On the road again...
After a 2-year haitus, the folks and I are grabbing our passports and hitting the pavement for a jaunt up north beyond our national border. We begin around 5:00am PDT on Friday, September 16, 2011 and follow the usual counter-clockwise motion through 4 western states. Primary goal: spend a full weekend in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and take in as much as possible. Secondary goals are the 9 National Parks/Monuments on deck, as well as visiting family in Spokane, WA. Tertiary goals are the waterfalls of the Columbia river, the lighthouses of the Oregon coastline, and the Trees of Mystery outside of Crescent City, CA.
You can look at the Google Maps link for a better visual. The preview thread is here if for some reason you fancy such references.
Daily blogs will be posted on this thread (subject to internet availability of course), with the traditional summary/conclusion and photos going in the RTA Roadtrip Album some time after I get back.
Final itinerary (Always tentative):
Day 1 (Fri, Sep 16) - Hwy 395 (through June Lake, CA) to Minden/Carson City, NV
Day 2 (Sat, Sep 17) - Drive east side of Lake Tahoe, to Chester, CA
Day 3 (Sun, Sep 18) - Lassen Volcanic NP and Lava Beds NM, CA to Klamath Falls, OR
Day 4 (Mon, Sep 19) - Crater Lake NP, OR and Mount Hood, OR to Gresham, OR
Day 5 (Tue, Sep 20) - Traverse Columbia River (waterfalls) to Spokane, WA
Day 6 (Wed, Sep 21) - Visit family in Spokane, WA
Day 7 (Thu, Sep 22) - North Cascades NP, WA to Mt. Vernon, WA
Day 8 (Fri, Sep 23) - Vehicle Ferry from Anacortes, WA to Sidney, BC, drive to Victoria
Day 9-10 (Sat-Sun, Sep 24-25) - Visit Victoria, BC
Day 11 (Mon, Sep 26) - Vehicle Ferry to Olympic National Park, WA, to Olympia, WA
Day 12 (Tue, Sep 27) - Mt. Rainer NP/Mt. St. Helens to Longview, OR
Day 13 (Wed, Sep 28) - Cruise entire Oregon Coastline (lighthouses) to Crescent City, CA
Day 14 (Thu, Sep 29) - Trees of Mystery and Redwood NP, CA to Santa Rosa, CA
Day 15 (Fri, Sep 30) - Calistoga, to San Francisco, to Pinnacles NM, CA to San Luis Obispo, CA
Day 16 (Sat, Oct 1) - Drive home
Day 17 (Sun, Oct 2) - (Cushion Day)
After the primary destination of Victoria, BC, Canada has been accomplished and we ferry back to the mainland, if things are looking good with the rental van, we can use that built-in Cushion Day™ to help slow down the pace and solidify some of our goals, and maybe add a few things along the way.
Although most things are set in stone, I welcome last-minute feedback or ideas, or you can just tell me that this route in this much time is plain crazy. (Don't worry, I'm used to hearing that.)
Bored beyond your mind? Here are the archives from all my domestic roadtrips since 2005:
Roadtrip #1 - 48 States in 30 Days (offsite)
Roadtrip #2 - The Great West
Roadtrip #3 - The National Parks of Utah
Roadtrip #3A - San Francisco, CA and back
Roadtrip #4 - New Mexico and the Albuquerque Balloon Festival
Roadtrip #4A - Sedona, AZ and back
Roadtrip #5 - Washington, D.C. and the New England states
Keep it tuned here...