Thanks Linda. I've been reading about the fires online. Pretty sad, but pretty common this time of year. I don't think we'll run into any problems with fires. We are heading NW from here, hit I-40 in Memphis, head west from there until I-5 in CA, then home. Hoping we don't run into any tornadoes. :E
For all of you still following this thread, it's official, we're heading back to WA. Yes, we're giving up the hot and humid FL weather, not because it's hot and humid, but because I still don't have a job yet. We figured it would be nicer to be broke around family and friends. :B
We will be leaving here on Wednesday, 7/23 (4 days from now), and should arrive in Elma WA on 8/4 if all goes according to plan. 11 stops in 12 days, about 300 miles between most of the stops. Going to swing by the south rim of the Grand Canyon and hope the view is better than when we stopped on the north side several years ago.
I might have a job shortly after we get there. I've had a few good interviews with a company in Kirkland. The hiring manager is on vacation at the same time we're on our way back that way, so I'm hoping to hear good news shortly after our arrival. If not, back to job hunting. :)
I agree Linda. Wish there was a way we could all stay connected here in the forum.
Well, we might be heading back up to the NW. Depends on whether I find a job in the next few weeks. Been out of work for 3 months now. Laura wants to be home (Lynnwood) in August for daughter's baby shower and in October when baby is due. It would be cheaper to drive back than to fly her out a couple of times. If we do head back, we'll pull out of here on 7/23 (monthly rent is up then). But I'm hoping I find something before then. Time will tell.
Good to hear from you, and a belated Happy Birthday!
Glad to hear that you and Sue have managed to stay out of the hospital for awhile. Keep it up!
Has anyone figured out a way that we can all stay in touch with each other? It sure would be nice to just say hi every once and awhile.
Well, I tried digging up old contact info to no avail. Those that haven't posted lately I tried sending a PM, again with no luck.
So unless we hear from them by the end of January, we'll donate according to our original idea.
I have updated post #1 of this thread, so please read it. This rally is now an informal gathering with no wagon master and no planned activities. You're on your own to have fun and to meet and greet everyone else.
If you decide not to attend and are on the list in post #1, please let me and the park know so we can take you off the list and open up your site. If there is not enough interest in even an informal get together, we'll cancel our hold on the tee-pee room.
We're sorry to see it end this way. We were really looking forward to another great rally with some great friends. We'd love to hear from you anytime you'd like to drop us a note. You can PM me and I'll get an email about it. We have our blog you can follow if you'd like (dlgroesbeck.blogspot.com). And Laura is on Facebook (laura douglas grouesbeck). Personally, I never found the time to Facebook. :R
Until we meet again, take care.
David & Laura
Very true Dick. I saw a couple at Olive Garden once having dinner. They were both paying more attention to their Ipad's than each other. I wonder if they were texting each other because they sure weren't talking much. :B
Yes, even our rally has been shrinking the past few years. Many of the former participants seem to be enjoying retirement elsewhere and not in the NW (and that's fine). :C
I hope y'all had a safe and happy New Year's. Pretty quiet here at the park in Jacksonville, but I hear they had a good party going on downtown at The Landing (kind of the equivalent of Seattle Center).
Well, I hate to say this, but I think it's decision time. Time to decide it those of you that are left as being signed up for the rally still want to get together or not. Nobody has stepped forward to be the wagon master, so unless someone does or has a better idea, Laura and I will donate the useful supplies we have to a group (a church or school, Goodwill, etc) that can use them, and the left-over funds to a charity (maybe Northwest Harvest since we primarily used the funds for food anyway).
I'm sure many of you are as sad as Laura and I are to see things end this way, but who knows, maybe someone down the road will have a bright idea to have a NW rally and start up new friendships.
So, LAST CHANCE, what's it going to be? A friendly get together or something else? Silence means you don't care one way or another, and I'm sure that's not the case, so speak up!
If we can't come up with other plans, then I think we should just cancel the rally and donate as mentioned above.
Please let me know what you would like to do. Thanks!
David & Laura
We arrived back in the wet and cold NW last Saturday night, leaving sunning and 80+ degrees behind in Jacksonville. Feels more like Christmas around here though with the colder weather. :C It just doesn't feel right being outside in short sleeves in December. :R
We hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and safe travels to and from wherever you may be going for the holidays.
And even if you're not going anywhere, be careful (Bob and Sue especially!) :B
We're here in sunny but chilly Florida if you can believe that. My weather app on my phone this morning said it was 45 in Seattle while it was only 42 here. Go figure. I haven't been getting the email notifications about new posts. Must have lost it somehow. :R
I hear what you're saying and don't blame you. I had hoped someone would have stepped up by now to take our place. Only a very big miracle would get us back that way to do the rally, and I don't see that happening. But heck, you never know what's going to happen that far out. I sure didn't expect to be in FL right now. :R
Is anyone willing to step up to be the wagonmasters for the rally, or do you all just want to show up for a good weekend of camping with old friends? I'm sure either way you'll have a good time, but I'd sure like to know what we're going to do with all that stuff we have in storage. :B
Here's wishing all of our friends back in the NW a Happy Thanksgiving!
Someone here at the park organized a pot luck. The park provided the ham and turkey, and everyone else brought the usual to go with it. Of course I ate too much of a good thing. :E :R Oh well, it's only once a year. :C
The weather down here the past couple of weeks has been just like Seattle. A little rain, a little mist, a little wind and a little chilly. I think the past 3 or 4 days it has been warmer in Seattle in the morning than it has been here. It has warmed up during the day, but only into the upper 50's, low 60's.
We just moved from Seattle to Jacksonville FL. I planned out 400 mile days and we were on the road from 9am to at least 7pm, sometimes later depending on traffic and how many sopts we made. In the end, we decided that that was too long of a day because it seemed like we got up, maybe had breakfast before hitting the road, maybe a stop for lunch if we could find one, and maybe a late dinner when we got there. If we do it again, we'll be doing 300 mile days max.
Sorry to hear that. That is an odd one for sure...let you go then bring you back as a contractor. I hope you're getting paid more as a contractor though. :B
I know how you feel though. King County went to great lengths to get me to leave just so they could eliminate my position. That way, they didn't look like the bad guys that they really were. Oh well, I'm in not so sunny Florida now. :C
Yeah, it was warmer in Seattle than it was here this morning, and it still is at noon local time. Got to love the weather. :R :C
We finally put our heads and our notes together and put them on a blog where we'll post other stuff about our adventures on the east coast. If you want to read more details than what I posted earlier in this thread about our trip to FL, click here to read our blog. There is also a link in my signature. We posted daily notes as if we were posting daily while on the road, so you'd need to start reading at the end in order to start at the beginning of our trip, then start reading backwards. :B If that doesn't make sense, you'll figure it out. :B
It's supposed to get windy tonight and cold tomorrow night, around 40, but then warm back up by the weekend. Probably be warmer in Seattle than here in Jacksonville. :R
We're still hoping someone will step up to be the wagon masters for the rally. I know the rally isn't for another 6 months and most of the planning has already been done, but we still need to "pass the baton" (and all the supplies) to someone else.
BTW David - how is Florida this time of year ? ..Well, I opened the trailer door yesterday morning and thought I was back in Seattle, except for the temperature (about 65 instead of 45 :C). It was cloudy and in and out of drizzle on the way to work. Driving around here is interesting. Freeway speed limit is 65, so you think people would be cruising around 70, like they to south of Olympia. Nope. They're doing 75-80. I've been passed by 2 cops at different times doing about 75 while I'm around 70. Heck, if they're speeding, no wonder everyone else does. :R
We moved to Newport the day after Thanksgiving 1981, just after they had one of the worst November storms to date. When we drove into town, many of the business signs near the streets were blown out and debris was all over the place. You never know when a good storm will hit the coast, but fall and winter are probably the best time of year for a bad storm to hit.
Honeyman is a big park, and although not right on the ocean, it's close enough to get the brunt of any winter storm that hits the coast. It's a little protected, but not much. Cape Lookout is even worse, sticking out from the coast like it does. Let's hope for a calm winter along the coast. :C
First week of the new job has been pretty typical...not very productive...but next week should be better.
Went to Home Depot yesterday and picked up a battery bowered leaf blower to blow all the stuff off the roof from the trees around here. Was looking at the receipt this morning and discovered that the cashier didn't ring it up, so we got a $80 blower for free. I would try going back to the store to explain it, but they probably wouldn'b believe me.
I don't know what it is about Florida, but my sense of direction is all messed up down here. North is south, east is west, I'm all confused! :R Thank goodness for my GPS. :B And yes, I know that the sun comes up in the east and sets in the west. :R
I heard Seattle had a pretty good wind store the other day. My folks in Lynnwood were without power for almost 24 hours. Hope everyone is doing okay.
We made it to Jacksonville!!! Got here at 5pm (eastern time). Flamingo Lake RV Resort, space #7 will be home for a while. And this "resort" knows how to make paved level sites. :B
The roads through FL, AL and MS are lots better than CA or LA. I-10 looks like Paul Bunyon took a weed whacker and cleared a 500 foot wide path and that's where the road went. :B
I figured some of the blog thing on blogger.com, so when Laura and I have time, we're going to go back and write up more about our journey and post it there, and I'll you all know when we do the first post so you can read about it if you like. :)
Got lots of exploring to do and scouting things out, like where to get a good hair cut. :C
I think Bob is thinking of a different bridge cuz this one (I-10) was long, flat, but not that high.
We got to Florida Springs RV Resort & Campground in Bonifay FL (112 miles from the western border on I-10) around 7:30 local time. Took a little jokey-ing of the trailer to get into the site and in a spot that was fairly level (yep, dirt/gravel again). What is it with these southerners and "resort"? Do they think that it means more than just grass? :R :B
Anyhow, we thought we had a good drive today until we got the trailer situated and opened the door. A few of the Corelle bowls and saucers fell out of the cupboard above the sink onto the floor and shattered into a million pieces. If you have ever seen a Corelle plate break, you know what I mean. :E If not, just imagine a glass plate breaking into a million pieces and you'll get the idea. Little shards of glass EVERYWHERE! Got it all (hopefully) cleaned up.
Tomorrow we'll be in Jacksonville. Yipee!!! :C :C :C
We waved to the left and we waved to the right, but nobody waved back. :( They must have been doing whatever they do down here in your old neck of the woods. :B