“Great American Dream Road Trip” — Preview – Part IV

We left you on “Day 36, Aug 4th, stranded in Seattle, WA and trying to figure out out next move.  Well we decided to go to Olympia, the state capitol.  Now some of you may have been thinking we would head to Tacoma first.  Well whereas we will be passing through Tacoma our stop for the night will be in Olympia.  We’re not sure of the time we may have to leave Seattle to arrive in Olympia by 8pm but I’m sure one of the locals will help us out there.

We will get up early on “Day 37, Aug 5th, (my younger brother’s birthday), and do the state capitol thing.  Sometime during the day I will give my brother a “happy birthday” call and remind him that he was the original one who was to go on this trip 42 years ago.  But no, he had to fall in love and couldn’t spend the summer away from his girlfriend.  We should try and get out of town by 5pm so we might make our next destination, Port Townsend, by 8pm.

Now any of you who may be following us on a map or who are familiar with the area would know that we just headed back north.  If Olympia is about 90 miles southwest of Seattle, than Port Townsend would be about 25 miles northwest of Seatlle and probably the same distance or so from Victoria, BC, CA.  Port Townsend sits on the far northeastern side of a peninsula that consist primarily of Olympic National Park.  You will also find a few state parks and a lot of local Native American sites.  I’m expecting this to be one of my personal favorites of the trip.  Hopefully I will not be disappointed.

After spending the night in Port Townsend we will spend “Day 38″, Aug 6th, just bumming around the area then plan on an early start on “Day 39″, Aug 7th and spend a leisurly day taking in the sites as we head west to the Pacific Coast.  We will be spending the night somewhere under the stars, weather permitting, on a beach or who knows where.

“Day 40″, Aug 8th, assuming we survived the night, we will again get an early start to make a leisurly drive south to a place called Grays Harbor.  No idea of what we may find or where we may be staying but the fact remains, we will be staying somewhere along Grays Harbor.

Plans are to leave the Harbor sometime in mid-afternoon of “Day 41″, Aug 9th.  Taking our time we will head southeast to Portland, OR. where we will spend all of “Day 41″, Aug 10th, taking in the sights.  Someone once told me it was “worth a peek even without beer”.

While there we will try to take in Powell Butte Park where I understand some of the views are breath taking.  If time allows we might drive out of the way to a place called Multomah Falls.  Again a place that comes highly recommended…

After a good night’s sleep we will get up on “Day 42″, Aug 10th and head on over to Salem and do our state capitol thing.  We will be spending the night in Salem and looking for some nightlife if there is such a thing.  The next “Day 43″, Aug 11th, we will leave shortly after breakfast and again head west over to the Pacific Coast and a little town called Neotsu.  There is a campground called Devils Lake RV Park where we will spend the night.

On “Day 45″, Aug 12th we will be heading south along the Oregon Coast thru a bunch of small beach towns.  Oun intention is to make it to Coos Bay by nightfall.  This may not happen as it might just be impossible to cover 120 miles or so of such beautiful coastline without getting caught up in the beauty.  If we have to spend an extra day to enjoy it than so be it.  The trip allows for 7 days or so for unforeseen things.  We already used up one of those days in Montana one in Oregon may be expected.

But as it goes we might just be in Coos Bay by nightfall and than get an early start on “Day 46″, Aug 13th, where we will cover the southern part of the Oregon coastline down to Crescent City CA.  While here we will viist the Battery Point Light House and start looking for the giant Redwoods.  From what I found on the net they should be pretty plentiful in this area.  We will spend the night and leave around noon on “Day 47″, Aug 14th.  We will travel south to Eureka keeping our eyes peeled for Redwood sights along the way.

“Day 48″, Aug 15th, and the final day of this preview will find us visiting Redwood National Park, along with the Avenue of the Giants and if time allows maybe The End of the Trail Native American Museum.

This concludes Preview IV and we are now at the halfway point of our trip.  Stay tune next Sunday as we begin our journey on the downhill side.



“Great American Dream Road Trip” — Preview – Part III

When we left you in Part II we were just arriving in Great Falls, MT.  Since we only plan on being here for the evening we arrive and until “Day 25″, July 24th until 5pm or so, we thought we might take in an art gallery.  My original thoughts was to check out A Hookers Gallery.  I mean, the name alone tells me I would be looking at some fantastic art.  After doing a little research I found that the A stands for Arlene and that Arlene Hooker was an actual artist.  Well even though it is not what I was expecting I guess I will leave it on the list of things to do while in Great Falls.

After leaving Great Falls around 5pm on “Day 26″, July 25th, we will be travelling NW to Browning, MT.  We should arrive around 8pm or so just in time to grab a drink and maybe find some wifi so as to update our status.   On “Day 27″, July 26th we will leave Browning before noon and take a leisurely drive westward on US Rte 2 through Glacier National Park .  Sometime during that day we will arrive in Columbia Falls where we will spend the evening and than on “Day 28″, July 27th we will take in some more of the National Park.  Sometime in mid-afternoon we will cut out and head to Sandpointe, ID with plans on being there around 8pm.

Our timing for visiting Sandpointe will be off by about a week.  It seems they have an annual Festival that is scheduled to begin on August 2nd.  A week after our arrival.  Sandpointe happens to be situated along a fairly big lake, Lake Pend Oreille so we will still plan on an extra “Day 29″, July 28th, if for no other reason but to explore the lake.  On “Day 30″, July 29th, we will depart Sandpointe around 6pm and head west over to Spakane, WA.

We will stick around the next “Day 31″, July 30th, and are open for suggestions.  If any of you have been to Spokane or live in the vicinity please pass on the sights worth our time.  Otherwise we are going to have to do something stupid like a whitewater adventure or maybe even spend the afternoon getting tipsy at one of the wineries.

Leaving Spokane around noon on “Day 32″, July 31st, we again will be heading west to a place called Wenatchee.  I’m not familiar with the history of this town, but I do know that just for the hell of it I am going to cross, by foot, mind you, the Bridge of Friendship and stroll through the Garden that was designed as a symbol of friendship between the sister cities of Misawa, Japan and Wenatchee/East Wenatchee. In 1931 the first transpacific flight was made from Misawa, Japan to East Wenatchee.  It will probably be too late to accomplish that when we arrive around 8pm so it may have to wait until “Day 33″, August 1st.

We will remain in the Wenatchee area until approximately 4pm on “Day 34, August 2nd.  We will than be heading west to Seattle arriving at approximately 8pm.  Of course we will want more time in Seattle than we can possible alot ourselves so again it will just be all “Day 35″, August 3rd, and up until 6pm on “Day 36″, August 4th.  So friends, help us out here.  There is certainly too much to do in one day so please inform us of the “MUST SEE or DO” while in Seattle.  If nothing else, I will have a cup of coffee…

Well again, this concludes Part III, of our Preview of the “Great American Dream Road Trip”.  See if you can figure out where we will be spending the night of August 4th.  Until next week, thanks for all your input and watch for Part IV coming around the 20th of May.