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April 19th, 2014 | in National Parks, Photography | Leave a comment

Our first extended stop is in Sulphur, OK. This is the home of the Chickasaw National Recreation Area. I needed more stamps :) My original hope was to do some hiking/walking (and that is out), look for wild flowers (too early), and just check out the area.

 

We went into the park and took a few pictures, so here they are:

 

Chickasaw proof

 

Purple Flowers

 

water skipper

 

Nature Center

 

Still Waters

 

Waiting

 

Palisade Springs

 

So it begins ;)

Kim

April 19th, 2014 | in RV'ing Lifestyle, Travel | Leave a comment

And we are off! It’s the summer of Alaska: fishing, wildlife, photography, friends. Should be a great summer. We leave the house behind and work our way to meet up with friends to tour Alaska for three months. Yeah, 3 MONTHS! We are so excited (I am sure Jim is, you can tell ;) ).

 

This trip has been on my radar for quite some time and it is finally coming true! We will be working our way North thru OK, KS, NE, SD, ND and then head East to MT and then on up into Canada. That is where we will meet up with everyone. Once we meet, we stay together or we do our own thing, what could be better? That way we have a support group if something goes wrong. Better than caravanning or going by yourself.

 

We do have reservations at Denali for over the 4th of July holiday. That will be awesome. We then head south to Kenai to do a little (or a LOT) salmon fishing with some winery friends (Rich, I guess I had better remind you :D ). It’s going to be an adventure of a lifetime, so keep your eyes open for new posts as we go.

 

A side note :( I sprained my left ankle pretty bad right before we hit the road. It is putting a kink in the early part of the trip, but it won’t stop me.

 

fat ankle

fat ankle

 

Chat with you soon!  Kim

July 23rd, 2013 | in Photography | Leave a comment

Yeah, I did post this on Facebook, but just wanted to post a few here too, just in case. Not everyone is on Facebook, but I can’t imagine I have anyone reading this blog that isn’t :)

 

I asked Jim to drive me to the coast, I wanted to take pictures of some of the historic bridges near Florence, Oregon and he was a real trooper. I planned out which ones to visit and of course made sure that we were near Mo’s for dinner. It was an early dinner, and then we hit the road to take the pictures.

 

I have new software that takes 3 pictures, merges them together and makes a better picture out of them. They are taken at different brackets so one is under exposed, one is normal and one is over exposed. This process is called HDR. Then, I used the same software to play with the final results, giving them different looks. It’s fun, it’s artistic, it’s just one more way to share.

 

So here are a few of the pictures I took, of course there are more on FB.

 

Looking across the Siuslaw River to Old Town Florence and Mo's.

Looking across the Siuslaw River to Old Town Florence and Mo’s.

 

Looking out towards the ocean and the Siuslaw River Bridge.

Looking out towards the ocean and the Siuslaw River Bridge.

 

another view of the Siuslaw Bridge

Heceta Head Lighthouse

 

Cape Creek Bridge

Cape Creek Bridge

 

Oregon beach between Florence & Waldport

Oregon beach between Florence & Waldport

 

Changing light on the beach

Changing light on the beach

 

 

It was a fun day, a longer day, but the drive was beautiful, and came home to an almost full moon. Thanks Jim for the chance to practice more on my photography!

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 10th, 2013 | in Photography | 1 comment

I was bored, well, not so much, but I just wanted to get up and move around so I started walking and looking at the flowers that were growing along the train track near Davis Cabinets.  where we were getting some work done on the RV. I noticed a lot of wild sweet peas growing and there were a lot  of bees buzzing, so decided I needed to try and get a few pictures. Practice, practice, practice!

 

So here are a few of the pictures I took:

 

Bee 1

Bee 1

 

Bee 2

Bee 2

 

Bee 3

Bee 3

 

 

Bee 4

Bee 4

 

More RV updates coming and also a brief (do I know what that word means?) description of our travel plans for the rest of the summer!

 

 

 

July 7th, 2013 | in RV'ing Lifestyle | Leave a comment

So far so good… no issues with the engine maintenance that 10 gallons of oil can’t fix ;) yes, gallons! The RV spent the day at Cummins in Coburg, OR getting all of the oil changed and normal maintenance done on the engine, transmission & generator. Cummins had great Wi-Fi access, so I worked from either the customer lounge or from my car if I was going to be too noisy with meetings. Jim had to share with me once the work was done that while working on the engine, the guys found a very large rat that had seen better days. Yeeewwww.

 

The next day, we headed over to Davis Cabinets, we are getting new electronics for watching TV. To get new electronics,  they will also have to do some changes to the cabinets. This is our third trip here to Davis since about 2004, they put in our great PC work spaces, then the next time was electronic upgrades (similar to this trip, but the original was a lot of cabinet work, this time, just retro fitting). Once again, new satellite dish, receiver, sound system, and TV’s (front & back).

 

I can’t believe the difference in the TV’s! We went from Sharp Aquos LCD to Samsung & LG LED TV’s. Much better HD, front TV from a 37″ to 40″, back TV (that we had upgraded ourselves from a 19″ to a 22″) is now a 27″. Keeping up with the Jones’s we are :) We do watch a LOT of movies, so it is pretty sweet, also got a new 3D Blu-ray player, don’t think the TV is, but would be interesting to try ;)

 

it’s amazing how much detritus one ends up with and has to be taken away when you do this kind of upgrade. Here are a few shots of the old, the in-between and the new:

 

Old dish from off roof

Old dish from off roof

 

old stuff

 

all kinds of wires that were removed

all kinds of wires that were removed

 

boxes

 

more old stuff from the back

more old stuff from the back

 

Noah working on the install

Noah working on the install

 

it takes a lot of pieces to put it all together

it takes a lot of pieces to put it all together

 

 

the new frame for the back TV

the new frame for the back TV

 

new back TV in place & working

new back TV in place & working

 

the new TV working in the front

the new TV working in the front

 

Monday, we head over to Guaranty to get the paint & clear coat all fixed!

 

June 29th, 2013 | in Travel | Leave a comment

Jim and I are spending the month of July in Oregon. We have a LOT of things on our list to be worked on, so spending most of that time down in the Coburg, Junction City, Harrisburg area.

 

We have been living in this RV since we bought it in 2001, February to be exact. That’s a lot of wear and tear in a very small space. Time for some updates, maintenance and new features.

 

Alas, I will be working during the month, my own doing. I figured since I was “stuck” in the area, might as well make use of the time! Hey, I might find something I can’t live without and it will pay for it. The current plan is for me to turn in my badge and work PC on August 12th, and I have every day until we get to Livingston, TX in November planned out :) (more about that in another post).

 

So, here’s to being in Oregon, getting much needed work done on the RV and getting ready to truly hit the road!

 

 

 

Looking thru the front window while on the road

Looking thru the front window while on the road

 

June 23rd, 2013 | in Photography | Leave a comment

I keep trying to take decent pictures of the moon, thought I would have a better chance if the moon was at it’s fullest for the year. Jim and I drove up the hill behind us, towards Issaquah Highlands. It didn’t seem like it would make a good enough picture, we just weren’t sure where the moon would rise. So we continued East to find higher ground. We got really close to Fall City and found a side road that had a good view of the hills that the moon would rise over. Somehow, I knew it would rise (based on the angle of the shadows of the sun setting) between the hills. Didn’t have the best location but it worked ;) So here are a few shots that I took:

First View

First View

 

continuing to rise

continuing to rise

 

higher

higher

 

going to lose it to the clouds

going to lose it to the clouds

 

Thanks Jim for driving me around until we found a spot that would work.

April 30th, 2013 | in Travel | Leave a comment

Bonjour!

 
It’s just around the corner, we fly out for Paris, France on May 6th! I am so excited, I think Jim is too, just doesn’t show it. I will be posting on Facebook during our trip, so check it out while we are there for 3 glorious weeks! We arrive back in Seattle on May 27th (Memorial Day), probably ready to sleep for 24 hours straight ;)

 

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Another awesome trip with my hubby!

Kim

April 30th, 2013 | in Family | Leave a comment

He did it, he actually did it! Today was Jim’s last day at Boeing, and this time for good. He starts re-retirement on May 1st! Isn’t that exciting??!! Now, I just have to flog thru a couple of months and I will be joining him with all the free time in the world.
 

We are going to celebrate by going to France. Well, yeah, we were going anyway, but hey, makes it just that much more special :)
Jim

 

It’s time to have fun Jim, we’ll start with wine touring in France!

Kim

March 30th, 2013 | in Photography | Leave a comment

Jim and I both enjoy having birthdays in March, and it’s even better now that Spring looks like it might be here to stay. Happy flowers are blooming, Daffodils, one of my favorites! Sharing a few pictures that I took here in the RV park. 

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We have good news all over the place… Jim is retiring! YaY! or in this case, re-retiring :) his last day of work will be April 30th and start being a man of leisure on May 1st, just in time for us to go to France. We will be celebrating his retirement over there, what could be better? Not too much! 

Enjoy the Spring, I know we are happy to see it. Happy Birthday to all of our friends that have March birthdays also!