As the name implies this blog follows our journeys, wherever they may lead.
We spent October at our place in Ocean Park, mostly taking care of the place. Susan decided to fly out to Pennsylvania to visit her mom for a week. After she returned we started planning our December trip. We had agreed to baby sit our Texas grand kids for a week. Another of our daughters was graduating from Arizona State University in Phoenix, in late December. We also had a few projects to finish up at our place. One of which involved splitting and stacking firewood.
In the beginning of November we started putting the place to sleep until our return, in the spring. The process follows a sequence where; things not needed can be stored early on and then more things are stored as we near our departure date and then on the last day there are always a few things to store after the motor home is ready to go. The weekend before Thanksgiving we left the "Dirt Boat Beach Base" and headed to Vancouver and our home away from home: the driveway at our friend's home. We've visited them so often, that Google Earth Street View (Click on link and then click on Street View. Click and drag to the right.) show's our RV in their driveway! Their RV is parked on the left of the house, ours is in the driveway on the right.
We were able to spend Thanksgiving with our family which hasn't happened in many years, while we were off cruising. It was great to be together during the holiday. While the US shopper's went crazy on Black Friday we headed out to Texas.
We were traveling by car which makes faster time then the RV and costs so much less in gas to drive. We headed east out of Oregon. The trip took 6 driving days, with five nights in motels. We traveled on all Interstate freeways and listened to books on tape while driving. The daily driving time went by quickly and then we had to quickly settle into our motel room and find dinner, catch some sleep and then off early the next morning. It's surprising how many people travel like that across the country. We didn't have time to do any sightseeing since we needed to be in Texas by a certain date.
We had a great time visiting and taking care of our 3 granddaughters, for a week. They were ages 5, 4 and 18 months. They reminded us of being parents and how nice it is to be a grandparent. The travelers were celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary in Cancun. Needless to say they had a grand time, mostly relaxing so we're told (wink, wink, nod, nod).
Alas it was time to head west to Arizona. We made a short detour to Austin, where we visited some friends that Susan meet while working at Dell. Then it was a quick two day drive to Green Valley, Arizona, to visit friends Herman and Nancy. After a couple of days we headed north to Phoenix or Mesa on the east side. We stayed with another couple of friends Brent and Molly for a couple of days. We also had breakfast with Jerry and Sally before moving on to Goodyear (SW Phoenix) and Pat's daughters' graduation. All the folks we've been visiting are ex-boaters and now RV'rs either full time or part time.
Pat's daughter has worked for many years to get her degree while working and raising a son and daughter. She well deserved a great celebration for all her efforts over the years. Everything went off without a hitch. Besides us her boyfriend's parents and her mom were present for the event.
Our whirlwind month long trip was coming to an end as we headed out of Phoenix, on I-10, on our way back to Portland through California. We were able to visit with Pat's brother's and family in Lodi for dinner. Our trip was uneventful until we reached northern California and southern Oregon. We had to drive over the mountain passes during a snow/rain storm. The HP was requiring tire chains, we had them with us and they let us pass. Susan decided to drive as she is more cautious then me. We put the car in four wheel drive and slowly drove through the snowy slush in a single file with the other cars, for about 50 miles. We didn't need to chain up and had no trouble driving. The remaining trip up I-5 was in the rain (as usual in Oregon) and made it to Vancouver in record time.
It was great to be back in our home (the RV). We'd made it back in time to celebrate Christmas with our family and friends. It was special for us and a good time was had by all!
The main reason we didn't go south or to Mexico for the winter months was because of health problems. Susan and her doctors discovered a small breast cancer tumor. Once everything was sorted out and scheduled she went through an outpatient operation, then follow-up radiation treatments. This occurred during January and February. We're happy to report all went well and we're in follow-up monitoring mode every 6 months. Our good friends invited us to park in their driveway for 3 months while we attended to matters.
While the health issues were being dealt with, we visited with family and friends in the Vancouver/Portland area. We made a trip to Seattle to visit family and introduced them to Letterboxing. Otherwise a lot of card games were played and letterboxes discovered.
By mid-March we were ready to return to the Dirt Boat Beach Base. We took a roundabout route back to Ocean Park. This involved camping and letterboxing with good friends Tom and Sue.
Thanks for visiting our blog. More to follow for sure!
|Vessel Make/Model:||1964 Piver Victress Trimaran|
|Hailing Port:||Portland, Oregon|
|Crew:||Pat & Susan Canniff|
|About:||Pat has owned Perpetua since 1975, she was built in 1964. Pat's dream started before he purchased Perpetua. Susan joined the dream 26 years ago. Together they made it a reality. We left our homeport in 1999, cruised down the Columbia River and turned left for points south.|
|Extra:||Never let the dream fade. Pat once got an award, from his local yacht club, for having the longest 5 year plan, in the club. Create a plan, work the plan, and keep on dreaming.|