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Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli

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It's late but I'm getting this post started.
Pictures to follow.

We went to Deception Pass SP on the North end of Whidbey Island, WA.
Stayed two nights. Purpose of the trip was to visit the PACCAR technical Center where the R&D is done for Kenworth, Peterbuilt, and other large trucks. Quite the operation and display of leading edge technology. Unfortunately, pictures were not allowed inside. They did have an instant prototype machine that takes drawings from the computer and transforms them into exact 3D prototype parts. I was informed while talking to an operator that the machine has an unforeseen problem. It has to compete with lots of hydraulic equipment that introduce lots of vibration during operation of the prototype machine. They try to compensate via software tweaks and times of use conflicts. I asked if they had considered using a spring and rubber bushing mounted platform to dampen the vibrations and harmonics like the NAVY uses in submarines for quieting. Never got an answer. PACCAR has some neat stuff in the works for their trucks. I've always been impressed by that company. I worked at Kenworth from 84-88.
It was getting late so we decided to take a preliminary drive to the Tulip Fields and have a look see. We timed this trip just right. Most everything was in bloom and the weather was beautiful after weeks of rain and cold.
This trip, I made sure to have lots of firewood. Had a 30 gallon bag of cut dimensional lumber. One of the nice things about being a builder is free firewood that can be burned anywhere since it is kiln dried and bug free. We sat out under the stars and enjoyed the quiet and a little bread pudding and chocolate truffle with raspberry sauce. Got some nice shots of the night sky and campfire then went to bed.
Sunday we went to "Tulip Town". Spent a couple hours walking around and enjoying the colors of the flowers. Could not have asked for a better day to take pictures of tulips. Afterward, we decided to go to Mount Vernon and have Thai food. Traffic sucked since everybody was leaving at the same closing time. We did have a very nice Thai dinner with a good friend who joined us and that was sadly the end.

I'll start to post pictures and commentary tomorrow. Sorry for the tease. Just doing things time available.

Jeff

PACCR Technical Center as seen from their test track.
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A BONUS! I did not know there was a classic car and big rig show.
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Chrome bumper showing me, next to like my first Chevy PU, International PU, and a Kenworth V-12 Detroit Tanker Truck in background. Pics of that later.
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Old KW.
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Old Ford and Mercury.
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Old Mack.
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Old KW.
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Old KW Cabover.
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WW-II Military Truck.
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International PU.
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Chevy PU.
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KW W-900 Conventional with tank trailor powered by Detroit Diesel V-12. Very Nice.
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PACCAR Test Track.
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Inside Facility Display Vehicles.
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MINI KW.
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The old standard work horse W-900.
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Freeze Testing.
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I wish I could have taken a few pictures inside of the tests that were ongoing but it was clearly posted, "No Photography". The place is a bee hive of activity. I actually had an opportunity to work there in 88 as a liason engineer but such are the variables of life. Stupid BOEING job offer. PACCAR was definately more my style.

And so our tour of PACCAR's Technical Center Concludes.
Here's the TC parked on the test track.
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Break time is over. Back to taxes.
Next up:
Bayview SP quick look, a few drive by shots of the tulip fields scoping out where we would go the next day, enjoying a nice campfire, and star gazing.

Bayview SP looks to be a nice place to bring your kids. It's not for you if you want to be more private as all sites can see each other back and forth across the field. There is a big playfield in the center of the first loop. Other loops were closed but look to be more woodsy and have no services. The Host says to get reservations over the summer if you wish to go there.

Beach looking South.
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Beach looking North.
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Girl being chased by seamonster from the West.
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Finally, Flowers:

Daffodils with Glacier Peak in background.
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It appears they grow seagulls in the fields here too.
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Though this is a nicely decorated one, I really hate roundabouts.
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The girls on their horses.
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Lots of people.
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"Tulip Town" kites.
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Lots of parking enforcement.
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Sun setting from Deception Pass Bridge.
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How to pose your cat:
Place cat in area to take picture and entertain cat.
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Keep trying to get kitties attention even though he refuses to acknowledge your existance.
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After several attempts to convince kitty to look your way, he finally gives in and co-operates.
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Charlie is finally ready to let his picture be taken.
Sour Puss.
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Finally, the shoot is over and the kitty model is removed from the scene by his assistant and as per his contract, given 5 "Greenies" treats.
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Enjoying the campfire.
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Firelight and the stars.
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Big Dipper with satellite streak through center.
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North Star, 400mm, F-5.6, exposure time of 30 seconds, ASA 1600, tripod.
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Deception Pass SP beach West.
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East.
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North.
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South.
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The driftwood.
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P3 Orion or similar.
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A long line of Corvettes on parade.
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One last shot to the West from the Deception Pass Bridge.
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That's it for this year. If you need more Tulip pictures, here is last years trip report link. Last Years Trip Report.

* This post was last edited 04/12/10 09:58pm by Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli *   View edit history


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Posted: 04/12/10 04:23am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

CJ & K:

I do have a section for text-only Trip Reports; don't be shy [emoticon]

Looking forward to the pix whenever you get the chance to put them in...

Cheers,
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* This post was edited 04/12/10 04:31am by silversand *


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Please, post some pictures. I have not been to Deception Pass since 1971. I'm planning on going, but no luck(= time & money) so far. [emoticon]

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Actually, we're headed up for the tulips this Friday and go hang out in LaConner. Going to stay at he LaConnor Thousand Trails campground that's just minutes away from LaConnor. We'll try to snap some pics too

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Jrork wrote:

Actually, we're headed up for the tulips this Friday and go hang out in LaConner. Going to stay at he LaConnor Thousand Trails campground that's just minutes away from LaConnor. We'll try to snap some pics too


We stay at TT La Conner every summer during the month of Aug
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I lived on Whidbey for 7 years... used to crab off the boat ramp at Deception Pass. I wish I'd never left when I retired from the Naval Air Station there. Waiting on the pics!!!


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Nearly done posting pictures.

Happy Kansas, Given the choice, I'd move back.
One of my favorite BBQ joints is right there in Oak Harbor.

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Jrork wrote:

Actually, we're headed up for the tulips this Friday and go hang out in LaConner. Going to stay at he LaConnor Thousand Trails campground that's just minutes away from LaConnor. We'll try to snap some pics too


We drove through LaConnor Saturday and it was packed. Nice little town though.

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We love tulips...but so do the deer [emoticon]

Wonderful trip...hope to get there one day.


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Posted: 04/13/10 07:28am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Holy Cow Jeff, and I thought there were a lot of fun things to do here in the Southwest. We've been out-funned. Talk about colorful pictures, looks like you used kodachrome for those shots! Great pictures Jeff, that bumper looks good on you...loved all those trucks!!!

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