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

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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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Long Beach, CA

Once again, we parked at Golden Shores RV Resort in Long Beach for two weeks.  This gave us an opportunity to check in with friends, visit with Valerie’s family and attend a Super Bowl party.

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We took advantage of the bike path that runs next to the RV park to enjoy some of the splendid Southern California “winter” weather.

Next stop:  R&C RV Ranch