Monday, September 26, 2016

August 27, 2016 - Kent, WA to Anacortes, WA

For the first time in a long time Edith woke up feeling SO tired.  Maybe it was from all the excitement while photoshooting with Paul last night.  Well, it is very cloudy with no sight of the sun, so maybe that was what made Edith feeling so blue?

After getting everything put away we asked fellow camper, next door to us, to move the Jeep, so we can leave the site without worrying about hitting his car.

We will have to say that Seattle/Tacoma KOA has the tightest spaces between, not worse than the one we stayed at in Florida some years ago.  Next time we come visit Seattle we will try a different campground.
Indian Chief
Circa 1909
This statue is one of 16 which adorned the top of
the White-Henry-Stuart Building in downtown Seattle.
It was obtained and reconstructed at KOA in 1977 by 
KOA owners Beth and DeLane Garrett.
We left KOA at 10:15, were going to Anacortes, WA (73 miles away). We took I-5 N and the traffic was heavy for the next 40 miles. Erwin was stressed while driving because too many cars cut in at the last minute. Also, I-5 road conditions were very poor, rough most of the way, very bumpy. There were lots of uneven patches. WA transportation department needs to thin-shave the surface to make roads smoother like they do in Florida.
Warning of speed limit ahead
Notice how the speed limit was reduced from 60 to 30 in matters of minutes
Rainier Brewing Signpost
Seattle Skyline
Safeco Field - home of Seattle Seahawks Football
We checked into Swinomish Casino/RV Park at 1 pm.   Before checking into the RV Park we went to Swinmosih gas station to get diesel ($2.51 per gal) fill-up first. After exiting the gas station we did not know where to go to the RV park, so we stopped by the front of the casino and asked the valet for assistance.  They told us to go round to the back, park and walk to the hotel registration inside the casino. The nightly fee was $35 and we reserved Site #23 for 2 nights.  We were not sure if we wanted to stay here more than 2 nights. We wanted to check out other RV parks while we were here.  We might stay here longer if other RV parks were not to our likings. Last year we camped at Fidalgo Bay RV Resort. It was a very nice and secluded campground, but the nightly rate was little too high.
We were assigned to Site #23, which is a pull-thru with electricity and water, but there was no sewer hookup. There is a dump station on the premises. The RV Park is next to the railroad tracks with a good view of Padilla Bay and Swinomish Channel.

While we were inside the Lil' Home we were alarmed to feel the shaky movement.  It turned out that the train was going by.  
RV Park

Padilla Bay
As soon as we got the LH settled in we went to Anacortes Telescope and Wild Bird store, not too far from the casino to check telescopes that Edith was thinking of buying.  She had been wanting to get Celestron NexStar 8 SE, but after discussing pros/cons she decided not to buy one after all.  

Celestron 8 SE telescope
The store had lots of feeders outside and lots of birds
came by to feed on seeds
This cat was BIG!
A guard cat for the store, we wonder if he has been feeding on the birds!
Erwin petting the store cat

After talking to the store clerk about telescopes we left to check out Pioneer Trails RV Park in Anacortes to check out the site and to get information on rates, etc.  While the site looked nice and comfortable the nightly rate was too high for our budget.
The evening was nice.  Edith was hoping to see the Milky Way, but the clouds took over.

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