Sunday, December 26, 2010

From Edmonds, WA to Newport, WA

We have had two good days of traveling and also some visiting.  I will share our trip with pictures and a few comments.
My Christmas Cactus opened another bloom.  There are three more buds yet to open.  A note about this plant.  It started with a cutting from a friend who got her cutting from Ron's Grandma Workentin in the mid '70's.  I think it is pretty cool to have a plant that came from Ron's Grandma.

Santa Clause Ron on Christmas morning. 

Wanting a picture of us together on Christmas Day I used the window of the Jeep as a mirror.  It is fuzzy but it works.
Heading out on I5 - lots of rain.

First stop was in the parking lot of this little restaurant.  The signs on the right of the building say "Good Friends and Good Times."  They were not open but it looked like the kind of cafe we would like to eat at.  Maybe another time.


Climbing the summit at Snoqualmie.  The motor home stayed at a steady 35 mph. 

Lots of snow on the side of the road, but the roads were bare and sometimes it rained a little.


And the sun came out at times.  The snow sure looked pretty.  I was so glad it was only on the side of the road.
The weather cleared up once we were on the east side of Snoqualmie Pass.  We stopped in Ellensburg for a couple of hours to meet up with Rosalie & Rick Sasaki.  Rosalie and Ron went to school together in Blaine.  We had a delightful lunch of ham sandwiches and nachos with cups of hot coffee.  It was fun to catch up and here about their family and share what our family members are busy doing.

Clear skies from Ellensburg to Moses Lake.

This was in Moses Lake where we stopped for the night.  Lots of pretty snow on the ground but none on the roads.
Time for our Christmas Dinner.  It was fun to listen as other customers walked past our table and said things like "Look Santa & Mrs. Claus."  It was a relaxing meal but definitely not the same as sharing Christmas Dinner with our family or friends. 
 While we were in Moses Lake we contacted Ron's Uncle John & Aunt Ione along with cousin Hans.  We made plans to visit with them this morning for a couple of hours.  Since Aunt Ione lost the hearing in her left ear they don't attend church.  It sounds like a dull roar when she is in a place with lots of people.  So we visited with them till about noon when we got on the road to head to Newport.
Leaving Moses Lake about noon today.  It was cloudy with a hint of blue skies.

Cold, clear skies but great driving weather.

And then it started to rain.

Lots of snow on the side of the roads, some rain/snow mixed while driving.

This is the office at Old American Campground in Newport, WA.  It is a K & M Resort so we can stay here for free.

The playground at Old American.  I am sure it is busy in the summertime but not today.
 
Ron heading back to the motor home after getting us checked in.  Lots of snow on the ground.  Glad we have electrical hookups so we can use our little heater.  It is supposed to be down into the 20's tonight.

Ron heading towards our campsite.  Ron told me to stay way back with the Jeep so he could back up and get a straight shot into the camp spot.

And here we are parked for the night.  Ron got the motor home level and plugged in.
We are all settled in for the night here at Newport.  Tomorrow we are going to go to the little Mennonite Church on the other side of Newport.  It is where his grandpa is buried.  Grandpa Workentin died when Ron's dad was only 14 years old.  Pete & Uncle George became the breadwinners for the family.  It is interesting to hear how Pete & Uncle George worked in the logging camps to make sure the family was able to stay together.  Ron has always been a hard worker and great provider for our little family.  He came by his work ethics from having such loving and caring parents and grandparents.

That's all for now.  Hope everyone has had a great day!