Wednesday, August 28, 2013

I really like my bed......:-)

All things being equal.....and let's face it, they rarely are......but let's assume they are for the sake of my argument......all things being equal, I'd rather sleep in my bed.  I just sleep better in my bed....don't you?  Of course, I'm not talking about you sleeping in my know that right? The bed at the Residence Inn by Marriott in Sandy, UT was a very, very nice bed, but it wasn't my bed.  The bed in Bob and Karen's guest room is a very comfortable bed, but it's not my bed.  As a result I just don't sleep as soundly as I do in "my bed" in "my home".  Over the past 2 weeks I have spent 6 nights slumbering in other people's beds, and I'm ready for a long, long nap.  In about 9 days we will be flying down to Dallas/Ft. Worth for a college reunion, and sleeping in another Marriott bed, which no doubt will be wonderfully adequate, but I am just about done with all this sleeping in other people's beds.  If it weren't for the honor of being with so many wonderful friends and family, which is the point of all this sleeping in other people's beds, I would just prefer to stay home and sleep in my bed every night.  Of course, I would prefer that rainwater were beer, but it's not.....I guess I can "prefer" all I want, but it is what it is.

Tuesday was another beautiful day in Coupeville....a little cloudy, but balmy.  Karen left for Seattle about 6 am, and we followed about 9:20 am....that is we headed south, like Karen, to the Mukilteo Ferry to get back to the mainland and head back to Coeur d'Alene.

Waiting in line for the Mukilteo Ferry

We said our "until next times" to Bob, then got in the 'Bird for the 55 minute drive to the southern tip of Whidbey Island to the ferry.  Traffic was very light, and the line at 10:10 am was not that bad.....we, of course, did not make the 10:30 ferry, but we did make the 11 am ferry, and were back on the mainland by 11:30ish.  

Needless to say, or perhaps it is needful to say, traffic at 11:30 was light years better than Friday afternoon's traffic.  Once we got on the Interestate (405) we flew along, and before we knew it had passed back through the Cascades and were heading east on I-90.

The environment is so much drier east of the Cascades....almost like high desert in some places.  Below you see a picture of "the gorge" that we must cross...."the gorge" being the Columbia River is about 150 miles west of Spokane, so we know when we cross it that we are about 2.5 hours from Coeur d'Alene.  

In all it only took us 7.5 hours to get home, which included an almost hour wait to get on the ferry.....much better than the 9 hours it took to get to Coupeville.  The drive was totally uneventful as TLE and I changed positions every couple of hours.  We stopped somewhere west of Moses Lake to get a Subway sandwhich, which, by the way, really hit the spot....we split a "foot long" sub.

We arrived in Spokane at my sister's home around 4:30.  I was going to meet a couple of guys interested in buying my remaining Terra Trike Tadpole Trike.  They were both pretty punctual, and we ended up selling it to the second guy to arrive.  I am sad to see it go, but am happy to see it go to a good home, and be used again on a regular basis.  We got exactly our asking price for both trikes, and if I had been here over the weekend we would have had them both out the door within 48 hours of listing them on Craigslist.

By the time we finished selling the second trike it was 7:45, and we were tired, and ready to get to our "home".  We arrived back at River Walk RV Park just at 8:15.   We had a wonderful weekend spent with long time friends....made some new friends, and saw some amazing scenery.  Now we'll be able to sit still for about 9 days before boarding a jet for Dallas, and someone else's bed......

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Hi Clark. Did you consider driving over Deception Pass through Mt Vernon to the North Cascade Highway? It's a very scenic route. After we leave Glacier and visit friends in Priest river I think we'll drive over the North Cascade.

  2. Hi Mike....we drove 20 from east to west last July (2012)and loved the retrospect it might have made more sense to take that route over on Friday, but hindsight is 20/20. Deception pass is one of our favorite places on Whidbey Island and the drive through the American Alps was spectacular.


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