There are not a lot of choices to stay in close proximity to Seattle, and nearly all of them were booked through Labor Day. I reached out to a local-turned-full-timer, Linda Davies, for help in finding a good spot for us to spend two weeks.
Linda had mentioned "climbing stairs to plug in" so I was interested to see these sites. Apparently the park floods every year and the elevated electrical boxes solve an obvious problem.
|Solving the flooding problem|
One of our very favorite TV shows is Treehouse Masters on Animal Planet. The show's host is Pete Nelson who also owns Treehouse Point in Fall City. We had hoped to take a tour but they were booked until mid-September, and the entrance is gated with privacy signs.
When I contacted a local massage therapist for an appointment she gave me two choices for location, and one of them was Treehouse Point! Serendipity indeed.
While I only saw one of the treehouses, it was still fun to be "there". It is a beautiful location, very natural, all about the trees. And yes, the massage was wonderful.
With the campground situated at the convergence of the Snoqualmie and Raging rivers I was hoping it would be a good fishing spot as well having decent access to the city.
Bill was able to get out in the river a few times (while I slept in), and caught his first "fish on a fly". Yay! So sweet to have easy access at last :-)
We took several day trips to the neighboring towns, surprised to see how big a few of them are. North Bend, Carnation, Issaquah, Sammamish, Fall City - it's hard to get "used to" the blend of rural and urban in this area. Finding a Home Depot and Best Buy among the tall trees and green meadows is definitely different for a couple from SoCal. We love it.
For the first time since our launch we've spent a few lazy days in the campground. Riding the trikes and getting Tessa familiar with her trailer, getting our Direct TV set up (football!), reading, taking naps.....it's been pretty sweet along the river.
I did find the nicest Laundromat I've ever seen in the little town of Carnation, a few miles from the campground.
|They should all look like this|
And we met our first RVillage folks here. Allison and Tom are a wonderful couple who return to the area for two months each summer, having lived here before going fulltime with their little dog Bode. We visited for a while one morning while Tessa and Bode had a grand time chasing each other around their site. Like us, they have already made plans to enjoy "being in the shadow" of the full solar eclipse in 2017, and it was great fun to talk to someone else who even knows about it! No, I didn't remember to get a picture :-(
In addition to being Jeff's home and having an airport, Seattle also has something on our bucket list.
As we travel the country we plan to visit every NFL stadium, and the Seahawks' Century Link Field was our first stop!
|Standing on the field|
|Signed by all the season ticket holders and taken to the Super Bowl, now just outside the locker room|
|Instant Replay Booth - couldn't believe the security restrictions applied to this piece of the game|
|Tour-mates where the TV broadcasters announce the games|
|Just six figures a year for this largest suite|
|Big and bright|
|I really liked this display from all the high schools in Washington|
|Standing below the "12th Man" flag pole|
Several weeks ago everything was completed for Tessa's service dog certification. She has been in a few restaurants and stores, but this was her first tour. She was a champ, no problem at all.
After the tour we picked Jeff up and headed back to the campground so we could make the quick trip to the airport on Saturday morning.
Visiting the new grandson deserves its own post :-)