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Old 07-09-2012, 06:10 PM   #3346
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Glad your back in the area and hope your friend enjoys the Pacific Northwest! When your visiting Whidbey look across the passage and if you see some ID10T on Camano it could be me.
Glad to see you posting again, I was going though some Radioman adventure withdrawals.
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Old 07-09-2012, 06:47 PM   #3347
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Great to be back in Portland. Catching up with friends over the weekend, and now taking my friend on a tour around the area. Mt saint Helen's, mt Rainer, Boeing tour and some time on Whidbey island!
I do hope that tour includes a Thursday night meetup... maybe at Rock Creek Tavern?
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Old 07-09-2012, 10:46 PM   #3348
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Mark, isn't it great showing off the PNW? Skip and I are coming up (flying the RV6) Wed. I can't wait to show him some of my favorite old haunts. San Juan Islands, Maybe a quick trip over to Chelan etc. Beautiful place the NW. Here's to great WX.
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Old 07-09-2012, 10:59 PM   #3349
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Hey Mark, glad you are in the states for a bit. I know you will be headed back south soon, I will be up in the PNW 8-14 thru 8-17. We will be staying on the coast @ Kalaloch Campgrounds right on the beach, then I drop the Mrs off at the airport and she flies back. Then I go on north to Newhalem and camp there for the nite. I will work my way back down to Texas through Yellowstone. Just wanted to let you know I have enjoyed your travels greatly.
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We'll be camped at the Kalaloch South Beach campground 8/6-9. It's a favorite family location. Now back to more stories related to the +1.
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Old 07-10-2012, 01:46 AM   #3350
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Great to be back in Portland. Catching up with friends over the weekend, and now taking my friend on a tour around the area. Mt saint Helen's, mt Rainer, Boeing tour and some time on Whidbey island!
Awesome, I was just there yesterday! Beautiful country. I was sad the 99 was still closed due to snow though.

Glad to hear you made it back safe!
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Old 07-11-2012, 10:44 AM   #3351
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When your visiting Whidbey look across the passage and if you see some ID10T on Camano it could be me.
Will look over from Langley later today
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Old 07-11-2012, 10:46 AM   #3352
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I do hope that tour includes a Thursday night meetup... maybe at Rock Creek Tavern?
We were not in Portland but over the weekend.... Will have to save this for another time. But I will be back in PDX and will make a meet up, just not sure when yet.
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Old 07-11-2012, 11:12 AM   #3353
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Back for a visit in PNW

Left my phone in the sun.... Yikes



But it cooled down and works fine.

Back in the NW and enjoying being home. Giving my friend a tour of the area as we are now up in Washington on Whidbey Island :)

Started out with a drive up around Mt Saint Helens....



But unfortunately the Windy Ridge road was closed

So we explored around the National park, saw some cool waterfalls.





Even saw some snow.....



Water was really cold.... But she wanted to wade in and give it a try.



Clear and cold!!



Then took the drive up to Paradise..... Mt Rainer was beautiful!!



On the drive, taking in the freedom of speech along the way.



And some more of nature!





Working our way closer to the mountain!



Fun making a tiny snowman :loll



Enjoying the mountain at Paradise area.



Loving being back in the mountains



Stayed at Paradise lodge.





Beautiful area.....



Wake up to a sunny morning on the mountain (was snowing last week here !!)



Then around the mountain to Sunrise



Always taking photos....



Mount Rainer from Sunrise.



More snow



It is amazing touring around your hometown state. Incredible place to grow up!



After a drive through the parks, it is time to get up to Whidbey Island. Staying up here for a few days.

Stopped for a great lunch on Lake Union.




Mukilteo Ferry......





My GS is in the shop for a final drive seal and to rebuild the rear shock Blew it out on my ride down to California. My car is in the shop for new struts and an oil leak

yikes being home has all the realities of the costs of life. Feels very different from being on they road. More Later!
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Old 07-11-2012, 01:19 PM   #3354
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Great photos of the beautiful PNW with mountain beauty that rivals anywhere else in the world...right in your own backyard. Totally envious
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Old 07-12-2012, 08:41 AM   #3355
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Whidbey Island July 11-13, 2012

It really is amazing to be back in the areas I grew up. Spent summers with my family on the southern tip of Whidbey Island. I have many great family memories of time spent here. Sand, water and the simpler days spent swimming, clamming, crabbing, building sand castles etc!!

Of course there is also sadness at the loss of my parents and grandparents over my lifetime that also comes back as I am surrounded by life here. We spread the ashes of both my parents out in the waters of Cultus Bay in front of our summer home. Their final resting place of their lives that ended too soon for any of us!

But taking time to slow down and enjoy the flowers!





and having a cup of coffee



Spent some time wandering around the town of Langley. The economy has taken a toll on the businesses in town as many available for lease signs up, making the main street a bit sad. But other shops seem to be doing ok. Had a great conversation with the owner of the Glass blowing shop.



Loved the rocket ship out front with glass flames....



Having some Lunch in town



Views out over Camano Island, and Cascade Mountains...





And then watching sunset over the Puget sound and Olympic mountains from the beach in front of our house



Irony of warning signs..... Cannot come down here and not walk the length of the bulkhead like I have been doing for the last 50 years....

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Old 07-12-2012, 11:29 AM   #3356
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Irony of warning signs..... Cannot come down here and not walk the length of the bulkhead like I have been doing for the last 50 years....

Says it all. Damned bikers have no regard for the law or his own safety!



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Old 07-12-2012, 11:45 AM   #3357
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Hi Mark!
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Old 07-12-2012, 07:16 PM   #3358
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Hi Mark!
Hello John and Lisa Nicky
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Old 07-12-2012, 08:47 PM   #3359
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Old 07-15-2012, 09:23 AM   #3360
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As usual, Mark, your photos are great and I love reading about your travels... Looking forward to seeing what you do next ....
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