Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Back in Woodland, WA

Hi everyone!

We are back in Woodland, Washington this week!  We came here because we have an appointment on Thursday and Friday to have the new AutoMotion Shades installed in the RV that we ordered last month!

We are so excited to get the new shades!  We are like kids in a candy store.  Silly how something that seems so minor can make such a difference in quality of life.  I can’t wait!  It will be so nice to be able to just lift slightly and have the shades extend or retract instead of fighting with the accordion blinds that we have now.  Not to mention that it will be really nice to actually have a dark room to sleep in.  When the sun rises, the light really shines through the accordion blinds even though we have the day/night ones.  Also, at some RV parks, such as the one where we are at now, the street lights are so bright it is like daylight shining in the window.  These new shades will make it pitch black in the room – a true luxury! 

When we are in Woodland, we always stay at Columbia Riverfront RV Park.  It is a beautiful park on the banks of the Columbia River.  It is located about 20 minutes north of Vancouver, WA/Portland, OR area.  It has a private beach for fishing and campfires.  It is extremely quiet here and the smell of the water is intoxicating. 

However, there are a few things that make this park somewhat of a downer.  First of all, the owners are somewhat rude and truly need to take some customer service training!  They also have some very nit picky rules that are somewhat off putting.  Second, you have to give them your Good Sam discount card before you even say your name at check in or they will not give you the discount.  I asked for my discount but the owner rang up my credit card within 10 seconds of me saying my name and she denied my discount.  I reported this to the Good Sam representatives, whom we happen to know personally, and they stated that this was against Good Sam rules.  They are required to give you the discount if you ask for it and show your valid card.

Also, they water from 8 am to 11 pm every day.  The grass is constantly wet so it gets the dogs feet and yours soaked.  Also, if you sit on the grass in a chair, be very prepared to jump at a moment’s notice because the sprinklers turn on and will soak you in an instant with no warning!

This is one of only two parks in the area.  The other park is a dump and I would never stay there.  This park is beautiful and worth the hassle of the rules and rude owners.

I would love to be able to wake up to this beautiful view everyday and I love the absolute silence!

Anyway, the girls love the large grassy field to run.  They have so much room it would be really great if they would install a dog park.  As it is now, dogs are not allowed off leash so even though there is this wonderful field of green grass (which is always wet, remember), they can’t truly enjoy it. 

I love sitting here watching boats small and large go by.  Ships pass by here on their way to the Vancouver/Portland area so every kind of boat and ship cruise by.

We are going to enjoy our 3 days here.  On Thursday morning, we pack up and go to Dave and LJ’s for the 2 day install.  We will park in their lot overnight Thursday and boondock so they can finish the project on Friday.  The reason it is a two day project is because they have to take the old TV box above the dash down and cut off about an inch so that they shades can extend unimpeded, otherwise they could do it in one day.

When we get back to Seattle, I will take pictures and show you the new shades!  Can’t wait to show them off!

Until then!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Weekly Update - Caleb and the Seahawks!

Hi everyone!

Hope everyone has had a wonderful week! 

For once, we finally had a quiet week.  No major happenings going on with us or the RV!  Wahoo!  Feels good for a change.

Fall is beginning to settle in here in Seattle.  The leaves are beginning to change and the air is cool at night.  Even on our warm days, the highs are only in the mid 80’s.  This upcoming week, we are expecting highs in the 60’s and increasing chances of rain.

We don’t mind the rain though!  We actually quite like it!  Yes, it means we have lots of wet fur baby feet to dry off every time we come in the door but other than that, we like the cool, wet weather.

The RV Park here is still very busy!  There are only a handful of RV parks near Seattle and only a few that are on the east side and an easy commute to Seattle to sight see so this park really doesn’t have a slow season.  Our summers book up 6 months in advance.  The winter season it is a little easier to get a smaller site but if you have a big RV, then you can never really take a chance without advance reservation.  During the summer, we were turning away over 1,000 people a week!!!  So if you ever want to come visit Seattle, please make advance reservations.  Trust me!!

Our little grandson Caleb is growing like a weed!  I haven’t seen him since last Christmas and Tex hasn’t seen him since he left Seattle over a year ago.  Caleb is now 14 ½ months old and a little stinker!  We will both get to see him when we fly to OKC in December for the birth of our youngest daughter’s first baby, a boy too!  We can’t wait!!

Here are a few of his 1 year old pictures.  A family friend that I have known for over 30 years took these.  Cindy Volpe with Memories and More Photography LLC located in Edmond, Oklahoma is amazing!  She also did our youngest daughter’s wedding and those pictures were fabulous as well.  If you are in the OKC area and need pics, I highly recommend Cindy!

A few days ago, they took Caleb to the OKC Zoo.   Caleb loves the zoo.  They have an annual pass so they go there quite often.

We FaceTime with Caleb several times a week and he loves talking on the phone and showing off for Nana and Papa.  It really helps to shorten the distance and stay a part of his life, even if we can’t be there.

So today is the start of the NFL Season!  Seattle loves their Seahawks and they are crazy about them all year long. But, boy, when the season starts, it gets to a frenzy level!   Everyone will be glued to the TV today to watch all the games. 

That is about it for us today. 


Until next time!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Rain and Wax

Howdy folks! 

Another day in Paradise!  We absolutely LOVE the PNW!  The weather here is absolutely amazing!

I don’t want to give away our little secret but it doesn’t rain that much in Seattle. It really does have a bad reputation in regards to the weather.  It actually rains more in NY and Boston than in Seattle.  I have no idea why people think rain and Seattle are synonymous. 

The rainy season is from October/November to April/May, depending on the year.  However, even during those months, it doesn’t rain all the time or even every day.  Yes, we do have days where it rains all day, but that is not every day.  Some days it will rain for a few hours and then it stops.  Some days it rains off and on throughout the day but most days we experience this wonderful mist that falls silently from the sky.  This mist is super fine, almost like a super small snowflake and it just floats from the sky. 

I love days when we have mist in the air.  It is so quiet and peaceful.  And I will take misty or rainy days over the harsh winters and hot summers elsewhere.  We were so tired of snow and ice and equally as tired of the hot summers of the South.  In Seattle, we have the best of both worlds.  We don’t have super cold winters with snow or ice and we don’t have super hot and humid summers.  This is why we love the PNW!

Now, onto this past week and our shenanigans……

Yesterday, Tex and I washed and waxed the RV.  Last year we paid someone to do it but we decided to do it ourselves this year.  It is so expensive in Seattle to have someone do it and since we need to have it done every year, we just decided to invest in a small buffer and do it ourselves from now on.  Even with buying the buffer, we still saved over $400.  And we didn’t save any time because we would have had to be home to supervise the job anyway so we just decided to put a little elbow grease in it and do it ourselves.  At least this way, we know it was done right.

Since we have never waxed the RV before (other than a wash and wax all in one), we weren’t sure what buffer or wax to use. 

Tex did quite a bit of research on different buffers.  There were some expensive ones he really liked but we couldn’t justify the crazy expense for something we would use once a year.  He finally settled on the Ryobi 18 Volt OnePlus Buffer because this buffer uses the same battery charger as his other power tools and we already had two extra batteries. 

Next, we needed to decide on what type of wax to use.  The guy who waxed the RV last year used a marine grade wax so we started doing some research.  We decided to use Meguiar’s  Premium Marine Wax.  It gets amazing reviews online as well as from fellow RVers.

We ended up loving both the buffer and the wax we chose.  The buffer was super easy to use and it was nice to be able to switch out the batteries when we needed to.  The wax went on smooth and gave a good, even coat.  It was also very easy to remove with a hand cloth.

The RV is now super shiny and the rain just beads up and falls off.  Perfect!

We highly recommend both the Ryobi 18 volt One Plus Buffer and Meguiar’s Premium Marine Wax.  You won’t be disappointed. 

One final note, we do not get anything from either company for recommending their products.  We are just happy customers and wanted to share what worked for us. 

Not sure what this week holds in store for us!  Guess we will find out!

Hope everyone has a safe Labor Day Weekend!

Love to all!

Until next time!