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May 12, 2017 - White Pass

We left Sun Lakes today and headed toward Mount Rainier NP. After traveling I90 and crossing the Columbia River, we decided to follow US 12 which becomes the White Pass Scenic By-way just west of Yakima. US 12 winds its way through the Tieton River valley before it begins a climb some 4,500 ft to White Pass. At the summit is the White Pass Ski Area which was closed. Champion ski racing twins Phil and Steve Mahre grew up on White Pass where their dad was the manager. By the time we got to the summit, the temperatures had dropped to the low...

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Jul 4, 2014 - Packwood, WA.

The RV park had fireworks in their parking lot. Not anything fantastic but it was entertaining for the kids. They gave the kids sparklers and poppers. Sugar was not happy with the fireworks. She is almost deaf but could hear and feel the loud booms. We had the radio on trying to distract her. Marley didn't have a care one way or the other. Saturday night were more fireworks. Prior to the fireworks a country western singer, sang George Strait songs for a couple hours. He was very good. At one point he had auditioned for 'The Voice'....

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Jul 1, 2014 - Packwood, WA.

We drove from Poulsbo to Packwood, WA. We are at the south base of the mountain in Cascade Peaks RV Park. Stand-by. We are behind on our postings. We were camped for 5 nights without internet, phone, TV which it made it difficult to post. We will get caught up as soon as we can. Yes, we are still talking to each other.

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Aug 22, 2012 - Back north

Aug. 22, 2012 After deciding that we would come back when the weather is cooler for long rides, (although it got down to 45 degrees last night, the days are in the upper 80s) we packed up to move north. Drove to Carson, WA and then looked up where John had worked in the Forest Service in 1969.  Then we drove off the grid, north through the Gifford Pinchot National Forest on the east side of Mt. St. Helens.    One viewpoint showed part of the blowdown.  Most old trees nearby had the tops killed back, probably from the eruption.  We had no...

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Summer Trip 2012

Jul 3, 2012 - Packwood, WA

We spent 4Th of July in this little mountain town. Everything is for sale except the grocery store. The campground, the coffee shop, the hotel. For so many business' failing it was shocking to see what they wanted for housing. $250K for a little nothing. I guess if you want to live int he middle of nowhere in the mountains it will cost you! Lucas did great with the fireworks. The noises didn't terrify him like our other 2 dogs. We were in Packwood for 3 days. Sitting in the sun (Charles was in the camper)and riding our bikes around town....

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Jun 4, 2012 - Packwood, Washington

These are photos from our entry into Washington state, as well as Mount St. Helens Volcanic Monument. I'll keep this entry short, since most of our adventure is logged in the Mt. Rainier entry coming up next. (including our experience at Mt. St. Helens) I needed to separate the pictures, however... because there are 75 pics from Mt. Rainier! (That's after I "narrowed it down"!) Those of you with children... imagine trying to convey all the beauty, humor, and memories of your kids... but having to choose only a handful of photos to do it....

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Aug 16, 2010 - Mt. Saint Helens / Mt. Rainier

We parked 48 miles from Mt. Saint Helens. We took one day and visited the 4 Visitor Centers and learned so much about the volcano eruption. We also did a two and a half mile hike at the NW side of the mountain. It's amazing how much destruction it caused. While Chuck did some maintenence on the rig, I went and got a much needed haircut. We then packed up and went to Packwood WA which is 7 miles outside Mt. Rainier. OMG!! I loved this mountain. The day we hiked 6 miles, 3 miles up the mountain, We felt so blessed to be able to experience...

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Jun 13, 2010 - Packwood, WA

So I have waxed poetic about all the beautiful sights on our trip so far. But I must say that Mt. Rainier may be the most breathtaking of all. After seeing the mountain so clearly and distinctly from Seattle I had expected to watch it grow more massive as we came closer. Quite to the contrary: we never saw it's peak until we were well into the park and then from just one viewing point. Nevertheless as we climbed higher and higher the terrain became more rugged. During the last 10 miles or so of our journey to the Paradise Inn we were in...

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Aug 6, 2009 - Hidden Treasures

This has been a lazy, stay at home kind of day. Gene and I both got a couple of household chores done as well as spending a little time on the computer and with our books. We did, however, go for one outing. I needed a couple things from the grocery, so we went into the tiny community of Packwood (about 8 miles east of our campground). We have driven through Packwood several times since it is in the direction most convenient for us to enter the National Park. It is obvious that the economy of Packwood is suffering. It seems to have had only...

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Jul 17, 2009 - Day 37 - Cascade Locks to Packwood, WA

Today: 179 miles Total: 7405 miles Dale: We slept in a little this morning…we’re starting to get a little tired this week and are considering spending a couple days in the same place soon…maybe near Glacier NP. We took highway 84 down through the Columbia River Gorge to the town of Hood River. We stopped there to ship a package home with some goodies for Kelley and Anne. They’ve been holding down the fort for us all summer…so it was time for us to send them a few cool things. We also shipped a few t-shirts I found for my dad. The Gorge was...

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Aug 2, 2008 - Packwood, Wa

Continued on scenic Rt 12 to Packwood, Wa which is just south of magnificant Mt Rainer. Of course you have beautiful views of this mountain from a great distance. We will be doing Mt Rainer National Park tomorrow. After we set up we drove down to Mossyrock, Wa for the Blueberry Festival. Nice little town, we walked the town and checked out the booths, the quilt show, and watched the "Slow Drag Races", first time we had seen this-very interesting.

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