We last left you in Hell’s Canyon (border of Washington and Idaho), where we took a serious jet boat ride through the level 4 rapids of the Snake River.
Miss the rocks, please.
There were times when the nose of the boat was completely submerged, and I wish that I had a picture of that for you, ’cause it was cool! But at those moments I was hanging on for dear life. So this picture will have to do — just imagine the bow submerged and water pouring in through the top of the windows.
Our next stop was at a Walmart parking lot in Richland, Washington. Waaa? Walmart? It’s one of our favorite places to “camp” when we’re on the road between major stops. We had no major plans for Richland, so we used one of our travel apps, http://www.allstays.com, to find a place to stay. Here’s what we get:
As we looked at the satellite view, we noticed a movie theater across the street, several nice restaurants, and …(drum roll) …… a Krispy Kreme donut shop!!! So we called Walmart, got permission to stay the night, and celebrated halloween in style with dinner, a movie and DONUTS.
Were we concerned about security — especially on halloween night? Well, we’re always cautious. But ………. Walmart has these.
There’s not a square inch at Walmart parking lots that’s not monitored. We sleep snug as bugs at Walmarts. And we thank them by giving them our business. Aaannnnddd it was free. RV parks have been costing around $35 per night. More money for donuts.
Next morning we fired up the big diesel and rolled just a couple of miles to the Richland Temple and spent several hours enjoying the peace and serenity you can only find in a Mormon temple. For us, these temples are a haven where we can escape the cares of the world.
In the afternoon we travelled on toward our destination — the Blue Hole (a.k.a., Sequim, Washington).
There were beautiful crops in the fields- trees bursting with red apples and grape vineyards in their fall foliage between Richland and Yakima.
Our overnight rest stop was in the parking lot of the Muckleshoot Casino– free parking and a nice dinner.
It was raining, as per usual, on the Olympic Peninsula as we approached Sequim.
Hmm. This would be a good test to see if the Blue Hole was real. Would it be raining in Sequim?
And then, as we got on the Northern Olympic peninsula, magic happened. Just like in the story books (or satellite weather books). The rain just stopped and the sun came out.
We arrived in Sequim, in awe at the Blue Hole that was directly over the city. Yep, it is real. An area of good weather surrounded by clouds and rain.
We set up our motorhome at Gilgal Oasis RV Park in downtown Sequim. It is a clean, well-kept teensy place with beautiful landscaping. Absolutely fine for our needs- with a view of the fog-shrouded snow-capped Olympic mountain range from our windows.
Of course, the first thing we did was go exploring to find the Straits leading to the ocean.
It’s the start of a new adventure. Stay tuned!