When Pam and I were discussing summer plans (long before the summer), we decided on a northwest road trip. The trip was designed to allow us to catch-up with family and friends, see part of the country we had not seen much of, and scout out places for longer vacation stays in the future. We elected to drive to San Francisco and stash our car, rent a car to drive north, then fly back to San Francisco to drive home. It was a vacation of planes, trains, and automobiles (you’ll see the train part soon).
Our first stop was in San Francisco to visit Chris, Esther, Liam, and Aleksey. We had a great time catching up with them and going to a Giants game. On Saturday we walked to McCovey Cove, played some baseball on the little field by AT&T Park, and Chris made some excellent pizza–a good day.
From San Francisco we headed north. We spent one night at the Union Creek Resort. It’s a little collection of cabins, a lodge, a cafe, and an ice cream shop. In the past Zane Grey, Jack London, and Herbert Hoover have called this little place a favorite vacation spot. It was drizzly and overcast when we arrived. Despite the rain, we got in a short hike. After the hike we got very berry pie at Beckie’s Cafe, which could also be called very good pie.
The next morning we went to Crater Lake National Park.
We wanted to hike to a lookout post on a peak, but were rebuffed by snow. The drifts were impressive. It’s the first time I have seen snow drifts 8 ft tall in July.
After Crater Lake we saw the Pumice Desert, Clearwater Falls, and Watson Falls. From there we went to Bend and had lunch at the Deschutes Brewery Public House. Then it was back on the road, bound for Beaverton. We had a couple days to catch-up with Andy, meet Miranda and James, and see Portland. I was thrilled to visit the Portland Rose Garden. The plant selection in Portland was great. I saw familiar and new faces, and almost everything was thriving–especially the roses (and some locals were apologizing for the roses, saying they weren’t looking up to standards).
We had some excellent Korean food, watched the All-Star game, went to McMenamins Edgefield Theater, saw the Columbia River Gorge, and visited two waterfalls.
Our next destination was the Olympic Peninsula. We stopped briefly in Forks. I shared all my secondhand Twilight knowledge with Pam, then we read the wikipedia plot summaries.
We saw the biggest known sitka spruce in the world.
We stopped to look out at the Pacific Ocean.
We stayed in Sequim at the Red Caboose Getaway. The B&B rooms are restored caboose cars. The owner, Olaf, has carefully preserved many of the features of the cars, hid electrical and plumbing lines, and developed a charming operation.
As our journey continued we stopped to pick some lavender and see more plants.
We caught a ferry to get to Seattle, where we met up with Matt and Lauren.
Over the next few days we had great food, saw a baseball game at Safeco Field, visited the Washington Park Arboretum, stopped by the UW Conibear Shellhouse, went to the Pikes Place Market, did the Seattle Underground tour, and had a great time.
Our flight from SEA –> SFO was delayed due to high winds and fog at SFO. We got to our car a little after midnight, then did the overnight drive home (and back to work).
It was a great road trip. I’m looking forward to spending more time in the Pacific Northwest.