Life on the Open Road (April 2006 - May 2008)

The continuing saga of a single fulltime RVer who travels the western US. This is part one of my journey, from April 2006, when the blog started, to May 2008, when the blog continues at

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I have been a full-time RVer for 18 years, primarily "boondocking," camping free without hookups, in the Western US. I am connected electronically with the world via satellite TV, phone and internet. My batteries are charged solely by solar panels. I welcome your comments and emails.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

The Lovely Lady Washington

This past Friday, we again braved the traffic and went to the Tacoma harbor to see the ship, Lady Washington. This is actually a copy of the original Lady Washington, which was quite famous. Built in Boston in 1750, she was the first American vessel to successfully go around Cape Horn in 1788. She then engaged in a lucrative trade with China, bringing otter pelts from the Northwest in exchange for tea, before sinking in the Philippines in 1798.

The current Lady Washington was built in Aberdeen, WA in 1989, and is most famous as Johnny Depp’s ship in the first “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie. The enthusiastic crew was dressed in authentic 18th century costumes. I couldn’t understand how they could figure out which rope did what. There sure were a lot of them!

Still no car yet. The body work is finished, but there are still a lot of mechanical problems. We’ve now rented 26 movies!


Blogger the peripatetic poodle said...

Surely you haven't been stealth camping in metro Seattle for three weeks!?

7:52 AM  
Blogger squire said...

I knew the "hitch itch" is about to get the best of you. While you are sitting would be a good time to do the article on your trailer.

7:47 AM  

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