When a man achieves the noble age of 30, only the grandest and most triumphant of roadtrips shall do.
The Pacific Northwest was a giant blank spot on my map.
Ferry to Whidbey Island
North end of Whidbey Is.
Skagit Bay from Mt. Erie on Fidalgo Island
Anacortes, WA (pop. 14,500)
I love how people consider the entire state of New Jersey uninhabitable because we have an oil refinery near the airport, as if such a thing would never exist anywhere else...
Bellingham, WA (pop.70,000)
---stay tuned for a separate complete thread of the sublime city of Vancouver---
Fraser Valley, British Columbia
Manning Provincial Park, BC
Getting around to the dry side of the mountains
Samilkameen River, BC
Heading to Osoyoos, BC
Back in the US.
Omak, WA, (pop. 4,700) in the Okanogan Valley
Okanogan, WA (pop.2,700)
Douglas County, WA
Grand Coulee, WA
---stay tuned for a complete tour of the surprisingly gritty city of Spokane---
Lake Coeur d'Alene, Kootenai County, Idaho
The Idaho Panhandle
Benewah County, ID
Latah County, ID – The greater Palouse region of Eastern Washington and NW Idaho is characterized by rolling wheatfields.
Nez Perce County, ID
Wacky road down into the town of Lewiston, on the Snake River
Lewiston and south
I think Luke Skywalker grew up around here
Pomeroy, WA (pop. 1,500) in the southeastern part of the state
Garfield County, WA
Waitsburg, WA (pop. 1,200) in Walla Walla County
Walla Walla County
The town of Walla Walla (pop. 29,000)
Further west, past the delightful city of Yakima, heading up into the Cascades
Mt. Rainier, towering a mighty 14,411 feet above the Cascades
Little Tahoma, Rainier's 11,000 ft. appendage
Heading NW out of Portland towards the coast
Ecola State Park, OR
Astoria and the Columbia River
Clatsop County, OR
Youngs River, OR
Long bridge across the Columbia towards Washington State
Aberdeen, WA – a gritty mill town seemingly transplanted from Upstate NY or West Virginia
The Olympic Peninsula – the temperate rainforest
Lake Crescent, at the north end of the peninsula
Near Port Angeles, WA
From the top of Mt. Walker (2,800 ft)
Mt. Constance (?)
The Olympic Mountains
Washington State Capitol, Olympia
Port of Olympia
Thurston County courthouse
Downtown Olympia. A nice, active place, but not too photogenic.
---stay tuned for a complete thread from the hard-nosed port city of Tacoma---
8 days, 1,940 miles, 1,240 pictures
I have conquered much, but so much awaits. I dig America's vastness. It's a life's work for the geographically curious.