Long Days’ Journey Into…Chemainus(?)
After spending a lovely Boxing Day and evening with our daughter, her husband and our two grandchildren, we left at about 8:30 on Friday morning for what we thought woiuld be about an 8 hour drive to Silverton Oregon, to stay at the Silver Spur RV Resort for a couple of nights. Between an hour wait at the border, and at least another hour lost in bumper to bumper traffic around Seattle and Tacoma, coupled with a stop for fuel and groceries, all of this mostly in pouring rain, we finally pulled into the campground at around 7:30 in the evening. We got everything hooked up, watched a little TV, then went to bed.
We got up around 8:30 and went to finish checking in at the office. Very friendly welcome and a lovely clean campground. It didn’t take long for the Merry Quilter to make her herself at home: (click on a picture for a larger version)
I spent the time reading. We went into Silverton, a lovely little town of about 1900 residents, which, eerily reminiscent of Chemainus on Vancouver Island, was at one time a booming lumber town (Chemainus was a thriving coal port), but had to re-invent itself to survive. Like Chemainus, it has dozens of murals painted by talented local artists:
We attended 5:30 Mass at St. Marks’ Church:
The priest was a bit old-school (Benedictine, we think), but it was a nice service, with music provided by a children’s choir. Returned to the campsite about 7:00 and watched part of a Law and Order marathon. We are pulling out early tomorrow, as we have a 8-9 hour drive to Winters, in northern California, where we will be staying for 3 nights. After that, our drives will be much shorter.