Retirement is not the end; it is a wonderful new beginning.
Friday, June 11, 2010
Long Beach and Days Gone By
Back in the 1970's we spent many years vacationing (and a whole lotta partying) on Long Beach in Washington State--many a 4th of July was spent on that beach with our friends, Frank, Jeanette and Jenay and a mob of others. Today we went back down memory lane and visited all the old haunts--Frank's cabin in Ocean Park (he sold years ago), the beach you can drive on forever, the antique shop where Mike bought me an old 1940s-era asian teacup (I still have it), the tavern on the corner and The Ark restaurant in Oysterville. Unfortunately, The Ark is closed down, but the old building had a sign in the window saying they reopened in Klipsan Beach. We found them! Jimella's Seafood Market sign is a little misleading because inside is a small cafe with eight tables and the same quality food they served years ago at The Ark. Besides the oysters, steamed clams, and chowder; we splurged on the calories today and had the lemon custard and cake dessert.
Ilwaco, Washington is known for their charter fishing boats and over the years we've gone out ocean fishing several times for salmon. (That's me 35 years ago with a 32 pound salmon.) Ilwaco is exactly the same as I last remembered. The same marina, the parking lot style RV park across the street and boats in all shapes and sizes.
Cape Disappointment was another stop today. A lighthouse, a museum and a walk in the woods--the lighthouse was picture perfect, the walk refreshing, but please no more museums. That's it for a while; we know every fact known about the Lewis and Clark expedition.
Each day is a gift and in retirement, even more so. The time is mine to pursue anything that interests me and financial freedom gives me possibilities. Locations--Near and Far. Creativity. Social Life. Good Health. Enjoying the beauty of Mother Nature.
This blog was started to document our travels across the country (hence the title, "Driving Miss Terry"), but it has become so much more. What a wonderful phase of life, I do not intend to waste it.
12/14/13-12/31/13 - Olympic Peninsula, WA 12/13/13-12/14/13 - Grants Pass, OR 12/01/13-12/13/13 - Paso Robles, CA 11/01/13-12/01/13 - Borrego Springs, CA 10/23/13-11/01/13 - Wickenburg, AZ 10/22/13-10/23/13 - Las Vegas, NV 10/21/13-10/22/13 - Jackpot, NV 10/14/13-10/21/13 - Richland, WA 10/10/13-10/14/13 - Jackson, OH Year 2012 Itinerary
01/04/12-01/18/12 - Disney World, FL 01/18/12-02/27/12 - Titusville, FL 02/27/12-02/28/12 - Albany, GA 02/28/12-02/29/12 - Little Rock, AR 02/29/12-03/01/12 - Amarillo, TX 03/01/12-03/02/12 - Albuquerque, NM 03/02/12-03/05/12 - Kingman, AZ 03/05/12-03/06/12 - Jackpot, NV 03/06/12-03/07/12 - La Grande, OR 03/07/12-03/09/12 - Richland, WA 03/09/12-10/10/13 - Olympic Peninsula, WA
Year 2011 Itinerary
01/09/11-01/23/11 - Congress, AZ 01/23/11-02/12/11 - Las Vegas, NV 02/12/11-02/18/11 - Death Valley NP, CA 02/18/11-02/22/11 - Valley of Fire SP, NV 02/22/11-03/08/11 - Zion NP, UT 03/08/11-03/15/11 - Lake Powell, AZ 03/15/11-03/19/11 - Grand Canyon, AZ 03/19/11-03/21/11 - Camp Verde, AZ 03/21/11-03/30/11 - Sedona, AZ 03/31/11-04/07/11 - Cortez, CO 04/07/11-04/21/11 - Moab, UT 04/21/11-04/28/11 - Capitol Reef NP, UT 04/28/11-05/01/11 - Bryce Canyon NP, UT 05/01/11-05/02/11 - Twin Falls, ID 05/02/11-05/03/11 - Pendleton, OR 05/03/11-05/22/11 - Richland, WA 05/22/11-11/05/11 - Olympic Peninsula, WA 11/05/11-11/08/11 - Eugene, OR 11/08/11-11/09/11 - Redding, CA 11/09/11-11/10/11 - Bakersfield, CA 11/10/11-11/13/11 - Lake Havasu City, AZ 11/13/11-11/15/11 - Yuma, AZ 11/15/11-11/17/11 - Tucson, AZ 11/17/11-11/18/11 - Deming, NM 11/18/11-11/19/11 - Carlsbad, NM 11/19/11-11/23/11 - Fredericksburg, TX 11/23/11-11/29/11 - Livingston, TX 11/29/11-12/01/11 - Vidalia, LA 12/01/11-12/02/11 - Mobile, AL 12/02/11-12/04/11 - Carabelle, FL 12/04/11-12/06/11 - Crystal River, FL 12/06/11-01/03/12 - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Year 2010 Itinerary
05/30/10-05/31/10 - Silver Creek, WA 05/31/10-06/21/10 - Astoria, OR 06/21/10-06/28/10 - Netarts, OR 06-28/10-07/05/10 - Lincoln City, OR 07/05-10-07/26/10 - Winchester Bay, OR 07/26/10-08/02/10 - Port Orford, OR 08/02/10-08/16/10 - Klamath, CA 08/16/10-08/23/10 - Redcrest, CA 08/23/10-09/07/10 - Napa, CA 09/07/10-10/05/10 - San Juan Bautista, CA 10/05/10-10/23/10 - Paso Robles, CA 10/23/10-10/24/10 - Adelanto, CA 10/24/10-11/26/10 - Palm Springs, CA 11/26/10-12/26/10 - Chula Vista, CA 12/26/10-01/09/11 - Borrego Springs, CA