Monday, July 06, 2009

Dreaming of travel

We are finally planning a trip! There is a family get-together up on the Olympic Peninsula in Northwestern Washington state on the 25th of this month. I always like the planning process. We have lots of maps and guidebooks to look at and, of course, now there is the web. Lots of resources.

One of the reasons we moved out west was so that we could travel more out here. The trek from Florida to the west coast would eat up at least half of our travel time. Now this trip is still 1200 miles (1900 km) but that's do-able. When towing the trailer we tend to do perhaps 300 miles a day (just under 500 km). Thus, Washington is still four days away but that's better than the 3200 miles (5200 km) from our old home in Florida.

Right now we are planning on leaving on the 20th and driving directly to the party then fooling around seeing things on the way back. There are lots of things to see! Over on the Washington coast is the famous Ho River rainforest. There are also lots of wild beaches. It isn't until you get down towards Oregon that the beaches are sandy and walkable. Of course there is Seattle. We might have to stop off there for old time's sake. Nearby is Mt. Rainier. Mt. St. Helens is an amazing place. I've only visited there once since the 1980 eruption but would like to see it again.

Lots of things to do, places to see, people to meet. I'm excited!

Take it easy, it's dangerous out there!

2 comments:

Croft Randle said...

You will enjoy the Washington / Oregon beaches Don. There are some great sunsets there. Just be prepared for rain. We have been around there a bit so if you have and questions, just ask.

Don said...

Thanks Croft. I moved to Bellingham, WA in 1973; moved to Seattle in 78 and left for Florida in 82. Returned to Seattle in 88 & left again in 97. So I've been there a bit.

I always tell people that of the nine 4th of July's during our last stay in Seattle, we watched the fireworks wearing parkas for eight of them. I get the idea most people don't believe me but it is true!