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Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli

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We missed the NW Spring Rally at Rasar State Park due to having to file taxes, then we missed the next weekend to the Tulip Festival due to cell phone plan issues. We did salvage one day out by camping at my brother's home near the event. He has a pretty nice place to stay surrounded by urban forest and quiet. Finally, we got this weekend out. The plan was to go to Westport, WA. Twin Harbors State Park but due to a late start, no surprise, we decided to take a shorter trip to Rasar SP and just hang, doing nothing but relax!!!

As a result of the cell phone issues, we got ourselves new smart cell phones with data and wifi hotspot plans. Can't decide if it's cool to be able to check in with RV.NET, Facebook friends, etc... or if we have gone to the dark side by not disconnecting from the world while out camping or not. Only a couple years ago, you would think one to be nuts to say one day you will be able to call friends, surf the web, or have GPS to help you navigate nearly anywhere you go. We made use of our new technology to help guide us to our destination even though we knew exactly where we were going. The first thing I noticed using the GPS and satellite map images was the view of Rasar SP's image from space.

Rasar State Parks Group Camp area looks like Sponge Bob Square Pants from space!
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We also noticed that the GPS tells us our speed very accurately. I worry there is some place busy writing tickets for GPS users.

About the Park, We have driven through a couple times but never stayed. Rasar is a nicely maintained park with nice trails to hike, lots of plants and creatures of all sizes. We were lucky enough to be there at a time when so many types of plants were in bloom. The air was full of pleasantness. There are no difficult trails, some are paved for accessibility.

These are a series of images of the main open field in the park you walk across to get to the Skagit River.
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The Skagit River.
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Deer prints running off into the river.
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Never did see the deer.
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There was a field East, next to the park with goats and a gaurd Llama.
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The fields have been mowed since these images were taken so the colors/weeds are gone.
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The park has some very lush rain forest within. very enjoyable walking trails.
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Plants blooming everywhere.
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This was the view out the dinet window. Campsite 17 and 18 are what we considered the best for privacy. They have no hookups. Hookup sites tend to be more open and less private and there are about 20 of those.
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Took Charlie out for a walk.
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After his walk, Charlie did what cats do best.
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After walking several miles, I decided to do a TC project that had been waiting long enough. I installed a new solenoid relay switch between the truck alternator and the TC batteries. I spliced the actuating wire for the new solenoid to the actuating wire for the Ford factory cube solenoid that powers the 7 pin plug power wire to the TC Batteries. Both wires are active in charging the TC batteries on the road.
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New solenoid.
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Taping the wires and reassembling the covers, cube solenoid, and replacing onto mount on side of main fuse block.
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Finished.
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The twin relay cubes remounted to the fuse block and the split loom below with the wire to the new solenoid switch inside it with the rest of the wires.
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I did a couple other quick projects too. The actuating coil in the new solenoid draws 662 miliampers of current. I was going to install a "Perfect Switch" battery separator but could not justify the cost. The solenoid works just great.

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Back to the park and the trails.
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Rasar SP is a nice place to go and hang a couple days. I would say extra good if you have kids. Farther East is Howard Miller Steelhead Park. It too is family friendly with good walking trails and play areas for kids.

J&K

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thanks for the informative report-including your technology transition with phones.Beautiful photos.

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Been to Raser a couple of times. You took great shots of a pretty park. Excellent.


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I should add that all the pictures were taken with the new Nokia cell phones. Some of the pictures had the phones photo fix function applied to the images. Not great but good enough.
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Posted: 05/02/12 09:29am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for the report. Another place added to the list.

Thanks again
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Hummm, gonna have to travel faster to see all the neat places posted here. Lovely pictures of a lovely place. thank you for sharing!


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Nice TR. Rasar is one of our favorite CG's and we spend at least one weekend a year there. This year we'll be there Labor day and will probably take a drive over the mountain to Winthrop for some sight seeing.


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Thanks for the report, very nice area.
Your technical expertise could help me a day, thanks.


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Posted: 05/02/12 01:19pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

....I can confirm: you indeed have gone over to the Dark Side [emoticon]

Welcome to "the club" ! I didn't bother with a "data plan" for my Android Samsung. There are simply too many free wi-fi hotspots out there; however, I did take unlimited texting.

Beautiful photos, and nice write-up, too!

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*BTW: your trip report is now in Trip Reports [emoticon]


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Posted: 05/02/12 08:35pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hey Jeff, That's a lot of nice greenery there. I think green is sooo relaxing, I can just feel it now. Think I need to do what your cat was doing, and my dog...napping. Thanks Mr. Jeff, I gotta get back up to your neck of the woods some day, I didn't see enough.

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