Still in Washington

Current Location: Edgewood, Washington

Sorry! We have been having so much fun with our grandchildren that we haven’t blogged too much. Here’s a catch-up post for you. Rather than a day-by-day breakdown of events, here are a few random tidbits with accompanying photos when available.

On Friday, our son-in-law flew home from a business trip in San Francisco. Malcolm and Violet went to the airport to pick him up and bring him home. Violet was excited to see her Daddy and, before leaving for the airport, made him a welcome home card that he enjoyed reading on the way home.

The weekend was rather relaxing. We all got up too late for church on Sunday, so we spent a mostly lazy day around the house. It was very rainy from Friday through Monday, so we did a lot of indoor activities such as walking around malls. Today, it was a little less gloomy, so we went to the Tacoma Mall and ate lunch at the Spaghetti Factory.

Here are a bunch of pictures showing what we’ve been up to the past few days.

Nana and Scarlet

Nana and Scarlet

Violet and Mommy (Elizabeth)

Violet and Mommy (Elizabeth)

Bike riding

Bike riding

Playing inside

Playing inside

Enjoying snacks

Enjoying snacks

Sleeping in

Sleeping in

 

Feeding carrots to the horses across the street

Feeding carrots to the horses across the street

Puddle jumping

Puddle jumping

 

Splish splash

Splish splash

Monday night, Malcolm and our son-in-law, Cole, went over to a friend’s house to work on repairing the floor in Cole’s boat. The wood was rotten, so we helped while his friend and his uncle cut out the floor of the boat.

Floor removed

Floor removed

Today is our last full day here visiting. Val has been doing laundry and we’ll be packing up our bags this evening. It seems like a really short week that we’ve been here. We’re still waiting on hearing if we will be working in Houston next week or not. Tomorrow is the last day to find out if we are. Malcolm told them at work that we’ve got plans the latter part of this week (taking Val’s car to Louisiana where we are selling it to some friends) and Thursday we’ll be packing up to head down there. If we aren’t working in Houston, we’ll leave the trailer in Alabama and spend the night with our friends before heading back.

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Grandparents Travel – Summary

As noted in earlier posts, Malcolm has been digging through his grandmother’s journals and logging his grandparents’ travels through the years. Here are a few interesting summary items about their full-time adventures (some may be subject to change):

They brought home their first Airstream on May 13, 1970. They headed out on their first trip a couple weeks later on May 29th.

They went through five tow vehicles – a 1970 Olds 88, a circa 1973 International Harvester Travelall (like a Suburban), a 1975 International Harvester Travelall, a 1980’s Chevrolet Suburban and a 1990’s Chevrolet Suburban.

They had two different Airstream trailers – a 1970 model 27′ trailer and a 1977 model 31′ trailer.

They returned to Florida in the fall of 1992 and sold their Suburban and Airstream, thus ending their travel trailer days. By that time, my grandfather was 85 and grandmother was 83.

They would generally travel from approximately April to October of each year and spend the remainder of the year in Orange Harbor Mobile Home Park in Ft. Myers, Florida. In 1982 or 1983, they bought a mobile home in the park and would only live in the Airstream when traveling.

On June 22, 1977, while traveling west through Nebraska, a tractor-trailer truck passed my grandparents traveling at a very high rate of speed. My grandmother was driving at the time and the buffeting wind from the passing truck caught her off-guard. She over-corrected, the trailer started sliding off the roadway, the entire unit (truck and trailer) did a 180 spin, then gently rolled over onto its top before sliding to a stop on the interstate.

Nobody was hurt, but the truck (the first Travelall) and the trailer (the 27′ one) were both totalled. My uncle, who worked for International Harvester at the time, found another Travelall for them in Buffalo, NY and they found their replacement Airstream a couple months later. They were back on the road in September of that year.