Category: North West US

  • Seattle – September 7 – 10

    Seattle – September 7 – 10

    Excited to finally be on my way to Seattle, I spoiled myself with a delicious breakfast at the Leavenworth Golf Club before hitting the road. The trip to Seattle was a blissfully short one, with just one stop at a place called Deception Falls, and I arrived around 1:30 PM. Deception Falls runs directly under […]

  • Leavenworth, Washington – A Pleasant Surprise

    Leavenworth, Washington – A Pleasant Surprise

    When I last left you, readers, I was cranky because I woke up in Steamboat Rock State Park believing I would end the day in Seattle. I was tired of cold food (due to the campfire restrictions caused by the wildfires) and ready for a couple days of no driving. But instead, I needed to […]

  • September 5, Part 2; The Most Extreme Grilled Cheese

    September 5, Part 2; The Most Extreme Grilled Cheese

    After spending an hour amongst the Buddhas, I continued west to my first real taste of mountain driving in the tiny stretch of Idaho between Montana and Washington. I suppose I’d been meandering up in elevation without too much thought, but as soon as the “Welcome to Idaho” sign appeared, it was straight downhill along […]

  • September 5 – Part 1; Garden of One Thousand Buddhas

    September 5 – Part 1; Garden of One Thousand Buddhas

    September 5th was a long day. I wasn’t going to leave the area without going to the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas, an hour north of Missoula. I found my breakfast spot through some research, Paul’s Pancake Parlor in Tremper’s Shopping Center in Missoula. The decor amused me, all decked out in Jamaican colors. If […]

  • Missoula, Montana

    Missoula, Montana

    Before leaving the Towsend / Canyon Ferry Lake KOA, my new friend recommended I stop at the Avon Family Cafe on my way to Missoula. She said they took good care of her, and the food was delicious. A warm home-cooked breakfast seemed like just the right thing since this is what I woke up […]

  • Yellowstone on Labor Day Weekend

    Yellowstone on Labor Day Weekend

    I woke up the morning of September 3rd to my first chilly morning. It was 50 degrees when I woke up, and I was delighted to have packed warm sleepwear. On the day’s agenda was a drive back through the Grand Tetons into Yellowstone to see Old Faithful. When you’ve been on the road for […]

  • Thermopolis, Wyoming and Hot Springs State Park

    Thermopolis, Wyoming and Hot Springs State Park

    When I initially planned The Great Roadtrip, Thermopolis, WY was not on the list of destinations. As a matter of fact, I expected to drive down from South Dakota to Colorado and Utah. However, once I got to Iowa, I knew I needed to make some changes to my route. On that first leg of the […]

  • Jo-Bawb’s and Bighorns

    Jo-Bawb’s and Bighorns

    August 30th was a relatively uneventful day. Thermopolis was a two-day drive, so I set out from the Blue Bell Campground to make my way into Wyoming. I stopped at a Walmart in Gillette, WY to buy a 14″ charcoal grill to replace the propane grill I’d all but given up on. Thanks to my […]

  • The City of Angels, Time to Head East

    The City of Angels, Time to Head East

    I took today off. I had breakfast, and I made an appointment for a neck and shoulder massage at my hotel (known as the tech massage). No plans for site seeing today. I saw quite a bit of LA yesterday, it was great. So it’s time to start heading east, back toward home. Am I […]

  • The Pacific Coast; Washington and Oregon

    The Pacific Coast; Washington and Oregon

    One thing I neglected to mention in my previous post, about my spot at the Kalaloch Campground, was just how close it was to US-101. When I pulled into the site, I noticed a little opening that looked perfect for the tent. As I went to inspect it, I realized it was maybe 100 feet […]