Pacific Northwest- Fires, Friends, and Family

Our tour of the Pacific Northwest included Washington, Oregon, and Alaska.  We entered Washington from the east on I-90.  After a quick stop in Spokane we made our way to Quincy, which is located in the Southeast part of the state.  My brother and his wife live there, so we made a quick stop and had dinner with them.  Quincy is located on the Columbia River Basin and parts are quite ratty, but there are some beautiful parts of the area.

Columbia River...Near Quincy Washington
Columbia River…Near Quincy Washington

We left Quincy and headed to Mt. Vernon, WA.  The route of US 2 through central Washington is a beautiful drive as it takes us over the Cascade Mountains and through the mountain towns.  We parked our 5th Wheel in Mt Vernon for two weeks.  We didn’t stay in it.. my niece and her family stayed in the trailer and took care of our dogs as we drove to Vancouver, Canada, to board a Disney Cruise ship headed to Alaska for a week.

We stayed in Vancouver for two days prior to going on the cruise.  We met Marti’s sister and brother-in-law (Valerie and Bill)  in Vancouver, in preparation of the Disney cruise.  Bill and Valerie were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.  This turned out to be a trip of a lifetime!

After two days in Vancouver, we boarded the Disney Wonder for a cruise through the inner passage of Alaska.  The cruise lasted 7 days and made stops in Skagway, Juneau, and Ketchikan.  The highlight of the cruise was an all day slow cruise through the Tracy Arm fjord.  The fjord was chock full of ice flows and home to the Upper Sawyer Glacier.

Mendenhall Glacier
Mendenhall Glacier
Bill and Valerie celebrating 50 years.
Bill and Valerie celebrating
50 years.

After Alaska, we headed to Washington, again, and Oregon.  Unfortunately, there was a tremendous amount of smoke in Washington and Oregon.  The wild fires were all over central Washington and central Oregon.  After visiting with some friends in Northern Washington we headed to the Columbia River Gorge.

The Columbia River Gorge is a beautiful part of this great country.  The short few days we spent in the area was blanketed with smoke from the PNW wild fires.

Our main reason for going to Oregon was to visit Crater Lake National Park.  But due to the heavy smoke and the wild-fire in the Crater Lake area we decided to forego visiting Crater Lake.  We stayed a couple of nights in Canyonville, ORE at the Seven Feathers RV Park.  It is a beautiful park.  Well groomed and in a great setting.  Unfortunately, the town was kind of a “big fat lot of nothing.”  It felt like the only thing to do in the town is to go to the Casino.

Big Ass Eagle in front of Seven Feathers Casino...Canyonville, Ore
Big Ass Eagle in front of Seven Feathers Casino…Canyonville, Ore

After Canyonville, OR we continued to point our rolling house south and headed to Lassen Volcanic National Park in Northern California.

 

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