. Too bad it wasn't nicer out. Sounds like you certainly got your exercise too!

Have a safe trip home. emoticon

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Getting Ready to Leave

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

7/13/93 – Got reservations for three more nights and a promise from first-come first-served campground at 5,000 feet just a few miles over the continental divide (before you get to Calgary). That takes care of a total of five nights out of 12 planned on the way to Cleveland.

Then we went into Port Townsend and took the Keystone ferry. It turned out that the only thing on Whidbey Island at the landing was a state park, and a little town was four miles away. We explored the state park on our bikes (left the van on the mainland) and then started for town. Unfortunately it was on the water on the other side of the island. By the time we walked up to level ground the BW decided she didn’t want to climb that high twice. We turned around and came back – stopped at an upscale bakery in Port Townsend for donuts but got macaroons and little lemon meringue pies instead (they were too high-class to make donuts).

I called Everett twice (left messages) – had stew for supper and froze three quarts. After that we washed the rugs.

  
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MS.ELENI 10/26/2011 5:40PM

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Monday - 7/12/1993

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

7/12/93 – Monday – got our mail, paid Discover bill ($1258.00) and ordered four tickets to the first Brickyard 400, which will be August 6, 1994. We did laundry, cleaned hose (drinking water), shopped for groceries, made beef stew (got it started by 10:45 – after an hour of peeling carrots and potatoes). I let it cook all night and it turned out just fine. I reserved CCC spot for 7/15 (our first night moving).

  
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MS.ELENI 10/25/2011 8:24PM

    It looks like you have always done a lot of cooking. emoticon

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OURELEE1 10/25/2011 7:24PM

  If you don't mind me asking. How long did ya'll live in the Rv.

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Long Day

Monday, October 24, 2011

7/11/93 - We visited the Hoh rain forest, which reminded me of scenery that you might see in the Star Wars movie, then went on to Rialdo Beach. Stopped for gas and supper at Vern’s in Sequim. Left at 8:00 and got back after 7:00. The BW complained about the long day – decided to pass on a visit to the tip of Washington.

  
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MS.ELENI 10/24/2011 7:57PM

    Sounds tiring

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Driving to Alaska

Sunday, October 23, 2011

7/10/93 – Yesterday the BW said that if we have to sell the house to continue this life-style, she would be ready. But she still doesn’t want to sell it yet.

Today I talked to one guy who first drove to Alaska in 1952. He worked there during WWII and while the Alaska pipeline was being built. He has lost track of how many times he has driven to Alaska and said he has never had a flat or a broken windshield. During the early days he did get a hole worn in his gas tank – then he covered the front of the tank with an old inner tube. He said the guys who had tire trouble are the ones who drive 60 miles per hour. He would go as fast as 50 if the road was good – otherwise slower. Also – the road from Edmonton to Dawson Creek was bad – just ruts left by the trucks, but once you got to Dawson Creek you had a good gravel road all the way to Fairbanks.

It looks as if we picked the right day to go to the mountains. It’s overcast and drizzling today.

  
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