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May 1, 2016 - South Prairie, Washington

I know what set us off and made us turn tail and head for Washington and the dreary Northwest. It was a simple photograph, sent by his dad, of our grandson Sully in catcher's gear, standing behind home plate at a Bonney Lake little league game. That's all it took. Time to go. Vamoose. Skedaddle. Bon Voyage. The trials, tribulations, highs, and lows of that trip North were chronicled in several posts prior to this one, so I won't repeat myself. Long story short, we ended up making a beeline from New Mexico, through Mesa AZ, into California,...

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Aug 18, 2009 - Mt Rainier Natl Park - south

Drove back into the south side of Mt Rainier National Park since it was fogged in a few days ago when we drove through. Today was beautiful - very clear views. We hiked the Alta Vista Trail from Paradise visitor center to get some amazing views of Mt Rainier and the glaciers on the south side of the mountain. We could also see Mt Adams in the distance but we never got a glimpse of Mt St. Helens which we were supposed to be able to see. There were lots of multi-colored wildflowers along the extremely steep trail - that along with the almost...

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Aug 17, 2009 - Mt St Helens National Volcanic Monument

Visited the east side of Mt St. Helens National Volcanic Monument today - the side that blew out in May 1980. The drive along the forest road with no guard rails was a little scary because there have been many rock and mud slides. In places the edge of the road has slid down the mountain and in other places the road has sunken in where the soil has washed out under the road - sometimes one entire lane! At one brand new one lane bridge, the stream apparently washed the road completely away - there was no indication that a road had been there...

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Aug 16, 2009 - Yakima Valley

The Yakima valley is on the east side of Mt Rainier - we are staying on the west. We decided to visit that area of Washington and weren’t disappointed. It was a beautiful drive with great views of Mt Rainier, other mountains, valleys, waterfalls, streams along the way. When we got to Yakima valley, there were many acres of apple and pear trees as well as mint, hops and several other plants and trees we couldn’t identify. We could smell the various crops as we passed by the fields. The offices by the fruit trees had hundreds of crates...

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Aug 15, 2009 - Mt Rainier National Park

Today we drove to Sunrise Visitor Center in the northeastern section of Mount Rainier National Park then back west across the south side of the park. Sunrise is the highest point in the park and it was cold. We warmed up on a hike though - what the guide book said would be a 1 mile round trip hike to see the largest glacier in the lower 48 turned into about a 3.5 mile hike - in tennis shoes and without water! But, we ended up seeing some great views, a beautiful lake and the glacier. We survived the hike with no problems other than a couple...

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Northwest 2009

Aug 13, 2009 - Seattle - downtown

Drove into downtown Seattle today. We visited the REI flagship store - it was just a large REI store with a waterfall and a climbing wall. We walked around Pike Place Market seeing the original Starbucks store, the fish market with the fishmongers throwing the fish and several shops. On the drive back to the RV we stopped by IKEA - we cannot pass one of those stores without stopping.

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Aug 12, 2009 - Drive to South Prairie, WA

Drove the RV though the east side of the Seattle area to South Prairie, WA. We waited until after rush hour traffic was gone and had a nice drive with no traffic backups. This campground has really wide, level sites - wide enough to park the RV and have room for two cars paralleling it! Unfortunately the campground is expanding so their sign has been removed so when we drove past we slowed down but didn’t stop since there was no sign. Tina called the campground who said they just watched us drive by! So we had to find a place to turn around...

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