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Jul 20, 2016 - Prosser to Ashford

Prosser to Ashford Day 61: Tuesday July 19, 2016 We had intermittent rain during the late afternoon and early evening on Monday but it was clearing by bedtime. It was mostly clear when we got up on Tuesday morning. We had breakfast and hit the road at 8:00 am—no hookup necessary. We could see both Mt St Helens and Mt Rainier as we traveled northeast on I-82. We stopped at Fred Meyers in Yakima, did some shopping and Brian filled the truck (11 gallons). We could have made it to Kent without refueling including the planned stop to Ashford to...

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Oct 22, 2014 - Day 47

Hi Everyone, Well with our feet firmly set back in the USA, today we had quite a busy day with our first stop at Paine Field for a tour of the Boeing Factory. Home to the original long haul passenger jet the 747, this facility is absolutely huge with over four miles of tunnels running beneath the building so that employees and visitors can travel from one side of the facility to the other without having to cross the factory floor. Our tour took us to see two parts of the facility, the first where Boeing build the new 747-8 where we were...

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Aug 9, 2013 - Mount Rainier National Park

Today is our day to tour Mount Rainier. We went with Sam and Mary Tozer and had a wonderful day. The weather was perfect (which is not always the case in Washington) so we were blessed for that. Some history: Mount Rainier (pronounced:/ray-NEAR) is a massive stratovolcano located 54 miles southeast of Seattle in the state of Washington. It is the most topographically prominent mountain in the contiguous United States and the Cascade Volcanic Arc, with a summit elevation of 14,411 ft. Mt. Rainier is considered one of the most dangerous...

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Jul 25, 2013 - Mount Ranier NP, WA

Mount Rainier National Park has been a pleasant surprise. It is a small national park and is comprised of the peaks, slopes, approaches of Mount Rainier. Rainier is an enormous stratovolcano at 14,400ft, and the park is about 20 miles square. The other nearby mountains are about 6,000ft, so Rainier towers over all of them. There are 30 glaciers on Rainier and many creeks and rivers draining away the melt water. Rainier is listed as one of the world's ten most dangerous volcanoes because of its activity and the nearby population centers of...

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Jul 12, 2012 - Mounthaven Resort

Today was our day to leave the water and head for the mountains. We headed south out of Long Beach and crossed the bridge into Astoria from where we headed east on route 30. We crossed back over the Columbia at Longview past an expansive lumber yard and then east to I-5 for our first interstate travel in quite awhile. We only did about 30 miles on I-5 before turning east again on route 12, then north on 7, and east on 703 to Mounthaven Resort, out home for the next week. Mount Haven will be a nice warmup for our upcoming days in Canada. We...

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Jul 27, 2010 - Crystal Mountain - Ashford via Sunrise and Paradise

I remember what I love about North American road trips. It is the space, the wide open roads, and the courteous laid-back drivers. Then there are landscapes that are to die for! We head into Mount Rainier National Park. Sunrise is our first stop. We walk the Sourdough Ridge(what a great name!). There are stunning views on all sides. We walk across snow and scree until we reach Frozen Lake. Then drop down and return through the forest. The Americans we meet are consistently warm, friendly and welcoming. American mozzies are another matter....

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Jul 8, 2010 - Packing for the Cruise

No hiking today! I have done some reading, trip research, laundry, and packing for the cruise and the week of touring to follow. I surprised myself by making such a wise decision, but I don’t think the day would have gone so well if I had tried to add hiking to all that had to be done. Assuming time and internet access, I will continue to write daily summaries and share some pictures. For those of you who have prayed for my safe travel and for my family, thank you, and please continue those prayers as Debbie joins me tomorrow.

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Jul 7, 2010 - Sunrise and Snow Lake

Busy day with a lot of driving. 140 miles in the park takes over four hours. But it was worth the time and distance because I saw a lot of beautiful sights. A brief stop at Box Canyon and a walk on the ½ mile nature trail yielded a glimpse of a very narrow canyon that was 160 feet deep. Then I walked 1.5 miles at the Grove of the Patriarchs. The highlights were a swinging bridge, a ½ mile boardwalk through the large old trees, and twin Douglas firs that are 1000 years old. But more to my liking was the drive through Stevens Canyon and to...

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Jul 6, 2010 - Rampart Ridge Trail

“Oh, if you’re going up Rampart Ridge Trail, then be on the lookout for this couple (handing me a flyer). They took that hike yesterday and never returned.” That was the response when I told the ranger where I was hiking today. She then described the brother and sister in detail as we read the flyer together. I’m sure there is a happy ending to that hike, but it unnerved me for a few minutes to think that I was embarking on a trail that could have possibly made the news with a tragedy. The Rampart Ridge Trail is one of the many that connect...

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Jul 5, 2010 - Arrived at Mount Rainier

Moving day meant a four hour drive to Mounthaven Campground in Ashford, WA about ½ mile from the Nisqually (southwest) entrance to Mount Rainier National Park. The owners of the campground are Craig and Joan and my relationship with them will be for the next 20 days by camping, storing my camper, or staying in one of their cabins. The 12:30 arrival gave me time to set up the camper and eat lunch before doing what all visitors to Rainier do: head for Paradise. Paradise is the most popular part of the park with a nice visitor center and the...

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Aug 3, 2009 - move to Ashford, Washington

We left Forks 101 RV Park on August 2nd traveling inland to Mounthaven RV Park in Ashford, Washington with an overnight in Lacey, Washington to have the truck serviced and to permit some shopping. Our route followed Highway 101 north and east around the peninsula through Port Angeles to Olympia, then to Lacey which is locate a few miles northeast of Olympia on Interstate 5. This move ends the Pacific Coast phase of our trip. Mounhaven RV Park is located outside the west entry to Mount Rainier National Park. With full service hookups and...

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Pacific Coast 2009