We have arrived! In Ocean Park Retreat Methodist Camp, that is. Outside is wall to wall blue sky and full sunshine, the first day like this we’ve seen in a week or two. There’s a nice soft breeze with 61 degrees outside. We have every window open an inch and both roof vents wide open, and the inside temp is a very comfortable 76 degrees.
Jim told you wrongly yesterday when he said we weren’t going to have a campfire before we left Mora Campground in Olympic National Park. As we were walking before supper, we agreed the weather had lightened up a little and we would both enjoy a little fire. Jim split some kindling, Deb laid and lit the fire, and we had a roaring fire before it started raining again.
The fire was so nice we pulled out our chairs and enjoyed the warm dancing flames. Then we realized, this could be our last campfire of 2010 unless we stop in a national or state park on one of our remaining long-distance drives. We’ll have a two or three-day trip from here to Boise at the end of the month, a three-day trip to Mesa mid-October, and that’s it for 2010.
So we made the most of last night’s fire. We had reserved one small bundle of dry hemlock (of three we had purchased) and had scavenged leftover wood from departed campers’ fire rings over the past week. With plenty of wood we quickly had a hot fire. It was so nice Deb suggested we eat by the fire.
Jim grilled a nice marinated chicken breast and Deb made a wonderful avocado, tomato, and romaine and leaf lettuce salad. Just as we finished eating the rain started falling more steadily. Deb grabbed an umbrella and we stuck it out for a couple of hours, staying very warm and dry despite the outside temperature around 50 (and really wet). It was nice, and if we don’t have another for awhile this one will serve as the right campfire memory.
Ocean Park Retreat (OPR) is an 80 acre campus a mile north of Ocean Park, Washington, on the peninsula west of Willapa Bay, sort of opposite and south of Aberdeen on the east side of the bay. Oysterville is just north of OPR, and we hope we will be able to take advantage of these great sea treats.
We are here for a three-week work assignment with NOMADS, a bunch of RVers willing to serve with time and talents in various host sites across the country and beyond. Some might be full-timers, two other couples here aren’t. Folks typically sign on for a three-week assignment or can work as drop-ins where a church or camp requests the help.
Three other NOMADS couples already are here and were at work when we arrived today. They have been staining the exterior of a large building at OPR and we’ll start helping with this tomorrow morning. From the looks of the building we might do nothing else for at least a couple of weeks. Whatever the tasks, we’re here to help and to get to know the other NOMADS.
We’ll have time to explore, including trails and 2,000 feet of seashore in the Camp, and we’ll try to find our way all up and down the peninsula. Two years ago we stayed a couple of days in a small campground in Ocean Park and toured a little. We’re allowed three days off each week for our three week stay, so we should have plenty of time to thoroughly find our way around.
Just a short post to update our location and, more significantly, our weather! It’s nice to have an entire afternoon of bright sunshine. Maybe we’ll see more of the sunshine and blue skies, we’re due for it. And Ocean Park Retreat seems like a great place, both for volunteering and for enjoying the weather.
See you down the road!