Haunted Mt Baker Theatre burns a ghost light

Ghost light on center stage at Mt.Baker Theatre

Ghost light on center stage at Mt.Baker Theatre

The historic Mt. Baker Theatre in Bellingham, Washington is supposedly haunted, as most old theaters claim. When we took a tour we saw the ghost light which burns on center stage at all times when there is no production going on. Ghost lights are a tradition among theaters and actors. The lights provide a means to placate ghosts who either want to perform or who want to watch.

The best well known spirit at Mt Baker Theatre is Judy, an amorous young lady. It seems Judy lost her house (or boarding house room, as some say) when the theater was built in 1926-1927. She is reported to be interested in young male projectionists, actors, or ushers. One theater staff member told me Judy is a flirt! Others ghosts who haunt the theater include a well dressed fellow named Geoffrey who appears in either a fancy pin-striped suit or a tuxedo. Another theater staffer said there is a ghost feral cat that haunts and hunts the basement.

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We went to a fancy old theater in Bellingham, Washington

1927 photo shared by the Theatre archives

1927 photo shared by administration staff from the Theatre archives

Yesterday we went to Bellingham for what turned out to be a day trip. We had received tickets to a stage show at the Mt. Baker Theatre. We were also told we could have a “private” tour of the theater the afternoon before the play. The tour turned out to be a simple walk through the lobby and the main theater. This really is a magnificent old structure, built in 1926 by the 20th Century Fox group. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. The interior was restored in the 1980’s to its original ornate beauty.

That evening we saw the stage play/musical “Little Shop of Horrors” about the evil man eating plant. We had good seats about ten rows back in front of stage right.

HitchUpandGo: A resource for everything RV

Need to quickly find a campground at a new destination? Looking for a good RV forum? Searching for a DIY video on wiring a second TV in your coach? HitchUpandGo dot com is an incredible all inclusive source for anything RV. I stumbled upon this website while searching for something, I don’t even remember what.

If you have an RV, are planning on buying an RV, or need to see if you even want to consider getting an RV, head over to HitchUpandGo. You will find Directories of RV  blogs, websites, videos, equipment, books and more. The Search Tool on the home page is a little gem. Prepare to spend some time exploring all this site has to offer.

 

Musings about our Whale Watching Cruise

Sometimes you experience something that is so awesome that you wish everybody could do it. And that is what happens to me on the Island Mariner Whale Watch Cruise. There is just something about seeing those big, beautiful whales in their natural habitat coming up out of the water that is emotionally breathtaking. We share this world with some magnificent creatures and getting to see them is an experience I wish everyone in the world could witness. It made me realize how small we are in this big world and just how much there is to explore, how much man knows and how much he doesn’t know.

A most thrilling sight to see!

A most thrilling sight to see!

Saturday turned out to be a perfect day for our trip. We arrived before the 9:30AM time that is recommended and unloaded the things we had packed to take with us, quickly got our tickets and got in line. Wiff, who we found out is the ship Engineer, took down the rope and greeted us as he took our tickets and we walked down the ramp to be greeted by the Captain, Doane Brodie and Katie Anderson, the tour naturalist. The Island Caper is a double deck boat and we chose to sit at a table for four on the main level to start our adventure.

The cruise begins at 10 AM and we arrived back at the dock at about 5:00 PM. It sounds like a long day and it is, but it is a fun-filled day of relaxation and excitement all in one. The crew, who I couldn’t help but be reminded of the Love Boat, were incredible with their help, knowledge and concern for comfort and enjoyment. I’m beginning to sound like an ad for the Island Mariner Cruises and I’m not. I just want to share my experience with those who can’t make this trip and encourage those who can to do it.

The symbol of our nation: a mature bald eagle.

The symbol of our nation: a mature bald eagle.

You are able to move where you want on the boat. You can sit inside at a table with plenty of windows to see out of. You can be on the top deck in the sun, or sitting under the canopy. You can walk around, it is a very comfortable setting. Katie is explaining some of the scenery and pointing out the wild life as travel through the San Juan Islands. At some point, I’m not sure when, where or why, but about 2 hours into the trip you start feeling like family. Our fellow passengers were all doing their own thing, but being friendly and considerate of everyone. I think it was when the bald eagle was spotted in the tree on one of the Islands and Katie pointed it out that everyone wanted to be sure that everybody got to see it. As pictures were snapped the photographer would move out of the way so others could get the same picture. The beauty and wonder of seeing these things takes away any feelings of selfishness: you want everyone to see it all.

When the orca killer whales were spotted everyone moved to the side of the boat where they were seen. It is so exciting to see these big animals out in this huge expanse of open water. You don’t know where they will appear next. People begin pointing and sharing binoculars. Very exciting, very neat and very worth it.

We saw Orca Killer Whales today!

Awaiting our departure from Bellingham, Washington

Awaiting our departure from Bellingham, Washington

Today we had a marvelous day on our whale watching cruise on the Island Caper. The weather was perfect and the eagles and Harbor seals were out sunning themselves in full view.

The cruise led us to parts of the San Juan Islands were orca killer whales from both K pod and L pod were very active. We saw orcas all around the boat.

One group from L pod came within about 20 yards of the port side. This group of adult and immature females was thrilling to watch.

Once again the Island Caper crew showed us an outstanding time during our voyage.

Sher with our daughter as we left the harbor.

Sher with our daughter as we left the harbor.

Females from L pod

Females from L pod

We are off on a whale watching cruise tomorrow

Tomorrow Sher and I and our daughter and son-in-law are going on a whale watching cruise with Island Mariner Cruises, the premium cruise line that ply the waters of the San Juan Islands. The 110′ Island Caper departs from Bellingham, Washington at 10 in the morning.

Island Caper

Island Caper

We are hoping to get a sighting of a new baby orca killer whale. This calf is the first one born to any pod in the San Juan Islands since 2012. Known as individual L120, this calf has been spotted by the Island Caper passengers and crew, according to owner Terry Buzzard.

We finalized our plans today and we can’t wait to see the wildlife and enjoy a day on the Island Caper.

The Cincinnati South RV park is beautiful but loud

Cincinnati South Campground is a former KOA location that is now part of the Good Sam Club list of RV parks. The park is located south of Florence, Kentucky just a couple of miles off of Exit 166 from I-75. Head east to Rt. 25, turn right to the park about two miles south. Full hook up rates are $32 per night for full hookup with 30 amp, $37 for 50 amp. The facility is open from March 1 to October 31.There is no tent camping here.

The pond and overall setting is quite serene

The pond and overall setting is quite serene

Level gravel sites throughout the park

Level gravel sites throughout the park

This park is covered in beautiful old trees throughout. There are over 90 spaces for RVs. Twenty six have full hook-ups with 50 Amp and 30 Amp service, water and sewer. Not all sites have sewer but a dump station is available. You will be escorted to your site and assistance in locating your rig on the gravel pads is provided if needed.

The store is well stocked with basic RV needs, and also has DVDs and books available. The restrooms and showers are exceptionally clean with seating benches in the private shower stalls. The rolling topography, trees and large lake provide a beautiful setting for your visit.

While the park is beautiful, the facilities outstanding, and the staff friendly and helpful, the Cincinnati South Campground does have some issues. It is very close to I-75 so road traffic sounds are always there. However, the most annoying sounds come from the nearby trains. Trains run at close intervals, and the tracks cross several roads. This leads to each train blowing its extremely loud horn multiple times during each passing. The first night we stayed the every hour or so blaring train horns kept us from getting much sleep.

Unfortunately, the noises we experienced will keep us from returning to this otherwise nice park.

 

 

The R&R Campground and RV Park in Mitchell, South Dakota

If you are traveling in an RV on I-90 in South Dakota plan on a stop at Exit 332 at Mitchell. There, right off the interstate, you will find the The R&R Campground and RV Park. It is tucked behind the Super 8 Motel, and shares the heated pool. The campground is open May through September.

Easy driving on level roads and site pads

Easy driving on level roads and site pads

This comfortable facility honors either Passport America or Good Sam Club membership discounts. The park has 35 pull through sites and 5 back in sites. Full hook ups are available in the pull through sites. Some tent sites are also available.The campground roads and RV pads are gravel and level. Grass lawn and picnic tables are part of the rental spots. The design of the park allows for easy maneuvering of any size rig. The dump station drain is set at a low level allowing for easy waste water dumping if you choose to use it.

The restrooms and showers are clean. The laundry facility is in the same building as the office and is also clean by the most particular standards. The office has a library and offers some ice cream and even beer and wine for sale. The advertised free internet was fully functional in the office, however we were not able to get online in our trailer. Management admitted that there were problems due for repair. There is more information at the campground page of the Super 8 website.

We would recommend this as a stop. I will take the management’s word that the WIFi would soon be fixed.

 

Got flu shots today

We were not very excited to do it, but today we got our flu shots. I also had to get a whooping cough vaccine because I hadn’t had one yet. Maj had already had one a couple years ago. We got them at Bartell Drugs and they were very nice. The pharmacist was so nice and professional that I’m very glad we went there to get them. If you need to get your flu shot and are in the Everette, Washington area I highly recommend going to the Bartell Drug Store at 132nd Street. Dr. Song is who gave us our shots and she is very good. Only hurt a tiny bit, I didn’t even feel the whooping cough vaccine.

A favorite local eatery: Totem Restaurant

Our daughter and son-in-law suggested that we have breakfast at a local restaurant named Totem. This quaint family friendly diner has been operating since 1953. A local favorite, we showed up at 10:00 am Saturday morning to see a full parking lot.

Totem is located at 4410 Rucker Ave in Everett, WA

Totem is located at 4410 Rucker Ave in Everett, WA

Luckily we did get a table right away as soon after our arrival a waiting line formed. It soon became apparent why this place is a favorite of the locals. The food was about the best I have ever had for breakfast fare. The portion sizes were huge. Yes, huge! An order of potatoes O’Brien or hash browns were delivered on a large plate. The two pancakes I ordered were the biggest I have ever seen. One of the pancakes was easily equal to three pancakes at a Denny’s or Cracker Barrel. Thick cut bacon, extra large biscuits, stuffed omelets and fast service added to the great dining experience.

 

 

Check out the size of those pancakes!

Check out the size of those pancakes!

This is a family owned and operated business. Prices were a little high, with four full meals and coffee averaging around 10 bucks each. The meal was worth the price. Anyone in the Everett, Washington area needs to get to the Totem at least once. You will not leave hungry.