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Old 01-26-2021, 02:40 PM   #1
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Hi. Want to introduce myself. May name is Steve, retired doc, owner of 2016 Navion J for 4 years and a member of the View/Navion forum (originally on Yahoo) for 4 years. Found it invaluable so I am really looking forward to browsing the threads on Winnie Owners. Live in beautiful, very wet Western WA, between Seattle and Tacoma. Live with my beautiful wife of 36 years and our 15 year old and healthy appearing red golden retriever. Usually go on long trips 1-2 times a year to the western states but during covid we have been sticking to 3-4 day trips different places in the Pacific NW, most frequently the coast (milder weather due to Japan current). Anyone planning to visit the PNW, give me a holler and I could have suggestions in my area on where to go/camp. Everyone stay healthy until on the other side of this.
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Old 01-26-2021, 03:26 PM   #2
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Hi Dr. Steve,
That sounds like you are really enjoying your 2016 Navion J very much. I see so many Motorhomes travel through South Bend, Washington, and I wonder if I saw you drive through town at some point in the past. I always like to mention to folks who are touring the Oregon coast on Highway 101 to travel southbound; not northbound. That makes all the turn-offs a right-hand maneuver; much safer on a two-lane highway.
Given your experience, what would be the three top places that you would recommend to visit in Western Washington?
A recent thread on this forum was RVing with Pets, and perhaps that is why many of us purchased a Motorhome in the first place.
A song my grandmother wrote years ago was called "Wet Me Down." Here is a line from it:
  • "Give me Northwest dew and drizzle, fog so thick you need a chisel, wet me down in Washington."
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Old 01-26-2021, 04:52 PM   #3
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Old 01-31-2021, 01:06 PM   #4
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In the Northwest, I have stayed pretty close to the coast. My favorites are Grayland State Park (near you actually) for privacy campgrounds and good razor clamming; been going to Pacific Beach state park just south of Moclips. Sites not private but are. On top of sand dune with beach right there, limited beach driving so beaches are tranquil and very few people even when campground is full. Sites 7, 8, 9 and 34 the best; Klaloch and South Beach campground in the Olympic Nat Park are beautiful sites but dry camping; Neah Bay has some beautiful boondocking my friends tell me, just havenít made it out there; Salt Creek County campground about 20 miles west of Port Angeles we really like. Sites on the Strait looking across to Vancouver Island and lights of Victoria, Sooner Harbor. Neat short trails out of the park. If you go call the BlackBerry Cafe in Joyce to see if open and if it is donít miss getting the Sasquatch Burger there; and lastly a place to go in late September, the Elhwa River on the Olympic Pennisula. Amazing cascades with largest King run jumping the falls. There is a park campground which was closed about 10 miles past the river cascades but looks good. Also a private campground that doesnít look that good.

Hope to add some mountain sites once the weather warms up. What are some places that you like?
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Hi again Dr. Steve,
Great suggestions as to ports of call. There are some on your list that I need to revisit, to be sure.
The local Pacific County Bruceport Park is nice. Another place which I do like when I need to travel up north and need an overnight stay is The Swinomish Casino and Lodge. We have had a family cabin down at Long Beach since 1963, and I have it ready to hook-up my motorhome as well when we go. I also razor clam when there, but the Domoic Acid levels are currently too high.
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Thanks for the suggestions. Iíve had two trips planned for clamming which we couldnít due to the toxin level. Be more clams when it starts back up.
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