On Friday August 26 we reentered the US at Sumas,
Washington. We arrived early next day at the dealer for the first service of
the motorhome at 20,000 miles. Everything checked out well. They even did a much
needed wash of the vehicle.
Crossing Puget Sound on the ferry from Edmonds to Kingston
and still traveling west, we arrived in Sequim at the home of friends Pat and
Dick Gritman. Pat and Dick moved to Washington 18 years ago from New Jersey
where they were hikers in the Interstate Hiking Club. Pat had been president
for two years. They also have traveled with us in Africa, South America and Europe most recently on the Tour du
Mont Blanc. Their home is in a cozy, forest oasis located between the Strait of
Juan de Fuca and Olympic National Park.
Sequim is half way between Port Townsend and Port Angeles,
each of which have very interesting Row by Row quilt shops plus a brewery in
Port Townsend. To bad that their herb infused beer was unimpressive.
Hiking Hurricane Ridge and Mountain in Olympic National Park
with PatWe hiked this same ridge and mountain in 1982.
Spruce Railroad Trail through a tunnel with Pat and Dick
Cape Alava and Sandy Point
west side of Olympic National Park along the Pacific Ocean is rainforest. At
the end of Hoko-Ozette Road is a campground and coastal trail head at Lake
Ozette, our home for two nights before returning to Sequim.
fauna (and a black bear - sorry, no picture) Fellow TravelersWe
have met some very friendly locals and very interesting fellow travelers. One
of the most interesting has been a family from Switzerland, parents and two
adult children traveling in a motorhome which they shipped from Hamburg to
Baltimore for this trip. We met them in an RV park just north of Seattle. At
that point they had driven 30,000 miles in a somewhat circuitous arc of the eastern,
southern and western US. They were crossing into Canada the next day for a
several days before continuing across the northern US states. They eagerly
purchased our remaining Canadian dollars. They would return to Europe sometime
in October from Halifax, Nova Scotia close to the time that their six month
visa expired. We discussed the idea of shipping a motorhome from the US to
Europe for an extended tour throughout Europe. Very exciting possible future
venture….Return to Alaska trip
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