Retirement is great. We bought a travel trailer and are exploring National Parks. (Actually, we bought one and sold it and bought a second one better suited to us. It happens...) And I have time to do some woodworking projects and things around the house. And now I have gotten interested in ham radio so there goes any free time.
We decided to go to Oregon to see the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. We made state park campground reservations 9 months before the day. The sites went on sale at 12:01 am and by 1 am, all sites were booked.
After spending a few days at the north side of the park, we moved around to camp at Kalaloch campground, a really nice campground on the bluff above the Pacific Ocean near the southwest corner of the park. We didn't know what to expect as it was a national park campground, which are always nice, but we had been camping in parks with hookups.
In July, 2017, we took a trip to Washington's Olympic National Park and surrounding lands. We first spent a few days visiting some of our many relatives and friends who live in the Seattle area. How did so many end up there?
In July, we took a trip to the Washington Olympic Peninsula. At the start of the trip, we went to Astoria, OR, and stayed at Fort Stevens State Park. We recommend all Oregon state parks as we have yet to be disappointed by them. They have all been great.
We visited Lewis and Clark National Historic Site, where the Lewis and Clark expedition stayed for the winter on their trip to explore the Louisiana Purchase. We learned a lot about Lewis and Clark and their journey. If you like historical places, you will like this park.
While were so close to Monterey on our California coast trip, we decided to take a day and go to Monterey to see the fabulous Monterey Bay Aquarium. We have been to many aquariums (aquaria?) but none is better than this one.
From Morro Bay, we went to Fruitdale, and stayed at a KOA which positioned us to go easily to Monterey, Pinnacles, and home. The KOA was like a lot of RV Parks, mostly pads for trailers with little greenery or separation from your neighbors. This park was almost all paved with what seemed like a lot of permanent or at least long term campers. It seems that there are more and more long term campers in RV Parks.
After being in Pismo Beach, which was rather disappointing, we went to Morro Bay and had a great time there. This first photo is Morro Rock, 578 feet high, from the top of Black Hill, 661 feet high. We all know that Morro Rock is at the mouth of the Morro Bay harbor and is one big rock sticking out of the water at the shoreline. It is actually one of a set of volcanic peaks that remain after erosion has done its thing in this area.