Saturday, August 28, 2010


August 25 – You may remember a couple of weeks ago we went to Camping World in Rogers MN concerning our refrigerator cooling unit that had stopped cooling. Arrangements were made at that time to have a new cooling unit shipped to Camping World in Burlington, WA because we were going to be in that area for several weeks. An appointment was made at Camping World for today, August 25.

In the meantime, as shown on our Blog, we spent some enjoyable time at the Omak Stampede and a week at Thousand Trails Mount Vernon.

We just want to advise that Camping World in Burlington did replace the refrigerator cooling unit and took care of a few other tweaks. We left there on Thursday and checked into Thousand Trails La Conner, WA where we hoped to see some of our long-time friends.


August 26 – We checked into TT La Conner just before lunch time. Among the first friends to greet us were Mike and Jeannette who were headed to the Family Center where the Swinomish Community was putting on a Clam Bake – come on over!!

[As an explanation, TT La Conner is unique in the fact that the preserve land is leased from the Swimomish Indian Tribal Community. They have fishing rights from our shores as well as other privileges.]

Ken quickly connected the electric and pushed the button to get TracVision and we joined the Clam Bake.

This is the great buffet line with baked salmon, huge prawns, potatoes, salad, fruits and UUUMMM Fry Bread.

In addition to the buffet there were numerous trays of clams and mussels on each table!

Our group enjoying the occasion!!
Ken, Me, Jetty, Marge (her husband is hidden), Jeannette and Mike who invited us.

The Tribal Chief and the young man who coordinated the food for the event.

The Swinomish Tribe recently opened an Interpretive Center on Lone Tree peninsular. After the Clam Bake, our group visited the Center.

On the walls were many flyers explaining the Swinomish heritage, their dependence on fishing, and in particular, Salmon. I found this flyer particularly interesting. It contains the statement: “The Skagit River is the only river in the lower 48 to have wild runs of all 5 Salmon species [Chinook, Coho, Pink, Chum and Sockeye].”

Beautiful scenery going to Lone Tree! Note the huge drift wood (tree trunks).

What a delightful Clam Bake it was!! Thanks Mike and Jeannette for inviting us!!


August 26, 28 – While we were enjoying the Clam Bake, we discovered there was a Pickleball Happy Hour at 4 PM near the courts. We quickly finished setting up and headed to the Happy Hour.

This was a great opportunity to renew ole acquaintances!! Everywhere we turned there was someone else from our past. Unfortunately, there are only a few pictures –most of them seem to be of our good friend Peter!! It was so good to see him again! He is so funny!!!

Steve, Peter, and Ken

And Peter showing some leg for the picture!! This one's for you, Toni!!

And Peter and Chuck comparing Italian noses!!

As part of the Happy Hour fun, there was a Ladder Golf Tournament run by new friend Doug.
First Picture: Martin tosses as Jetty watches.
Second Picture: Chuck tries his hand as Sandy hopes he misses.
Third Picture: Doug kept the score tally and after the games the winners crowd around him to grab for prizes!!
At Saturday’s Happy Hour we practiced Bocce Ball for a Tournament tomorrow afternoon.
First Picture: Ken pitches the ball while team mate Barbara watches. Bruce and Jetty are the opponents.
Second Picture: Its Bruce’s turn with Jetty’s encouragement.
Third Picture: Now it’s Jetty’s turn.
Fourth Picture: My turn!!
Canadian friend, Jackie, is running the Pickleball Tournament next week. Her parents are here for a visit.
I was able to get this family picture!! Brad, Mother, Jackie, Father Jack.
A great time was had by all!! It's great to be back at La Conner!!


August 28 – Everywhere you look in northwest Washington there are Blackberries!! We even have Blackberries all around our camp site.

Note the different shaped leaves in the fourth picture. Barb, are these the Marion Berries you were telling us about??

Ken has been dreaming having Blackberry Pie, Blackberry Cobbler, or anything else Blackberry. So, yesterday afternoon we picked a bunch of berries. Today, it was a family project to bake a Blackberry Pie!! I prepared the berries and Ken did the crust!! We agreed it was one of the most beautiful pies we have ever made.

The pie was beautiful, and topped with ice cream, it was delicious; however, it was probably the juiciest pie anyone has ever made!! It definitely needed more thickening!! It’s a good thing we did not invite anyone to share it with us!! We will have to try again!!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


August 23 – We drove into Burlington this afternoon to take advantage of the Senior special at El Cazador is Restaurant-- One-half off all day Monday”. El Cazador is a very nice Mexican restaurant.
We discovered that the Senior special applied only to the Combination dinners. That was OK because we found a couple of Combination dinners that appealed to us.

I wondered why there were so few clients. I mean, the meal was very good. I did have a bit of a problem paying $6.95 for two Bud Lights. But what really got me was being charged $1.25 for sour cream for my Tostado!! I always though sour cream came with a Tostado. Anyway, I guess that’s the reason for lack of clientele – the prices of their beer and condiments!! I think we won’t be going back!


August 23 – After dinner we went to Wal-Mart for more ICE!! As we drove into the parking lot, Ken recognized a Vector motor home parked there with a Jeep in tow that had a “Mobile Windshield Chip Repair” sign on the roof. It had to be Steve and Cheryl!!! We last saw them at TT St. Clair, MI in July 2007. We made a quick U-Turn and knocked on their door!!

It was so much fun reminiscing with them, talking about mutual friends, and wondering who was coming up to TT LaConner for the Pickleball Rally and Tournament!!

We all laughed about their camping overnight in the Wal-Mart “campground”, right under the NO OVERNIGHT CAMPING ALLOWED sign!!! Steve said they had checked with Wal-Mart and were assured the regulation is not enforced.
We’ll be looking for them when we get to LaConner on Wednesday afternoon.