Thursday, May 24, 2012

5/23–5/24 12–Vancouver, WA

On Wednesday we made plans to meet up with Ken’s distant cousin Donna who is very deeply involved in the genealogy of the Gear family.  On our way north last year, we met her for the first time after Ken had been emailing her for and exchanging files for quite some time.  We had already met up with her about 3 weeks ago in Santa Clara where she and Ken got to see an old family bible dated in the early 1800’s.  Donna was working today so we arranged to go to her house when she got home.  She had picked up a pizza and spinach salad for dinner which we ate when we arrived at her house.  While Ken and Donna got involved in their genealogy research, I visited with Donna’s husband John while watching some tv.  Around 9pm we headed back to the RV for the evening.

This morning we started making our preparations to travel for the day.  We held off eating our normal breakfast because we were expecting Ervin’s wife Kathy to be stopping by with some of her banana bread.  When she arrived, we heated it up in the microwave and it was very good!  Kathy and I visited for a while as Ken finished getting ready to hit the road.  We said our goodbyes to Kathy and I pulled in the slides while Ken went outside to disconnect the power.  After bringing the slides in, I tried to start the HWH jacks control panel….and NOTHING!…no lights on the panel no matter what we tried to do.  Ken made a call to HWH and was able to get instructions to manually store the jacks, but once that task was completed, the RV would not air up.  Ken made a call to Coach Net and explained what was happening and after a few back and forth phone calls, we found that a technician would show up here at 9am on Friday.  Since there wasn’t much we could do about the situation, we decided to go for a drive.  We headed south on I205 and picked up a couple of items at the Home Depot then headed west on the Marine Drive which follows the Columbia River.

There were several large houseboats along the river.


The Portland, OR airport is also adjacent to the Marine Drive and here are a couple of photos of the airport.



On the return trip eastbound I got this shot of the I205 bridge across the Columbia River.


We don’t know what tomorrow will bring, but we’re hoping that the technician that show up in the morning has a way to work around and air up the RV so that we can travel.  If all goes well, we’ll be on our way to Spokane, WA and plans on looking into repairs while there.  More later….

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