Fort Townsend State Park

This weekend took us to Port Townsend area, one of my favorite coastal towns in Washington State. I spent a couple of weeks one summer in Port Townsend for the annual Writers Festival that takes place there at another park, Fort Canby. Port Townsend is a little out of the way for most destinations, but the town has a quirky artsy community, so it’s always fun to poke around the town and check out all the parks.

We stayed at Fort Townsend this time, at the group camp. It turns out it is quite an amazing spot, where you share the area with a former Torpedo Tower, used to inspect enemy torpedo’s and mines. Very cool site with several spigots with running water, so it makes for a nice group camp. We spent 4 days there with a generator among 4 trailers (3 pop ups and our rig) and we could easily spend over a week there without missing a beat. There is so much to do in that little spot in the world that the days pass by quickly. The site is off by itself, 1/4 of a mile away from the rest of the park where campers stay. Those spots look close to one another, but the group site is by itself and the area is private except for the hikers and bikers that wandered into the site on occasion.

Lili and I arrived first, catching the Edmonds/Kingston Ferry on Friday with Elliott and Liam in tow. The others made it a couple of hours later, but it worked perfectly because I always manage to almost get lost on the way and we actually overshot the group camp and then had to spin it around after the rangers station. Turning around a rig of this size is becoming easier with practice and this was another opportunity! It was a tight turn to turn back, but we managed to get it turned around and headed to the group camp.

We were joined on this one by the baseball families and my good friend Ben and his family came on Saturday for the night. We got situated around 7 and made some burgers and hot dogs as the kids were hungry and we needed the time to get set up.

While the rest of the state was submerged in another summer heat wave, Thursday was very warm, but Friday and Saturday were perfect weather wise. This was the first time taking the new generator and it operated perfectly. We used it in the evenings to charge up the devices and keep a charge on and also to clear out the heat from the trailer.

The Whole Gang at group camp, Port Townsend State Park, Port Townsend, WA on 8/14/21.
Here is the whole gang on Sunday before we headed out. 8 children!
Goldie Approves of the comforts of the RV
Little ones enjoying the campground fun
Travel Trailer is set up and ready for another weekend adventure!!

SEA–>MISSOULA–>PARADISE VALLEY–>WEST YELLOWSTONE–>GRAND TETON

Ok, so it’s been far too long since I have composed much of anything on this site, which is supposed to be about travelling and doing things related to it, but given the COVID-19 and how busy we have all been, we have been busy with life to the point where I haven’t been able to sit down and actually compile my thoughts.

I am not going to get much done here. I am sitting at Billy’s kitchen table, checking in on work and wanted to get a post out here to get the site back with some fresh content. We are in Jackson, Wyoming and we have been on the road for over a week. We started from Kirkland and drove straight to Missoula, making great time. We are towing a brand new 2020 Forest River Cascade Travel Trailer, which I must say has been AWESOME! We have had no major issues with thus far, except for a couple of minor things. Gas mileage has been about 7.5 miles to the gallon, (2013 Toyota Seqouia).

The KOA in Missoula was our first stop and my god, I will book that place over and over again in the future. It is paradise and just outside one of my favorite cities in the world. It’s just such a fun town and really not terribly far away from Seattle– but it is JUST a little bit too far for a weekend getaway, but if we lived in Spokane, MAN– I would be there ALOT.

There is just something about Montana that has always spoken to me in huge ways. It has been 25 years since I last officially worked in Yellowstone Park and I think about all of it more often than anything else. I first started there in 1994, 21 years old. It was a life changing experience for me and when they days are the darkest, I often look back on those days and the self-reflection I took during those times — it was the place where I really started to look inward at my own self and attempted to identify who I was becoming. Did I become that person that summer? When I returned the next summer, was I another person? Did I become that person? The short answer is no. That doesn’t mean that person from both of those summer isn’t still here with me and my family now, but it’s now such a broad paint stroke of different colors coming together– and surprisingly, it’s not gray.

Each time I pull into places like Missoula or Jackson or the greater Yellowstone ecosystem, all the tensions of the working world seem to wind themselves down and I reset myself. Buying this big fancy travel trailer this summer helped us to make this happen.

— To be continued.

Sunday Evening Political Post

Last week, I decided I would begin to write a weekly posting about my journey to come to terms with the political atmosphere that Washington DC has managed to create in front of our very eyes. At the beginning of all of this Trump ordeal, I was telling people that this is actually very good for our democracy, there are safeguards against an overzealous capitalist from taking the United States away from the people and hoarding all of it for themselves– and this, the election of Trump would actually help strengthen the resolve.

Or it would collapse right in front of us.

Now I don’t think either of these things are going to happen and it’s very scary– the by-product of all of it is all around us now. The Democrats are stepping over one another to make their point so that they can be the nominee. Democrats making promises that soon turn from promise to… well I really tried to not… Misinformation is everywhere and now we have a global pandemic in our midst. Two people died this weekend in the same town I call home. Infectious Disease personnel are telling people to STAY HOME. Concerts might be cancelled.

But the Democratic show must go on. I voted in the primary this weekend and I am not afraid to say I voted for Elizabeth Warren. Clearly, she is the only candidate who really, truly gets it. She might be a bit socially awkward and she might have gotten her law degree from friggin Rutgers, but her policies and her vision moving forward are the reality this country needs to move forward, instead of continuing to use scare tactics, fear mongering and chaos to control the American people.

Here is the clip that really made me turn the corner on her:

Economics. Now look, it appears VOX is VERY favorable to Warren… Particulrly when you watch the other “The Case for” because of all the little jabs throughout history that the other candidates, like BIDEN, don’t fare so well. Ill include the link to the Biden one as well, so you can see how the frame goes on both…

I posted some information last night on Bernie, who I was never a fan of. Historically, I feel like I have always been in Biden’s corner and I was very hopeful that he was going to run here, but overall, I think Biden’s out of contention just as much as Bernie is — I don’t think the shiv went deep enough into Trumps neck and the questions would still come out if we got to the general election on exactly how much did Hunter Biden take while he was involved in. The circle of trust has been broken and its noticeable. He doesn’t have enough political capital for people just to give him a pass, either.

I think with Warren, Biden would bow out gracefully and have us all get excited about the nomination and she would begin to make the case for America…

Here is what I like about Warren: Consumer Rights Advocate. Understands how the economy works and has an interest in it. She believes in the free market, but she also strongly believes in safety nets. This would be a welcome change where we might be able to actually address the deficit or at least get a plan together for it. I think she gets it and she can be a hard ass– and she will need to be to stand up against Trump and his negative nation of people who really believe that Mustard Mussolini is trying to make this a great nation…

But I digrees.

We will see next week once they have counted everything at least a dozen times. Im not going to tell you how to Vote, just vote and send a message that we are ALL WATCHING.

–Tim

SNOWMEGGEDON and other tales of Winter… in Seattle and beyond

SO here we are, the other side of Snowmeggedon. Lili begged for snow and she got way more than even she probably wanted. Today we are taking the train down to Portland and you can see that it’s trying to make another appearance in the south end.

It wasn’t a ton of snow like people get back east, but you can still drive around and find communities who STILL havent been plowed which still have slushy roadways two weeks later.

Everything has to be perfect for significant snow to in Seattle. This is the coldest February we have seen in quite some time, with the average temperature 10 degrees colder than the norm. This was caused by a trough of cold weather that usually hangs out in canada coming down for a visit… Usually those kind of systems bring clear and cold with a little moisture at the front, and rear or both. Usually when it snows, the cloud coverage has a habit of warming up enough to where the snow doesnt stick– it just becomes SUPER wet and sticky.

This year, it snowed and stuck an inch or two, but that was plenty to cause some significant issues with roads that are not plowed but once every couple of years. Then the real storm came and dropped 4-6 inches, then another storm rolls in with more, than one more the next week. Together, the kids were out of school for 3 days and 2 early releases the first week, no school the 2nd week and then they had a week off for Mid-Winter break. In the end, this means that the were in school for a total of 5 full days in February and 2 half days.

Oh and then we are going to Cabo San Lucas a week from tomorrow. Not bad for a mid-winter break– but we couldn’t wait to get some Vitamin D before Spring.

Anyway, just a short post today, mostly because I wanted to post something up — haven’t had the time to write anything in the past 3 months because work is crazy busy and then there is the family life runarounds. All good stuff in the great scheme of things, but always a lot to think about– and things like writing and exercise take a back burner– particularly in the winter months where I think we all have such little motivation… I need more Vitamen D3.

Hope all is well.