On the road with Ed and Judie travel blog

Joy and Tobie. ready to hit the road

Puget sound in the evening

Ed and Rich sitting on the dock

Fishing on the Snohomish River

the splash of a leaping salmon

The river runs thro the town

Poulsbo Marina

Puget Sound from the ferry

Naval Submarine

at the Submarine Museum

Sunday we traveled from Leavenworth on Highway 2 over Stevens Pass into the Seattle Area. The mountainous canyon had tall rock slopes that were very steep, very dramatic. We lunched at a small family Mexican restaurant in Gold Bar with excellent salsa and chips ( the mark of a good Mexican restaurant). We ended up in a RV Park in Everett which was about the closest to Rich and Gerd in Snohomish. The Lakeside RV park was totally asphalt, except for a pond. Definitely an urban RV site. Later we realized we probably could have stayed at the Fairgrounds in Monroe. We are going to start checking fairgrounds as a place to stay.

Monday we went and visited with Rich and Gerd at their home on Flowing Lake. After lunch they took us on a site-seeing tour of Lake Stevens and Snohomish. Lake Stevens is a good size lake with lots of housing and lots of boats. We drove through downtown Snohomish and stopped to walk around. When we walked to look at the Snohomish River, we saw lots of jumping Salmon, and in some of the jumps the entire body was out of the water. What a sight in this stretch of calm flat water. Judie worked hard to 'catch' one with her camera, but not very successful. We also walked the streets and looked in some of the stores. Back to Beans for a nice Cornish Game Hen dinner to end our busy day.

Tuesday we toured the Boeing Plant in Everett. This plant makes the double aisle planes (that includes the 747, 767, 777 and the new 787). The building is the largest in the world by volume. A bus took our group to one end of the building where we walked through a tunnel, then up an elevator to the 3rd floor where we observed the 747 manufacturing line. Then back to the bus and a ride to the other end of the building to see the 777 and 787 lines. Very impressive tour. We ended the day with Beans with a Lunch at Anthony's in Everett. We drove down to Bellvue to visit with Cousin Giff. He has a water-view home overlooking Lake Washington, very easy spot to be. We had a great visit, Judie was kinda sad to leave so quickly.

Wednesday we took the Ferry from Edmonds to Kingston, on the Kitsap Peninsula where we went to Poulsbo. Poulsbo is a Scandinavian town with lots of stores with Scandinavian items. (Specifically, Norwegian, Gerd is a Norwegian and teaches Judie about the customs) After lunch in a seafood restaurant we took a drive to Keyport on the Peninsula. There we went to the Naval Undersea Museum. Ed and Rich could have spent their whole day there looking at all the exhibits. Our trip back with the ferry ride took longer than anticipated and we just made it on time to Lisa's house (Rich and Gerd's daughter) for dinner. After a delicious dinner and visit, we said good bye to everyone and went back to the trailer. In the morning we will be moving South to Gig Harbor for 5 days.

You know, Rich, Gerd, Ed and Judie all wore themselves out, touring and visiting. Such a wonderful time we had with our friends. We all loved the time together.

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