Postcards from the Perimeter
Day 1 – A Bon Voyage from Family and Friends
This past Monday Zack, Zoe and I launched our Perimeter trip. My sister made a nice Bon Voyage breakfast spread as family and friends (so sweet) came to usher the dogs and I into Betty the Bus, and to wave us off on our adventure. I will miss my peeps.
I drove several hours to our first overnight stop at an RV park just before Snoqualmie Pass. I wanted to be fresh when tackling my first big ascents and descents (which turned out to be no big deal!)
Several friends from the Seattle area came to visit. What a wonderful way to pass the evening! The first visitor arrived seconds after I did so helped make camp. The second visitor happened to have an ice cube tray in her car (she was returning it to the store) and I happened to have forgotten mine so I acquired hers. The third visitor brought wine and we practiced firing pepper spray at the shrubs. We now feel confident with our personal protection devices!
Day 2 – Mountain Passes and Coyotes
I am so glad I took an RV driving class (a story in itself for another time!) Betty the Bus is a lane hog. But I learned how to stay in my lane and avoid running off the road. And I know how to not burn up my brakes coming down long steep hills.
Other than being on the interstate to go over Snoqualmie pass (partly because massive Washington fires are terribly close to other passes), I’ve been on two-lane highways. I’m really enjoying how the scenery changes. From rain forests to deserts to miles and miles of agricultural lands.
The second night we stayed at an RV park on Soap Lake, Washington. The lake itself is mineral rich. “Soap Lake” comes from the Indian word Smokiam meaning “Healing Waters.” A number of campers there had European accents and spent a good amount of time in the water. I wasn’t so sure I wanted the dogs (therefore Betty the Bus) to smell like the lake (soapy!) so we got no healing.
We did get to hear the coyotes yap in the wee hours, though.
Day 3 – Smoke and a Golf Course
The third day we met up with Highway 2, which we’ll, for the most part, be following across the top of the United States. That was when we ran into the fire’s smoke haze we had only seen at a distance until that point.
We then stayed a couple of nights to rest at the posh little Spokane RV and Golf Course Resort in Deer Park, Washington. It’s been really pleasant here, but it’s more like living in an upscale miniature development than a campground. There’s a little dog park right across the road, plenty of (short, well-watered!) grass to walk, and a club house with a great cobb salad for take-out. It was nice to take this, our fourth day, off from driving in order to nap and re-organize.
Tomorrow we’ll unhook our utility umbilical cords and drive across Idaho into Montana.