WA: Sprague – 03/20/2017 – 03/23/2017

Parking: Fishtrap BLM land
Rating: 10

Sprague, WA
Fishtrap – solid parking

Fishtrap was the first place we boondocked when we started full-timing, and it’s still one of my favorite places. The last time we were here was over Memorial Day weekend. We had been planning on going to Moses Lake at the time, but it was an absolute zoo there. Fishtrap, however, was nearly empty and peaceful.

Since our last visit, the BLM folk put in a bunch of gravel at the campsite where we stayed (and added a nice, new pit toilet). We drove the exact same path as we had before, and that turned out to be a very good plan, because the guy that put the gravel down did not know anything about drainage and just dumped the gravel down. Part of the camping area was a bit swampy last time we were there, and since then, NE Washington has had a crazy amount of rain. When the BLM guy drove through the site on his rounds, he got stuck in the gravel – majorly stuck. I know he was very embarrassed to have it happen in front of an audience (we got our rig stuck in Florida, so I know the feeling), and he rejected our attempts to help him – we still had the boards we used to get ourselves unstuck. He called in a coworker, and they tried several ways of trying to drag his truck out, but none of that worked. Eventually, the BLM guy found a private backhoe, and, after much maneuvering, the operator was able to pull the truck out. At one point, the operator hollered, “I sure hope no one gets any pictures of this,” but I gleefully hollered out from the loft of the RV, “TOO LATE!”

Sprague, WA
First attempt – drag with pick-up
Sprague, WA
Second attempt – drag with backhoe
Sprague, WA
Third attempt – lift with backhoe
Sprague, WA
No wonder the truck sunk – no drainage

WA: Monroe – 03/17/2017 – 03/20/2017

Parking: Evergreen State Fairgrounds
Rating: 5

Before heading out to Eastern Washington, we had a few more errands to do, so once again, we stayed in Monroe.

It is very bizarre being so close to our former home. One of our tasks took up about a block from the house. I wanted to stop by and have one last look at it, but I also didn’t want to be weird and creepy. Maybe if we had been in a less conspicuous vehicle, we would have done a drive-by, but since the whole neighborhood knows the rig and it’s impossible to be subtle, we ended up not going by.

The other sad part of our stay was the our favorite waiter (Billy at the Wallace Falls Cafe) had moved on to Seattle. I guess you can’t go Home again.

WA: Sequim – 02/17/2017 – 03/17/2017

Parking: John Wayne Waterfront Resort
Rating: 10

Sequim, WA
Sequim Bay

When we were living in Washington, I knew of Sequim, but I didn’t really know about Sequim. If I had, I would have bought property years ago. It’s in the rain shadow, and when the rest of Western Washington is cloudy and rainy, Sequim is bright and sunny. It’s interesting because only a few miles away, the rainfall doubles. Another few miles away, and the rainfall doubles again. A few more miles away and the rainfall is over 180 inches per year.

Sequim is mostly made up of older, retired folk, so it’s a slower-paced town. The views are spectacular, and there is a Rails-to-trails bike path that goes from Port Townsend, across the northern part of the peninsula, and will eventually go all the way to the coast.

John Wayne used to visit Sequim, and his heirs run the resort. They have set up a mini-museum in the RV park office with all kinds of memorabilia from his life and films. Though I am not generally a fan of private RV parks because of the sardine nature of the sites, the guests (at least the winter-time guests) were quiet and respectful, so it wasn’t too bad.

One of the questions that we are asked as we tour the country is “what has been your favorite state?” We keep answering “Washington” because of its beauty and variety. Although we have enjoyed travelling, we have been missing being able to spread out to build something. Both of those reasons combined with the desire to be able to sometimes leave the boat behind and to have a better zip code for health insurance made us realize that we want to have a Homebase. We want it to be somewhere in Washington where it’s not too wet, so the Sequim area seemed pretty ideal. We spent a lot of time walking, biking, and motorcycling to all kinds of lots in the area – raw land, houses that needed work, sites on the water, sites in the woods, ex-meth-lab lots, etc., but we could not find the right property. Sequim is a fairly hot market, and with the numbers of folk retiring to it from all over the country, it has just gotten a little ridiculous. Plus they have some serious nut-jobs working at the city. There was one lovely lot – 100 year old farmhouse, 3 acres, right on the bike trail – that we would have taken, but the city had zoned it High Tech Commercial though it is in a residential area. We talked to the city about the zoning, and they think they are going to get a software company to build there. They are smoking crack. No software company is going to be successful recruiting young talent into a town that is essentially a retirement community.

The rest of the Olympic Peninsula is too wet for us, so it’s off to Eastern Washington to try our luck there.

Sequim, WA
Sequim Bay
Sequim, WA
John Wayne Resort
Sequim, WA
Eidolon gets left behind