Monday, July 6, 2015

Chimicum

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Kathi and I are stationary in Texas this summer and I already miss the 62 degree days we normally have in the summertime on the Oregon coast. We are staying at the Green Caye RV Park in Dickinson taking care of some family issues and doctors appointments. We are also helping Kathi’s brother, Larry Clark and his wife Andrea as he recuperates from leukemia. He has gone through three stages of chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. Kathi and I take him to the Methodist Hospital clinic three days a week to get blood tests and assurance that his medication is adequate for continued recovery. We are enjoying the relationship we are having with Larry and Andrea, since we missed so much opportunity to be together while we were on the road.

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While we are stationary, I have been relating our 2005 travel year. In my last post we left off on Sunday, April 10, 2005 and we had just arrived at the Elma RV Park in Elma, WA. We drove around Elma for about an hour after arrival and saw most of the town. We got home before dark and watched TV in the evening. On Monday we spent a few hours at the Lone Eagle Casino. We did not plan to spend much money, because we generally do not have much success at smaller Indian casinos. This time I had a little luck and turned my $20 into $150. We accepted the gain with grace and left before I was tempted to expand my winnings. It was unusual in the fact that we normally stay until we give back everything we won and feel stupid about it later.

The next morning we took our Alfa RV east on CA 108 and north on US 101 to The Evergreen SKP Park in Chimicum, WA. It was a leisurely drive somewhat less than 100 miles. All the RV spaces in the park were 30 amp, pull-thru sites. Normally we prefer 50 amp electrical instead of 30 amp, so we can run both air conditioner compressors, but it was cool enough in Chimicum that 30 amp seemed adequate in April. After getting our RV utilities hooked up, we had an excellent lunch at the Chimicum Café.

The next morning we took a drive to Port Gamble and were stopped at a draw bridge while a submarine passed below us, escorted by three Coast Guard boats and a helicopter. This was pretty exciting for us, as neither of us had seen a submarine in motion before. Kathi informed me that the movie “An Officer and A Gentleman” was filmed at a naval base nearby. I was not clear how that related to our sub sighting, but I was glad Kathi knew this piece of Hollywood trivia. It was a beautiful sun-shiny day and we got rain in the evening. We were glad to be in Washington.


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