After our week at the Columbia Gorge, it was time to take care of some “business” stuff. This allowed us to be in three states and two countries in just a week – South Dakota, Oregon, Washington and back to BC, Canada!
When we embarked on our full-time RV lifestyle, we had the opportunity to choose any state to call “home.” Of course, we cannot escape the realities of paying taxes and other financial matters. In our research we found that South Dakota is an RV-friendly state where vehicle registration and taxes are not sky-high like California where we resided previously. So, after dropping Betsy off at Dave and LJ’s RV Interior Design in Woodland, WA to have the modifications installed that we measured with them in May (new recliners and a mini-office for the blogmaster), we caught a flight out of Portland to Sioux Falls, South Dakota. This was for the sole purpose of getting our SD driver’s licenses and finalizing our residency there. Our CA licenses would have expired in February, but we sure as heck didn’t want to go to SD in the middle of winter. By 8:00am the next morning we had our new licenses, and after a late breakfast we were able to catch early flights back to Portland and made it before sunset. Mission accomplished!
We picked Betsy up the next day, thrilled with our new recliners and beautiful woodwork installed by LJ. We drove to a nearby RV park (Columbia River Front RV Park) and went to bed early so we could get up at 3:30am for our drive to Seattle. You see, we were bummed that we had not had a chance to visit Victoria, BC on our trip through Vancouver in June, so Steve threw together a 2-day trip up there via the fast-ferry out of Seattle. We will talk about our trip there in a future blog, but suffice to say it is a beautiful city and we had a great time there and enjoyed fantastic weather!
So that was the Lowe’s jet-set week. Next we move on to Harrisburg, OR for a repair of the RV’s pneumatic system and then to Grants Pass for a check of the suspension upgrades to make sure everything is OK after our rough drive over the Canadian and Alaskan roads.