WA: Wandering – 07/12/2017 – 07/18/2017

Parking: Quality Inn in Mt. Vernon
Rating: 9

Parking: Curley’s Resort in Sekiu
Rating: 6

Parking: Ramada Inn in Olympia
Rating: 10+

Parking: Comfort Inn in Bellingham
Rating: 10

Parking: Oxford Suites in Bellingham
Rating: 10++

Being ridiculously hot in NE WA, we decided to go back west, pick up the sailboat from its parking spot overlooking Sequim Bay, and do a little sailing.

We went across Hwy 20 since Hwy 2 was being repaved and we’ve never been on Hwy 20 between Republic and Winthrop, but it turned out that part of it had been washed out, so we ended up making a detour that was longer than if we had just taken Hwy 2 from the start. After over-nighting in Mt. Vernon, we headed to Sequim to pick up the boat. We had been worried about leaving her since she was parked in the trailer section of John Wayne Resort next to the tent campers, but she was fine other than having one partially deflated tire. We hooked her and started a driving tour of the Oly Pen. The clear-cutting of the forest that goes on there makes me appreciate the selective culling that the loggers do in NE WA.

We drove all the way out to Neah Bay, but we did not know we had to pick up a parking pass in town, so we ended up not going out to the point. It seems we often do the type of sight-seeing my family did as a child (i.e., drive up to somewhere but not actually go in) that I swore I would not do as an adult.

The northern coast of the Oly Pen along the Strait of Juan de Fuca is sparsely populated and not really good for tourist sailing, so the poor boat ended up getting dragged past more bodies of water without getting wet.

After rounding Olympia and heading back north, I was reminded of why I don’t much like the Seattle/Tacoma/Everett area of the state when we were stuck in some ridiculous traffic, but at least Bellingham was a nice place to prepare for our sail.

Mazama, WA
Hwy 20
Mazama, WA
Hwy 20
Mazama, WA
Hwy 20
Sekiu, WA
Sekiu
Sekiu, WA
Sekiu
Sekiu, WA
Sekiu
Olympic Pen, WA
Hwy 101 – Pacific Coast

WA: Homebase – 04/26/2017 – 07/12/2017

Homebase, WA
Depodded

Having the excavator made short work of the driveway, so we were able to get to our “permanent” site and depod again. Eventually, we’ll either gravel or concrete the site, so it’s easier to depod and repod, but for now, we’re just making due with a dirt base.

Since we don’t have a well, we have to haul water in. Keeping the water tanks covered is best so that things don’t grow in the tanks, so we needed a shed. As usual, we build rather than buy because we want something seriously sturdy. Unfortunately, we are also slow and lazy, and as Eastern Washington got hotter, we got slower and lazier, but we did eventually get it chipmunk-proof (it still needs trim, but that’s purely decorative).

We are totally off-grid here. During the day, we have enough solar to run the air conditioning, but in the evening we have to crank the generator for a couple of hours since it has been getting over 100 degrees, and neither of us can stand the heat anymore. We’ll be getting some extra batteries and another solar panel, so hopefully we can reduce the generator time to near zero although the plan in the future is to not be here in the summer.

As mentioned, we haul water in (the large tank stays in the shed, and we use the small tank to fetch water from town in the pick-up. Town also has a wastewater dump station and a garbage transfer station.

Homebase, WA
Building trusses
Homebase, WA
Framing
Homebase, WA
Depodded
Homebase, WA
Depodded
Homebase, WA
Shed
Homebase, WA
Water tanks