I know it is
Thursday and we did go for another super wow day. But I'm just to tired
to post tonight. I have informed all (Terry and Tad) that Friday is a down
day and no day trips. Stop back later Friday for a new me thinks great
to be blog post.
Just a hint
of the day we had with a couple of pics.
Terry and Tad
did all this and more... stop back for the rest of the story. Right
now I just had a hot shower and am worn out.
and Tad are wearing me out. Now a little happy hour and all will be well
with the world.
(or friend) said today we should go for a drive and stated my prior comments
when I use a term like WOW would not be enough for what he has planned.
would only say we were going up to Quartz Mt. We went southeast of Roslyn,
WA and after awhile we started climbing up forest service roads for about
25 miles where you get to see the road below at over 6000 feet at the end
of our journey. I was so busy trying to drive and not drop over the side
I didn't see what was about to become the beyond WOW factor he had been
I came up and around the
curve from below the curve in the center and could not see anything but
sky or what I was getting into. I just continued and applied my foot on
the gas pedal and went for it. Since I'm posting about it now, it went
I was so glad to see a parking
lot and shut it all down to catch my breath.
I could see this from the
parking lot when we stopped and thought this is a big WOW looking north.
Now walking a few feet up
the path and looking to the west I knew Tad was correct in saying the winding
washboard forest roads to get here would be worth it..
My Oh My was it ever.
Look what Terry discovered...
Mt Rainier is about 15 air
miles from this point. We are not looking up at it but across to it. Words
can not describe this view me thinks.
Now the road back out
and down the mountain. What a great afternoon we had in Washington
thanks to our friend Tad.
We had no idea we would
ever see anything this grand.
We are now back at Tads and
having happy hour as I know I needed a gin and tonic as it was a big drive
I handled today. Tad sez he has other drives planned for us.
I hope not as wild as this
one. We shall see.....
we went to the Roslyn Miner Days. And yes we did have on and off rain.
But that kind of added to the excitement if you will. Our friend Tad (where
we are camped at) volunteers at the Roslyn Museum and was on duty today
explaining the antiquities and memorabilia of the coal mining era to the
people who stopped in. He was loving every moment of it.
Now this is one parade you
have to love, not long, but they do, would you believe run it around the
route twice. So if you missed anything you get to see it again.
Makes it great for us taking pictures, as we get a second chance so we
can still miss that perfect shot. So now we can't complain about
the one that got away as we had a second chance.
They had the huge big new
fire rigs, but many small old ones also.
We even had a pistol shoot
out on main street.
Paul B driving his 24 Model
T (you would think I knew these people or something) But Tad our friend
Pete H driving his 31 model
A roadster acquired when he was in high school per Tad.
His passenger is from the
Craven family who have a long history in this town. Even wearing a miners
hard helmet with light.
It was light rain on and
off but it did not diminish the fun each parade participant was experiencing.
Let alone the people with kids who could care less about a little water
as they scrambled to get the candy thrown to them.
As you can see by now we
had a great time at this parade with the history very evident and now as
I type our friend
Tad is filling us in on
They were wet but after
the parade they hit the bars and had a even better time.
A memorial to the coal minors.
Roslyn is full of history and people who are preserving the past. It is
a National Historic Site.
You can see how the memorial
towers over the street market area.
Live music next to the market
The old radio station set
below from the Northern Exposure TV show was right behind the above players
and the memorial by the
street market area.
Now I need to find the DVD
set of the TV series. Checked Amizon.com and not that easy as the full
set is poorly rated and expensive. Need to do more research. Nothing is
simple me thinks.
J P Patches was a
TV clown for many years in the Seattle area and came to the event and spent
hours with the kids.
You know that was a labor
of love. Any of you remember him from days gone by? Visit
his great fun web site.
We are back at the 5er and
Terry is preparing a pot roast for later while now we are having happy
hour with Tad in the warmth of the 5er. Yes we do have the furnace cranked
up a bit. It was a fun but damp day in the northwest. Hope your holiday
weekend is a bit dryer.
This damp and cool weather
spell sort of agrees with my personallity me thinks.
Our host Tad sez not to worry
as he wants to take us on a couple of day trips when things warm up and
the sun shines again.
OK watch out I'm getting
out my soap box. If Nick Russell can have a Bad
Nick Blog I can spout off once in awhile also. Seems to be the
thing to do these days. Now I'm not at a town hall meeting disrupting it,
with uncivil, unintelligent talk, but on my own blog just posting the thoughts
of a great American who does have a clue.
I get so tired of people
who have the mindset of "I've got mine, so now the rest of you can
go to hell".
I think many might be surprised
just who will be going on that journey.
It's raining in the northwest
here in Washington and we are inside the 5er and the weekend campers are
already in a foul mood, so why not.
Oh by the way have a great
Labor Day holiday... brought to you by hard working Americans.
Labor Day is a national
legal holiday that is over 100 years old.
It grew out of a celebration
and parade in honor of the working class by the Knights of Labor in 1882
in New York. In 1884, the Knights held a large parade in New York City
celebrating the working class. The parade was held on the first Monday
in September. The Knights passed a resolution to hold all future parades
on the same day, designated by them as Labor Day.
In a special essay by PBS
host Bill Moyers, the part-time editorialist and one-time LBJ White House
press secretary captured the essence of America's health insurance debate
with a single word: "Deranged."
"Red, white, and blue kooks
are as American as apple pie and conspiracy theories," he said.
So here we are, wallowing
in our dysfunction. Governed — if you listen to the rabble rousers — by
a black nationalist from Kenya smuggled into the United States to kill
Sarah Palin's baby. And yes, I could almost buy their belief that Saddam
Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, only I think he shipped them to
Washington, where they've been recycled as lobbyists and trained in the
alchemy of money laundering, which turns an old-fashioned bribe into a
First Amendment right.
Only in a fantasy capital
like Washington could Sunday morning talk shows become the high church
of conventional wisdom, with partisan shills treated as holy men whose
gospel of prosperity always seems to boil down to lower taxes for the rich.
Poor Obama. He came to town
preaching the religion of nice. But every time he bows politely, the harder
the Republicans kick him.
No one's ever conquered
Washington politics by constantly saying "pretty please" to the guys trying
to cut your throat.
Moyers goes on to suggest
that the president must "tell it like it is" during his speech to Congress
The key to getting the health
insurance reforms he seeks, Moyers added, may lie with Talking Points Memo
creator Josh Marshall, who suggested recently that a public health insurance
option would be within reach if Democrats could just describe it as being
allowed to buy into medicare before age 65.
also points back to the question (a frustratingly good one) of why the
advocates of a public option and just reform in general have not simply
explained this as allowing people to buy into Medicare at any age," wrote
Marshall. "Because, essentially, that's what it is. And I think I could
pretty much guarantee you that if the question in the public mind was 'Would
you like the option of buying into Medicare before you turn 65?' the opposition
would be vastly diminished."
"This health care thing is
make or break for your leadership, but for us, it's life and death," concluded
Moyers. "No more Mr. Nice Guy, Mr. President. We need a fighter."
-- Stephen C. Webster
Read the transcript click
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We pulled out of Entiat City
RV park about 9:30 AM and headed on our way slowly to Roslyn, WA where
our good friend Tad (that we met in AZ at the Quartzsite
Gem and Mineral Club had encouraged us to land on his property and
enjoy time with him.
But first things first. We
detoured up to Leavenworth
(tourist trap heaven) and got out of there fast. Terry could have
spent the day but I didn't let him. I got off on a side street and managed
to get back on the main drag and get out of town pronto. Not a big
rig friendly kind of place.
South of Leavenworth
we had to stop at this fruit stand.
Terry say Hi...
After going over the pass
on US 97 south we did come upon Roslyn,
WA. Now I don't need to tell you about this cool place now do I.
for fans of the hit TV series Northern Exposure
This is a real town and
not a fake tourist trap, but with real people who live life as only they
know it here.
The whole town is filled
with side streets with small homes as they have been for decades. A very
real and pleasant place.
We have landed at our friend
Tads place in Roslyn. We got the dish up and it deployed and found the
satellite just fine.
It stormed during the night
with lighting.. so I go up and retracted the dish also hoping no strikes
close as it is so very dry and all are on alert for fires. Look at how
dry the field we are camped in is. Things are wet this AM with the rain
during the night so we like that along with the locals. We hear there were
a few lighting strikes and the fire response teams are out and about to
cover them. We do feel safe and are having a wonderful experience. Thanks
to Tad we are learning about the history of this area as he grew up here
and has great stories to share. Me thinks he must have written a book or
two about all this. If not he should have.
Later went on a drive up
the valley to some of the lakes.. This one is Cooper lake.
Now as you can see we have
been finding the best of the best with our friend Tad showing us what we
would never have found on our own.
Life could not get much
better than this me thinks...
What's going on here, another
post today (see the earlier one below)
We left Omak, WA and headed
out wondering where we were going to land. Checking ahead I called to BeeBe
Bridge County Park
(the red tent on the map)
and the nice lady informed me HW 97 was closed going over the Columbia
river to the east side as truck
rammed it last night and
it is closed till further notice. Only way going south was Alt HW 97 going
down the west side of the river.
Looks like this is the bridge
that was closed below. We can detour to get around it without and not complain
as we hear a life was lost.
That meant we had to climb
up Alt HW 97 and go through Chelan,
WA. Detour was fortunate for us as Chelan is a very pretty town
with a world class lake.
A big WOW factor. This no small resort town as a new SuperWallmart has
Now coming back down from
high country and to the river again.
This is one of the best scenic
road drives I have may have ever been on me thinks. Every curve in the
road produced another WOW comment.
I don't do that much...
but today my glass was not just half full but overflowing... No I tell
myself... Just Stop That...
Pateros City had a nice city
park right on the river with $10 overnight curb side parking with a few
20 amp plug ins.
Should have stayed, but
moved on as it was still not even noon yet. You know me. STOP for
the day in the AM not, me thinks.
The views were so great
just wanted to see more around the curve...
All along the river is fruit
country. Here a few pickers are going to work.
We landed at Entiat city
RV park right on the river.
If you have noticed I have
ratcheted back on my pictures files sizes in the above. They were getting
a little large.
I do yell at bloggers who
post huge pictures so I have restrained myself. Ouch...
Another day another
day trip yesterday... This time from our RV park in Omak
to Riverside on back roads to Conconully,
where we are at right now. DataStormUsers
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