COMING OUT OF OUR SHELL

The note on the RV office door said, “Turtle Launch, Saturday morning, 10:00 a.m.” No further details were offered.

We were camped near Port Aransas, Texas (East of Corpus Christi), near the beach and there was ample evidence they were still repairing from the visit of Hurricane Harvey, two months previous. Our traveling with a purpose, needed an injection of spontaneity; but what was a “turtle launch”? Opportunity???

Mind you, I have lived in Ohio, where they used to motivate chickens to fly at the Bob Evans farm; using a mailbox & plunger and memories of the fictional WKRP in Cincinnati turkey drop still bring tears of laughter to my eyes!

Saturday dawned and our morning walk along the beach, found about a hundred or so people waiting near shore. There were both locals and sojourners present; including some dogs, so Max was not a problem. He befriended two young girls, who petted and fussed over him. Small world; their mother is from Canton, NY!

It turns out that this area of a Texas, is home to a rescue group that saves, treats, and returns injured sea turtles to the wild. They have staff, a veterinarian, and many volunteers. Their home base was impacted by the hurricane, but they were able to find alternative housing and saved all the turtles and numerous birds, who were located temporarily in one of the volunteer’s grandmother’s porch! Today was a day that they could release eight of their habilitated amphibious residents.

Of course there were shirts to be bought and a plea for financial support was delivered; but it was really a day to celebrate life and release. One by one, large, mature turtles were carried to the water and encouraged to swim to freedom. There was applause, hugs from the volunteers, and prayer for safe travels; as these denizens swam to who knows where.

Point of this discourse; be open to the serendipity offered by notes on the office door. Perhaps they lead to — who knows where!

WORKING ON THE ROAD: an update.

We’ve talked about working while “on the road”; Sharon continues p/t as a researcher and together we share the benefits of the wellness company with people who have dreams of becoming more.

Many people we meet are retired and travel part time, others have retired, sold their homes, and RV full-time. We’ve met others, who continue to work full-time, linked to their employers via internet.

Today we met, Bill. Bill is a customer with the wellness company, and has a terrific lifesaving story! It’s a great story, but you’ll need to contact me to hear more. But, Bill also continues his RV lifestyle by work-sharing. This happens by reaching agreement with a park or similar location and exchanging some form of work or skill, for free or reduced cost parking/electric, water, and sewer. As it turns out, we’ve met many people who do this. Some even work in the Northern States during the summer and then move to another “work-stay” position during winter months! Snowbirds for hire; lol!

Sharon and I have discussed this; but for now, we prefer to not be tied down to one location, for an entire season. We really do have the potential to earn a full-time income, without a boss or time clock!

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Lots of HOT AIR in Albuquerque!

The annual International Balloon Fiesta, has been on Sharon’s bucket list for quite a time; me, not so much.

To be fair, my thinking of the festival was based upon much smaller events; 30 or 40 balloons at most, not spectacular. On this foundation, I drove our RV from Winslow with mixed feelings, hoping the three days of our attendance might pass quickly.

We approached Albuquerque, a day early; needing to do some RV maintenance and some “boon-docking” at a local truck stop. This evening proved the worst part of our weekend (most truckers leave their generators running and the noise made a good nights sleep, difficult)!

Then came the most pleasant surprise; the balloon fiesta was AMAZING! The weather was perfect, over 500 balloons, interactive pilots & crews, and a well organized event, turned my attitude in a positive direction. I was able to make over 200 images; several that may find their way into my portfolio stock file.

The most enjoyable part, though; watching the “child in a candy shop” behavior of Sharon. Wandering amongst the balloons, not knowing where to look next, amazement as they rose to the sky, and planning what to do next, gave us a memorable experience and a high point of our ongoing adventure!

NEEDLES & PINS

(Sharon & Max: outside the Amtrak station and storied Harvey House Restaurant & Hotel)

We’ve waved so long to our friends, Dottie & Bruce, who have returned to Upstate New York, and enjoyed beach time along the Pacific Ocean. Talk of extremes, we are now camped at Needles, California (where Nevada, Arizona, & California conjoin); known for heat, ghost towns, and the storied home of SNOOPY’S brother, SPIKE!

Turns out, there is much here to learn & enjoy. The fabled Route 66 begins in Needles: we’ve explored a bit; including Oatman (ghost mining town, turned tourist attraction). We are within driving distance of Hoover Damn, several casinos, and the original London Bridge that now spans the Colorado River in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

Bullhead City is the “go to” place for shopping and services. While Needles has seen better times; Bullhead City’s main drag is adorned with the retail and dining franchises that we have seen at every previous 🛑 stop! I suspect this passes for progress.

OF MUSIC, SMOKE, AND ECLIPSE

A portion of our journey, so far, has been the following of the Oregon Trail to the great Northwest. We returned to the trail in July and forge our way through Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Washington, and Oregon.

Sitting now, in Northern California, it’s a good time to reflect. Those of us in the East, have little understanding of the impact and destruction caused by wildfires. Our first exposure came near Cody, Wyoming; outside Yellowstone National Park. As we traveled further, different fires 🔥 caused haze and difficult air conditions; Seattle had an ever present haze, from fires to the North, in Canada and breathing was difficult for me around Crater Lake in Oregon. These fires are far from rare occurrences in the West. Even now, a wildfire East of Los Angeles, may require a change in our travel next week.

We spent a terrific week and more, outside Portland, Oregon! Oregon City is accepted as the terminus of the Oregon Trail; it was there that we viewed the Eclipse (99%!) and toured the grounds.

We also celebrated my birthday with an evening of Irving Berlin music; featuring our talented friend, Meredith Kaye Clark. Such a rich voice; thanks to Sharon & Meredith!!!

And, of course, our Hedi flew in from Germany! Indeed; I am richly blessed! Thanks to all!!!

TAKING A BREAK

There are times, when you simply need to change your routine and take a break. We reached one of those times recently, traveling/sight seeing can be stressful, even when one is “living the dream!

Henley’s Silver Lake Resort, near Eatonville, Washington, fit the bill. Rural, lake view; these are the best descriptors of this site. Only a few spots for full hookup, no cable, fuzzy over air reception, and inconsistent phone. Just what we needed! Plus, we were in the shadow of Mount Reiner!

Boating, fishing, and coyote howling, provided restful nights. Repair services 15 miles away, gave us a chance to fix the lights on our tow trailer.

Refreshed and renewed, we are ready to head South to Oregon!

SMOKED; our adventure skirts wildfires.

This summer's tragic reality, in the American Northwest, is wildfire. Seattle is approaching 55 straight days without measurable rain, while the rest of Washington is dry and fearing thunderstorms with lightening strikes that may ignite the tinder-dry environment and cause more fires than currently burn.

Traveling through Western Montana, parts of route 90 were smokey, but we saw no flames. Idaho was more clear, but entering Washington state, we became aware of smoke from British Columbia fires, blown South. Each evening, Seattle TV meteorologists update their reports with air quality and images of haze.

Our travels have not been heavily impacted by these conditions, not that that is a primary consideration for tourism. What is tragic, is the tremendous loss of natural resources and local economy. Even more, there is report of a firefighter losing his life.