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Old 06-15-2008, 09:51 PM   #1
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Going Up the Country

This is a bit overdue but I have had some difficulties with internet. I did make it to the Olympic Peninsula of Washington. I left Michigan last Monday at 9:00 p.m. drove 4 1/2 hours and 223 miles hours to Sawyer Michigan and stopped for some shut eye at 2:00 a.m. at Travel America. I am so not a morning person that I need to leave whenever I am ready or I will only have to begin the next day delay all over again. The first leg is always the hardest, one to get out and secondly all the road construction and traffic from Michigan, Indiana and Illinois.

Tuesday got me through the Chicago Skyline, traffic finally opened up towards the Wisconsin Dells area in the afternoon and I stopped at a rest stop St. Cloud Minnesota just past Fargo to catch up on sleep at 12:45 a.m. (eastern times...once in my life when I could be late and actually gain three hours through the drive, ) So that was 16 hours on the road and another 800 miles on the trip log.

Wednesday I had a great side trip early in the afternoon to Dawson North Dakota, an emergency gas stop off the highway first pump would do, and that just so happened to be one kind of gas octane, two old fashioned pumps with mechanical reels that were malfunctioning. I haven't seen those in eons. There was a diner and a veteran's park and I stayed a while and enjoyed the local offerings. I passed New Salem about 1:00 p.m. and had a nice break at an overlook at Theodore Roosevelt National Park around 2:45 p.m. Great scenery, pictures later. Passed Billings Montana about 9:30 p.m. and filled up with gas again in Livingston proper about 11:30 then turned the corner and spent the night in the Bozeman rest area. The totals that day were 726 miles and 15 driving hours.

Thursday morning I started off at 7:45 a.m. and went past Butte about 10:00 a.m., then Missoula and into Washington by 8:30 p.m. Very near Ellensburg was another scenic overlook over the Columbia River at Ginnkgo State Park, and I was rewarded with a great rainbow as I crossed the bridge. Waved to Spokane, headed down to Tacoma crossed another bridge about 11:30 p.m., then through Sequim all the way to Port Angeles at last, for the day's total of 812 miles and 16 driving hours. I didn't want to arrive at my destination in the wee hours and I needed some supplies so I spent the night at Wal-Mart, not a 24 hour super one either, just a small one.

Friday had me where I set out to be...Shadow Mountain RV Park, 23 miles away down 101 West. So if I had not have lolligagged about I am sure I could have made it in three days tight, 2,571.5 miles...262 gallons of gas...47 1/2 driving hours.

The reason for my trip was to try my first work camper experience and work through September in the campground store. However it didn't prove to be as good a match as I had expected it to be. So now I am back on the other side of the counter.

Come drive with me, there is a .pdf slideshow here but first you must download the mp3 and be playing it first or you will not appreciate the journey to it's full. Excuse the interactive participation, my presentation (website and slideshow) really needs to be polished up, eh? Best to rightclick and save target rather than streaming, file sizes are 9.2 MB for the slideshow .pdf and 5.3 MB for the music.

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I will post some area pictures soon.
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Old 06-15-2008, 09:56 PM   #2
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Old 06-16-2008, 02:49 AM   #3
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Port Angeles

Port Angeles has a city pier with an observation tower, views of the Olympic mountains, the city of Victoria Canada across the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the ferry ships that transport across the 18 mile span. There are many restaurants and shops, a marine museum and a bicycle trail that goes all the way to Sequim. There are also many sculptures in town and wonderful wall size murals depicting the history of Port Angeles.

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Old 06-16-2008, 10:24 AM   #4
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Wow Carol - Talk about Running The Line 47+ hours in 4 days - I am impressed...... bennies comes to mind Were they from the 60's or was that an 80's fad????

So glad you are having a great time......you should roll the windows down and call out......whoooohooooo look at me no hands

The song with your slide show - perfect for the road trip. Great scenery and the ever anticipation of the mountain peaks coming around each corner - I love it...

Too bad that it was not your cup of tea - but hey what a great side trip - amazing - I bet one person is pleased though

Can't wait to see more photos.....
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Old 06-16-2008, 10:56 AM   #5
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Coffee and sugar with good sleep works fine. And I have 2 hands missy. I almost used your new song, I need to apply to the composer for usage. I love driving and watching the moving panaramas and the changing terrain and weather. I could live on the road literally, now about this gas situation...

Anyone have any slideshow with audio to web software to recommend? I must have tried half a dozen new programs trying to get the pictures and music and uploaded. I am no good at inserting the html, I need to drag and drop.

Laura I am kicking it around to stop back in Bozeman. I'll look you up for sure if I do.
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Old 06-16-2008, 11:10 AM   #6
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Thanks so much for taking us along on the trip with you...even though I'm stuck here selling these silver bullets, I always enjoy the ride!

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Carol, as to the last picture in "Port Angeles", above. If Airstream was to build a boat, I think it would look like that.
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As usual Carol, great photography. I enjoyed reading about your drive...I don't see how you do it! You 'da woman! I can handle maybe 10 hours solo towing, but that's about it before I am too fatigued to go much further once it gets dark. I just don't trust myself anymore. When I was in my 20's/30's I could handle more and did.

Hope to see more photos of your journeys this summer.
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Carol, you asked for suggestions on photo/music software. Becki has a program she uses each year to make a photo CD for her students. She takes photos through out the year and then makes a photo montage set to music. She gives each student a copy of the montage on a CD as a keepsake from her classroom. One of the mothers was helping with the end of year party and cried when she saw it during the party.

The software she uses is "Photojam 4" and is a download available on the net (sorry, it's not free-ware). You load your photos and song or use their music and it times the photos to last for the duration of the music. You can make adjustments to some of the settings and make changes or let everything be automatic. You can send the montage as a self-extracting e-mail attachment or post it on the web.

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Thanks for the software tip. I will check that out for sure, and thanks all for your well wishes and comments. Nice to be "connected" especially away from home.

Today is moving day and I have not formulated a plan but I am sure it will come to me if not before, then at least at the intersection... probably not West unless LJH can get Airstream to make that amphibious add-on pack available soon.

I have seen Forks, Ruby Beach, Crescent Lake, Marymere Falls, the Hoh Rain Forest and Hurricane Ridge and a scenic drive to Clallam Bay. Still so much to see, perhaps next time.

The road is shared by extreme bicyclists even a couple of tandem riders and many logging trucks and lined with a beautiful proliferation of wild flowers in the most gorgeous setting of forest, sea and mountains. My Olympic adventure has been a treat.
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Hurricane Ridge

Hurricane Ridge is a 17 mile drive from Port Angeles Washington that ascends to 5,242 feet offering views of Mount Olympus, glaciers, wilderness and deer in the subalpine meadows. The sound of water from melting snow running down the mountain and the smell of pine is intoxicating, or was that the altitude?

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hi c

great pix and they bring back memories.

i used to ride a bike UP to the ridge monthly.

and coming back down on the same bicycle was wild.

IF you've been out to the hoh rain forest, which is spectacular...

basically that as far as us can go.

didn't used to be any rv parks or good boondocking locations coming from la push south on the coast.

so where to next?

crossing the north cascades and eastward to lake chelan in the upper part of washington,

is a great trip, and beats i90 for everything but speed.

also it will be cooler crossing back up north. it's getting too warm along the routes east SOUTH of 90 now 4me...

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Terrific drive tale, Carol! At the least, you got yourself an adventure and a lot of fine photo memories. Let us all know where you're headed next. Somehow, I think you'll be meetin' up with Laura at Bozeman ...
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Have you tried Yosemite or San Fransisco? You could then head up to Reno or Lake Tahoe. Tahoe and Yosemite are beautiful...Half Dome is spectacular. Don't hike to the top if there is any threat of thunderstorms.
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Love the Hurricane Ridge Photos - almost makes me feel like I should yoddle or go and buy a nice big cuddly St.Bernard...Thanks for Sharing!!! Always a pleasure to go along on your photoscapes... AKA Heidi


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Go for it Carol......be bold, defy the Gas, be true to your dreams...

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Hello, Carol. Great pics and chat about your trip so far. So sorry that the destination didn't fit, but I'm wondering if you have other work kamper options in the Washington area to check out before heading all the way back to Michigan? Perhaps another will be the perfect fit. Be safe on the road...~G
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Hoh Rain Forest

All these great tips for wonderful places, I want to go to all of them!! I want to see every where I possibly can. Many destinations I do want to save to share with Bradley. You'd laugh to see us traveling and exploring together, nudging each other or bursting in the Airstream to call the other out to come "Look!" It's a little schmaltzy but we really enjoy discovering things together through each other's eyes.

I have been delinquent in keeping up so I will try catching up a bit now.

I have decided against attending the International and instead stopping at other various places as I make my way homeward.

The Hoh Rain Forest has the most amazing growth of moss that grows on air and covers the branches of trees that are very stout, tall and some as old as 150 years old.
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Ruby Beach

I could not leave the area without a trip to one of the rugged beaches of the West Coast and seeing first hand a sea stack in the Pacific Ocean...albeit I would have preferred it not to be raining when I got there! There also is incredibly large driftwood washed ashore and logs churning in the water. I went at low tide to see if I could find some sea creatures uncovered but I only found large smooth rocks that got turned and clinked in the waves like shell wind chimes and made a fascinating and pleasant sound.
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Leaving the Olympic Peninsula I made a short side trip up 20 North to Port Townsend. That was a trip better to tour without the Airstream as the roads were narrow and rv parking not available. So I followed a bus, got turned around and lost when the bus stopped and made my way back out through the help of some friendly directions. Even in the supermarket parking lot I needed to run an island to exit. I wonder how fish feel when they find themselves aground...

But what a wonderful village filled with eclectic restaurants and shops and beautiful gardens and sweet residential neighborhoods laced wih marinas and water craft and all bustling with happy people and pets. Perhaps another time Brad and I will get to Port Townsend and even to the Northern Cascades together. I hope so, but not for me this trip out. I am already desiring some warmer weather and different terrain, and straighter roads and open spaces.

I took a very scenic drive down 101 South to the East of Olympic National Park along the water with small establishments along the way. It was just the way I remember things to be when I was very young, uncrowded, quiet and teaming with personality, each different but all commonly bekoning you to stop and stay and relax for awhile. The drive East from Seattle was beautiful with huge mountains in every direction reflecting the lowering sun.

I stopped before dark at Lake Easton State Park. It's always fun to find a little gem of a place by chance and this was one, right along the lake and heavily wooded with full hook-ups and friendly staff. Of course I liked the size and ease of parking in the campground with utilities after mistakenly driving through the standard campground and finding out that was the one for tenters. Now that does explain the tight corners and those lurking attack barrier trees on the roads! Not my easiest driving day...but certainly a nice reward for the effort.
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