Posts Tagged With: Pacific Northwest

Anacortes Washington, July 2018, Part 1

After spending June in eastern Washington State, we drove through North Cascades National Park to the “west side” and the quaint, seaside town of Anacortes just in time for the Fourth of July. It felt strange to be in the deep, green, fern-covered forests of western Washington after so many months in the open sage lands and pine forests on the eastern side of the state. Continue reading

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Far East Oregon; August 2017

It was mid-July when we entered southeastern Oregon at the cowboy town of Lakeview on the Oregon/California border along shores of huge Goose Lake. From here the high deserts of southeastern Oregon stretch far, far away; as far as the eye can see, and then far beyond that, forming one of the largest wild areas in the conterminous United States. This is a land of remote, deep canyons, vast sage-covered plateaus, and high desert mountains. Wild rivers flow through the Owyhee Canyonlands while Steens Mountain rises almost 10,000 feet high in the middle of it all. This is Oregon’s Outback. Continue reading

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The Volcanic Byway; July 2017

After spending most of July in the eastern Sierra Nevada mountains we took highway 395 north following a series of small highways and back roads that penetrate the volcanic lands of northern California. This is a land of high, juniper-covered, arid sage lands punctuated by massive ancient lava flows, mineral hot springs, and glacier-covered volcanoes rising above it all. This is the Volcanic Byway. Continue reading

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The High Sierra; July 2017

We spent May drifting down the Oregon coast, June in the redwood forests of California, the 4th of July on a mountaintop in Sonoma County’s wine county, and sweltered in gold rush country in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Now it’s mid-July and time for the High Sierra; the wilderness and small towns along legendary highway 395 on the eastern edge of the magnificent Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. Continue reading

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California’s Gold Rush Country; July 2017

After enjoying the pastoral wine country of Sonoma Valley we drove across the Central Valley and its endless fields of corn and climbed into the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. This is gold rush country; the old wild west. Continue reading

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California’s Redwood Country

The first thing we discovered about northern California’s Redwood Country is that it isn’t all about giant redwood trees. Yes, the ancient redwood forests of northern California are incredible and standing next to a living thing that’s 2,000 years old, taller than a thirty-five story building and over forty feet in circumference stretches the mind’s ability to comprehend. But there’s more than even that in Redwood Country – much more. Continue reading

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June 2017; Monthly Newsletter

Monthly Newsletter; June 2017:


The more we travel, the more our imaginations are stimulated and we find ourselves moving slower and slower, savoring each place we land.  Sometimes we get tired of the inconveniences of constant travel.  But then, a misty morning in a mountain meadow or an unexpected view around a turn in the road re-invigorates us and we think about all the spectacular places yet to see. Continue reading

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The Southern Oregon Coast; Yachats to California 2017

In May we started off in Astoria Oregon at the mouth of the Columbia River and traveled as far south as Tillamook along the central Oregon Coast. In June we continued south to the redwood forests of northern California. The first stop on this leg of the trip; old friends’ house in tiny Yachats, the self-proclaimed Gem of the Oregon Coast. Continue reading

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Starting Off; Oregon Month

After buying our fifth wheel trailer in April (see our post, The Beast and The Fox) and then equipping it, we were finally ready to hit the road in May. May turned out to be Oregon-month for us as we traveled from the mountains of northeastern Oregon down the magnificent Columbia River Gorge and then on to the Pacific coast. Continue reading

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May 2017; Monthly Newsletter

Monthly Newsletter; May 2017:


Although we avoid having a strict itinerary, we’re finding that the easiest way to travel is to plan-out our destinations in two-week segments. We already got stuck in one place we didn’t want to be due to lack of planning.  So, we’ve developed an overall plan for the summer, but we’ll plan it out in more detail in two-week segments.  Continue reading

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