Postcards from the Perimeter
Day 1 – A Bon Voyage from Family and Friends
We finally launched our Perimeter trip! My sister cooked-up a tasty Bon Voyage breakfast spread while family & friends came to wave the dogs and I off onto our grand adventure.
The first leg was relatively short. I drove just several hours to the first overnight RV park, just west of Snoqualmie Pass. I wanted to save crossing over the Cascade mountains (which turned out to be no big deal!) for first thing in the morning.
Several of my friends from the Seattle area came to visit my first camp site. What a wonderful way to pass the evening! My first visitor arrived at the same time I did. The second visitor just happened to have an ice cube tray in her car and I happened to have forgotten mine so I acquired hers. The third visitor brought wine. We practiced firing pepper spray at the shrubs. We now feel confident with personal protection devices!
Day 2 – Mountain Passes and Coyotes
Betty the Bus is a lane hog. I am so glad I took an RV driving class (a story in itself for another time!) I learned how to avoid running off the road. And not burn up the brakes cruising down long steep hills.
Other than being on the interstate to go over Snoqualmie pass, I’ve been keeping to two-lane highways. I’m really enjoying how the scenery changes: from rain forests to deserts to miles and miles of agricultural lands.
Night #2 we stayed at 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 through the wee hours, though.
Day 3 – Smoke and a Golf Course
Day #3 we got onto Highway 2, which we’ll be following across the top of the United States.
There, we ran into the massive fire’s smoke haze generated by several Western fires.
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 a day off from driving. Napping and re-organizing.
Tomorrow we’ll unhook our utility umbilical cords and drive across Idaho into Montana.