Saturday, March 23, 2013

Surf's Up!

The water heater on Plain Jane was an easy fix...well, for me because my hubby took care of that. LOL. He cleaned out the vent pipe that goes through the roof and it had a big nest of some sort in it. Old...because I haven't seen any signs of mice or birds in the trailer. He also took the components out of the element and cleaned them up. It's working perfectly now. No money those kinds of repairs! Hot water in no time flat.

Daisy is rallying this week. she is out exploring right now after her weekly bath. I've upped her protein intake on food. That's all i can think of that is helping. More real meat (cooked) and less dog food. Plus my daughter has been out spending lots of time with her and Daisy loves the company while we're at work during the day.

Okay, so onto one of the highlights of our trip--surfers in Westport, WA. We pulled into a state park (can't remember the name right now) outside of Westport to have a picnic lunch while we were out exploring. First off, the parking lot was completely full and yet not that many people around. Almost turned back out to leave but I told hubby I was starving (this danged diet!) and I wanted to eat before we went trekking anywhere else. Must be a great hike somewhere I am thinking....but soon I am noticing all of these black suited (as in dry suits) people with funny dry-suit shoes and gloves on, just their faces showing. It felt like we had entered another world. Almost everyone looked the same. We found a parking space after a couple of rounds through the parking lot and ate our lunch while we watched these guys donning and undonning these suits, waxing their boards and listened to them talk about the waves, etc. Lots of pot-smoking going on. We began noticing that every single board had a camera on the very front. Hubby asked one of them what that was for and the reply was "vanity" and "my girlfriend likes to see my legs." Ha! We followed a couple of guys up and over a hill and found THIS! In the fog and very cold, brisk March THIS is where all of the passengers to all of the vehicles were. People were there with high-power lens cameras taking cool shots but I had my little Canon digital and it was foggy so here's the best I got. If you look close, you can see some guys wayyyyy out there. They look like they are walking on the water from the distance. This was really a cool discovery. I never knew surfing was such a big deal here in Washington.

Next time I'll show you my shots of sand patterns from the surf. I had lots of fun taking photos this trip.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Trip to Grayland, WA in the TravelEZE

Anniversary time rolled around this year and we chose to take my little travel trailer to the ocean. We booked a reservation at Grayland State Park on the Washington coast. The park was very nice with electric and water hookups, bathrooms, showers and pretty private campsites compared to many RV parks and campgrounds. Hubby is an outdoorsy guy who likes wilderness camping in a tent but it's too cold for that this time of year so instead of our usual hotel, we got Plain Jane ready to go. I had never used the hot water heater before, nor the heater, so we decided to test it out on the fly when we got there. We unwrapped her from her winter cocoon and went to flush out the water system of the anti-freeze and first thing...the water line under the sink was split and sprayed water all over. Clean-up ensued and a re-plumbing job. All fixed.

Got to the campground and started playing around with the heater and it fired up and worked great. The hot water heater was another matter. The flames were coming out of the orifice and up the side and scared us both. It would need a good cleaning and maybe a couple of parts. I'm thinking it might need more. So, no showers were taken in the trailer but the campground had very nice showers available. We had our own path to the beach.

It was clamming season. We will go back next year to clam and fish for crabs. We watched folks doing this from the docks in Westport. This is a beach that you can drive on which is pretty fun. There aren't too many of those left anymore.

The fun part of the trip was there was a yarn store right in little old Grayland! It was well-stocked and the owner, "Buhl" (spelling...sounds like bew-el) was a very nice lady with a cute little sidekick pup who didn't like hubby very much at first until he sat on the floor and played ball with her while I looked around.
It was a great long weekend even with the few glitches with the trailer. Repairs will soon be underway to update the water heater system and I think we should replace the holding tanks too. 

Little Daisy went with us on the trip. She is not feeling well lately. She has end-stage Cushing's disease and we thought we should take her on one last trip since she's been on so many with us..bittersweet for sure. She didn't do as well traveling as in the past. Her stamina for beach walking and hiking was just not there but the upside is that she was happy to cuddle up in her bed in the trailer or the truck while we drove around one day exploring places around. 

It's almost lambing time around here. I have more to post about....lots of fun photos from this trip that I will share and a new Baa'dgirl baa'g fresh out of the studio for all of my knitting and crocheting friends. Here's a sneak peek. They are $15 and are available through our website very soon. We had a contest on Facebook and the name that got the most votes was the All Ewe Need Baa'g....and here is one fabric...more to come!

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