Archive for the ‘Washington’ Category

2007 08 05 – Big Trip – Day 97 – Mount Rainier National Park

Sunday, August 5th, 2007

KOA Campground, Cascade Locks, Oregon Odometer – 8973

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Paradise Visitors Center, Mount Rainier National Park

Today was sunny and warm. We left the campground as early as we could (10:30am) so we could park in the crowded Paradise parking lot. We got there and saw Mount Rainier (4300m) in its glory, basking in a warm sun without a cloud in site. (more…)

2007 08 04 – Big Trip – Day 96 – Mount Rainier National Park

Sunday, August 5th, 2007

Cougar Rock Campground, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington. Odometer – 8795

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Cougar Rock Campground, Mount Rainier National Park

We drove to Mount Rainier this morning, hoping the good weather would keep up. While it wasn’t raining, the cloudy skies impeded enjoying the park as much as we could. We arrived at noon and immediately drove to the campground, because we did not have a reservation and were afraid we would not have a site for the night.

When we got to the campground we found many available sites and chose a nice secluded one adjacent to the forest. (more…)

2007 08 03 – Big Trip – Day 95 – Central Seattle

Saturday, August 4th, 2007

KOA Seattle Southwest Campground, Kent, Washington. Odometer – 8687

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Space Needle, Seattle

Shabbat Shalom.

Although the day started cloudy and a bit wet from overnight rain, it improved into a beautiful sunny day by the afternoon. We drove into town to Seattle Center, a compound bursting with fun activities for families. The most famous landmark there is the Seattle Needle, a 520 ft tower with views of the entire area. We did not go up.

After managing to park the RV in the lot next to the center, we proceeded directly to the Children’s museum, whose sole purpose is to encourage newborn to 10 year old children to discover through play and interaction. (more…)

2007 08 02 – Big Trip – Day 94 – Shir Gets a New Cast

Friday, August 3rd, 2007

KOA Seattle Southwest Campground, Kent, Washington. Odometer – 8655

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Shir's New Cast, Seattle Children's Hospital

A stressful morning and a pleasant afternoon.

We got up and hurriedly prepared to leave the campground. We had to get out by 9am to drive, through rush-hour into Seattle for Shir’s hospital appointment. Unfortunately, traffic was bad, the GPS guided me through the worst part of it, and when we finally got to the hospital, there was nowhere to park the RV. On top of that, Shir vomited when we were on the highway. (more…)

2007 08 01 – Big Trip – Day 93 – Olympic National Park

Friday, August 3rd, 2007

KOA Seattle Southwest Campground, Kent, Washington. Odometer – 8587

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Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park

We squeezed two days into one on this gloriously sunny day. We wanted to see Olympic national park and we had to get to Seattle at night. So we took a deep breath and drove 320 (~500km) miles in one day, stopping at various points in the park to hike or enjoy the views. (more…)

2007 07 31 – Big Trip – Day 92 – Victoria to Washington

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

KOA Campground, Port Angeles, Washington. Odometer – 8270

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Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park

Today was half Canada, half USA. We started off easy at the campground on the marina in Victoria’s West Bay. Laundry, phone calls, some playtime for the kids and we were already past noon. We drove into downtown and parked at the ferry terminal. After a last visit to the streets of Victoria we went back to the RV to have lunch and wait for a US customs inspection.

The ferry ride is 90 minutes, and it goes 17 miles in a straight line from Victoria to Port Angeles. The ride was smooth at first but in the second half there were decent sized swells that caused the ship to swing from side to side. We had to hold on to Shir and Orr so they won’t lose their balance and fall. (more…)