Our stay in the Pacific NW is winding down. We are moving down to the Seattle area tomorrow and then heading towards Arizona on Sunday. We have enjoyed our stay in Anacortes visiting several local shops, galleries and a return to Adrift, our favorite local restaurant.
Judy has even mastered the art of knitting socks during our stay here. There is a wonderful knitting and cross-stitch store here in Anacortes and she has taken advantage of their generous help. This is how a local business can beat out any online store. By providing exceptional hands on support, they won a loyal customer and we helped the local economy. We also discovered a local store that smokes salmon. They also sell online, but I doubt I would have ordered from them without first being able to taste their product.
We also enjoy staying connected on the Internet. Whether it's keeping family and friends informed, or making new friends with common interests. We enjoy keeping up with fellow RVers through their blogs. Occasionally we even get to meet in person. Last summer we got to spend a day with Randy and Pam and showed them around our hometown of Grand Rapids. Next month we are looking forward to seeing our friends Bob and Linda somewhere in Texas.
Today we had lunch with Ron and Alice. Alice commented on our blog a month ago that they were from the NW and had just been to Port Townsend. One email led to another and it worked out to meet today for lunch in Bellingham.
Ron and Alice had a scare this week when the engine in their RV caught fire. Thankfully they are okay and it looks like the damage can be fixed without too much trouble.
We had a great time over our leisurely 2 hour lunch. It was fun to hear about their workcamping experiences. When work for Ron, a licensed plumber, dried up they knew they needed to find something else to do. So they spent the last several months working the carnival circuit. They did everything from taking tickets, to helping setup and tear down, to running the rides. It was hard work but they both seemed to enjoy it. With carnival season over until spring their next project will find them selling Christmas Trees.
In this difficult economy it's always inspiring to see how fellow RVers are making ends meet. While some RVers seem to think the answer is to put a donation button on their blog, others like Ron and Alice aren't afraid of hard work. Wow, what a concept.
Sounds like you guys had a great day. We look forward to meeting up with other fulltimers when we get out on the road.
Smoked salmon sounds so yummy. Sounds like you all had a great day!
We will be heading up the coast in just a few days once we close the pumpkin patch up. We will probably be crossing paths since you are heading to Arizona but the timing may be off.
Dave and I had the pleasure of meeting Alice and Ron at our home in Vancouver, WA. We thoroughly enjoyed getting to know this fine couple. I agree with your assessment in your last paragraph--they are hard workers, they are not whiners, and we admire their "can-do" spirit!
Great to catch up with you guys again and thanks for the note in your blog. Yes! we still look back at the great day you two showed us in Grand Rapids seeing the Meijer Gardens and Gerald R. Ford Museum!
Safe travels as you head south. We won't be in Texas until late February...but it would be wonderful to see you again!
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