Sunday, August 4, 2013

I admit it!

Aug. 4-10, 2013 Silver Cove RV Resort, Silver Lake, WA
"My Memory is Shot; All I Retain Now is Water" 
Lori Borgman
Hi, my name is Debbie and I'm a...Twilight Fan & so is Scott.

We didn't specifically go to Forks, WA to see where the Twilight books story took place, but, since we were on the peninsula, we might as well.
Yes, I listened to Twilight on audibook (before it was popular).
Yes, we watched the all the Twilight movies, watching the final Twilight movie, Breaking Dawn right before arriving in Forks, WA
Yes, we are now reading (Scott re-reading) the Twilight books.

Yes, I had to get my photo taken with the lifesize wooden Jacob.  Of course, I'm for Team Jacob. I'd much rather have a warm body and oh what a body he has, next to me than a cold vampire.

And we were camped right near the Treaty Line. Of course we were on the Werewolf side of the line.
So yes, I took the cheesy Twilight Tour which is reviewed below.
Twilight tour - Forks, WA
My rating 3.5 out of 5
If you're into Twilight, it's worth it.
$30. for 2.5 hour tour through Forks, WA
$40. for 4 hour tour through Forks and La Push, WA.
Friendly staff trying to make the most of Twilight Fever. The tour is a mixture of Twilight sites from the BOOK version, inside info, and also a tour of the town of Forks.
This was a relaxing tour and plenty of time to take photos and no embarassment to show your glee upon seeing where "Bella lived", etc.

Included, Cullen house, Bella's house, treaty line, Chief Charlie's police car, Bella's red truck, La Push beach & so on.
Keep in mind, the only thing actually filmed in Forks was the "Welcome to Forks" sign.
When we stopped to see Charlie's police car at the police station, the water dept. was right across the hall. We stopped in there and were given a water bill! Paid in full thank goodness. Kind of silly, but then on the other hand, it is a memento of visiting Forks, WA.

A tid bit I learned on the tour was that the plan was to film in Forks, but the State of Washington was charging so much tax and permit fees, etc. They  priced the film out to move to the Portland area. This was a low budget film.
It was fun to watch the elation and the deflation of emotions as a couple of tourist really thought a member of the cast would show up for photo ops. But what we actually got were lifesize figures being lugged in and out of the van at the different points of Twilight interest.
Edward has seen better days

One of my favorite sights on the tour was a visit by the tour bus driver's yellow lab.
Sweet lady that I thought was old, but ends up she's only four years old, but fat.  She is free to roam but usually sleeps in his truck while he is doing the tour. He leaves his truck door open for her to go in and out.

While staying on the Olympic Peninsula there was an abundance of Smoked Salmon for sale. OOOOOOOOOHHHHHHH, so delicious! We picked up a couple of packs. Tonight, I made fish tacos, with tortillas I made myself & pico de gallo I made. Yep, I cook once in a while.
Pico de Gallo
Tomato, chopped
Onion, chopped
Cilantro, chopped
Jalapeno, chopped (just a small amount)
Lime juice
Salt to taste

Flour, 2 cups
Salt, 1//2 teaspoon
Water, 3/4 cup hot
Olive Oil, 3 tablespoons

Combine flour and salt in bowl.
Heat water to almost boiling.
Add water & oil to flour.
Mix with fork until cool enough to handle.
Finish mixing with hands.
Knead (fold over) about 15 times.
Let stand for 30 minutes with damp towel over bowl.

Roll in hands to form a log. Break in 1/2
Roll that in half. Break in 1/2.
Continue until 8 pieces.
Roll in hands to form a ball.
Place ball on floured surface and roll out to 8" round.

In medium high temp. frying pan, spray with oil.
Put tortilla in pan. Wait until it bubbles. Turn.
That's it. Pretty easy.

Need some practice making them round!

Fish Taco
Any cooked fish or shrimp
Pico de Gallo
Black Beans (optional)
Slaw mix

Put fish on tortilla.
Slaw mix on top of fish.
A touch of black beans.
then pico de gallo.
Roll up. Done & Yum!.
Three Rivers Resort - Forks, WA
Our rating 3 out of 5
Hmm, World Famous? That's what the sign says.
What can you expect from a little place where the teenage employees are cooking your meal. Just take that frozen, premade item and stick it in the deep fryer, or grill the burger.
The food actually wasn't bad, but can't say it was good either. Simple fast food.
Scallop basket: Ok, but would not order again. Small bay scallops deep fried.  Very little taste.
Cole Slaw: way too much mayo or miracle whip.
French Fries: Average. Not great, not bad.
Burger: Actually pretty good, when you compare it to fast food joints. I wouldn't compare it with "gourmet" quality burgers.
Blackberry Shake: Very good.
This was right across the street from our RV Park, so it was very convenient. The best thing to go there for is the milkshakes.

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I want to introduce you to Sir Ruckus…..

Ruckus is a orange and white male English Setter and he is approximately 2 years old. Ruckus has had a real rough start to say the least. He was chained up and living outside at a rural residence, his coat was matted and he was covered in fleas and ticks. The human that owned Ruckus obviously didn’t think very highly of him and he was lucky to get scraps to eat. Luck was on Ruckus’ side however when this poor excuse of a human decided to dump Ruckus at a neighbor's house. “Dumping” Ruckus was probably the most humane thing that this guy had ever done for him as he ended up with a animal lover named Steve. Steve recognized Ruckus and he confronted the neighbor who abandoned him in the middle of the night. To make a long story short… the sorry excuse for a human told Steve that if he brought Ruckus back he would load him up in his truck and dump him somewhere else. Steve didn’t want anything to happen to poor Ruckus so he agreed to not to return him. Steve has a very small little “rescue” that he runs and funds out of his own pocket and he currently has several dogs at his house that he is rehabbing and re-homing (mostly rehabbing) and unfortunately he can not afford to take on Ruckus.
This is what Steve has reported…. Ruckus has a very gentle temperament and loves kids. Ruckus especially likes Steve's 3 yr old granddaughter. He said that Ruckus listens well and loves attention. He gets along fine with female dogs and neutered male dogs however, he doesn’t do well with un-altered male dogs. Ruckus was severely covered with ticks and fleas. Steve has given him baths with dawn and groomed the ticks out of his fur. His fur started to fall out and he was scratching so bad from the flea bites that he scrounged up enough money to buy him a Comfortis flea pill from his vet. He said that the Comfortis has helped take out the fleas, but his skin is still bothering him. Which really isn’t surprising…..
Steve contacted Above & Beyond English Setter Rescue to see if we would be willing to take in Ruckus. We explained to him that our funds are very tight right now and are not sure if we could find a foster home for him. After speaking with A&B’s Pres. we decided … If we can raise enough funds through donations we can bring the “soon to be gorgeous” Ruckus into our program… get him healthy and of course find him a forever home… SO what do you think? Do you think we can raise enough coin to get Ruckus vetted and relieve him of his horribly itchy skin so his beautiful spots can come back… I think we can!…
If you would like to help Sir Ruckus please.. Pretty please consider making a donation… If you would like to foster this sweet boy please fill out a foster home application. Thank you in advance!
Aug. 12-18, 2013 Coeur d'Alene RV Park, Post Falls, ID
Aug. 19-28, 2013 Jim & Mary's RV Park, Missoula, MT
Aug. 29-Sept. 1, 2013 Jennifer's Driveway Boondock, Bozeman, MT
Sept. 2-5, 2013 Mammoth Campground, Yellowstone, WY (Tentative)
Sept. 6-15, 2013 Horseshoe Bend Campground NFS, Lovell, WY (Tentative)
Sept. 16-30, 2013 Wheels West RV Park, Custer, SD

south for the Winter of 2013/214

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