Our first stop was to Bellingham, where friends of Bill, the Tanners have their home and business. They had been buddies about 15 years ago, and refreshed their friendship at the Seattle Boat Show. Mark and Diana are the owner/operators of Tanner Manufacturing and Design, and they make mirror stainless tubing for all kinds and sizes of boats. The tubing is used for railings, davits, solar panel mounts, radar arches, or any kind of use and design you and they can come up with. It was a fun visit, to get to know new friends (for me), and see their lovely home, and work environment. Good food, good beverages, great hospitality, and friends, perfect. We positioned the truck in their driveway for the night, slept in the camper, and said our goodbyes the next morning. Then we headed for Oregon.
Our next destination was Portland to visit with one of Bill's staff (in a previous life), Aida, her husband Seth, and their two boys Emile, and Marc. Their home is beautiful, it is new construction, but built in the style of their older neighbors.
|A warm Portland day.|
Aida still works for UAF from Portland so during the day, we went out to see some sights. We drove along the Willamette River for a couple of miles, they have a scenic path for walking and biking next to the river, but we couldn't find a place to park and access it. So we went to a park that is just over the hill behind the house, as we needed to stretch our legs and get some exercise.
We were off to Corvallis next. One of our peer managers at the university (Pete) had taken a position with Oregon State recently and had moved there with his wife Cyndi. They landed in a really nice home and had room for guests. We wanted to stop at a grocery store before we showed up and EUREKA, there was a Trader Joe right nearby. We LOVE Trader Joes! We got some great wine, beer and snacks for our stay.
We stocked up on other items as well, because we wanted to have easy meals, and treats for our road trip to Prince Rupert later in the month.
Downtown Corvallis is very quaint, with older architecture. Doesn't this remind you of "Back to the Future"?
Pete drove us to the coast town Newport, about an hours time away, and we enjoyed a days outing.
|Donna and Bill at the beach.|
|Pete and Cyndi at the beach.|
We ate out at the Rogue's Brewery, good food, good beer.
Now it is back to Seattle to move the trailer out of the hopefully dry back yard. Ralph, meanwhile, had used his engineering degree to take a shovel to the ruts, smooth them out, and put tarps over the whole area so that it could dry out. Again, I'm sorry, and thanks for helping out.
|The trailer is free!|
While in Vancouver, we also got to go to the Feathercraft factory and drop off our two collapsible kayaks for a new retro-fit to current technology. We got to see their new inflatable kayak, and we were kind of smitten. We had driven away, but almost returned to buy 2 of them. Don't be surprised to see a post in the future that announces the addition of two more kayaks to our fleet.
Due to time constraints, we had to put off another visit to our friends on Gabriola Island, but we will be back....(is that a threat or a promise? hehe )
Back to Seattle again, for the last time, as we gather up all of the rest of our belongings and head north. It's time to let Rohwer South have their spare bedroom, their backyard, their front yard, and their life back. We can't express how much we have appreciated their help in this transition to the life that we have chosen. Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you