|Maggie when we visited the Seattle Space Needle in 1997|
The first day we went to find her apartment in Fremont, we had to park a block away. We couldn't believe the parking situation on her street! We had three large boxes of her sh.., I mean stuff that we hauled from Michigan. Dick had the job of carrying the boxes from a block away and then up to her third floor apartment, but he was just happy to have the backseat of our car back.
It was great seeing where she lives, and visiting with her roommates. She showed us around the Fremont area and the Atlas Vintage Clothing store where she works.
We visited the Fremont troll and had lunch by the statue of Lenin.
The second day we drove into Seattle and celebrated Dick's and Maggie's birthdays by taking the bus to the Space Needle and having lunch at the Sky City Restaurant.
We stayed seven days hoping to see Maggie at least four of those days but she was busy working, pet/house sitting and taking a graphic arts class at Pratt Institute. We took whatever time we could get and ended up with two days. It's better than none.
From there we headed for Mt. Ranier National Park and stayed just long enough to see this magnificent mountain and do a couple hikes.
|Grove of the Patriarchs among thousand year old Douglas Firs and Western Red Cedar|
We looked at the weather over the next few days and saw a window of opportunity for Dick to hike the Three Sister's Wilderness area. He'd always heard it's the most spectacular part of the Pacific Crest Trail. We found a campground in the little town of Sisters where I would stay while Dick was on his three day hike. It was the perfect place. I rode my bike everywhere. I never moved the car until I had to go pick him up at McKenzie Pass.
Dick loved the three days of hiking in the Sister's Wilderness. This is a photo he took of a lady he met on the trail. She enjoys backpacking but could no longer carry the weight of a heavy pack so she hikes with her three goats. When she moved off to the side of the trail to let Dick pass, all three well-trained goats lined up right behind her.
Our next stop would be Westfir, Oregon where Traverse City friends had been house and dog sitting for a couple of weeks for a friend who was in Hawaii. They invited us to visit, luring us with free camping and dinner. We couldn't pass it up. We have a standing joke between us. They say we're "CHEAP." It may have started when Dick told them that he refills an expensive wine bottle with his cheap box wine. Or because we like to find free or almost free camping etc...
|As we approached the driveway we knew we were in the right place when we saw this sign.|
|Hiking with our friends, Dean and Diane Tobias (and Maggie)|
|Cocktail hour down by the Willamette River|
|The sunrise reflection on a cloud above our campground at Lava Beds.|
|We took an early morning drive through the Tule Wildlife Refuge located just outside of Lava Beds|
We heard from Dean and Diane again. They were headed for Lassen National Park and we were going to be there at the same time. We spent a couple days together visiting that area.
|We hiked around Burney Falls. One of the most beautiful falls I've ever seen.|
|Then we spent the day touring and hiking at Lassen Volcanic National Park|
|The geothermal region of Bumpass Hell|
We couldn't believe it!! A flying RV!