Dates: July 1 to 9, 2018
Here’s a day by day rundown. Makes it easier to organize.
July 1 – Ball Game
The whole family attended a Tacoma Rainiers baseball game. It was a great day for a game and we all enjoyed ourselves. The weather was perfect.
July 2 – Horse feeding and Bike ride
We headed over to Elizabeth and Cole’s for the evening. Malcolm took the girls across the street to dispense carrots to the horses.
Later, we all went out for a bike ride or walk, depending on who you were (and if you had a bike).
July 3 – Horseback Riding and Scarlet Lunch Out
Malcolm, Elizabeth and Violet went out for the annual Daddy/Daughter horseback ride. However, this year it was the Daddy/Daughter/Daughter horseback ride. Violet was old enough to ride this year, so she went along, too.
Violet did really well. Malcolm and Elizabeth have been to this place a couple times before and the horses are always very fun to ride and very well behaved.
After the ride, the participants got to feed carrots to their horses and get pictures taken with them.
July 4 – Waffle Off, General Mayhem
On July 4, most of Cole’s family (and assorted family friends) converged on Fox Island for the annual July 4 Waffle-Off. Val made our waffle entry (S’Mores) as well as assisting Violet and Scarlet with their entries.
There was a lot of great competition and interesting entries.
All in all, it was a fun time and everyone got to taste their favorites afterwards.
July 5 – Ride the Trolley, Dinner at Stanley and Seaforts
Elizabeth brought the girls over to the trailer and we rode the trolley into Gig Harbor for some lunch and shopping. There is a trolley stop right at the campground entrance. It is $1 per person to ride all day.
We had enjoyable weather. We strolled around town, visited a few shops, wandered through the farmers market and had lunch.
We rode the trolley back to the campground and Elizabeth and the girls visited for a bit before leaving us to go to dinner (just the two of us).
Our daughter Elizabeth and our son David pitched in together for a combined anniversary, mothers day, fathers day and birthday gifts to the two of us and bought us a fancy dinner out at Stanley and Seaforts in Tacoma.
The restaurant sits on top of a hill overlooking downtown Tacoma. We were able to get a table with a view.
The food was great and we had a really good time.
July 6 – RV Toll Tag, Island
Malcolm worked part of the day today. We drove into town and picked up our mail and packages from Cole and Elizabeth’s house since they were all staying out at Fox Island the latter part of the week. One item that Malcolm received was a new RV Toll Tag that he will be testing for work. His company makes these and is finalizing the product that is aimed at the large full-time RVer market.
After collecting up mail and packages, as well as bicycles for the girls and other items needed by Cole and Elizabeth, we headed on out to Fox Island to visit for a while. Of course, Malcolm was greeted by his buddies.
July 7 & 8 – Fox Island
We visited over the weekend with the family at Fox Island, returning to our trailer in the evenings.
Sometime over the weekend, our security camera noticed someone on our property in Florida. It was nice seeing our neighbor checking out the place for us (and waving as he left).
Dates: July 9 to 11, 2018
July 9 – Moved (back) to Puyallup
On Monday, the 9th, we packed up the trailer and moved back down to the fairgrounds campground for a couple weeks since the dog show over the weekend was finished. The campground was still nearly full, but they had room for us (we did get reservations). Most of the dog show crew left by Tuesday afternoon.
July 10 & 11 – Malcolm Working, Val Visiting
On Tuesday and Today, Malcolm worked at the trailer and Val visited with Elizabeth and the girls. Malcolm borrowed a swimsuit from Cole today and swam with the girls in the swimming pool in the back yard. Today was one of the nicest days we’ve had for a while. The sky stayed blue all day and the temperature got up into the lower 80’s.