Back to Portland–June 2018

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When we were here back in early May, we knew we needed to nail down an RV spot in which to ride out the July 4th holiday period.  This is traditionally a very busy time for RV parks so you need to book early.  In addition, we needed to make arrangements to get to an event in Las Vegas scheduled for June 28 – July 1.  This event was the Iwashita-Akiyama family reunion.  This is a family group related to Valerie’s maternal grandmother.  Their first event was 3 years ago and they arranged to repeat it at the 3 year mark.  A good number of the group traveled from Hawaii for the event.

Iwashita-Akiyama family reunion

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Bothell, WA

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We stayed in Bothell for a few days before and after our cruise to Alaska at Lake Pleasant RV Park.  We chose this park because it offers “cruise parking”.  This is a separate part of the park that has side by side spaces where we could park our motorhome and CR-V while on the cruise.  In addition, it offers an electric plug in so that we could leave the refrigerator running and not have to empty it out for the cruise.  On our cruise departure day we will move from the RV site space to cruise parking and then summon Uber for a ride to the cruise terminal.

Chateau Ste. Michelle winery

Also, Bothell is close to where Valerie’s cousin Morgan, his wife Mel and their kids live.  We enjoyed a nice visit with them during the weekend prior to our cruise.  We had a nice lunch then went to Woodinville where we stopped in at a local rum distillery for a taste as well as the beautiful Chateau Ste. Michelle winery.

Next stop:  Alaska Cruise, Holland America Line

Uncle Jackie

Following a battle with an infection, my Uncle Jackie Cooper passed away on April 11, 2018.  He was the last Uncle for me and my siblings.  He was 81.  We last visited with Jackie and his family at his home in May 2016.

After serving in the Navy, Jackie joined the Murray City Fire Department and ultimately served as Chief for 10 years before retiring.  He had a second career as a safety officer with the New Orleans Public School System.  He then returned to Murray where he enjoyed his hobby of restoring cars.  He was very good at it.  He was a terrific guy who took good care of his family.

Coalinga, CA

On our way north, we stopped off in Coalinga, located in central California.  We had the opportunity to visit with Geri (partner of Valerie’s late sister Kathy) and her family.  Geri’s mother, two sisters and brother live in and around Coalinga and they kindly invited us to join them for a visit and delightful meal.  They prepared delicious enchiladas, Mexican rice, refried beans and potato salad.

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