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 3/18/2004 9:21 PM
 
 Modified By johnchurn  on 1/13/2013 9:09:42 AM

The guys at the campground registration had a good laugh with our pronunciation of this town. We said it just how it looks (C Quim) when actually it is ( Squim ) Silent E.
Fun place. Nice weather.
Our favorite thing was the drive thru zoo. We had never seen one before. They had buffalo,Lima's,Zebra's,grizzles, and even had the original Gentle Ben. We were riding in the bug which was chopped 6 inches and a lot of the buffalo were standing above the roof of the car. A little scary.
Check out these guys.
Big Bad John & Runaround Sue


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 3/18/2004 9:23 PM
 
 Modified By johnchurn  on 1/13/2013 9:10:16 AM

Some of these guys were a little pushey.
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 3/18/2004 9:25 PM
 
 Modified By johnchurn  on 1/13/2013 9:12:17 AM

Here's Gentle Ben in retirement.

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 12/10/2009 1:06 PM
 
 Modified By johnchurn  on 1/13/2013 9:14:39 AM

While we were there they were having an oyster festival down south in Shelton,Wash. We found out about it from a guy who was camping in the same park. He went by the name of Hawk Mac Millan a retired WW2 pilot. He was quite a character and had written a book. He had the original manuscript in his motorhome. He had many stories and one of which how he escaped from a POW camp. He met with some refugees who were shipping out the next morning and they had discussed how important he was and how little they met to the Germans. One of them switched clothes with him and he left in the morning with the group. When they came for Hawk, he said his days were numbered, the only thing they found was a refugee in his clothes.

What was more amazing that that, a few years later I saw a post where John & Libby had met him and were discussing the same story. A small world.

At the oyster festival they had a oyster shucking contest and offered the shucked oysters to anyone who wanted some raw oysters for free. Being from the Eastern Shore of Va, I grew up eating raw oysters, so I jumped in. To my amazement they were huge. I mean 4 inches by 3 inches. I knew they couldn't be any good. When I tasted them they had the old saltly taste like the original Eastern Shore oysters used to taste before all the sanitation rules went into force.

I asked how they got them so big. They were farm raised there in Washington State. The waters are so cold there they cannot get to oysters to grow spats, small organic oysters which attach to old shells and forms the new oyster. They were buying the spats from Japan and filling large heated steel containers with old used oyster shells and would pour in the seeds from Japan. After a few weeks the new oysters were formed and were moved out in the bay and put on poles in 15 pound wire baskets to grow. On low tide you could see thousands of poles lined up. I wish I had taken a picture. On high tide they were submerged to feed. They were the best I have ever tasted.

We stayed in that area about two weeks and I had Raw,fried,and oyster stew every other day. When I would make a fried oyster it looked like a large piece of steak in the pan.

Farther down the road in Coos Bay Oregon they had an oyster called a cream oyster. I thought I had hit another gold mine but I did like the flavor or texture of those. They had no muscle and were very very creamery. Not good at all in my opinion. Didn't buy any there.

When we moved to Florida I saw some oysters in Walmart and studied the container to see where they were from. They came from Willamette Bay, Wash. I tried them and they had the same flavor as the ones I had tried before in Washinton State. They were not as big but had good flavor. if you like oysters you should try some the next time you go to a Walmart. They are perfect for frying.

Here we are at the festival.


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 12/10/2009 1:40 PM
 
 Modified By johnchurn  on 1/13/2013 9:16:05 AM

Here's a picture of Don & Missy Mapp our friends who let us keep our motorhome in their yard while the Harley motor was being rebuilt at the factory. We blew up in Idaho on the way to Nez Pez. We stayed with them about two weeks and decided to go up on the 101 loop and come back and get the bike when they called us. They lived in Lacy, Washington. I hadn't seen them since I was in the 7 th grade. We ended up there because he was in charge of the motorcycle safety program for the state of Washington. He knew a lot of Harley folks and said he could help us get our engine rebuilt.

While there they fell in love with our motorhome. About a year later they called us and said they had bought a 32 ft. class C. That summer we met them on the Eastern Shore of Va and camped with them for a week. Later on they felt comfortable enough to move up to a 37 ft. Winney Adventurer with two slides. Now the sad news. Missy was diagnosed with Cancer and never got to do any long range camping. She did a few short trips but died shortly later. Don was determined to continue on with his life and using the motorhome to come to Florida to see us and then on to Virginia to see family. Don had had diabetes for quite some time but Missy was good for him and kept his diet under control. He was heavy for his size but she had managed to keep him going. More sad news. Don called and said he was leaving and would see us in a couple of weeks. He was stopping in Texas to see friends and then working his way down thru the lower coast on his way to see us. We got a call about two weeks later from one of their kids asking if we had seen Don yet. No he hadn't made it and we were wondering when he would be here. They said they hadn't heard from him for 3 days and he usually called in once a day. They called a couple of days later and he had been found dead in his RV in Gulfport, Mississippi at a Flying J truck stop. The slide was out and it was out of gas. Later they told us he had a diabetic attack and passed out and hit his head on one of the seats and bled to death. They were able to find him by using the GPS to track his cell phone which was still on. Anyone who knows anything about sugar diabetes knows you have to eat regular small quantities to keep your blood sugar in check. Without Missy to guide him you know he pushed it to the limit trying to make a dead line for the days driving.

About a week after we left their house with the new motor in the Harley we were in Sequim and called them to come up for Chile and grilled cheese sandwiches and to bring all thier riding friends. About 10 bikes showed up and I thought all the campers were going to have a heart attack, thinking they were being envaded by bikers. Missy had her own full size Harley.

They were quite a pair and we still miss them.

Here they are checking out the food.


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 12/10/2009 1:41 PM
 
 Modified By johnchurn  on 1/13/2013 9:16:59 AM

Here is a few of the gang that came with them. They had a great ride and thanked us for hosting the first campground feed they had ever attended.


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 1/13/2013 9:23 AM
 

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