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Hot Rods on a Hot Day – NSRA Street Rod Nationals Plus, Ridgefield, Washington

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Phil’s Truck

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Anden and the one car we allowed ourselves to buy!

It finally got sunny and VERY warm in the Pacific Northwest, just in time for the NSRA Street Rod Nationals Plus. Held the weekend of June 28-30 in Ridgefield, Washington (just north of Vancouver), it was the first time it has even been in Ridgefield. A friend of ours, Phil Strodemier, took his 1952 Ford pickup to enter in the show, so we decided to go down and check it out.

I don’t know how many cars were there, but it there were at least hundreds. Pickups, muscle cars, coupes, specialty vehicles. There was something for everyone to ooohh and ahhh over. Beautiful shiny colors, combinations and even “flames.” We made a rule before we left the house – we would NOT buy a car at the show! I don’t really think there was too much danger of that. The least expensive car I saw was around $24,000 and several gorgeous Bel Airs were priced at over $50,000. We did break our rule in the event center though where many vendors were set up. I bought my grandson, Anden, a little red car for $12.00. He thought that was pretty funny.

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WOW! Those colors!

Vendors in the event center included insurance companies, hats, t-shirts, auto parts and then other rather bizarre items to see at a car show such as exercise machines and shower surrounds. I do have to say one of my favorite non-car vendors was the one offering a wine slushy mix. Who doesn’t need that!

It was interesting to talk some of the people who had entered the show. One woman named Marilyn was from Montana and with a group of people that brought out six cars. Most of them drove from there, just one trailered their car. She explained to me that their car club has an event in February when it’s too cold to get out and drive. During the event, they will teach people how to work through some of the rebuilding and repairing parts of the cars, as well as talking about things like being aware of the risk of the Hanta Virus when remodeling old cars. That’s a very good point I hadn’t thought about!

Attending the show was a lot of fun and gave us a lot of ideas for restoring our old pickup. Almost too many ideas. We will have to narrow down what we want to do and we know it will take a long time. But when we are ready, I can’t wait to enter a show ourselves and spend some time just getting to know the other car folks and learning from them. But for now, we’ll just go and drool and take notes. And pictures. Lots and lots of pictures. Here are some to share with you now and you can be envious along with us!

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Making Memories – Campbell’s Resort, Chelan, Washington

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Just three hours from downtown Seattle, the small town of Chelan swells from a population of 3800 to 38,000 during the summer. It seems that everyone you talk to, from store clerks to other visitors in the wineries, has some connection to Seattle. There is a lot to do with the gorgeous deep blue 55-mile-long Lake Chelan providing miles of water fun. So where should a family stay when they visit Chelan? That’s easy to answer – it’s the incomparable Campbell’s Resort.

Campbell’s Resort is the heart of Chelan, both physically as well as emotionally. It’s the place where families come back year after year, generation after generation and is located right on Lake Chelan. Of course, there are several nice facilities in Chelan, so what makes Campbell’s stand out so impressively?

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Kayaks for Use by Guests

The first thing that makes this resort outstanding is the variety of family activities. Kids of all ages can take out the resort’s kayaks or stand up paddle boards. On Wednesdays, Campbell’s hosts a Kids Fishing class. There’s craft hour, movie night, and organized activities on the beach. But the parents have not been forgotten – there is also a convenient beach bar for the adults. To keep guests secure, Campbell’s actually has their own security force and web cams. That eases a parent’s mind who wants to be able to let their children branch out and have some fun without mom and dad hanging over them. Guests also have a wristband to help identify them as customers. Co-owner, Tom Campbell said this job is first memory-creating, then property management. Everything has to run like clockwork. “There’s never a time there’s not a Campbell on site,” smiles Tom. Tom and brother, Eric, are 5th generation Campbell’s to work at the facility and are very proud of their family tradition.

View from Veranda

View from Veranda

The customer service is top-notch. Just talk to the staff and you will see how much they enjoy working for the Campbell’s. An enjoyable workplace always translates to the staff passing on that attitude to their customers. Taylor Growth was our waiter when we enjoyed a tasty meal on the open-air veranda. He has worked for Campbell’s for five years, year-round. One of the perks he appreciates is that Campbell’s provides season passes for two employees at one time to go skiing at Mission Ridge.

For those interested in history and architecture, the story behind Campbell’s resort is as fascinating as the experience of the stay. The original structure, known as the Chelan Hotel, was built in 1901 by Archie Campbell who came out from Sioux City, Iowa and served as lodging and meals for miners from Holden Village which was once a copper mine. Tom and Eric’s grandfather dug out the dirt below the hotel to make the restaurant. The original structure is now listed on the historic registry.

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Door Knob in Original Building
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Window Over Room Door in Old Building

Room in Original Building Left As Is

Room in Original Building Left As Is

Over the years the original building has been added on to, creating the surrounding motel rooms, Bistro, and Pub & Veranda. Today there are over 170 rooms which includes two cabins, some two- and three-bedroom suites, rooms with adjoining doors as well as regular single rooms. In 2008 the Campbell’s chose Dawson Design to completed a $3 million renovation to create a more cohesive style to their rooms. With so much variety, there are facilities to accommodate any size of family.

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Cottages

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View from the Veranda

Campbell’s Resort now encompasses eight acres, including 1200 square feet of beachfront. Across the road from the original site sits more meeting space and a full spa. The resort hosts events such as weddings, bachelor parties, and family reunions.

Campbell’s Resort is a well-respected business and a valued member of the community. Their reputation is a testament to the hard work of the previous generations. The Campbell’s intend to continue the fine service and community involvement that their ancestors started. As future families return to Chelan year after year, there will be future Campbell’s to help create those cherished memories.

Check them out at http://www.campbellsresort.com.

104 West Woodin Avenue
Chelan, WA 98816
Phone: 509-682-2561

Getting there (courtesy of campbellsresort.com website):

From Seattle/Tacoma and South on I-5/I-405

  • Take I-90 East toward Spokane
  • Just after Cle Elum, take Exit 85 to Wenatchee
  • At the top of the ramp, turn left and then turn right, following the signs for 970 East toward Wenatchee
  • US 970 becomes US 97 North
  • After about 35 miles, turn right onto US 2 East
  • Just before entering Wenatchee, exit onto US 97 ALT North toward Okanogan/Spokane. The off-ramp will loop around to a stop light – go straight through the stop light
  • Take the second right after the stop light labeled 97 ALT north to Chelan. The exit will loop around to US 97-ALT North
  • Take 97-ALT North approximately 33 miles. You will enter the Chelan Valley and follow the lake for three to four miles
  • As you near Downtown Chelan, you will see a sign that says City Center and another lodging sign that says Campbell’s Resort. Turn left, following those signs. Just over the small bridge, turn left into the entrance of Campbell’s Resort

From Everett and North on I-5

  • Take US 2 East through Monroe, Goldbar, Leavenworth and Cashmere to Wenatchee (about 120 miles)
  • Just before entering Wenatchee, exit on to US 97 ALT North toward Okanogan/Spokane. The off- ramp will loop around to a stop light– go straight through the stop light
  • Take the second right after the stop light labeled 97 ALT north to Chelan. The exit will loop around to US 97-ALT North
  • Take 97-ALT North approximately 33 miles. You will enter the Chelan Valley and follow the lake for three to four miles
  • As you near Downtown Chelan, you will see a sign that says City Center and another lodging sign that says Campbell’s Resort. Turn left, following those signs. Just over the small bridge, turn left into the entrance of Campbell’s Resort

From Spokane

  • Take I-90 West
  • Take US 2 West thru Davenport, Coulee City, and Waterville to Orondo (about 130 miles)
  • In Orondo, take a right on to US 97 toward Chelan Falls (about 22 miles)
  • Just after crossing the Beebe Bridge, turn left onto US 150 towards Chelan (about three miles)
  • Turn left at the stop sign onto US 97A/SR 150 toward Chelan/Manson
  • Go through straight through the stop light and straight through the stop sign
  • Campbell’s Resort will be on the right hand side, before the bridge

From Portland via Yakima & Blewett Pass

  • Take I-84 East toward Hood River
  • At The Dalles, take Exit 104 toward Yakima/Bend
  • Turn left at the top of the ramp on to US 97 crossing the bridge into Washington
  • At the top of the hill, turn left at the stop sign following the signs for SR 14/ US 97 North
  • Take an immediate right, following the signs for US 97 north. After about 59 miles, US 97 becomes WA-22
  • Merge on to I-82 West toward Yakima
  • Merge onto I-90 W/US-97 N via the exit on the LEFT toward Seattle
  • Take the US-97 N exit 106, toward Wenatchee
  • Continue to follow the signs to US-97 through a series of turns
  • After about 12 miles, turn right to stay on US-97
  • After about 35 miles, turn right on to US 2 East
  • Just before entering Wenatchee, exit on to US 97-ALT North toward Okanogan/Spokane. The off-ramp will loop around to a stop light
  • Go straight through the stop light
  • Take the second right after the stop light labeled 97-ALT north to CHELAN. The exit will loop around to US 97-ALT North
  • Take 97-ALT North approximately 33 miles. You will come into the Chelan Valley and follow the lake for three to four miles
  • As you near Downtown Chelan, you will see a sign that says City Center and another lodging sign that says Campbell’s Resort. Turn left, following those signs. Just over the small bridge, turn left into the entrance of Campbell’s Resort

From Okanogan/Omak, Oroville and Penticton, BC

  • Take US 97 South
  • Turn right on to US 97 ALT/ST 150 toward Chelan
  • Follow the highway into Chelan, going straight through the stop sign at Walmart
  • Go straight through the second stop light and straight through the stop sign in the middle of town
  • Campbell’s Resort will be on the right hand side, before the bridge

 

Note: As is common in the travel industry, we were provided with complimentary meals for the purpose of review. While this has not influenced this review, we believe in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest.

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What a Ride! Apple Capital Loop Trail, Wenatchee, Washington

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Entrance to trail at Wenatchee Confluence State Park

Wenatchee knows how to do a bike trail right. I’m new to bicycling. Well, new since I was a kid. I just bought my first bike with any kind of gears this past year so I’ve been trying to get out on it riding trails. I don’t want to do road biking because cars just make me too nervous. But trying to find good, long trails that are mostly easy enough for a beginner and a 50+ year old woman, but also a little challenging in spots to build strength and endurance, has been a little difficult. So I was thrilled when we discovered the Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail in Wenatchee, Washington.

The trail is 10 miles long and loops from one side of the Columbia River to the other. It is the longest loop trail in Washington State. There are several access points and we chose the Wenatchee Confluence State Park to enter simply because that’s where we stumbled onto it. There is plenty of parking and you can enter the trail right there. It took us for a short ride with slight inclines and declines until we got to the bridge. Then it was enough of an incline that Josh and I had to walk our bikes up. David was impressive – he rode all the way up it and his bike is a cruiser – no gears!

While this bridge also carries car traffic, the bike trail is completely separated by a concrete wall so I felt very safe. Once on the other side of the Columbia River, you go a few miles along the river and behind some beautiful houses. There are several spots to pull over and look out over the river, some with benches to sit on. There are two access sites, one at 27th Street and one at 19th Street. The one at 19th has a restroom, water fountain, and even a place to put air in your bicycle tires.

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Water over trail

The inclines and declines on this part of the trail are perfect. Some places they are steep enough that going down them there is a 10mph sign. One small part even shows a 6% downgrade.

On the day we rode, the river was quite high and even went over parts of the trail. That was really fun as we were already pretty warm by then and the little bit of water cooled our feet.

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Old RR Bridge Part of Trail

About five miles down that side the trail then goes back over the Columbia River via an old railroad bridge, and is for bikes and pedestrians only – still no worry about cars. Going down the other side takes you into Wenatchee and along the riverfront. There are a lot of trailside rest areas, creative works of art, and colorful gardens.

A little further on you have the opportunity at Wenatchee Riverfront Park to take another bike/pedestrian bridge over the railroad tracks and on Saturdays, stop at the farmers market. If you get to this spot after noon, take a break and stop in at the Saddle Rock Pub and Brewery. They have an impressive number of microbrews, a fabulous Chicken Caesar Ranch Wrap, and their own Wenatchee Pizza which has bacon and apple slices on it. A tasty alternative to the usual Hawaiian pizza.

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Bridge over the RR tracks from trail to Saddle Rock Pub and Brewery

Bike back over the bridge and ride through the Riverfront Park, which has more restrooms and water fountains. The trail then goes through Walla Walla Point Park, where there is a lot of activity going on such as sports fields, stand up paddle boarding, kayak rentals, etc.

Not too much farther until the trail enters the other side of the Wenatchee Confluence State Park, through the manicured lawns of the camping sites and soon back to the parking lot.

The ride took an hour and a half (not counting stopping for lunch). It was the perfect amount of time, a ride that was easy enough most of the time, yet challenging in spots, incomparable scenery, and safe from car traffic. The Apple Capitol Loop Trail is the perfect ride for beginner cyclists, young and old!

Map of the trail: http://www.chelanpud.org/documents/Apple_cap_Rec_loop_map.pdf

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Sasquatch in the Pacific Northwest

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Scott Taylor, BFRO Investigator

So this article is a little different. This is not a site you can go visit or an activity you can try. But – Sasquatch is something you can certainly keep an eye out for anytime you are out in the outdoors.

Recently we attended a talk, “Sasquatch 101: The Basics” presented by Scott Taylor, a BFRO (Bigfoot Research Organization) Field Investigator. BFRO was started in 1995 by a guy named Matt Moneymaker. People can submit their story about seeing or hearing Sasquatch online and the investigators will call the ones they feel may have legitimacy. The researchers then do a field survey, go out where the person said they had the encounter, look for evidence, make the report and if it meets qualifications, it will then be published on the BFRO website. They always protect the identity of the witness and the location.

There are about 150 active investigators and around 40,000 reports online. Scott is an interesting fellow. Very down to earth, didn’t seem the least bit “out there”. He presented his information in a very matter-of-fact way. He said he has proven to himself that Sasquatch exists, he doesn’t need to prove it to anyone else. Scott, who grew up in northwest Oregon, has been research with BFRO since 2006. He typically investigates about one story a month, with his most recent one in Ocean Shores, Washington.  This is not a paid gig, it’s just something he is interested in and he likes to do presentations because people simply like hearing about the subject. You can check out their site at http://www.bfro.net/.

So here are some of the highlights of what he had to say. Scott said that mainstream science says there is no evidence, yet they are always finding evidence but scientists are afraid of losing their reputations or their funding. It was also suggested that if Sasquatch was determined as real, the impact to forestry would be devastating. If the Spotted Owl shut down so many forestry operations, imagine what would happen if forests were designated as Sasquatch’s home. He also commented that in a court of law eyewitness testimony is allowed every day, yet in the case of Sasquatch, eyewitness testimony is never believed. A woman named Melba Ketchum, a veterinarian in Texas, has studied 109 DNA samples (30-40 were from the Pacific Northwest) but her work has not been peer-reviewed or verified.

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There are six types of evidence:

1)      Eyewitness testimony

2)      Tracks, impressions, track-lines

3)      Videos

4)      Photos

5)      Audio recordings

6)      Gifts

Then he talked about the famous Patterson film taken in northern California in 1967. Some have said it has been proven to be a fake. He said that it has been determined that it is not a hoax through sophisticated technical analysis of the film by a man named Bill Munns in 2009. Other things he said that showed it wouldn’t be a fake was that it appeared to have a herniated thigh muscle, and the angle that she (it was determined to be a female because it had breasts) lifted her leg was a 74 degree angle where humans have a 53 degree angle. The video with Munn’s analysis can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKUwdHex1Zs.

In the Pacific Northwest there are two physical types. One is darker and stockier and one is slimmer and lighter. Both are completely covered in hair. But the smell is the most memorable thing about a Sasquatch. Apparently it is like a mixture of skunk-ammonia-dead dog-horse. Sounds lovely.

There are two types of witnesses. One who accidentally runs across or hears a Sasquatch, and the other is called “habituation” meaning they encounter Sasquatch around where they live. These witnesses and Sasquatch are neighbors and those encounters may be sounds like wood knocking, or noises, and they may also find that their outside freezer or chicken coop has been raided. But sometimes their neighboring Sasquatch will leave a gift such as a rock/feather artwork or mice wrapped in leaves.

1-IMG_1658We learned about the difference between tracks, impressions, and track-lines. Tracks are rare as they think Sasquatch tries not to leave any. But a track is a single foot-print and shows a lot of detail such as toes, ridges, creases and scars. There is no arch, which is a big difference from a human track. A track-line is several tracks in a row, allowing researchers to figure out the stride of the Sasquatch. A  Sasquatch’s stride is about 50-72 inches and in a line, where a human’s is 24-36 inches and off to the side of each other.  From the stride, they estimate that the females are about 7 –  ½ feet tall and the males are around 8 feet tall, even going up to 11 feet.

An impression is a simple print in the ground without much detail. The researchers really don’t even try to make a cast of an impression since it doesn’t have enough detail to be helpful.

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There have been recordings of sounds, one called “Sierra Sounds” by Ron Morehead. It was recorded in the 1970’s at a hunting camp. http://www.bigfootsounds.com/the-recordings/

Other signs that a Sasquatch has been around are when trees are twisted together like a barber pole or trees twisted into loops.

 

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The fake – see the difference?

So why are there so few pictures of Sasquatch? For one thing, they seem to know what cameras and guns are so they avoid them. Scott said if you ever encounter a Sasquatch and are worried, just get out your camera and they will disappear. Also, they will crouch down when they think they are spotted, they will freeze in place, they appear to have the ability to know when a human is going to move, then they will move quickly away. They will climb trees and can swim. They have entered camps when people were asleep or out, checking things out and putting them back.

But he says not to worry. They seem curious about humans and have been known to help people who are injured or children who are lost. They are shy and don’t like to interact with humans. However, there is no known case of them ever injuring a human.

One audience member asked if it was legal to hunt and kill a Sasquatch. Scott responded that there is actually a law on the books in Skamania County that says it’s illegal, but there is another important thing to think about. If a person killed one, and it was discovered that Sasquatch had mostly human DNA, the person would be charged with murder. A prosecutor would love to make a name for themselves prosecuting the first person to ever kill a Sasquatch. Plus, they figure where you see one Sasquatch there are more, so if someone killed one, they could be the first person to be hurt or killed in retaliation. And who could blame them?

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Knuckle Print

The discussion ended with a few rules about manners if you ever encounter a Sasquatch. Don’t make eye contact, leave if they start yelling, don’t shine bright lights at them, respect their home, and don’t shoot. Then simply enjoy the encounter, knowing you are experiencing something that not everyone gets to experience!

Do I believe in Sasquatch? Maybe. I have an open mind. I don’t think you can prove something doesn’t exist. But I have to say after listening to the presentation I am more convinced than ever that it is extremely possible that they exist. So I am looking forward to spending some time this summer out in the woods, hoping that now that I know what to look for and what to listen for, that I will have my first encounter with a Sasquatch. I’ll let you know!

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