ZeKiwi BnB - Big Water View on Guemes Island

ZeKiwi BnB opened Memorial Day Week-End 2018

 ZeKiwi BnB is on the ground floor with three large windows (on the right) looking out at bald eagles, ships, tugs, sailboats and Cap Sante along the Guemes Channel. Outside there is a large patio for BBQing and just enjoying being outside.

ZeKiwi BnB is on the ground floor with three large windows (on the right) looking out at bald eagles, ships, tugs, sailboats and Cap Sante along the Guemes Channel. Outside there is a large patio for BBQing and just enjoying being outside.

Ze Kiwi BnB - Built with Guests in Mind

Meant for two people, the kitchen has a full size refrigerator, 24" oven with stovetop, and full size microwave along with assorted pots, pans, utensils. You also will have the use of a BBQ on the large patio. We actually live upstairs but your own private entrance keeps things as private as you wish. The spacious bathroom is for your use only. Everything is new as our house had an unfinished ground floor when we moved in September of last year. It was the big winter project to complete it by summer. We did it! Now we have had our first guests who have given us glowing feedback:

"Love the colors you chose."
"It lacks for nothing."
"The kitchen island is so cool."
"Great artwork."
"That view!"
"I saw the EAGLES!"
"I didn't know tugs went backwards when guiding ships?!"
"Look at all those sailboats."
"Great spot to just chill..."
"We didn't know what to expect but it turned out to be wonderful!"
"Guemes...what a find!"

Behind the Name ZeKiwi BnB

I married a Kiwi in New Zealand in 1982. Once a Kiwi, always a Kiwi. Mark is a dual citizen and so are our two sons - USA and New Zealand. Before we officially moved to the Pacific Northwest last September, our home had been in Shasta County in Northern California where some friends affectionately called him "Kiwi". It became his handle and "ZeKiwi" was his license plate for years. In real estate, it was good to stand out in this way. His Kiwi accent is apparent to many in the USA. Funny how when we visit New Zealand, his American accent is what stands out. You know how that goes. 

Anyway...the name for our BnB hails from our ties to New Zealand. Our ties remain strong there with a son and daughter-in-law living in Wanaka -- when they aren't globe hopping for their work (adventure videography). 

 A view from the bedroom / sitting area of ZeKiwi BnB into the kitchen. The door into the unit is from the outside affording complete privacy to anyone who books the unit. 

A view from the bedroom / sitting area of ZeKiwi BnB into the kitchen. The door into the unit is from the outside affording complete privacy to anyone who books the unit. 

Never Heard of Guemes Island?

Guemes Island is a gem. It is a 5 minute car ferry ride from Anacortes, Washington which is Gateway to the San Juan Islands in the Pacific Northwest. The population in winter is around 600 and this "swells" by 1000 in the summer months. There are no reservations to be made for the ferry. Best thing to do is check the Guemes Island Ferry Schedule as it varies season to season -- and then get in line. Sometimes there is no wait. Usually there is no more than a half hour wait. 

 Guemes Island ahead, this image was taken from the Guemes Island Ferry. A crab boat heads towards Mt. Baker in the distance. How captivating is this? 

Guemes Island ahead, this image was taken from the Guemes Island Ferry. A crab boat heads towards Mt. Baker in the distance. How captivating is this? 

Kayaking, Cycling, Hiking, Birding, and More

There is so much or nothing at all to do on Guemes Island. Your choice, really.  We are happy to fill you in on local details so you get the best out of your experience while in the area.

Kayaking

Are you kayakers? Guemes Island is a good place to do some and we can help you get organized on this or bring your own. It's different to lake paddling -- currents and tides and all.

Cycling

If you like to cycle, bring your bikes over as there is good riding on the island and you can easily return to "the mainland" via ferry and do more cycling throughout Skagit County. The farmland roads provide beautiful cruising. NOTE: You could leave your vehicle in the ferry parking (it's free) on the Anacortes side and bring your bikes over on the ferry. If you need assist with bags, we can meet you at the ferry.

Hiking

Guemes Mountain Trail is a hike well worth doing. It takes no more than 90 minutes from ZeKiwi BnB to hike to the trailhead, up and down. The views at the top are of Anacortes, Mt. Baker, and some of the other area islands. If you're lucky, you might almost be able to touch an eagle while at the top. Walking sticks are helpful. What's nice is several are left on the sign at the beginning of the trail for anyone's use. 

Birding

One of the thrills of our location is the ritual of two Bald Eagles who sit on a tree within easy view of our place. It is where they hunt for their next meal below in the Guemes Channel.  All of a sudden they will take off diving into the water below to catch a fish. Here is a Guemes Island Bird List by a more serious Birder than myself.

...and More

Check out the Skagit Valley and all its beautiful farmland and variety of crops throughout the year, do a foodie tour for farm-to-table goodies (we've made a list of some awesome places), breweries, wineries, re-purposing places to scope out, reading, sleeping, watch the ships/tugs/sailboats drift by, collect agates from island beaches, observe the stars, enjoy the quiet, go for walks, visit the Guemes Island General Store for a coffee or cold beverage and light food from within 20 miles. (Their seafood chowder is amazing!)

 "Our" two Bald Eagles perched in the tree they love to hunt from. We don't even have to leave home to enjoy them! Grab a cup of coffee and take it in at  ZeKiwi BnB .  <-- We are on Instagram!

"Our" two Bald Eagles perched in the tree they love to hunt from. We don't even have to leave home to enjoy them! Grab a cup of coffee and take it in at ZeKiwi BnB.  <-- We are on Instagram!

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  Come play on Guemes Island!! -  Mary and Mark, ZeKiwi BnB

Come play on Guemes Island!! - Mary and Mark, ZeKiwi BnB




 

 






 

College Pals Eye Skagit Valley Bald Eagles

Yesterday wouldn't have come together had it not been for Facebook. A long lost college pal of mine from the University of Minnesota, Morris (decades ago) and I went in search of Bald Eagles in the Skagit Valley of Washington. So. Darn. Cool!

  SKAGIT VALLEY BALD EAGLES   January is a great month to get out and see  Skagit Valley Bald Eagles &nbsp;high up in the trees or swooping down to dine on fish or fowl. There seems to be food aplenty for them and that's why we get to enjoy watching them!

SKAGIT VALLEY BALD EAGLES

January is a great month to get out and see Skagit Valley Bald Eagles high up in the trees or swooping down to dine on fish or fowl. There seems to be food aplenty for them and that's why we get to enjoy watching them!

A Little Facebook Miracle

Just before Christmas, Mark and I had some business to do in Seattle. On our return to Skagit County (where we moved after road tripping around the USA for 15 months in our motorhome) I thought of Pat. She had been a very good friend my first two years of college before we went our separate ways.

I knew Pat had lived in Seattle quite some time ago. Did she still? Losing touch years ago, (life gets busy, I'm sure you get that) what were the chances of finding her?

A Facebook search pulled her up in less than 5 minutes. I messaged her. She responded THE SAME DAY! Nothing short of a miracle, I'm telling you.

She and I, two "shy Minnesota gals", have each lived in Minnesota, California, and now Washington. Kind of crazy that we find ourselves now living within an hour of each other in retirement. So much to catch up on -- family and work lives -- and all those names and faces from UMM (University of Minnesota, Morris --  sounds like a Zen chant, yes?) We are having fun filling in some gaps for each other having been in touch with different people.

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FOR NOW, here's a little of what we saw when we perused Skagit Valley and River on a winter's day... It turned out to be about more than Bald Eagles. 

  SKAGIT EAGLES RIVER BOAT   We spotted this drift boat and realized it would likely give a vantage point to spot Bald Eagles:&nbsp;&nbsp; SkagitEagles.com .&nbsp;The best months to spot eagles are December and January (early winter) which wraps up the end of the fall salmon run.

SKAGIT EAGLES RIVER BOAT

We spotted this drift boat and realized it would likely give a vantage point to spot Bald Eagles:  SkagitEagles.com. The best months to spot eagles are December and January (early winter) which wraps up the end of the fall salmon run.

  WHERE THE BUFFALO ROAM - NEAR CONCRETE   Caught totally by surprise by a herd of buffalo at the end of a rainbow near Concrete. Really? :-) This was something we HAD to pull over for.

WHERE THE BUFFALO ROAM - NEAR CONCRETE

Caught totally by surprise by a herd of buffalo at the end of a rainbow near Concrete. Really? :-) This was something we HAD to pull over for.

  WINTER FIELDS in SKAGIT COUNTY   The fields in Skagit County have been a fascination to us. Every month, they look different. One individual told us there are over 200 different crops grown here. I haven't confirmed that but I don't doubt it from what we see. Love it, love it, love it. The palate of colors and textures are so rich!

WINTER FIELDS in SKAGIT COUNTY

The fields in Skagit County have been a fascination to us. Every month, they look different. One individual told us there are over 200 different crops grown here. I haven't confirmed that but I don't doubt it from what we see. Love it, love it, love it. The palate of colors and textures are so rich!

  TRUMPTER SWANS, TOO!    Skagit County is a bird mecca . My one wish was that the roads were wider to pull over when I see something as we're driving along. It isn't always feasible.&nbsp;

TRUMPTER SWANS, TOO!

Skagit County is a bird mecca. My one wish was that the roads were wider to pull over when I see something as we're driving along. It isn't always feasible. 

  SAMISH FLATS BIRDING   Calling all birders, there's plenty to see around the  Samish Flats  in Skagit County. The light was superb around 4pm on this January day.&nbsp;

SAMISH FLATS BIRDING

Calling all birders, there's plenty to see around the Samish Flats in Skagit County. The light was superb around 4pm on this January day. 

  SNOW GEESE in SKAGIT VALLEY   One of the delights of being in Skagit County in the Pacific Northwest during winter are sights like this -- 1000's of Snow Geese making their way to another feeding ground. I mentioned the fields and many crops in the area so they have many to choose from. I see these GEESE making a DOVE formation. Do you?&nbsp;

SNOW GEESE in SKAGIT VALLEY

One of the delights of being in Skagit County in the Pacific Northwest during winter are sights like this -- 1000's of Snow Geese making their way to another feeding ground. I mentioned the fields and many crops in the area so they have many to choose from. I see these GEESE making a DOVE formation. Do you? 

Birding First, Lunch Second

Forecast for this day we'd set aside to rendezvous to look for Bald Eagles was suppose to rain and maybe even provide some lightning. Windless, a few sprinkles, no lightning, and some sunshine. That's what really happened. You saw the rainbow, right?

The Skagit River was running full. We walked a trail in Rasar State Park, located 8 miles west of Concrete, and a place definitely worth checking out if you like amazing trees, ferns, moss, ducks. Truth? We didn't see any Bald Eagles here. Who cares? We had a blast catching up and taking in all that was surrounding us and seeing them up river.

We had lunch in Rockport and then headed back to Burlington where we parted ways -- until next time. Thanks, Pat, and Skagit Valley! It was a most delightful day! Looking forward to the next venture...

THANKS!

Thanks for stopping by. Always appreciated. If interested, check out my Facebook and Instagram pages.  ~Mary / @BoomerEye

December is Upon Us!

Recent inquiries about getting just the right gift for a special someone is prompting this post. Too often that special someone in your life has all they need but could use just a little more art in their life! What a great gift a canvas or metal print would be for Christmas or Hanukkah! Here are a few that are favs of mine and might spark your imagination. If interested in ordering, please contact me soon. Order two and save! 12x12 and 12x18 are popular sizes -- just depends on whether you want square or rectangular.  Larger and smaller sizes work, too. I can get specific on price when I know what you're interested in.

 

  Redding Rain - (square format, black and white version)   The black and white version of 'Redding Rain' has been one of my most popular images over time. I found myself waiting for my son at the Redding Amtrak station int he middle of a rainy night. I looked up through my windshield and saw this marvelous sight. I'm so glad I thought to pick up my camera and play with those rain drops!

Redding Rain - (square format, black and white version)

The black and white version of 'Redding Rain' has been one of my most popular images over time. I found myself waiting for my son at the Redding Amtrak station int he middle of a rainy night. I looked up through my windshield and saw this marvelous sight. I'm so glad I thought to pick up my camera and play with those rain drops!

  Redding Rain - © Mary Lascelles (square format, sepia version)   Another version of 'Redding Rain' is this in sepia tones. I love the little splash of red in the right corner -- maybe it was the train coming!

Redding Rain - © Mary Lascelles (square format, sepia version)

Another version of 'Redding Rain' is this in sepia tones. I love the little splash of red in the right corner -- maybe it was the train coming!

  Bird's Eye View © Mary Lascelles (square format,&nbsp;black and white version)   An old, formidable valley oak tree captivated my imagination daily at our last home. A spectacular tree with so much character, it gave us much pleasure throughout the year watching it go through the seasonal changes. Here it is in its fine winter attire -- with a bird sitting on top of the world on the top of it.

Bird's Eye View © Mary Lascelles (square format, black and white version)

An old, formidable valley oak tree captivated my imagination daily at our last home. A spectacular tree with so much character, it gave us much pleasure throughout the year watching it go through the seasonal changes. Here it is in its fine winter attire -- with a bird sitting on top of the world on the top of it.

  Good Night Moon © Mary Lascelles&nbsp; (square format, black and white version)   If you know Millville Plains Road in Shasta County, you probably are familiar with this tree. It seems the world is as I've seen it posted on Instagram by people who don't live in the area but they've heard about the tree. It's amazing. On this evening, I was saying 'good night' to the moon as it rose and I was headed home.

Good Night Moon © Mary Lascelles  (square format, black and white version)

If you know Millville Plains Road in Shasta County, you probably are familiar with this tree. It seems the world is as I've seen it posted on Instagram by people who don't live in the area but they've heard about the tree. It's amazing. On this evening, I was saying 'good night' to the moon as it rose and I was headed home.

  The 3 Shastas - © Mary Lascelles (rectangular format, color version)   Taken in the autumn of 2014, this was before the rains returned and the water level was down a bit. What a sight to behold! Mt. Shasta, Shasta Dam, and Lake Shasta.

The 3 Shastas - © Mary Lascelles (rectangular format, color version)

Taken in the autumn of 2014, this was before the rains returned and the water level was down a bit. What a sight to behold! Mt. Shasta, Shasta Dam, and Lake Shasta.

  Shasta View Color - (square format, color version)   Redding, CA seems to get more colorful annually. This curve of maple trees is tremendous to observe in the autumn on Shasta View near the entrance to the McConnell Foundation and Mountain View Middle School.

Shasta View Color - (square format, color version)

Redding, CA seems to get more colorful annually. This curve of maple trees is tremendous to observe in the autumn on Shasta View near the entrance to the McConnell Foundation and Mountain View Middle School.

  View of Redding © Mary Lascelles (rectangular format, color version)   This image actually hung in the Redding airport for a few months. It was printed on metal and looked stunning but I've also had it printed on canvas and have seen it framed and it was awesome. (framing optional, of course)  Does anyone else think Redding is one of the prettiest towns in California??

View of Redding © Mary Lascelles (rectangular format, color version)

This image actually hung in the Redding airport for a few months. It was printed on metal and looked stunning but I've also had it printed on canvas and have seen it framed and it was awesome. (framing optional, of course)

Does anyone else think Redding is one of the prettiest towns in California??

Ten Thousand More Images Tucked Away

It is very hard to pick favorites for a blogpost -- to encourage people to start thinking about special gifts for special people. Or maybe filling a spot at home on the wall that's been BEGGING for some artwork. Why not a favorite BOOMEREYE (aka Mary Lascelles) photograph? I'd love to help you out on that!!

If there's one thing I'm not, it's a good self promoter. I love photography and have since I was young. There are few things that get me more excited than working with folks to come up with the right image in the right size in the right format. There are a lot of options but they can be narrowed down quickly. 

Here's to a wonderful last few weeks of 2017. Goodness knows we're all ready for it.

My best,

Mary Lascelles
boomereye@gmail.com


P.S. Please check out more images via my BoomerEye Instagram account. 
 

Thank You, KngaBlu!!

Here is KngaBlu, in all her glory, parked in Virginia last autumn. I couldn't have dreamed up the exceptional 15 months we lived and traveled in our motorhome. She is a 38' 2008 Fleetwood Bounder diesel pusher with 3 slides, a fully decked out kitchen, two recliners, a loveseat, a most comfortable queen size bed, TWO bathrooms (!), and loads of storage space - a perfect size for the two of us traveling the circumference of the USA with a venture or three into Canada. It is bittersweet she is now available for purchase! Here are a few images from our 15 months on the road. I could write a book but here's a post for starters. 

Note: If you're merely interested in learning more about KngaBlu and motorhome life firsthand, let me know. You might just want to do what we've done. AND, we have a beaut' motorhome that could be the answer. It's on a lot "for sale" in Skagit County, Washington.  Here is a look on the inside and more about details: See KngaBlu's Comfortable Living

  ONE of the MANY RV PARKS KNGABLU ENJOYED   This was well into our motorhome adventure but it's one of my favorite visuals of KngaBlu. Here she sits nestled by autumn leaves in Virginia late October / early November last year.  One of the lovely things about motorhome life, is the changing view from day to day or week to week or month to month. We got to decide when it was time to change it. KngaBlu, we have truly loved our time aboard you -- living and traveling.

ONE of the MANY RV PARKS KNGABLU ENJOYED

This was well into our motorhome adventure but it's one of my favorite visuals of KngaBlu. Here she sits nestled by autumn leaves in Virginia late October / early November last year.

One of the lovely things about motorhome life, is the changing view from day to day or week to week or month to month. We got to decide when it was time to change it. KngaBlu, we have truly loved our time aboard you -- living and traveling.

ON THE ROAD UNTIL...

When we left Mt. Shasta, California in June, 2016, we were carefree and open ended regarding how long we would live and travel in KngaBlu. Since 1982, we had lived in several homes but in only one county in Northern California. Our sons have lived long distances away for years. This was a chance to see more of North America. Maybe we'd fall in love with another place and decide to put down roots there? We didn't know but we wanted to find out. We were curious and felt kid-like again, I think. What a cool feeling!

One gal I shared our BHAG with (big-hairy-audacious-goal) said, "Do it while you have this window of time. Health can change things on a dime."

Having worked as an RN for years (plus just plain living life) I often saw health mysteriously go downhill shortly after retirement. Why is that? Mark and I both figured it would help if we had something to look forward to. We both love travel and hadn't seen enough of North America. Here was an opportunity to change that. 

It was time to start sorting, tossing, and purging the accumulation of 34 years of stuff we'd collected since marrying. It scared me to think of anyone else having to do this for me if the day came I couldn't do it for myself. I'm more of a packrat than Mark so had more to deal with. Hard to get started but, once in the mode, I got pretty good at it. We donated carloads to organizations who could sell the gently used items and make money, sold more precious things we didn't want any longer via an online auction company (ask me about that, if interested), and stored what we weren't quite ready to let go. I wonder how many storage units there are in the United States alone? 

We listed our house the first Friday in March, 2016. By Monday, we pulled it off the market because we had received 3 solid offers. The couple who loved our house and was most tuned into our 5 miniature donkeys is now living in the home we loved so much. We closed in a month and rented back for six weeks. Then? We drove away in KngaBlu with KngaToo in tow.

  HEADING EAST on NORTH CASCADES HWY   We spent a month in Washington State last summer. When we finally turned East, this is what we saw on Highway 20, the North Cascades Highway. Sitting up high in KngaBlu and looking out the huge front window, there was never a shortage of breathtaking views of North America!&nbsp;

HEADING EAST on NORTH CASCADES HWY

We spent a month in Washington State last summer. When we finally turned East, this is what we saw on Highway 20, the North Cascades Highway. Sitting up high in KngaBlu and looking out the huge front window, there was never a shortage of breathtaking views of North America! 

MAJOR LEAGUE ROAD TRIP and LIFESTYLE CHANGE

As we got more comfortable driving, riding and living in KngaBlu, we were pretty pleased with ourselves having taken this bold step. We were on an adventure in retirement. Woot! Trips to anywhere in North America had basically been business trips or vacations with time limited.

Our motorhome provided us a pretty awesome lifestyle. It took us awhile to realize we didn't have to be anywhere on any given Monday -- unless it was of our choosing. And we could pick our route according to how the wind was blowing on any given day.

National Parks. State Parks. Blue Highways. Local diners for the berry-pie-dujour. Small town celebrations. Lakes. Rivers. Waterfalls. Mountains. Kayaking. Hiking. Meeting the locals. Oh, and the rail trails for biking!

  GLACIER LAKE - GLACIER NP   It was our first time at Glacier National Park. We stayed in an RV Park in Columbia Falls, MT and drove our tow vehicle (Honda CRV) through the NP. Look at the water in Glacier Lake. It was absolutely pristine! (A funny thing happened in Columbia Falls. We randomly ran into Rotary friends from Redding, CA - Chet and Sandy - who are traveling fulltime in their 5th wheel. Chet was out walking his dog as we were headed out of the RV park to go somewhere. What's wilder? We've randomly run into them in Texas and Washington since!

GLACIER LAKE - GLACIER NP

It was our first time at Glacier National Park. We stayed in an RV Park in Columbia Falls, MT and drove our tow vehicle (Honda CRV) through the NP. Look at the water in Glacier Lake. It was absolutely pristine! (A funny thing happened in Columbia Falls. We randomly ran into Rotary friends from Redding, CA - Chet and Sandy - who are traveling fulltime in their 5th wheel. Chet was out walking his dog as we were headed out of the RV park to go somewhere. What's wilder? We've randomly run into them in Texas and Washington since!

  WINDOW with a VIEW   One of the grandest things about motorhome travel is that view. Sitting high up in a comfortable captain's chair sipping a fresh cup of coffee and taking in the surrounds is pretty mighty. Did I mention the engine is in the rear in a "diesel pusher" which makes for a quiet ride?

WINDOW with a VIEW

One of the grandest things about motorhome travel is that view. Sitting high up in a comfortable captain's chair sipping a fresh cup of coffee and taking in the surrounds is pretty mighty. Did I mention the engine is in the rear in a "diesel pusher" which makes for a quiet ride?

  MT. RUSHMORE via CAR   Have you been to Mt. Rushmore? We were actually staying at a campground outside Lead, South Dakota and traveled to Mt. Rushmore via our tow vehicle early in the morning to beat the crowds. Our tow vehicle (a 2008 Honda CRV) was key to taking side trips when we were parked for a few days or more.

MT. RUSHMORE via CAR

Have you been to Mt. Rushmore? We were actually staying at a campground outside Lead, South Dakota and traveled to Mt. Rushmore via our tow vehicle early in the morning to beat the crowds. Our tow vehicle (a 2008 Honda CRV) was key to taking side trips when we were parked for a few days or more.

  HAVE YOU HEARD of KENNETH, MINNESOTA?   As a kid, I use to visit Kenneth, Minnesota with my parents. My aunt and uncle lived on the 2nd floor of this building over my uncle's welding shop. The tiny town sits in the middle of corn fields. As a kid, I had a hard time realizing there was much going on in the area. At this point in life, I know there's more going on than meets the eye. (Well, maybe not Kenneth itself but let's say the area in general...) And I love rural much more now than then! Being there, I could faintly hear my uncle and his barbershop quartet singing. THAT's the sort of thing that goes on in Small Town America!

HAVE YOU HEARD of KENNETH, MINNESOTA?

As a kid, I use to visit Kenneth, Minnesota with my parents. My aunt and uncle lived on the 2nd floor of this building over my uncle's welding shop. The tiny town sits in the middle of corn fields. As a kid, I had a hard time realizing there was much going on in the area. At this point in life, I know there's more going on than meets the eye. (Well, maybe not Kenneth itself but let's say the area in general...) And I love rural much more now than then! Being there, I could faintly hear my uncle and his barbershop quartet singing. THAT's the sort of thing that goes on in Small Town America!

  KNGABLU in MY HOMETOWN - WILLMAR, MN   We parked on the side street so I could jump out to get this photo of KngaBlu in the neighborhood where I lived until I was 18. What a splendid place it was. Loads of kids to hang out with, safe until after dark to be out playing games, riding bikes, whatever. We could catch fireflies and sell lemonade in our front yards. My first childhood friend lived two doors away and we're still very connected, like the Sister neither of us ever had. How quirky to introduce our motorhome to my first house in life!&nbsp;

KNGABLU in MY HOMETOWN - WILLMAR, MN

We parked on the side street so I could jump out to get this photo of KngaBlu in the neighborhood where I lived until I was 18. What a splendid place it was. Loads of kids to hang out with, safe until after dark to be out playing games, riding bikes, whatever. We could catch fireflies and sell lemonade in our front yards. My first childhood friend lived two doors away and we're still very connected, like the Sister neither of us ever had. How quirky to introduce our motorhome to my first house in life! 

  SILVER ISLET near THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO   From my hometown in Minnesota, we headed north and had a grand night in Duluth (what a cool town!) prior to visiting my brother, sister-in-law, and niece in Thunder Bay, Ontario on Lake Superior.  An afternoon jaunt to Silver Islet brought us to this beautiful spot. I kind of thought I'd died and gone to heaven. It was such a lovely community of cottages owned for eons by the same families - handed down through generations. It wouldn't have been complete without a picnic, on flat rocks draping down to Superior, including smoked fish, cheese, and tasty bread.&nbsp;

SILVER ISLET near THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO

From my hometown in Minnesota, we headed north and had a grand night in Duluth (what a cool town!) prior to visiting my brother, sister-in-law, and niece in Thunder Bay, Ontario on Lake Superior.

An afternoon jaunt to Silver Islet brought us to this beautiful spot. I kind of thought I'd died and gone to heaven. It was such a lovely community of cottages owned for eons by the same families - handed down through generations. It wouldn't have been complete without a picnic, on flat rocks draping down to Superior, including smoked fish, cheese, and tasty bread. 

  MARQUETTE, MI - GOOD WALKABILITY   There's something about cold that draws both my brothers. Are we really of the same DNA? One lives in Thunder Bay, Ontario and the other in Marquette. Michigan. KngaBlu did the  Circle Tour of Lake Superior  making our way to Marquette. It has grown up a lot since I was last there, maturing beautifully.  Here's a peek at Marquette's downtown where we enjoyed a restaurant or two and were able to walk to our destinations --&gt; good walkability factor. Oh, and a big lake to watch my sister-in-law and her rowing crew early in the morning. Go, Zhong! (If interested, read about our Lake Superior Circle Tour:  Part 1  //  Part 2

MARQUETTE, MI - GOOD WALKABILITY

There's something about cold that draws both my brothers. Are we really of the same DNA? One lives in Thunder Bay, Ontario and the other in Marquette. Michigan. KngaBlu did the Circle Tour of Lake Superior making our way to Marquette. It has grown up a lot since I was last there, maturing beautifully.

Here's a peek at Marquette's downtown where we enjoyed a restaurant or two and were able to walk to our destinations --> good walkability factor. Oh, and a big lake to watch my sister-in-law and her rowing crew early in the morning. Go, Zhong! (If interested, read about our Lake Superior Circle Tour: Part 1 // Part 2

  ST. GEORGES RIVER - THOMASTON, MAINE   There are 1000's upon 1000's of images I took along the way so I could be here forever just trying to convey how wonderful it was traveling via KNGABLU. We spent the month of September in  Thomaston, Maine &nbsp;(&lt;-- my story about falling in love with Maine - again) which was a central location to so much along the Midcoast. We can highly recommend! There's something about this area that grabs hold. It definitely made our list of possibilities of areas to relocate.

ST. GEORGES RIVER - THOMASTON, MAINE

There are 1000's upon 1000's of images I took along the way so I could be here forever just trying to convey how wonderful it was traveling via KNGABLU. We spent the month of September in Thomaston, Maine (<-- my story about falling in love with Maine - again) which was a central location to so much along the Midcoast. We can highly recommend! There's something about this area that grabs hold. It definitely made our list of possibilities of areas to relocate.

  KNGATOO LOADED in GULF SHORES, ALABAMA   We had made it to the Deep South by election night last November. One of the things appreciated hugely was it was easy to ignore daily news during this election year! Here we were and we had cable so we tuned in. Gulf Shores is a good place to enjoy a "shark attack" or two. Election night begged for two, pretty sure!  Still not knowing where we were going to stay for the winter, Gulf Shores had a spot for us for a few nights so we enjoyed some Cajun food and kayaking. KngaToo, our trusty tow vehicle, was loaded down with two kayaks and two bikes. It had a job to do!  Kayaking in Gulf Shores was fun. They have multiple waterways to enjoy. We were warned to beware of alligators. Was it a joke? Not sure but we were on the look out! The other thing that surprised me here was a nest of fire ants tackling my lower leg. Yikes! A few days later and voila! Blisters galore.

KNGATOO LOADED in GULF SHORES, ALABAMA

We had made it to the Deep South by election night last November. One of the things appreciated hugely was it was easy to ignore daily news during this election year! Here we were and we had cable so we tuned in. Gulf Shores is a good place to enjoy a "shark attack" or two. Election night begged for two, pretty sure!

Still not knowing where we were going to stay for the winter, Gulf Shores had a spot for us for a few nights so we enjoyed some Cajun food and kayaking. KngaToo, our trusty tow vehicle, was loaded down with two kayaks and two bikes. It had a job to do!

Kayaking in Gulf Shores was fun. They have multiple waterways to enjoy. We were warned to beware of alligators. Was it a joke? Not sure but we were on the look out! The other thing that surprised me here was a nest of fire ants tackling my lower leg. Yikes! A few days later and voila! Blisters galore.

  FIRST TEXAS FERRY RIDE for KNGABLU   We had NO idea ferry rides were in our future! We hit Texas and, after unhitching KngaToo, we boarded this ferry separately. Mark drove the motorhome and I drove the car. No cost. FREE! And it cut many miles off our journey from A to B. We were skeptical at first. This was our HOUSE boarding this little ferry. It worked and we didn't hesitate thereafter when we found it was just what you did in Texas.

FIRST TEXAS FERRY RIDE for KNGABLU

We had NO idea ferry rides were in our future! We hit Texas and, after unhitching KngaToo, we boarded this ferry separately. Mark drove the motorhome and I drove the car. No cost. FREE! And it cut many miles off our journey from A to B. We were skeptical at first. This was our HOUSE boarding this little ferry. It worked and we didn't hesitate thereafter when we found it was just what you did in Texas.

  A MOST IMPORTANT CIRCLE of FRIENDS - PORT A, TEXAS   This circle of people represents the most important new friends made during our 15 months on the road. We had no idea when we arrived in Port Aransas, Texas what was about to eventuate.  Port A is located on Mustang Island on the Texas Gulf Coast and is where many of these fine folks have been going winter after winter for years. Lucky for us they were open to welcoming us into their circle. It was at 4pm each day we would gather round with our beverage of choice to catch up on what everyone had been doing during the day. Be it biking, kayaking, fishing, carving, birding, yoga, painting, knitting... These were the fine folks who showed us the ins and outs of the Texas Gulf Coast. Before a Coast Guardsman from Texas who we'd met in Maine suggested the area to us, we hadn't given it consideration. It was a most serendipitous meeting in Rockland, Maine.  Sadly, Port A was hit directly by Hurricane Harvey and they will be re-building for a long time to come. Some of this group is returning to assist in the effort. Others are headed to Florida, Alabama, other destinations in Texas, and Arizona. We will always cherish our winter in Port A, Texas.

A MOST IMPORTANT CIRCLE of FRIENDS - PORT A, TEXAS

This circle of people represents the most important new friends made during our 15 months on the road. We had no idea when we arrived in Port Aransas, Texas what was about to eventuate.

Port A is located on Mustang Island on the Texas Gulf Coast and is where many of these fine folks have been going winter after winter for years. Lucky for us they were open to welcoming us into their circle. It was at 4pm each day we would gather round with our beverage of choice to catch up on what everyone had been doing during the day. Be it biking, kayaking, fishing, carving, birding, yoga, painting, knitting... These were the fine folks who showed us the ins and outs of the Texas Gulf Coast. Before a Coast Guardsman from Texas who we'd met in Maine suggested the area to us, we hadn't given it consideration. It was a most serendipitous meeting in Rockland, Maine.

Sadly, Port A was hit directly by Hurricane Harvey and they will be re-building for a long time to come. Some of this group is returning to assist in the effort. Others are headed to Florida, Alabama, other destinations in Texas, and Arizona. We will always cherish our winter in Port A, Texas.

THE VENTURE - WE BOUGHT a HOME, KNGABLU is FOR SALE

The stories, they do go on. I'm basically ending this saga in mid-March 2017 with months more to go.

The more I write, the more that comes to mind. I've got a winter ahead to collect my thoughts and get a gazillion photos and stories in order. Wish me luck!

One of the goals in this motorhome venture around the USA was to see where we might want to settle down again. Would one place or a few places stand out?  We had a checklist. One of them was we were looking for "not to hot, not too cold" and preferably in one of the Western States. We found it! And now KngaBlu is on the market. We don't want her to sit idle but for someone to buy it and have the fun and adventures we had. It's 15 months we will never regret.

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MORE PHOTOS OF KNGABLU

If you missed the link above to look on the INSIDE OF KNGABLU, click here. I have also postedmore photos on Instagram under BoomerEye.