From the deep, dark forest to oceanfront property!

Thursday, September 26

Goodbye, Mora Campground!  You can see from this photo what little light descends through the trees to campsites in a forest.  This has been a great campground.  Close to Rialto Beach and practically empty all the while we were here.

The drive to our next campground will put some light on the solar panel.

1-DSC00572One of my goals of this tour of the Olympic Peninsula is to camp along the Hoh River in the Hoh Rainforest.  I’ve heard it’s a magical forest.  There are several campgrounds from which to choose.

However, I force myself to bypass the Hoh Rainforest. 

If I’m going to maintain good charge for my batteries and if I’m going to maintain this blog, as well, I can’t camp any more days in a dark place.  It pains me to drive by the signs pointing to the wonderful camps along US Highway 101.

Oh well.  Hoh, Neah Bay, Cape Flattery, Sequim, Deception Pass, the American River, Mt. McKinley, North Cascades National Park, Route 20, and other wonders of Washington go on the list for a return visit.

Besides I’m in the middle of a love affair with the Pacific Ocean!

At Forks I stop at the Thriftway Market.  We left Mora so soon after breakfast, the crew may need a walk-around.  We walk the perimeter of the parking lot, much to the crew’s delight.

I pick up a few can’t-do-without groceries.

I have no intention of buying ice cream.

No, I’m not going to get ice cream.  I happen to take the ice cream aisle on my way to check-out.  I try to look straight ahead as I push the cart past the freezers.  Hmm. . . I wonder if they have that rare Tillimook ice cream flavor . . . .  Oh, there it is!  “White Chocolate Red Raspberry Yum.”  Gee, it’s a new flavor.  It might be discontinued, gone forever, at any time.  I might never have this opportunity again!  Dang, that’s the best ice cream I’ve ever tasted.  Well, what’s it gonna’ hurt . . . 

In the cart it goes!

The drive to the ocean on two-lane Highway 101, as one might expect in timber country, is through forest.  I’m in high spirits.  The sun is shining this late September day in Washington, I’ve got Tillamook in the freezer, the crew is cute while sleeping, and soon we’ll see the ocean!

I take the turn-off to Ruby Beach.

The little parking lot/turn-around is almost filled with cars.  I find a place off to the side in which to park the PTV/BLT.  As I’m letting Bridget and Spike out the side doors, I hear someone say something about “solar panel.”  Heh-heh.  That’s right.  I’ve got soooo-laaarrrr!  I smile to myself.

A steep path takes us down to the beach.

I stop mid-way for this photo.

1-DSC00574At the bottom of the downward path, small logs are scattered about and in the way.  Bridget jumps over easily.  Spike hesitates.  I pick him up and lift him over to the “awws” of people waiting for us to pass.

1-DSC00577A stream rushes from forest to sea.  Photographers wade through the stream in order to set up their tripods closer to the rocks.

1-DSC00580I like to take photos of scenery without people traipsing through them.  It’s hard to do that here today.

1-DSC00576We don’t stay very long at Ruby Beach.  I need to get us to the campground in order to snag a good campsite.  Where are we going?

Kalaloch, of course!

I drive into Kalaloch with my usual anticipation.  It soon dies as I troll five of the six loops (one loop is closed) and find every decent campsite is occupied!  This is awful!  I don’t want to camp in the bushes and trees.  I want ocean view! 

Dejectedly I back into a site that’s on the ocean side, but the ocean view is obstructed by thick bushes.  I am not happy.  I realize I’m totally spoiled.  I’m at the point where I think every single campsite we stay in has to meet my expectations!

I don’t unhitch.

Tomorrow I’ll troll again for an empty ocean-view site.  It’s supposed to rain.  The wimps will move out and RVSue and her canine crew will move in.

What is this?  They range in size from 5 -12 inches in diameter.

What is this? They range in size from 5 -12 inches in diameter.

I walk Bridget and Spike to the day use area to pick up the path that goes down to the beach.

It’s very different here from Rialto Beach.  The sand is tan, not black, and it’s a much finer grain.  The beach is very wide at mid-tide and most of the logs are pushed up against a cliff.  The ocean waves are gentler, rolling in several rows of white.

Beautiful!

1-DSC00584The few people we meet as we walk the beach have dogs with them.  All dogs are off-leash, although signs at the day-use area say they should be on-leash.

Hey, it’s the off-season.  Why should Bridget and Spike be on-leash when all the other dogs aren’t?  (Oh, how quickly we slide into anarchy.)

I let the crew loose to explore on their own.

1-DSC00594(I admit I did some photo-editing on the above shot in order to counteract the fog.)

Spike discovers a sea monster! 

“Watch out, Spikey!  It might bite you on your cute hiney!”

1-DSC00592Walking back to our campsite, I note that more campers have arrived.  It looks like a dadburn parking lot.  Gall-darn people need to stay home.

Rain pounds the roof throughout the night.  Good.  Drive away the weak.  Open up a space for the strong.

Friday, September 27

We sleep late.  Rain on the roof does that to us.

Can’t put it off any longer.  Time to go out on a potty run.

I throw on some clothes, put the crew in their suits, and out we go into a light sprinkle.  Three campsites up from us is A VACANCY. . .  Look at that!  A vacant campsite with ocean view! 

“C’mon, guys!  We’re going back!  Hurry up!”  Spike and Bridget are confused.  No time to explain.  We’re on a mission.  I flip them into reverse and tug their little bodies into a sprint.

Into the PTV they go! 

You can pee later.  We’re getting that site!

Inside the BLT, everything that might fall gets tossed on the bed or the floor.  I grab the chocks and throw them inside the door.  In a flash, I’m firing up the PTV and we pull out!

1-DSC00588 - CopyWe got it!  Oceanfront property with a view!  Yes!

rvsue

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  No matter how many times I say it, I can’t thank you enough.

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78 Responses to From the deep, dark forest to oceanfront property!

  1. mockturtle says:

    Congrats on your tenacity! I love Kalaloch and there are some incredibly beautiful sites. It is, as you have found, immensely popular. I’m sure you are aware that a major storm is coming. Hope you are aligned with the wind and that the trees are sturdy ones.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, mockturtle,

      We’re hanging on here through the storm. I figured we wouldn’t be able to outrun it. From this viewpoint, I’ll see it coming!

  2. cinandjules (temp in Caleefornia) says:

    Gorgeous pictures….I love the new camera!

    Umm…that my former East coaster is a jellyfish!

    Love your oceanfront property! The crew looks like they are really enjoying the beach!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, cinandjules,

      I knew it was a jellyfish. Really. Just wanted to make sure you knew. 🙂

      • Actually, my thoughts were that it is a Man ‘O War, not jellyfish!
        Used to see lots of man ‘o war in the Daytona Beach area when I lived there…. Whether it is or isn’t…. don’t pick it up to find out. If it turns out to be a man ‘o war, it can still poison you when it’s dead. Burns like the devil and makes some people real sick! I had a friend in Daytona and that happened a lot to little curious kiddos!

        • Part of that sentence disappeared in cyberspace. “I had a friend who was a life guard in Daytona Beach and he told me tha a lot of curious kids would pick up the man ‘o war along the beach and get stung!
          Beautiful beach campsite, but batten down the hatches woman! We don’t want ya blowin’ away!

  3. mockturtle says:

    A lot of people head for the coast JUST for the storms. 🙂

  4. Sye says:

    Sue and Crew

    SADLY we are supposed to have rain thru Tuesday – However with that view of the skies and ocean – your snaps are gonna be wonderful! Area Flood watch in effect which will bring torrents and buckets of rain!! Not to forget crashing waves and terrific beach combing – especially for the likes of you early birds – I tend to be one of those who prefer to stay up late and sleep late .. made worse by living here on the coast for the last several years =)

    By the way – how did you like Forks version of Walmart – better known as Forks Thrifty mart? Sending hubby there now for some of that ice cream — I only eat Tillimook ice cream, usually Vanilla – but now I have to try that delightful sounding white chocolate & raspberry =) thanks for the recommendation

    Happy wind rocking!!!
    Sye

    • Sye says:

      had to check the date and time on my puter it says I a posting at almost 9pm and its only 8pm — something forget a time change?? hmm odd

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Sye!

      Forks’ Walmart had me drooling over Keen boots and Columbia rain gear. Some nice stuff in there!

      You will LOVE that ice cream. The trick is to let it melt halfway so it’s super creamy. Deeee-lectable!

      Gee, so much rain and wind . . . We may never leave!

      I didn’t give any thought to time zone change. My readers are from all over the place so I don’t bother keeping up with it on the computer.

      • Sye says:

        LOL – I never thought about time changes either – I always assumed they just posted whatever time i was in – cyber space is full of mysteries .. Hubby and I was just talking about the joys of eating soft melted ice cream right before i read this =)

  5. Phyllis says:

    RVSue:
    Was really trying to make a joke out of the Hoh Forest and River but just couldn’t do it.

    Got sick of all your ocean front ocean view ocean walks, so I put my deposit down on my Casita on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 she will be born January 6, 2014. Thanks for the inspiration. Some day my Casita will be parked in your spot missy. Now I’ve gotta figure out what I’m doing for a tow vehicle.

    Can hardly wait for tomorrows installment.
    Phyllis in Oklahoma

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hooray for Phyllis!!! You did it!!! Congratulations! It’s quite a moment when you place that order.

      The poor little BLT was born in March 2011 and I didn’t adopt her until August.

      Best of luck in your search for your perfect tow vehicle. 🙂

  6. Allison says:

    Cliff Mass, the NW’s best weather blogger, referred to what’s coming as jaw dropping. It’s probably better that you’re not under the trees anymore. Here is his website – he is a very good read.
    http://cliffmass.blogspot.com/

    Hang on to your hat!

    • Sye says:

      Allison – being a Forks person — I need to check that page also — I never know whats on the way here – guess i need fuel for the generator now =( thanks for posting that for Sue

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Sheesh… I guess we’d better stay put for a while. I don’t want to come upon washed out bridges and flooded roads. Yikes! Thanks for the link, Allison.

  7. Mick in TN says:

    I was just driving down 101 in Google Street View and really wanted to stop in for some White Chocolate Raspberry ice cream but my manners got the best of me.
    I think the Sony does take better photos; they sure are beautiful. You are a “Composition Queen”.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Mick,

      You make me laugh!

      I’ve been waiting to hear your thoughts on the Sony photos. You know real estate’s “location, location, location.” Well, with photography it’s “composition, composition, composition.”

      When it comes to White Chocolate Red Raspberry Yum, manners be damned!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      BTW, the antenna makes internet possible here. One disappearing bar is boosted to three steady bars. (The antenna isn’t in the last photo because I hadn’t put it up yet.)

  8. Night*sky says:

    Love the new spot with the ocean view! And I definitely agree with the Tillamook ice cream, it’s the BEST. Any time I’m in the Pacific Northwet (deliberate typo) I stock up on Tillamook items… ice cream, yogurt, and the cheeses which freeze quite well and don’t crumble too badly if you leave them unopened for a week or more after thawing them. The smoked cheddar is to die for! 😀

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Night*sky,

      Yeah, the cheese is wonderful, too. And it comes in these big ol’ blocks. I haven’t tried the smoked cheddar. Now I have something more to add to my Stuff That Tastes Great And Makes Me Fat list. Thanks for that. 🙂

      BTW, love your caboose.

  9. Reine in Plano says:

    If you’re gonna have a lot of rain and WIND, you probably want to put the stabilizers down if you haven’t already done so. This time Sunday we’ll be in the Casita at the Pine Knot rally RELAXING.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Reine,

      You know me well. I often neglect to put down the stabilizers. In fact, they aren’t down now, but I promise I will be good and take care of that first thing in the morning!

      While we rock and roll and float, you have a great time relaxing with those Casita people!

  10. Eileen P. says:

    To coin what is probably the Weather Channel anchors’ favorite phrase, “hunker down” and let us know how you are doing.
    Eileen in Phoenix

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      We’re hunkering! If you don’t hear from me, Eileen and everybody, it may be because of heavy cloud cover and subsequent lack of charge for the laptop. So don’t worry!

  11. Rita from Phoenix says:

    My friends tell me the day my dogs disappeared into the fog was just south of LaPush. I remember walking thru dense forest to come out to beautiful sandy beaches with no one around but us…miles of beautiful beaches. The first time we drove past Tillamook, my daughter and granddaughter didn’t want to stop but a couple of years later we drove thru the area again and that time we stopped & I sampled cheese, ice cream and all sorts of goodies. We drove up 101 from CA into WA…the logging trucks zooming down the highway scared me. Your ocean photos are absolutely gorgeous. Glad you snagged the ocean view real estate. I’ve been looking at the map wondering which route you’ll take to come back to AZ.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rita,

      You lost your dogs on the beach? That’s horrible! I’m so sorry.

      I haven’t a firm idea how we will return to Arizona. Maybe we will take 395 through California like we did last year. I try to take new routes, but there are some favorites along that route, like Alabama Hills. Then there’s Borrego Springs which I like a lot, as long as it’s not too windy. If we go that way, of course that means we enter Arizona at Yuma.

      A tour of the Tillamook factory… ah, the stuff of dreams . . .

      • Rita from Phoenix says:

        Oh, I meant we ‘temporarily lost our dogs into fog’ but they came back. I wanted to travel 395 cuz I love your photos thru that route and Wheeling It also posted pics while they traveled thru there. However, I didn’t do that this year…instead I traveled to Maui and hiked around their beautiful coasts and Haleakala NP. I’m still dreaming of taking a road trip up 395 into WA….someday (sigh).

  12. Carolyn says:

    Drive on a little farther down to South Beach when you leave there ~ it’s about five minutes … right on the water… and $5 ~ no hookups though… HOH Rainforest is the bomb… absolutely stellar

    oh, baruther… what a gorgeous part of the world. loved it. The picture on my sidebar is of Seal Beach … me and m’pink slippers… ahhh
    http://amigoingsomeplace.blogspot.com/2012/07/south-beach-olympic-national-park.html

    I was in Washington State for a month or so… sure am enjoying seeing the beauty again … 😉

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Carolyn,

      The coast is beautiful now… It certainly was gorgeous when you were here in July. I enjoyed your photos. Very nice!

      South Beach is closed. It closed on September 7th, I think. I’m happy here at Kalaloch . . . a lot of people have left and I have ocean view!

  13. kgdan says:

    Your arrival at Kalalock reminds me of my childhood. We lived next to the Bogachiel River and when the tides were right my folks would get everyone in the car by 4:00a.m. to head 25 miles to Kalalock for razor clam digging. Everyone HAD to go as each person was eligible to dig 15 clams. It was always wet, drizzly, miserable. I was not a fan. Now, in my old age, Kalalock is beautiful.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Interesting, kgdan! I think you answered a question that came to mind while walking the beach. There are empty shells, still hinged, long and slender, lying about. Now I need to google razor clams to make sure that’s what they are.

      I’m happy my blog brings back childhood memories. How different are our childhoods due to where we happen to be reared.

      • kgdan says:

        Yup–those long, oval shaped shells are razor clam shells. As you walk along the beach, close to the water line, you can see little dimples about 1″ across in the sand. There is a clam under that dimple. As soon as one starts to dig, they make a beeline for the center of the earth. One has to scoop out a shovel-full of sand then reach down very fast to grab the clam; being very careful not to jab one’s finger on the edge of the shell.

        Last winter we dug Pismo clams on the beach south of Ensenada, Baja California. They are big, round things dug with a fork and much easier to harvest. Both kinds very tasty!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I’ve done some clam-digging in Florida. My ex-mother-in-law liked to make stuffed clams. I like to eat stuffed clams.

  14. ginger from WA says:

    you will love Kalalock, Lots of the sun you were craving Ho Rain Forest isn’t that far of a drive from Kalalock, The Ho is great, although not sure if you can walk the dogs on the trails. Enjoy whatever you do.

    Ginger

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I won’t be driving or walking trails anywhere any time soon! Not in this mess…. I’m writing this Saturday morning… The wind has arrived along with the rain…

  15. Sye above mentioned “crashing waves and terrific beach combing.” Danger Will Robinson, danger! Many people are killed each year on the Oregon and Washington beaches because they don’t realize the power of the waves and the type of debris being tossed about on the beaches, i.e., massive, HEAVY, waterlogged logs that come in on the waves and crush people. Please be extremely careful if you’re going out on the beach in high tide or a storm! Plus “sneaker waves” (waves bigger and stronger than the previous waves) can come in at any time and carry you off. In Oregon we say, “Never turn your back on the ocean.”

    Please be careful out there. This storm contains the remnants of a typhoon. I’ve heard some forecasters say wind gusts to 39 mph.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Susan,

      I respect the power of the waves and their unpredictability. At Rialto Beach I’d sit on a log watching people push their luck. One lady sat on another log about a foot away from the wet-sand line. People tend to think they won’t get wet if they’re beyond that line. Well, not when the tide is coming in! And not with sneaker waves!

      When the crew and I returned her way she was wringing out the long, decorative scarf that had been hanging around her neck. She was soaked! I found her hat for her.

      Another lady had a dog about the size of a cat. It was off-leash and running down to the waves. I was about to tell her about the danger when she scooped up the pup and left.

      I told another couple, “Watch out for the sneaker waves!” and they looked at me like “huh?” I explained. Don’t know if it did any good as we were on our way out.

      People tell me to write a book. At the rate things are going, I could write a book about all the ways I’ve seen people go out of their way to maim or kill themselves through careless, reckless, or just plain stupid actions.

      • Marilu Paulson says:

        Hi Sue,
        We are riding out the storm in Newport, Oregon. The wind is whipping and the rain is constant but forecasters say the worst is tomorrow. Its a good time to do laundry and go see the Oregon Aquarium. I love your photos and everything else about your blog. Keep exploring! Hugs to the crew.

      • Sye says:

        The Crew needs to write a book — they are so funny!! Kids would luv them! I know I laugh every time they write of their adventures.

        So yeah – no – I meant go beach combing after the storm. I cannot run fast, so out running waves is not possible, once the storm passes is the best time to see what treasures were left, right before anyone else is out =)

        A while back we went to Rialto ( back in 1996) was a beautiful gorgeous cloudy day! Was before the time of the rock break wall, then you had to climb up and over this large tall hill to get to the beach – one side parking and picnic tables – the other rocky beach – that night a huge storm came in — HUGE! The next day we drove out to Rialto to see what landscape changes had been done as that was normal back then — to our surprise – the large tall hill was completely gone, in its place flat surface with a perfect view of the ocean. Picnic tables were buried in sand, tree stumps or washed out to sea. Most of the parking area was no longer – it was nice to not have to get out to see the ocean that day – as waves were still crashing and being Rialto the waves are known to regularly surprise you with a hard fast one – surfers love it. So yes — beach comb after the storm — Klaloch beaches are much flatter than Rialto so not as hard to out run waves then =)

        Sye

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Wow! That must’ve been quite a sight! Maybe that’s when a lot of those logs were beached.

          Yeah, Rialto is a tricky beach. At the southern end near La Push, the beach rises into a ridge close to the surf so that you’re looking down on it. That’s where I got some of the good photos. I didn’t walk close to the edge . . . kind of scary, all that power crashing below.

          • Sye says:

            One of the times yes – but that was the one time that pushed the building of the rock wall up!

            If you ever get out that way in the summer months when its safer – and the tide is really really low – you walk all the way out to that big island that sits out in front of the wall – and there are wonderful tidepools there (Rialto) – have never seen such at klalloch – the beach is just to flat – not enough niches – however – I dont get out much so who knows what i missed.. snickers

  16. Mindy Reed says:

    Another great spot and wonderful photos…OHHHHHHHH sigh, I was raised on Tillamook cheese, we always had one of those huge blocks in the fridge, slice a few off and there’s a samich. We had a dairy near by called Alpenrose and they used to deliver in glass bottles (ooh am I dating myself) and they eventually branched out to ice cream one of my I can’t buy it cause I can’t stay away from it foods.

    Sue you have fallen in love with the PNW beaches, each one is different and they are addicting! I do hope you get a chance to see some of the tide pools they are worth it!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I looked for the tide pools. Could it be the wrong time of year? All the pools I found were clear of any visible signs of life.

  17. MikeH says:

    Interesting about that man-of-war jellyfish. I found some of those from Jacksonville Beach down the east coast of Florida when I was there. They’re a rich translucent blue and look like a semi-inflated rubber tied off with yarn. Seriously! Knda’ freaky-looking until I realized what they were. I picked one up by the head and dropped it back into the surf ‘cuz my son said it “looked alive”. It washed back up and I told him it “doesn’t look too alive anymore….” and some guy ran up in panic asking me if I realized what that was. It would seem God gives abundant grace to those who need it. The one you photographed wasn’t a “man-of-war”, and if you’re swimming in the ocean and feel that tingling, itching sensation you get across your belly when you plop down into a tub of hot water, you are in contact with one of these small, relatively harmless jellyfish. You’ll get a slight nettle-like rash, but that’s it, unless you rub it in your eyes or scratch and dig it into your nether-regions, where your sensations could be quite memorable.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Mike!

      Enjoyed your comment… interesting and informative!

      My late aunt was allergic to jellyfish. She didn’t care about going to the beach after having received a sting.

      I remember the jellyfish from when I lived in Clearwater, FL. At a certain time of year the water would be full of them in certain places. They were so bad that no one would consider going in.

  18. Mister Ed says:

    Say do u not have a plug in cig-lighter to laptop charge cord
    sounds like u rely only on your solar
    That cord charger charges as u drive ???? With all the driving u do
    One plugs in to the lighter socket with 3 socket inlets
    I charge 2 phones 1 iPad in the back seat at once With a laptop up front as part of my internet and gps As i need it ,,its set up to turn off when the keys off
    At the same time don,t u charge your egg battery’s as u drive it’s the same thing
    And I’m seeing sat, radio setups for 10$$ now pawn shops

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Mister Ed,

      All that you say is true and yes, I do those things. The drive to Kalaloch not only put sun on the solar panel, it also charged the batteries, the cell phone, the camera battery, the air card, and the laptop. The thing is I draw a lot from the batteries. I’m online a long time every day, writing the blog, editing photos, answering comments, emails, etc.

      Right now the weather is so terrible I don’t want to drive anywhere. I could sit in the PTV, run the engine, and blog. I’m running a bit low on gas for the PTV right now so I don’t want to do that.

      I haven’t forgotten about the radio I want. I move so much that I probably won’t be checking pawn shops.

  19. Angie2B says:

    It never fails, when I look at your camper and van combo, I still think “That is a great set-up.” I am still thinking about copying off of you. 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Go ahead and copy, Angie!

      If you get a van for a tow vehicle, make sure you get one that’s upholstered through-out. I’ve been glad for that insulation and noise-reducing feature many times.

  20. Linda says:

    Haha! Poor little crew! Worth it though, to get that view!!

    And, pretty sure that’s a jellyfish.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Linda . . . Ah, Bridget and Spike live a pampered life. They can do something for me once in a while!

  21. Barbara says:

    Wow! Great photos. Reading the comments, sounds like some of Washington’s ocean fronts could be dangerous if not paying close attention.
    Also, you may want to keep a watch on approaching winter storms. Parts of the Rockies have had some snow, not to mention all the flood damaged roads. National weather appears to have colder weather coming into the northwest, as well.
    Take care, Sue

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re right about storms, Barbara. We’re in the middle of one right now. Cold, cold rain and gusty wind… Thanks for the compliment on the photos. Not taking any photos today in this weather.

  22. Glenda in OZ! says:

    How beautiful this coast line is…………..such a pity I didn’t get to see any of it when I was in the north of Washington state………….limited time, maybe next time if there ever is a next time!

  23. Dawn says:

    I was just saying to myself how much I liked the photo where the photographers were wading toward the big rocks….when I read that you didn’t like photos with people in them! LOL…I liked it because it added color and perspective. My very very favorite of this batch though is that long empty beach (4 up from the bottom)..that’s just beautiful. Glad you snagged that ocean view site…it’s Saturday night now, and you’re probably right in the middle of that storm. I went over to the storm blog. YIKES! Hang tight!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Dawn,

      Yes, we’re in the middle of the storm (that is, I hope it’s the middle and not the beginning). The ocean looks mean… dark with enormous breakers way out. The wind is gusty and the rain is cold.

      Spike periodically goes nuts, being shut up inside all day. I let him out to run off his energy by himself. Hardly anyone is here and in this weather nobody is going to care about a dog not on-leash. I’m not freezing my rear off every time he gets wound up.

      Bridget, bless her heart, stays under the covers. I think I’ll have to carry her outside before bedtime to empty her bladder. She would try to hold it rather than face the weather.

      As for me, I’m drinking lemon tea, studying my Benchmark atlases, and reading a book. We’ve avoided bad weather for several months. I can’t complain!

      • mockturtle says:

        LOL! I’ve been studying my Benchmark maps today, too! Dreaming of the desert. 😉

      • Dawn says:

        I wake this Sunday morning to see that the weather where you are is #1 story on the national news. Mostly they are talking about the amount of rain, but also the wind. Scares me for you, but I know you are smart and will stay safe. I bet the waves are enormous. Hope it breaks for you for a bit, but I think there is another round of it all waiting in the wings.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hi, Dawn,

          I appreciate your concern. The crew and I are fine in our cocoon.

          Yes, this is a big storm. My oceanfront view isn’t placid and calm… It’s a horror movie out there. LOL! The waves are huge and breaking so fast that it’s nothing but dirty white all the way to the horizon, the latter not far away because it disappears into darkness.

          Wind, rain, hail, lightning… we got it all!

  24. Sye says:

    question or 3 —

    Pulling the trailer what mpg do you get?
    How do you store perishable food – say frozen chicken, ice cream, fresh produce etc -the fridge looks really small and going to a store ever few days isn’t always easy to do..
    Curious as I cannot find answers on your blog or elsewhere

    Thanks for the info – Sye

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Sye,

      I haven’t given it a “true” mpg test, but in mixed conditions (towing uphill, stop-and-go, headwind, tailwind, flat and easy) our mpg is about 15-17 mpg. I’m happy with that!

      For one person I find the freezer is adequate. One technique I use to free up freezer space is to cook around three meals at a time. Let’s say I buy two big packs of skinless, boneless chicken. I cook one of the packs immediately and it provides two dinners and one lunch. The other goes in the freezer. I buy chicken sausage which keeps a long time without being frozen. I also don’t eat fresh produce every day and in the winter I like Progresso soups.

      • Sye says:

        Thanks!!!! I priced out additional fridge/freezers – YIKES!!!! Your way is sooooo much better!!! I knew you ate alot of chicken – as you say that often – never thought about the sausage though !

        15-17 mpg towing is fab gas mileage that I could also live with!!

        Thanks for the info!
        Sye

  25. AZ Jim says:

    Good job on getting your ocean view campsite. I knew you would do it. More great pix, put another on my desktop. Have fun Sue…

  26. Marcia GB in MA says:

    Gotta strike while the iron is hot! Glad you got your oceanfront site at this gorgeous spot. Enjoy every moment, rainy or not.

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