Before leaving Cedar Mountain Farm Bed & Breakfast, we drank our morning coffee and tea on the porch and walked around to see the garden and goats, followed by the friendly cat.
We needed to savor the wide-open space and peacefulness for what was to come, though we didn’t know it at the time.
And I wish we had this much wood already cut, split, and stacked to burn in our wood stove this coming winter!
After our day-long drive across the entire state of Washington, we arrived at our next campground on the southern outskirts of Seattle. I won’t give the name, but suffice it to say we were packed in like sardines in an open-air apartment building. I guess that’s to be expected in an urban campground. The campsite we had reserved was not available, so they put us in the first line of sites right next to the highway. When we complained, we were given ½ a site at the back, crammed between a trailer and the trash dumpster (which was at least hidden by a wooden fence, but which did not diminish the sound or aroma of garbage).
The sad thing about the campground is that it’s not inhabited entirely by vacationers like us. There are a number of large families living out of RVs or tents. The parents go to work (some across the road at a giant Amazon Fulfillment Center), and some of the kids go to school while some just run around the campground unattended all day long.
We did brave the heavy traffic of Seattle on Friday to drive into the South Union Lake area to visit one of only two working steamboats in the entire US.
I came across the Virginia V in my research of the steamboat era for my current novel and hoped to be able to take a cruise on it. However, no cruise was scheduled for this weekend, but Doug and I were able to tour the boat.
Like the SS City of Atlanta, it does have a triple expansion engine, but it’s operated by diesel, instead of coal, and the boat is much smaller.
All the wood is from old growth Douglas Fir, including this wheel in the pilothouse.
The harbor was guarded by this beautiful clock…
…and was busy with small boats and even seaplanes…
On the traffic-packed drive back to the campground, we were surprised by a vision of Mount Rainier in the distance. It looked as if it was floating in the sky. We couldn’t catch a photo then, but later we walked to a bird sanctuary behind the campground (who knew it was there?), and Doug took this photo from an observation tower.
You can also see a photo, taken from the same observation tower, of the campground against the backdrop of the Amazon Fulfillment Center.
On our second day in Seattle, we visited my good friend and Spalding MFA faculty colleague, Dianne Aprile, at her home in Kirkland, overlooking Lake Washington.
Dianne took us on a sunset walk along Juanita Bay before we had dinner.
Three nights of turtling into our sleeping bags to muffle the all night noise of the urban campground was enough for us. We left a day early to travel down the Oregon Coast and are happy to be in a warm, dry inn for the night, as a storm rolled in today.
More about the coast of Oregon in my next post...