Monday, 14MAR, after battling heavy rain, we finally made it back to our place outside Sultan, WA. Tuesday thru Thursday were spent re-opening house, emptying RV, cleaning up more downed trees & limbs from latest wind storm that hit Seattle area Sunday. Along w/the first of many routine medical/dental appointments, washing RV & Toad, mowing, etc.
Friday morning we re-secured the house & drove the RV to Oak Harbor, WA, & the city RV park at Oak Harbor City Beach, where we stayed back in 2010. Then it was off to Coupeville, WA, for a walkabout (we last visited this picturesque town in June 2014 w/kids & grandkids). While there we discovered it was free admission at the Island County Museum, so we took advantage of that.
Back in Oak Harbor we had dinner at Seabolts Smokehouse where we ate back in 2010 – this is a small, family run restaurant specializing in fried fish/clams/oysters/etc & chips. We went with steamed clams & mussels, crab cake, chowder, lemon cake – all excellent!
Saturday morning we went into the old town section of Oak Harbor, WA, for a walkabout. While walking along the beach front of the city park we are camped at, we how destructive last Sunday’s high winds were that hit the Seattle area! The entire beach was covered in a sea of drift wood & downed trees; sections of the asphalt walking path were washed away; & all the picnic shelters were damaged beyond repair! Made us realize how lucky we were deciding to stop short of Seattle & not stay on the road.
After lunch it was off in the Toad to an Irish Wake for our friend Karen Bishop (wife of our old boss & friend Ken Bishop), at their former house (now owned by their daughter Kelli & husband Bob Post) in Greenbank, WA. As we mentioned in our 14 November 2015 BLOG Karen passed away on November Second. Although the passing of a long time & good friend is sad, we were thankful that a remembrance for her & her life occurred at a time we would be back in Washington & could attend. (See below BLOG link for our last visit with her & husband Ken.)
It was sad, but life affirming gathering, that we were very glad we made the effort to be a part of! It was attended by many family members from across the USA, old shipmates (like us), old friends, & current neighbors & friends. Displayed throughout the house were many mementos & awards from her life as a world traveler, supporter of Coast Guard families wherever Ken & she were stationed, & most significantly as a major & longtime volunteer for the Red Cross. As we learned while visiting Karen & Ken, Ken joined a local “sea shanty” group on Whidbey Island called the Shifty Sailors. The Sailors are very good & have even toured the Poland & the Baltic countries. Naturally they performed for the wake. The wake was a fitting tribute to a very special person.
Sunday, 20MAR, it was on the road back to our place in Sultan, WA. First a stop to see Ken Bishop away from the crowd of yesterday’s wake. While visiting some of the Harrington’s (Karen’s side of the family) also stopped by; along with Ken’s daughter Kelli & husband Bob Post.
Continuing our drive back to Sultan, we then stopped to see cousin Bob & wife Patti Harris for a short visit. Not much done but chores Monday thru Saturday. Sunday, 27MAR (easter), Dan’s brother Shawn & wife Cindie come over for a visit & easter dinner. As always with their visits, a good time.
Not much done the rest of the month. Tuesday, 29MAR, we took the RV into Valley Freightliner in Mt Vernon, WA, for some minor repairs & maintenance – hope they do a better job than in AUG 2009.