2019 Travel Log

 

This page is our travel log for the year 2019. This way our family and friends can see where we visited and stayed at throughout the year as well as future confirmed reservations on where we will be staying or are planning to be staying at. We will update this page as we travel or should our travel plans change. The oldest entry is at the top of the page and the most recent entry is at the bottom of the page. We started traveling fulltime on June 22, 2011; we started living fulltime in our RV in May 2010 while we were preparing our home for sale and selling off most of our possessions. This is our 8th year of fulltime traveling and our 9th year of living fulltime in our motor coach.

Here is a link to Our Visited Places; this is our page listing all of the places that we have been to together "as a couple" since 1996.

Date(s) Location Event/Resort and Travel Notes
11/30/18 - 01/04/19 South Beach, OR Camped at Whaler's Rest RV & Camping Resort (Thousand Trails/Leisure Time Resorts) (Site 93) in South Beach, OR for 35 nights in a 50 Amp FHU site. To stay 5 weeks consecutively, we used one of our two 2018 extra weeks for $29.00. This campground has free internet for most sites, as well as free internet in both lodges; we also got 4G LTE internet service from AT&T. This is a very nice Thousand Trails preserve with 164 campsites located just 150 yards from the Pacific Ocean. We are Ultimate Odyssey members of Thousand Trails; a private campground membership. Our 2018 yearly maintenance fee of $639.41 allows us unlimited camping with no nightly camping fees at 108 different Thousand Trails/NACO/Leisure Time/Mid-Atlantic/Outdoor World/Encore nationwide campgrounds. This part of the country is OK for Winter visits because of its mild Winter temps. This is a highly recommended Thousand Trails Campground!
01/04/19 - 02/01/19 Florence, OR Camped at South Jetty RV & Camping Resort (Thousand Trails) (Site 194) in Florence, OR for 28 nights in a 50 Amp Electric & Water Only site with a public sewer dump station. This campground only has free internet inside both lodges but we got excellent cell phone service with 4G LTE internet from AT&T, Verizon & Sprint. This is a very nice Thousand Trails preserve with 184 campsites, and the property is located on the fringe of the Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park with many giant sand dunes. We are Ultimate Odyssey members of Thousand Trails/NACO/Leisure Time/Mid-Atlantic/Outdoor World/Encore; a private campground membership. Our 2019 yearly maintenance fee of $639.41 allows us unlimited camping with no nightly camping fees at 108 different Thousand Trails/NACO/Leisure Time/Mid-Atlantic/Outdoor World/Encore nationwide campgrounds. This part of the country is OK for Winter visits because of its mild Winter temps. This is a highly recommended Thousand Trails Campground!
02/01/19 - 03/01/19 South Beach, OR Camped at Whaler's Rest RV & Camping Resort (Thousand Trails/Leisure Time Resorts) (Site 155) in South Beach, OR for 28 nights in a 30 Amp FHU site. This campground has free internet for most sites, as well as free internet in both lodges; we also got 4G LTE internet service from AT&T. This is a very nice Thousand Trails preserve with 164 campsites located just 150 yards from the Pacific Ocean. We are Ultimate Odyssey members of Thousand Trails/NACO/Leisure Time/Mid-Atlantic/Outdoor World/Encore; a private campground membership. Our 2019 yearly maintenance fee of $639.41 allows us unlimited camping with no nightly camping fees at 108 different Thousand Trails/NACO/Leisure Time/Mid-Atlantic/Outdoor World/Encore nationwide campgrounds. This part of the country is OK for Winter visits because of its mild Winter temps. This is a highly recommended Thousand Trails Campground!
03/01/19 - 03/29/19 Pacific City, OR Camped at Pacific City RV & Camping Resort (Thousand Trails) (Site C20) in Pacific City, OR with a mailing address of Cloverdale, OR for 28 nights in a 30 Amp Electric & Water Only  site with a public sewer dump station. This is a very nice Thousand Trails preserve with 305 campsites. We are Ultimate Odyssey members of Thousand Trails/NACO/Leisure Time/Mid-Atlantic/Outdoor World/Encore; a private campground membership. Our 2019 yearly maintenance fee of $639.41 allows us unlimited camping with no nightly camping fees at 108 different Thousand Trails/NACO/Leisure Time/Mid-Atlantic/Outdoor World/Encore nationwide campgrounds. This part of the country is OK for Winter visits because of its mild Winter temps. This is a highly recommended Thousand Trails Campground!

Note: On Fri., 03/08/19 we did our third TT upgrade from Ultimate Odyssey I to Ultimate Odyssey II at the much discounted price of $2,150.00. We were informed we were the first TT members to ever do this upgrade. This Double Ultimate Odyssey update fixed all of our LTR, MA, and OW parks from a 90 day reservation window to 180 days like we were receiving for TT, NACO & Encore parks, it reset our yearly maintenance dues from $639.41 to $585.00 yearly starting in Jan. 2020, added 10 more years of free weekly Getaway cabins, 5 more years of weekly Cabin Rental rebate certificates, and 5 more years of $500.00 timeshare/cruise certificates. If we take advantage of the 10 years of one week free cabin stays, that will more than cover the cost of this upgrade. During our lifetime we may direct TT to issue a 5 zone Thousand Trails Camping Pass to up to four (04) family members or friends, and we may will up to eight (08) clones of our current contract for our relatives, so we wanted the highest level of campground membership for our 5 children to enjoy for their retirements too. This eight (08) membership limit shall be reduced by one (01) for each 5 zone TT Camping Pass we create for family & friends while living.

03/29/19 - 05/03/19 Seaside, OR Camped at Seaside RV Resort (Thousand Trails/Leisure Time Resorts) (Site 131) in Seaside, OR for 35 nights in a 50 Amp FHU site. To stay 5 weeks consecutively, we used one of our two 2019 extra weeks for $29.00. This campground has internet throughout the north & south parks for a fee & has free internet inside the lodge, but we got excellent cell phone service with 4G LTE internet from AT&T, Verizon & Sprint. This is a very nice Thousand Trails preserve with 261 campsites. We are Ultimate Odyssey members of Thousand Trails/NACO/Leisure Time/Mid-Atlantic/Outdoor World/Encore; a private campground membership. Our 2019 yearly maintenance fee of $639.41 allows us unlimited camping with no nightly camping fees at 108 different Thousand Trails/NACO/Leisure Time/Mid-Atlantic/Outdoor World/Encore nationwide campgrounds. This is a highly recommended Thousand Campground!
05/03/19 - 06/07/19 Seaview, WA Camped at Long Beach RV Resort (Thousand Trails) (Site 65) in Seaview, WA for 35 nights in a 50 Amp FHU site. To stay 5 weeks consecutively, we used one of our two 2019 extra weeks for $29.00. This is a very nice Thousand Trails preserve with 144 campsites. We are Ultimate Odyssey members of Thousand Trails/NACO/Leisure Time/Mid-Atlantic/Outdoor World/Encore; a private campground membership. Our 2019 yearly maintenance fee of $639.41 allows us unlimited camping with no nightly camping fees at 108 different Thousand Trails/NACO/Leisure Time/Mid-Atlantic/Outdoor World/Encore nationwide campgrounds. This is a highly recommended Thousand Trails Campground!

Note 1: On Fri., 06/07/19, we purchased 100.029 gallons of diesel fuel at $3.499 per gallon for a total cost of $350.00. The last time we bought RV diesel fuel was on 11/02/18 which was 8 months & 1 week ago. Wow, we are loving this slow traveling lifestyle.

06/07/19 - 06/10/19 Ocean Shores, WA Dry Camped at Quinault Beach Resort Casino (Indian Casino Campground) (Site 41) in Ocean Shores, WA for 3 nights. We parked facing the beach with a nice picturesque view of the Pacific Ocean out of our front windshield. The huge campsites are fairly level & made of hard pack, rock & gravel. The casino has security personnel that drives through the RV park on about an hourly basis 24/7, and there was an on-call, free shuttle between the casino and our RV. The campground fee from Labor Day to Memorial Day is $15.00 on Fri. & Sat., and $5.00 on Sun. thru Thurs. The rest of the year the cost is free. Since our stay was after Labor Day and during Fri. thru Sun. nights, our total cost was $35.00. We mainly did this stop-over so that we start checking in on Mondays at Thousand Trails, because it is now Summer vacation with lots of weekend campers on Fri. - Sun., and it makes it easiest for us to find camping spots for our big rig. This is a highly recommended Casino Campground!

Note: We signed up for the free Players Club. We got $10.00 of free play each and 10% off all meals at the Casino. We ate twice at their Bistro Restaurant and once at their  Buffet for Saturday Breakfast.

06/10/19 - 07/08/19 Ocean City, WA Camped at Oceana RV & Camping Resort (Thousand Trails/Leisure Time Resorts) (Site 82) in Ocean City, WA for 28 nights in a 30 Amp Electric & Water only site with a public sewer dump station. This campground has internet that you can pay for, but we were able to connect with AT&T, Sprint, & Verizon, so we got great internet & streaming TV. This is a very nice Thousand Trails preserve with 88 campsites. We are Ultimate Odyssey members of Thousand Trails/NACO/Leisure Time/Mid-Atlantic/Outdoor World/Encore; a private campground membership. Our 2019 yearly maintenance fee of $639.41 allows us unlimited camping with no nightly camping fees at 108 different Thousand Trails/NACO/Leisure Time/Mid-Atlantic/Outdoor World/Encore nationwide campgrounds. This is a highly recommended Thousand Trails Campground!

Note: On Sat., 06/29/19 we attended the Sand & Sawdust Festival which was a 03 day event held on 06/28 - 06/30 in Ocean Shores, WA. The festival had a Chainsaw Art Show & Auction, Amateur Sandcastle Building Contest, Sand Drawing Celebration, Live Music, and Food Vendors. 

07/08/19 - 07/12/19 Copalis Beach, WA Camped at Copalis Beach Resort (C2C) (Site 6) in Copalis Beach, WA for 04 nights in a 50 Amp FHU site. This Coast-To-Coast Classic campground is located right next to the Pacific Ocean. This is a very nice Sunrise Resort campground that allows booking through C2C.  We are C2C Deluxe/RPI Preferred Gold with Resort Connections members. These private campground memberships allow their members to use affiliated public RV parks for C2C Deluxe for $9.20 daily & RPI Preferred $10.00 daily for FHU sites. This campground also charges an extra $3.00 nightly resort fee, thus our 4 night stay had a total cost of $48.80, or $12.55 per night (including taxes). This campground is not much to look at, the hard pack grass sites are fairly level, the roads are dirt & gravel, the electric is good, they have both water & sewer hook-ups, there are no amenities other than clean public restrooms/showers, it is big rig friendly, a beachfront location, and THE PRICE IS RIGHT so this is a highly recommended RV Park!
07/12/19 - 07/18/19 Oakville, WA Camped at Lucky Eagle Casino, Hotel, & RV Park (Indian Casino Campground) (Site 905) in Oakville, WA for 06 nights in a 50 Amp Electric & Water site only with a free public sewer dump. The sites are back-in & pull-thru, concrete, and include free internet, free use of the Hotel pool, and free shuttle service to & from the Casino & Hotel which is slightly more than a half mile away. We opted for a back-in site. We also joined their Players Club for $10.00 of free play each. The RV park was of superior quality. Our grand total cost, including WA taxes was $154.77, making our nightly cost $25.80. If you subtract the cost of the 4 included buffet meals (even at the senior discount price) our 50 Amp camping came out to $14.50 per night.

Note: Summer RV Packages: Package One - 20% off your RV stay plus two All-You-Can-Eat Fire Kitchen Buffet vouchers each 3rd night stay. Package Two - Includes all of Package One, but with required prepayment-in-full, they gave an extra 10% off. Therefore, we opted for Package Two for 6 nights. We got 30% off the nightly rates plus 4 free All-You-Can-Eat Buffets valued at $16.95 each for the 50+ Buffets on Sunday & Wednesday nights for a grand total of $67.80 buffet value.

07/18/19 - 08/15/19 Silver Creek, WA Camped at Paradise RV Campground (Thousand Trails/Leisure Time Resorts) (Site 119) in Silver Creek, WA for 28 nights in a 30 Amp FHU site. This is a very nice Thousand Trails preserve with 148 campsites, and located in the evergreen forests. It has spectacular views of both Mt. Rainier & Mt. St. Helens, as well as Mayfield Lake, as well as having two stocked fishing ponds on property. We are Ultimate Odyssey members of Thousand Trails/NACO/Leisure Time/Mid-Atlantic/Outdoor World/Encore; a private campground membership. Our 2019 yearly maintenance fee of $639.41 allows us unlimited camping with no nightly camping fees at 108 different Thousand Trails/NACO/Leisure Time/Mid-Atlantic/Outdoor World/Encore nationwide campgrounds. This is a highly recommended Thousand Trails Campground!

Note: On Mon., 07/22/19, we made a day trip to Mount Rainier National Park near Ashford, WA, with our RV full-timing friends Dick Totino & Sharon Totino. We enjoyed great weather and got lots of nice pictures. We also ate lunch at the Paradise Inn Dining Room which is located at the base of this volcanic mountain. We also visited the Recycled Spirits of Iron Sculpture Park in Elbe/Ashford, WA. The four of us took a photo with the artist & park owner Dan Klennert.

Note: On Sat., 08/03/19, we attended the Mossyrock Blueberry Festival in Mossyrock, WA. This annual event happens on the first weekend in August, and this year's two day event was on Fri, 08/02 - Sat., 08/03. Anything blueberry is on the menu as well as live music, a fun run, festival parade, fireworks show, quilt show, as well as a dinner at the community center each night. The entry fee was $5.00 per person and we bought two home-made blueberry pies & a jar of blueberry jam. We also  enjoyed a delicious $5.00 spaghetti dinner to help support the high school's athletic department.

08/15/19 - 09/12/19 Chehalis, WA Camped at Chehalis RV & Camping Resort (Thousand Trails) (Site F5) in Chehalis, WA for 28 nights in a 30 Amp Electric & Water only site with a free public dump site. This is a very nice Thousand Trails preserve with 315 campsites on 300 acres. This is the very first Thousand Trails campground that just celebrated their 50th Anniversary on July 16, 2019. It has spectacular views of both Mt. Rainier & Mt. St. Helens. We are Ultimate Odyssey members of Thousand Trails/NACO/Leisure Time/Mid-Atlantic/Outdoor World/Encore; a private campground membership. Our 2019 yearly maintenance fee of $639.41 allows us unlimited camping with no nightly camping fees at 108 different Thousand Trails/NACO/Leisure Time/Mid-Atlantic/Outdoor World/Encore nationwide campgrounds. This is a highly recommended Thousand Trails Campground!

Note: On Sat., 08/17/19, we attended the Southwest Washington Fair and the Lewis County Fair Rodeo & Wild Horse Race in Chehalis, WA. This year's annual event was six days long and was held on 08/13 - 08/18. The fair had a rodeo, carnival, livestock exhibitions, two demolition derbies, lots of live music, a barn bash (live music with dancing), lots of food vendors, and all sorts of contests. It cost us $3.00 for parking, $6.00 each (regular price was $10.00) to enter the fairgrounds with our military discounts, and $15.00 each to attend the Lewis County Fair Rodeo. We also enjoyed a dinner of some smoked BBQ right before the rodeo started. 

09/12/19 - 09/13/19 Graham, WA Camped at our friend's home in Graham, WA for 01 night. She has a nice level, gravel site. We also stored our RV on her property during our several timeshare stays & ocean cruises during September thru November.
09/13/19 - 09/15/19 Seattle, WA Stayed at WorldMark Seattle - The Camlin (Room 1009) in Seattle, WA for 02 nights (Fri., 09/13 to Sun., 09/15) in one of our timeshares; we stayed in a 1 BR hotel with a mini kitchen. This resort is located just blocks away from the cruise terminal. This way we are nice & close for our Holland America Cruise to Alaska on Sun., 09/15/19. We love WorldMark and we love staying in timeshares!!!

Note: RV parked at a friends home in Graham, WA. Public parking for the SUV at The Camlin in downtown Seattle is $45.00 per night; this is just one of many reasons Deb & I hate big cities & avoid them as much as we can.

09/15/19 - 09/22/19 Alaska Cruise
  1. Seattle, WA
  2. Puget Sound, WA
  3. Stephens Passage, AK
  4. Juneau, AK
  5. Hubbard Glacier, AK
  6. Sitka, AK
  7. Ketchikan, AK
  8. Victoria, BC, Canada
Cruised round-trip out of Seattle, WA on Sun., 09/15/19 until Sun., 09/22/19 we went on a Alaska Cruise on the Holland America Oosterdam (Balcony Cabin, Deck 4, Upper Promenade Deck, Category VF, Room 4006) for 7 days. While on this cruise our RV was parked at a friend's property in Graham, WA, and we drove our SUV to the cruise terminal.

Note: This was our third time visiting Alaska. We went on a Holland America Alaska Land & Sea Tour in 2001, a 67 day RV Caravan in 2012, and then this 7 day cruise in 2019. We are also booked for a 14 day Alaska cruise called Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure on Princess Cruise Line for May 2020.

Note: We utilized Seattle CruisePark for parking our SUV. Their normal price is $157.00 for a 7 night cruise & $199.91 for a 14 night cruise. I contacted this company, told them I am doing two back-to-back 7 night cruises and they created a special 14 night parking pass for the two cruise combo for $200.00 which saved us $114.00 on the cruise parking fees.

09/22/19 - 09/29/19 Pacific Northwest Cruise
  1. Seattle, WA
  2. Astoria, OR
  3. San Francisco, CA
  4. Monterey, CA
  5. Victoria, BC, Canada
Cruised round-trip out of Seattle, WA on Sun., 09/22/19 until Sun., 09/29/19 we went on a Pacific Northwest Cruise on the Princess' Star Princess (Inside Cabin, Deck 11, Baja Deck, Category IB, Room B520) for 7 days. While on this cruise our RV was parked at a friend's property in Graham, WA, and we drove our SUV to the cruise terminal.

Note: We utilized Seattle CruisePark for parking our SUV. Their normal price is $157.00 for a 7 night cruise & $199.91 for a 14 night cruise. I contacted this company, told them I am doing two back-to-back 7 night cruises and they created a special 14 night parking pass for the two cruise combo for $200.00 which saved us $114.00 on the cruise parking fees.

09/29/19 - 09/30/19 Seattle, WA Stayed at WorldMark Seattle - The Camlin (Room 601) in Seattle, WA for 01 night in one of our timeshares; we stayed in a 1 BR hotel with a mini kitchen. This resort is located just blocks away from the cruise terminal. This way we are nice & close to the Cruise Terminal to stay for one night after the two cruises, then we take a ferry on our way to the WorldMark Discovery Bay timeshare. We love WorldMark and we love staying in timeshares!!!

Note: RV parked at a friends home in Graham, WA. Public parking for the SUV at The Camlin in downtown Seattle is $45.00 per night; this is just one of many reasons Deb & I hate big cities & avoid them as much as we can.

09/30/19 - 10/25/19 Discovery Bay, WA Stayed at WorldMark Discovery Bay (Room 03) in Discovery Bay, WA for 25 nights in one of our timeshares; we stayed in a 2 BR suite with a full kitchen. We love WorldMark and we love staying in timeshares!!!

Note: RV parked at a friends home in Graham, WA; however, they do have a place here at this resort to park the RV for free & we have utilized it before.

Note: On Mon., 09/30/19, we took the Seattle - Bainbridge Island Ferry (westbound). The westbound cost was $19.15 for the SUV & driver, plus $8.50 for an additional passenger, thus the total cost was $27.65.

Note: On Sat., 10/05/19 we did a daytrip visit to Fort Worden Historical State Park (Link 1, Link 2) with our friend Janice Engle, her son Jared Engle & his friend Spencer Padgett. We visited all the bunkers & heavy artillery sites there that were constructed between 1898 & 1902, and were manned from 1902 to 1953. We also went to the Port Townsend Marine Science Center which includes both a Museum & Aquarium. We also drove around Port Townsend, WA to take in the sights & sounds of that city.

Note: On Weds., 10/23/19 we did a daytrip to the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge in Sequim, WA. We walked the cliff top trails to get a nice view of the Dungeness Spit, the Salish Sea, & the Strait of Juan de Fuca. We then drove further westward to Port Angeles, WA for dinner at an Asian Restaurant. While there, we took in the sights & sounds of that harbor/port city to include their historic downtown area & their boat marina.

10/25/19 - 11/01/19 Glacier, WA Stayed at Snowater Resort (Room 1411) in Glacier, WA for 07 nights in a timeshare exchange; we stayed in a 1 BR suite with a full kitchen. The resort is located on the banks of the Nooksack River, just off of Mt. Baker Hwy, at the foot of Mt. Baker. Our timeshare condo was located in a beautiful, old growth, evergreen forest, at the end of a cul-de-sac, and the Nooksack River was only 50 feet away from our back patio - ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS SETTING & VIEW. This is an Interval International resort that we acquired by exchanging one week with one of the timeshares we already own (WorldMark & Vacation Internationale). We love timesharing and we love exchanging timeshares with Interval International!!!

Note: RV parked at a friends home in Graham, WA.

Note: On Fri., 10/25/19, in route to this timeshare, we took the Port Townsend - Coupeville Ferry (eastbound) to Whidbey Island at a cost of $15.70. We also visited the Fort Casey Historical State Park (Link 1, Link 2).

11/01/19 - 11/27/19 Lynden, WA Stayed at Vacation Internationale at Homestead (Room 203) in Lynden, WA for 26 nights in one of our timeshares; we stayed in a 1 BR suite. We love Vacation Internationale and we love staying in timeshares!!!

Note: RV parked at a friends home in Graham, WA.

Note: On Taco Tues., 11/05/19, we met up with our Canadian friends Klaus & Kamla for a reunion dinner at Paso Del Norte in Blaine, WA. This was a marathon dinner lasting several hours until we closed the place down. It was so nice to reconnect with our good friends that we haven't seen since 2012, which was 07 years ago. Wow, how the time flies by! Spending the entire Winter in this area, so we will break bread with our friends several more times between Nov. 2019 thru May 2020.

Note: On Mon., 11/11/19 (Veteran's Day) we drove to Bellingham, WA to make a nice day trip. We had lunch at Red Robin restaurant (gourmet burgers), spent the day hiking & taking photos at Whatcom Falls Park, and then had dinner at Olive Gardens restaurant (Italian food) before heading back home.

11/27/19 - 12/20/19 Bow, WA Camped at Mount Vernon RV Campground (Thousand Trails) (Site ???) in Bow, WA for 23 nights in a 50 Amp FHU site. This is a very nice Thousand Trails preserve with 262 campsites. We are Ultimate Odyssey members of Thousand Trails/NACO/Leisure Time/Mid-Atlantic/Outdoor World/Encore; a private campground membership. Our 2019 yearly maintenance fee of $639.41 allows us unlimited camping with no nightly camping fees at 108 different Thousand Trails/NACO/Leisure Time/Mid-Atlantic/Outdoor World/Encore nationwide campgrounds. This is a highly recommended Thousand Trails Campground!

Note: Reservation completed.

12/20/19 - 01/17/20 Birch Bay, WA Camped at Birch Bay RV Campground (Thousand Trails/NACO) (Site ???) in Birch Bay, WA for 28 nights in a 50 Amp FHU site. This is a very nice Thousand Trails preserve with 223 campsites. We are Ultimate Odyssey members of Thousand Trails/NACO/Leisure Time/Mid-Atlantic/Outdoor World/Encore; a private campground membership. Our yearly maintenance fee of $585.00 allows us unlimited camping with no nightly camping fees at 108 different Thousand Trails/NACO/Leisure Time/Mid-Atlantic/Outdoor World/Encore nationwide campgrounds. This is a highly recommended Thousand Trails Campground! WM B - 11/20/19.

Note: Reservation completed.

Here is a link to Our Visited Places; this is our page listing all of the places that we have been to together "as a couple" since 1996.


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