|Creative bottle tree – Coho SKP|
My trip south from Chimacum was a delightful one to take. Instead of going around to the coastal 101 – thru Forks and downward – I went straight down 101 to Olympia, that cut off 150-200+ miles. It followed right along the inlet for miles. Blue, blue waters. Fishing boats idling in spot to shore birds diving, disappearing and re-surfacing and I was trying to concentrate on driving…but found myself constantly looking out over the waters. And the neat thing – no one else was out on the road that morning… I did not bother to take photos…I just enjoyed the ride. I wanted to get thru Portland before I stopped for the day… did that. I really had no target on where to stop for the night but found the roads exceptionally good after Portland and I just kept going. Traffic had lessened considerably as well. So found myself pulling in at 6p at Sutherlin to the Timber Valley SKP park. Not smart, but I wasn’t tired until the heat slammed into me when I got gas and again when I had to get out to register. Office was of course closed. They had 6 envelopes – 3 for boondocking and 3 for full hookups. My first impression – fogged by the 97ºF temps & exhaustion – was not too good. I parked in boon docking ($5.00/night) and the heat just flattened me and the boys.
Woke up in the wee hours of the morning – cold. Yes COLD!!!! Could not believe it. Temps had dropped a good 40º from when I arrived. Up and definitely awake… now what to do… figured I’d better have a good plan on where I would stay between now and the 15th. After much plotting and planning, I looked out my windows in the early morning to find wild turkeys hanging around us.
|Wild turkeys – Timber Valley SKP|
Well, that did it. We would stay. Tucker and Norm had never seen turkeys before… not quite sure what to make of them either. So intently were they watching them, I knew I had instant entertainment.