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TODAY’S RV PARK: Birch Bay RV Campground
OUR RATING: 4 Stars – Decent campground, cell signal is ok on both Verizon and AT&T, nearby town are incredible with the bay only a couple of blocks away
PRICE: (Free) Thousand Trails resort
TRIP MILES DRIVEN: 23,249
Since leaving California, we’ve driven north through Oregon to Washington. As soon as we crossed into Oregon, it started snowing and raining. It hasn’t stopped raining in the past month, although there are moments of sunshine most days that we take full advantage of.
While we passed through Oregon, we were delayed a week for RV repairs. Having not been in any kind of wet weather, well, since Florida, any water leak soon reared it’s ugly head. We were delayed in Portland, OR (of all places) while the repairs were completed. We were very disappointed with the homeless situation in Portland. Those poor folks are living on any stretch of highway they can find, including the grass in the highway exit cloverleafs, side of roads and entrances to shopping centers. Homeless tent encampments everywhere. Sad, that’s what remember most about Portland.
Fortunately, our campground was right on the Oregon Trail. Which we followed on a day trip to visit Multnomah Falls – which was just a short 20 minute drive out of town. There were a lot of waterfalls along the way, but this one certainly takes the cake! The hiking paths leading up to the falls were super simple which made for a nice excursion. We were not visiting in their primary season, so we missed out on any trolley adventures that run during that time.
We eventually made our way north to Washington, with a short weeklong stop just outside of Port Angeles. We have never seen trees or forestry so tall before! The campground at Dow Creek RV Resort was completely empty and we were one of only a few travelers staying that particular week. Which meant we had no neighbors and nothing but forest to look at and the sound of a lovely creek nearby. Dogs wandered off-leash (since there was nobody around to say otherwise) and enjoyed the private trails that climbed up the hills in the campground. Puddin enjoyed running in and out of the stream every time the trails crossed over them. Even Peanut delighted in the trail adventures. Being that this camp was in the same forest as where “Twilight” was filmed, we were thankful not to run into any vampires. Bats, however, are a different story. We added this park to our Must Re-Visit list of campgrounds!
After our empty-handed vampire trip, we headed all the way north…. as far as possible that you can drive in America without crossing the Canadian border to Blaine, WA. We stayed for three weeks and loved every minute of it, except the constant rain. Our first free day in Blaine gave us time to enjoy the famous clamming sport that the area is known for. One of the many things we loved about the area, is that Washington state is very very dog-friendly. Most places encourage you to bring your dogs and really go above and beyond to give your dogs a great experience. From terrific leash free areas to special dog parks, our puppies put this town on their Must Re-Visit list as well.
Steve got lost for hours in the bay shore, digging up clams for dinner. Even came up with a handful of oysters for a raw-oyster bar appetizer later that night.
Toward the end of our time, Tara flew out to join us as we make our way across the top of America toward the great lakes for our official summer vacation. The first thing we did with Tara was take our Goal Post photo at the Peace Arch, which borders America and Canada. This is a beautiful park that is maintained by both countries – apparently the only National Park in America that is maintained by two countries. And the pride is obvious. There are immaculate gardens all around to showcase the peace agreement. Even border police were peaceful to us, as we took an innocent wrong turn out of a very busy traffic circle and accidentally ended up in the traffic line to cross the border. They turned us around and let us back into America, after proving our citizenship of course.
Leaving Blaine and heading toward Glacier National Park led us down Highway 20 which snakes through the Cascade mountains. Steve, of course, not happy with the mountain driving, I had to silently restrain my over-enjoyment of the beautiful cliffs and terrain that only mountains can provide. We ran into a bit of winter at the top and enjoyed an impromptu snowball fight on the side of the road. It was a gorgeous drive, and had we more time, we would’ve loved to have stayed at one of the many little rustic towns with adorable RV parks. But… we are on a mission and have dates to meet on the calendar. Tara has a flight to catch in a couple of weeks, and lots of ground to cover before then.