In August we headed north in our Winnebago Adventurer to the Seattle area to visit with family for a few weeks. After leaving Seattle we planned to visit Astoria, Oregon for a few days. In total, the trip would be about 1,800 miles round trip.
It would also be the last RV trip in our Adventurer, as we had ordered another motorhome a couple months earlier and it was to be delivered shortly after our return home. More about that later!
We have enjoyed our Adventurer for over 5 years and 100 RV trips ranging anywhere from 3 days to 6 weeks at a time, and had made many great memories over that time. With our new RV, we hope for many more great RV trips and great memories to come.
Our first stop was to visit a cousin from Oregon City. As usual, she found us a great place to enjoy a meal and catch up with each other. Love you, Rachelle!
The next day we arrived in Bothell, close to Seattle. We like to stay at the Lake Pleasant RV Park as its close to downtown Bothell and some great bike trails. To the right of Bothell is the Sammamish River Trail that goes all the way to Redmond. To the Left is the Burke-Gilman trail that will take you along Lake Washington and to Union Lake.
Lake Pleasant RV Park is a beautiful park. Most sites are scattered along the lake, and you may have ducks and geese each morning as visitors. Its very peaceful and well run. A great place to stay a couple weeks.
While staying in Bothell, we visited Deb’s brother and sister-in-law. We went sailing on their boat, visited the San Juan Islands, and visited the ports of Edmonds and Everett. We had a great time and loved being so close to them for a couple weeks.
Chuck and Peg have owned sailboats for decades, and we love getting out on the water with them. The wind didn’t cooperate as much as we’d liked, but we did some real sailing on the sound.
The Port of Everett is also growing quickly. Here Chuck locates his boat among all the new construction.
Quite a difference from the early 1900’s when a Weyerhaeuser Lumber Yard was here, making cedar shingles.
Working conditions have improved, too! Shingle weavers, the men who cut the shingles, rarely got through a career with all ten fingers intact. This photo is from an exhibit on the hazards faced by the men.
We always love a day on the water with Chuck and Peg!
Back in Bothell, Chuck helped me with a repair,
and we enjoyed visiting with our great-niece and nephew (oh, and their parents, too! 🙂
And Peg treated us to authentic New Mexican Enchiladas.
They are made flat, with a special sauce, and have an egg on top!
Our next outing was to Friday Harbor in the San Juan Islands. We love going there by ferry, which is a real treat for us.
We walked off the ferry and after a coffee to relax and enjoy some of the Friday Harbor shops,
we took a trolley to Roche Harbor on the other side of the island. we highly recommend the trolley for the great views of the island and the colorful history provided by the driver.
Roche Harbor, also under British rule at one time, is a well manicured, beautiful little town. It is geared towards visitors with many water activities available. We enjoyed fish and chips on the patio at the Lime Kiln Cafe.
A little north of Bothell is the little town of Snohomish, known for good antique shopping. Well I went there for the pie,
and a good bike ride with Chuck on the Centennial Trail, a 30 mile trail that starts at Snohomish and runs to the Skagit County line.
It’s a beautiful ride through the town, and then through fields and rivers.
Our last outing was further north to La Conner, which is close to Anacortes.
It’s a great place to explore and enjoy great seafood at one of the many restaurants.
Before we knew it, our two weeks in Bothell were up. We said goodbye to family and started towards our next destination, Astoria Oregon, famous for the Columbia River, Lewis and Clark, and where much of the Goonies was filmed. See you there!
Al & Deb