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Things, they are a changin’!

Greetings from Everett, Washington where the weather has been absolutely beautiful, the rain is needed and shortlived and the family time is abundent. We are truly enjoying the great Northwest. Salmon is plentiful right now. Driving around this past Saturday crossed several creeks  and streams where the fisherman, all decked out in the waders, were lined up in the middle like school kids in the hallway. The one stream we crossed had about 25 fishermen side by side in just one grouping. and there were groupings as far as you could see in bothe directions. and then the fishermen along the banks. Salmon fishing is a BIG deal here and I have seen what they mean first hand.

Chris and Brad have been enjoying the Young Single Adult Ward here. They have activities almost every night. We are glad they have been going and participating in several things. I have been pretty active with the Amateur Radio. There are several LDS Nets here that I check in to as well as some local Amateur Radio Emergency Service Nets. Emergency Services is what I truly enjoy doing with amateur radio. Dianne stays busy with work and eating my cooking!

Unfortunately, last Friday Dianne’s contract at Seattle Childrens was cancelled. 2 weeks in and they ended it. Her agency worked quickly and within hours had her a new contract at a hospital in Federal Way, Washington. Federal Way is near Tocoma, about an hour an 30 minutes south of here. We will be about the same distance from downtown Seattle as we are now, just South instead of North. We have put this whole travel nursing gig in Gods hands. We now that he will provide. We are waiting for a start date and word if she will receive at least a weeks ‘severance’ since they terminated the contract early. when momma is not working momma does not get paid.

My granddaughter Willow is growing like a weed. I enjoy seeing all the pictures my daughter posts on Facebook. She looks so much like her daddy. No doubt who the father is!!! mommy and baby are doing well. Malia’s step grand mother Sue passed away about 6 weeks ago. It has been hard on Malia and her pappa. Her poppa, Ed, has moved in with Steven and Malia so I am sure Willow is keeping him happy and cheerful.

Anyway, not much else to say. Going to a nice public beach tomorrow. Will post some pictures from our adventure there next time.

Until next time be happy and thank an LEO (Law Enforcement Officer) for what they do. Believe me my brothers and sisters of the Thin Blue Line will appreciate it.

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We Have Arrived in the Land of Prius and Subarus!!

Greetings from Everett, Washington!!! We have been here two weeks now and are enjoying the Seattle Area immensely! Dianne started work last week. She has never worked exclusively with children, so this assignment is a new challenge for her. She has been impressed thus far with Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Our new RV Park is definitely not the same as Silver Cove RV Resort near Longview, Washington. Much smaller spaces and the park is located in a business district. It does have a very nice fenced in area for the dogs to run and play, so that is a plus. There is tons of stuff to do here in the Seattle Area. We are putting together our “Seattle Bucket List” so we can do as much as possible while we are here. One of the things Dianne wanted to do was got to Whidbey Island and the beach. We rode the ferry to Whidbey Island. That was a fun experience.

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The beach we went to was about 1/2 mile from the parking lot. We were the only ones on the beach for the longest time. This beach was rock and drift wood. The view was just incredible. We truly enjoyed the few hours of relaxation there.

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We decided to leave the Island via bridge instead of the ferry. The bridge itself was awesome. The view at the bridge was breathtaking.

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This past weekend the Seattle Area experienced an unusual storm event. The high winds that were associated with the storm did major damage to the electrical infrastructure. This resulted with 500,000 plus customers without power at the peak Saturday. We were without power for about 8 hours. As of today, there is still about 30,000 customers without power. This is mainly because of the number of transmission lines that were damaged. Fortunately, all is back to normal in are area.

Until next time, be well!!!

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Only 4 Weeks Left in Longview Washington

TIME HAS FLOWN!!!! Cannot believe we have been here 9 weeks already. The weather has been unusual here. Normally they do not get their “hot” spell until July. This year it started in June and came with days in the upper 90s!! And we have seen almost no rain since we have been here which is also very unusual for this time of year. This week we are finally getting a break from the heat, but still no rain.

July 4th we went to the Bow Tie Classic Car Show in Longview Washington. We saw some beautiful, and unique, cars.

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We ate lunch at a really cool Greek place in downtown Longview. The food was awesome and the customer service was off the chain. We had a great time, until…….. On the way home the Jeep’s alternator went out. Fortunately, we made it home. In the 4 years in 9 months I have owned the Jeep (longest I have ever owned a vehicle I might add) this was the first issue. Almost 130,000 miles on the factory alternator so I guess it was time. Should have the Jeep back up and running this coming weekend. No one in town has the alternator in stock. Since we are going to the Portland area Friday morning, I can just pick it up there. It has been a LONG two weeks with my Jeep down. This being the first time Lil’ Red has been down, it has been depressing. Love my Jeep!!!

My son Steven and his new bride are coming up for a visit this weekend from Salt Lake City. We are super excited about the visit.

We also have our new assignment. Dianne is taking a 13 week assignment in Seattle, Washington at the children’s hospital. We already have reservation at an RV place in Everett, Washington. Compared to the 5 day adventure coming here, I will take a 2 hour adventure getting there!!! We will be there until the last part of November. We are hoping to go east, but we will go where employment is available.

Anyway, everything else is going well. The dogs are really loving the RV life. They love all the people who just have to pet them or scratch their ears. Spoiled dogs….. Been doing a lot of amateur radio here. Several local nets as well as some regional HF nets. Met some pretty cool guys through the radio.

Brad went to Youth Conference a few weeks ago. He had a really great time. He made some really cool friends and had some awesome spiritual experiences. He got do go caving at Ape Caves. The Ape Caves were created after the 1980 Mount Saint Helen Eruption.

Dianne is really enjoying the easier workload at this hospital. She actually gets bored some days. They have low surgical case numbers at this hospital. Of course this gives her time to read and sell thirty-one. She is loving the travel nursing gig. I am happy she is enjoying herself.

Malia is due anytime with our first grandchild, a granddaughter. We are really excited for Malia and Steven and cannot wait for Willow to join us in the world. As soon as she is born I will be blogging pics and stuff. You know, all the crazy stuff new grandparents do!!!

Next time I will be sharing pics and factoids about our trip to see the VOLCANO!!!!

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Over The Mountains and Through the Valleys to Longview Washington We Go!!! (Part 2)

Reno. We stayed at a super nice RV resort. If you are looking for a nice place Sparks Marina RV Resort is well worth the money. We do not do much in Reno. But the views going to Reno were spectacular!!

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The next day was our shortest driving day! We went only about 350 miles to McCloud, California. The RV Park we stayed in was in the shadow of Mount Shasta!! Beautiful area. Unfortunately, we seen the result of the extreme drought in California. We past one lake that was 100s of acres in size. It was nothing but a grass meadow. Several other smaller lakes were just as dry.

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We saw a little bit of all kinds of weather going to McCloud. We had warm and cold. We had sunny, rainy, and snowy.

We left McCloud and went to Eugene, Oregon. We did absolutely nothing in Eugene. Left the next morning early and arrived in Silver Lake, Washington. The Silver Cove RV Resort is our home for the 13 weeks we are here.

We have all kinds of sights here. Deer that come right up to your campsite. Ducks and Geese galore. We can see Mount Saint Helen in the distance. She is quiet…..knock on wood!!!

Blue Heron

Blue Heron

The Geese!!

The Geese!!

The Baby Geese

The Baby Geese

Baby Ducks!

Baby Ducks!

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Until next time, be cool my friends!!!

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Over The Mountains and Through the Valleys to Longview Washington We Go!!! (Part 1)

It is hard to believe we have been here in Washington for 3 weeks!!! We really have not done much since we have gotten here. We got here on Thursday afternoon and Bradley left that following Monday to fly to Georgia for 3 weeks. With Dianne working during the day I have been playing around on amateur radio and watching movies at night with the bride.

As for the trip here, well, it was adventurous. We left Las Cruces, New Mexico on Saturday May 9 and headed to Casa Grande, Arizona. We met up with an old friend from Georgia, Mike Best. We met his awesome wife and 2 little girls. It was great seeing him and his family. We also got to have a Sonora Dog for dinner. That was a great treat!!! They are very popular in Arizona.

The Sonora Dog!!!!

The Sonora Dog!!!!

We left Sunday morning May 10 and headed to Las Vegas, Nevada. WOW!!!! That was a long and boring stretch of state route we travelled. We did stop and check out the Hoover Dam. The state route actually now bypasses the dam by going over the dam. They built a massive bridge that spans the valley. Very impressive site.

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The new bridge with walkway for viewing the damn

The new bridge with walkway for viewing the damn

The Hoover Dam

The Hoover Dam

Paddle Boat at top of dam

Paddle Boat at top of dam

We set up camp and went to the Vegas Strip!!! It is true what they say, it is the city of lights!!! We want to go back and walk the strip sometime.

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Before leaving Vegas we made to other stops. We went by the Las Vegas Nevada Temple, DSC01620 DSC01626

And by the Pawn Stars shop.

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Brad even got a picture with Rick!!!!!

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Cardboard cutout Rick!!!!!!

We left Vegas and headed to Reno………

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Some Parting Shots From Las Cruces

I wanted to share some final pictures and moments from our time in Las Cruces, NM. Stay tune for the next post which will cover our journey from Las Cruces, NM to Longview, WA…….

Enjoy!!!

One place we went to just before leaving was the War Eagle Museum in El Paso. Very nice collection of vintage aircraft and cars.

The P40 Flying Tiger. My favorite fighter plane.

The P40 Flying Tiger. My favorite fighter plane.

A Vintage Jeep!!!

A Vintage Jeep!!!

Actually, a vintage Ford Jeep!!!

Rolls Royce the prefered car of Chefs everywhere!

An overview of the collection

An overview of the collection

The boys

The boys

Some shots over looking Las Cruces, NM from a scenic view rest area on I-10.

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The Roadrunner! Made completely out of recycled materials.

The Roadrunner! Made completely out of recycled materials.

The City of Las Cruces. Desert all around!

The City of Las Cruces. Desert all around!

Beautiful Terrain

Beautiful Terrain

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As we prepare to go to the Northwest, we share another experience from here in the Southwest!! (Scarey Part 3)

We got back to Las Cruces in time to make our appointment at the Amador Motel. A ghost tour of a historic hotel with a very rich history. From the El Paso Ghost Tours Website:

Amador Hotel

 

Join El Paso Ghost Tours twice a month to investigate one of Las Cruces, New Mexico’s oldest standing buildings.

The Amador Hotel has seen the days of the wild west and the expansion of the railroad networks leading west. It stood as a home and business location for the Amador family before being closed and shut down for years.  During the 20th century, the Amador was one of THE places to be, and was considered a social hub within the area.  Without a doubt, the hotel has its share of guests; join us as we attempt to communicate and make contact with the spirit of the guests that never left the building.

The Amador is currently undergoing renovation in an attempt to bring it back to its beautiful, former glory.

From http://www.las-cruces.org/code/history_exhibit/LearnMore/cityBegAmador.html

The Amador Hotel

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In 1850, Gregoria Rodela de Amador, a widow from Juarez, moved to the newly formed town of Las Cruces, where she may have opened a store.. Her son, Martin, expanded the business and began hauling freight between Santa Fe and Chihuahua. In 1866, Martin Amador built the original structure of the Amador Hotel as a one-story house for his family on the corner of Water and Amador streets. For the next twelve years, the Amador family lived in the building and furnished rooms to their freight team drivers. Then in 1878, a new home was built across the street for the ever expanding Amador family. At that time the original Amador home was turned into a rooming house and hotel. In 1885, a second floor, balcony, and lobby were added to enhance the hotel operation. Through the years, further additions and modifications were made to add space for a livery, open patio, and bar.

During most of the 20th Century this grand old building served the community as a social gathering place with fine dining, libations, and entertainment. All the while, it maintained a reputation as one of the best places to stay in the region. Numerous celebrities, politicians, military officers, and other notable and notorious figures frequented the Amador Hotel. The Amador family sold the hotel to Citizen’s Bank in 1970.

Currently, the City of Las Cruces owns the historic building. A group of Las Cruces citizens formed the Amador Museum Foundation, which is raising money to preserve the hotel and develop it as a Las Cruces history museum.

This history has it’s share of charm, but as we found out on the ghost tour this building has seen it’s share of outlaws, gangsters, ladies of the evening, and travelers. Even Pat Garrett graced the building and its bar.

With that said, death is inevitable. The Amador family lost children in the building. And then there is Ovida “Cricket” Coogler. She was young and knew how to play the game. She knew many politicos intimately. Many may have shared things with her intentionally or unintentionally. But she died a mysterious death at a young age. More information can be found here  http://www.lcsun-news.com/las_cruces-opinion/ci_14661077 about her story and disappearance. She is said to be on e of the ghosts that has taken refuge at the Amador Motel. She used to frequent and work their, so why not go back there. There was also a waitress there from the early days Hortensia. She was also known to be a ladies man and liked her men young.

So I share this with you to tell you that I sort of believed in ghosts. After this tour I am more inclined to believe. The gadgets they used, to include mini mag lights, indicated communication. Hortensia took a liking to Brad. She actually followed him around the tour. We also had communication with a couple of children as well. Whether we actually were communicating with the dead or just getting a really cool light show to our questions, it was a great evening!!!!

After the tour one of the guides took us to the Masonic Cemetery and to Pat Garrett’s Family Grave Site.

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Pictures from the Amador

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Notice the timbers and tar covered wire.

Notice the original timbers and tar covered wire.

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Lights indicating the presence of spirits.

Lights indicating the presence of spirits.

Hortensia's Room Entrance

Hortensia’s Room Entrance

Inside Hortensia's Room

Inside Hortensia’s Room

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