Washington to Montana

We finally bid farewell to Rand and Angie and packed up for our departure from Seattle. Before we actually hit the road, we borrowed some caulk from the garage and recaulked the main seam down the middle of the roof. It had developed a small hole and water tended to puddle right near this hole. Fortunately we have experienced almost no rain on the entire trip so far! We drove south and then east on I-90.

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Seattle

On August 10th we departed from the Mt. St. Helens area and drove north to Seattle. It was our first time here, and our first time to see our old friends Angie and Rand in their home. We backed in to their driveway and set up the trailer which fit perfectly behind their gate. Urban incognito. While we were there we spent most evenings enjoying some fine dining. Rand even prepared his infamous pizza made from scratch twice!

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Mt. St. Helens

Mount St. Helens was not on my original list of things to do or see in Washington. But as things turned out, it was a good stopping point on the way to Seattle. So hey, why not, right? I mean, it’s a huge frickin’ volcano! So we parked for a couple of nights at the Silver Cove RV Resort and took a day trip in to the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.

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Oregon Coast

On August 5th we left the California Redwoods behind and drove up the Oregon Coast. There were no national parks or big tourist draws, just nice scenery and lots of ocean views. We drove through Gold Beach and Port Orford. At Coos Bay we stayed one night at the Mill Casino RV Park and robbed that casino of $17.50 in winnings! http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=279066408776853&set=a.279066288776865.90807.197146780302150&type=1&theater The next day we soldiered north again, hugging the coastline on Hwy.

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Exploring Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park

After our own big ‘day of discovery’ with the Grove of Titans, the next day we moved on to Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, home of some of the tallest Coast Redwoods. My hopes were not very high as the location of this grove is even more secret than the Grove of Titans. In addition, it is relatively easy to spot the huge misshapen behemoths that are the Titans when they are so much larger at ground level.

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Grove of Titans

Two of our favorite authors are Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. You may have seen the movie ‘The Relic’ which was based on some of their books. Douglas Preston has also written several non-fiction books which we love. Back in May of 2007 I stumbled across a book written by Douglas’ brother, Richard, entitled The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring. We were captivated and enthralled by these stories of people exploring vast acres of previously unexplored redwood forests and finding and climbing taller and taller trees.

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A Special Whale

On August the 2nd, after bidding a fond farewell to the Ancient Redwoods RV Park, we headed north along the coast to our next destination. We had reservations at the Golden Bear RV Park near Klamath, California. We were also hoping to see a whale which had been hanging out in the Klamath River! http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=275994639084030&set=a.275982045751956.90086.197146780302150&type=1&theater Along the route north, we stopped to see some Elk in a pasture. Dixie has this thing about seeing a bull elk in the wild.

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The Lost Coast

On August the first we took a recommended road to see some scenery. A fellow Escapee recommended it to us. It follows the same road that one takes to get to the Tall and Giant trees in the park, then continues on out to the coast. We already knew that the section through the park was a slow drive due to both roughness and lots of huge trees which force the road to wind around a lot.

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Humboldt Redwoods

On July 29th we left Napa Valley and drove up to the redwoods of Humboldt County. Once you get near Humboldt Redwoods State Park you can take the scenic route dubbed Avenue of the Giants. It is a two-lane road which winds through the edge of the forest, dodging giant redwoods all along the way. Our destination was the Ancient Redwoods RV Park. http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=269345949748899&set=a.269345169748977.88781.197146780302150&type=1&theater http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=269345949748899&set=a.269345169748977.88781.197146780302150&type=1&theater While we were there for a few nights we drove around the area, touring the sights and the trees.

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Napa Valley

Our trip to Napa Valley didn’t start as we had planned. After leaving the wonderful Escapee’s SKP Park Sierra north of Fresno we made the long haul drive out of the San Joaquin valley and then north on I-5. We made the usual pit stops for gas and snacks and bathroom visits, and we made decent time. We were slowing down to make the last turn from Hwy 12 to Hwy 29 when the trailer brakes clamped down and caused the tires to screech.

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