Friday, January 22, 2010
So here you go...
Prettiest state sign we saw: Mississippi
Best Food overall: Northern New Mexico (second place, Louisiana!)
Best Beaches: Navarre Beach, Florida
Campground most like Jurassic Park: Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park, Jacksonville, FL
Best Bear Sighting: Sequoia National Park, CA
Best Place to find Bigfoot: Caddo Lake, East Texas
Best Town for Original Art: Bisbee, Arizona
Best Coffee Huts: Dutch Brothers, Oregon
Best Town for Spiritual Art: Sedona, Arizona
Best Campground to ride bikes for kids: The Lakes RV & Golf Resort, Chowchilla, CA
Best Swimming Pool at campsite: The Lakes RV & Golf Resport, Chowchilla, CA
Best National Park: Zion, Utah
Hardest Junior Ranger book: Zion NP
Windiest Place we stayed: DeSmet, South Dakota
Best Science Museum: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Sawyer's Prettiest Place: Florida
Robby's Prettiest Place: City of Rocks SP, New Mexico
Best Sunsets: City of Rocks SP, New Mexico
Best Kids Fishing: Columbia, CA and Arcadia Lake, OK
Nicest Waitress: Petro Travel Plaza, San Luis, CA
Most police presence seen on highways: Florida
Best Kid's Breakfast: Shari's Restaurant, Medford, oR
Best Night Sky: Bisbee, Arizona
Best and Worst other kids to play with: Caddo Lake, East Texas
Saturday, December 26, 2009
The RV Gypsies wish you all an exciting and adventurous NEW YEAR!
Dungeness Spit, ate Chinese food for Christmas Eve (just like in the movie "A Christmas Story") and opened presents with the kids. It was great. Our first Christmas in our Sequim house was very relaxing and filled with family and fun, just like the way we like it. Joss was excited to have a big picture window in the front of the house to put a tree in (she's always wanted one of those) and was able to put up her Dickens Christmas Village this year. It’s been 10 years since we’ve had it up…had to wait for the kidlin’s to mature a little!
Everyone asks us about the weather up here since Sequim is known for it's sunny days. Some people call it the blue hole since we are the last to cloud up and the first to clear up in the NW. Yes, we believe it is quite true. We get way more sunny days then most of the area. We also get much less rain (about 20 inches a year), but we have the beauty of the green trees and the Olympic Mountain Range right outside our windows. It really is a unique place!
The winter this year has been more mild compared to last year and the kids are missing the snow we had last year. In 2008, it was in the 20's & 30's for quite a bit of the winter, but this year more in the high 30's to mid 40's. That's just a shirt and a jacket to us. We have been getting some of the storms that are hitting the NW but we still don't get near the amount of rain as the rest of the area. This past Spring was sunny, beautiful and in the 70's. The Summer was the same but a bit warmer and quite long. We kept wondering when the fall weather was going to come and it finally showed in November. So Fall only seemed to last a month before Winter was upon us. We seem to get a good balance of moderate weather and it's just the way we wanted it. Maybe a little more snow for the kids, but don't tell the locals we said that!
Since Robert has had a few days off for the Holidays we’ve been getting on him about finally getting that blog up about the Summer Lavender Festival. So, without any more waiting, here it is, the Winter blog on the Summer Festival, enjoy.....
The real reason our So Cal best friends Leanne and Kendra came to see us during the third week in July was the annual Lavender Festival! Sequim is the second largest growing community of lavender in the world. We have the perfect climate for growing lavender, which needs a certain colder temperature in the winter and not too much rain year round. We also have the largest lavender event in North America, the Sequim Lavender Festival. The population of Sequim more then doubles during Festival from 20,000 to about 50,000 or more.
Robert took a day off so he could come with us to the farms. The Festival includes a street fair with booths, food and live music and free bus rides to seven local lavender farms. We always love the street fairs, they had great shopping for all the lavender products you could ever imagine; lavender bundles, soap, painted bags, cooking herbs, perfume, lotions, notepads, artwork and photos in lavender theme, and much more. I’d never known there were so many items made from lavender. My favorite part about the street fair was the food. As my kids would say, DUH!! The different venders, all-local, worked hard to have lavender food for people to try. I had never tried food cooked with lavender as the herb before, but we got to try lavender grilled shrimp, salmon, and steak. We also had many glasses of lavender lemonade, white chocolate lavender cookies and our favorite, lavender ice cream. They had many different flavors of ice cream, black berry lavender, peppermint lavender, lemon lavender and white chocolate lavender. For me it was a tie between the black berry and the peppermint. Surprise, surprise, all the lavender food was DELICIOUS. We were all happily surprised. I bought a cookbook and will attempt to learn some of this lavender cooking before we have more visitors next summer. You’ve been warned!!
Leanne and I agree the best part of the festival were the farm tours. Each farm has different activities but they all have U-pick lavender bundles, lavender crafts they teach you to make, artists, live music, vendors and food from a local restaurant. Some of the tours had talks on how to make lavender products such as essential oils. Others taught about the many different varieties of lavender and how to grow them best or how to cook with lavender as an herb.
It was interesting how each farm had a different personality to it. Some farms were bustling with activity and fun for the whole family and others were more laid back and relaxing. I think Leanne and I enjoyed the first farm and one of our last farms the most. The first farm we went to, Jardin du Soleil, was high spirited and fun for the kids and adults alike. They had free pictures being taken in the lavender fields with your camera by a professional photographer and lots of fun booths for all, like tasting lavender honey, making glass beads with fire, rocks and crystals (always a hit with us) face painting and an English maze made with hedges.
The last farm we enjoyed because of it’s laid back atmosphere and also because Robert had the kids with him and us girls could sit back on the balcony of the farm house gift shop sipping lavender margaritas while looking out over the lavender fields at the end of the day. It was beautiful. It made me really proud to be a Sequim resident to have this wonderful festival right here in our own town.
Our summer visitors have left and now we are taking the trailer and visiting some of our friends and family in Oregon. The last week of summer we are heading to Oregon to visit our Aunt and Uncle again and also to visit our friend Railroad Ray. It’s been a great first summer in Sequim for the RVGypsies so far. Hope yours has been lovely too!!
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Summer in Sequim has been wonderful. In June Nana and Papa Koch, (Josslyn’s folks), came up for Sawyer’s 6th birthday party. Sawyer loved having his grandparents here for his big day. We drove them all over the peninsula, took them to the beach, berry picking at one of the local U-Pick berry farms and to our favorite place to take visitors, the Dungeness Spit. We ran them ragged for the whole week. I think they had fun though.
The weather in Sequim during the summer takes some getting used to for us “desert people” from Southern California. Call us spoiled but we’ve lived with 325+ days of sun a year. In So Cal, if you wake up and it’s sunny, it almost ALWAYS stays that way for the day. Not so in the Pacific Northwest! In the PNW the weather can change in the blink of an eye. I like it but I’m still not used to it. In the morning it can be raining and in the afternoon we could have sun and clear sky. One week we’ll be cooking along at 90 degrees and the next week it’s in the 50’s and raining. I personally love the unpredictability and the breaks from the extreme heat but some of our So Cal visitors didn’t care for the cooler temps. My parents were cold almost their entire visit in June when it was in the 60’s and a bit cloudy. Southern California was too hot for us so we are happy to have the cooler summer here on the peninsula.
The first part of the summer each of the boys had a week of sports camp. Shortly after that, some friends from home visited us.
The Murrillo Family only had one day in Sequim before they caught the ferry to Vancouver but they made the time to come and see our new home and take us to lunch at the 3 Crabs for Dungeness crab. We appreciated seeing them so much.
In between visitors and swim lessons we play on the block with the neighborhood gang of kids and venture out into the wild to see what we can see. We found a beautiful part of the Dungeness River where we can inner tube and swim on hot days and a some great places to bike and roller blade. We are keeping busy as I’m sure you are too.
We were very excited when our friends from Chino Hills, Leanne and Kendra, who visited us twice on our cross-country adventure, came for a visit as well! We went all over Sequim and Port Angeles showing them around. We hiked in the Olympic National Park and took them to the beach for a little PNW style beach excitement. Unfortunately the wind kicked in that day and made for an interesting cold beach experience. The kids didn’t seem to notice much but the moms did. But, the local birds liked the wind and we did have a fabulous show from two bald eagles that flew right over us for about ten minutes gliding on the currents.
We even went to the few spots in Port Angeles that are mentioned in the Twilight book series, Bella Italia Restaurant, the book store and the Lincoln Theatre. The ladies in the group particularly liked the Twilight store with the Bella and Edward life-size cutouts.
Our summer in Sequim will continue with another blog about the Lavender Festival. Stay tuned!
Friday, June 26, 2009
We finally decided to put our truck and trailer up for sale. The trailer is perfect for cross country travel, full time living or a spare (mobile) apartment. But it's more than we need now that we're settled down. The trailer is a 2008 Titanium, made by Glendale RV out of Ontario, Canada. The model is a 36E41, sometimes referred to as 36E41TBR. It has 2 bedrooms, sleeps 8, has 4 slide outs and lots of storage. We had it custom made at the factory and it's loaded with extras. The truck is a 2008 Ford, one ton, F-350 Lariat, dual rear wheel, diesel, also fully loaded!
Click here to view a video of the Titanium trailer features and differences!
If you're interested, send us an email at email@example.com. We'll give you all the details so you can start your own adventure!
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Sunday, December 7, 2008
by Momma Gypsy
We've had beautiful fall weather so far in Sequim and we love it here. We've had a few rainy days but mostly blue sky and clear crisp days. The array of autumn colors are starting to fall to the ground to make way for winter and we hope for some snow.
Robby is blossoming in the second grade at school and doing really well in math and catching up in reading. Tonight he proudly read two pages of Hardy Boys to us. He's doing great. He's also making friends and had four new friends at a bowling party for his 8th Birthday. He's joined Cub Scouts and is very excited about it.
Robert is adjusting to being in sales again.
We are very happy with our choice and love it here in beautiful Sequim. We've only seen it in the Winter time and we love it. We can't image what it looks like in Spring and Summer! Guess you'll just have to wait along with us! :)
Friday, October 17, 2008
Well we have made it to our new home, Sequim Washington! After a whirlwind two week trip to Southern California (we'll write a separate blog about that trip soon), we picked up our trailer yesterday from the repair facility and moved back into it. It was so good to be back in our spacious home after being in the rental trailer. We were treated so well by the rental company that we'd highly recommend them if you're ever in the Portland Oregon area and needing a motorhome or trailer. Give Veronica a call at RV Northwest, they really understood how hard it was for us to be without our home and the uncertainty of when we'd get it back from the repairs.
Joss had to run an errand this morning on her way to Sequim and Robby went with her and the kittens. She took I-5 to Olympia, then headed off on Highway 101 towards Sequim. The pictures above are from her leg of the journey. Sawyer and I took the truck and trailer straight up I-5 to Tacoma, WA. Then we headed Northwest, eventually joining up with Joss and Robby where the 104 meets the 101. We caravaned into Sequim this evening and after setting up the trailer, headed to our favorite Mexican food restaurant just a couple blocks away.
It's good to put down the leveling jacks on the trailer and know that we are staying put for a while. How long you ask? We don't know what the future will bring but we're renting space 26 on a month to month basis at Gilgal Oasis RV Park for now. We'll start looking around at houses, barns, vacant land, boat slips, you name it! Just kidding about the boat slips though.
Next week I start my new job with a division of The Home Depot. The boys start school and Joss starts investigating our new hometown and looking at properties.
When we told some friends down south that I was going to work at/for The Home Depot, we got a few raised eyebrows. I won't exactly be stocking the shelves (not that there's anything wrong with that of course) but to be honest...it's so beautiful here...I'd pump gas here before going back to So Cal. :)