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Aug 31, 2016 - Somber

Our hearts go out to those affected by the horrific fires here last year. The largest fire in Washington state occurred in Okanogon county. . We stayed between Omak and Okanogon, and drove up 97, then east on 20. Miles of burned hills. . In Riverside, 8 miles north of Omak, the fire burned on both sides of the tiny town but mercifully the 4 buildings that are the total of Main Street were spared. Detros, an 80 year old Western store, the small grocery store, Dave's Gun and Pawn, and the bar are all still standing. The young grocery clerk...

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May 2016

Aug 29, 2016 - Up and over...a very long day

I can see why they call the Cascade Route the Western Alps. Stunning beauty around every corner. And there are lots of corners. On these types of roads we unhook the car to save on the transmission and the brakes. Grades of more than 6% are tough, whether they are up or down. We did stop several times to enjoy the splendor. . We weren't sure where we were going to stay. No plans until Wednesday in Kettle Falls, WA. Our first option was Winthrop...a town much advertised as a "don't miss" town. It's all recreated or preserved to be an...

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May 2016

Feb 9, 2014 - Overnight in Okanogan

We spent last night in Okanogan after the crab feed in Oroville. The road back from Oroville has long sections called "high kill zones," meaning there are lots of deer and other animals that cross the road. We kept our eyes open and the high beams on. Fortunately, we didn't run across (or into) anything! It's snowing today as we leave for the west side of the state, Hopefully the drive will be okay.

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May 31, 2013 - Through the Cascades

Day 88 of The Big Trip For future reference, May is not the month for travel in Western Washington. We entered the state on May 6 and the rain started on the 12th. After the 12th, we had two, maybe three, days without rain falling some part of the day. On the 31st, we crossed the Cascades into Eastern Washington, which is much, much drier. Someone heard all of my whining, because the skies cleared and the sun came out and we saw mountains. WA20 follows the Skagit River for miles. At one point, we found a pullout at a gorge and waterfall....

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