I love a road trip. One of the bonuses of climbing Rainier was it made for a good excuse to take the family on our longest road trip yet.
In the months leading up, we took a short road trip up to visit Dave and Robyn in Berkley, only a little 6 hour jaunt, but by the end of it Sara had vowed that there was no way she was riding in a car all the way up to Washington.
“Come on Babe, this is the trip of a lifetime. Think of everything we are going to see. All the things we will experience. It is certain to be an epic.”
After a couple weeks of sweet talking her I had re-sold her on the long journey.
We blocked out 3 weeks on the calendar for the trip but actually made it home in 2. There were highs and lows along the way but there always are in anything that epic.
Here are some of the highs and a couple of the lows.
There are lots of cool things to see around the Space Needle.
"Look Mom another homeless hippie!"
We ate dinner at Ivar's and fed the pigeons.
Jillian ran out of shrimp so I told her to fill up on ketchup packets.
We went to the public market and watched them throw the fish around.
It was going to be about 70 bucks to take the family up the Space Needle. We saved some money and went up the Columbia Building for 1o bucks instead. At 76 stories it is more than twice as tall as the Space Needle. That is some good value for your viewing dollar.
If you look close you can see the wimpy Space Needle in the skyline.
We left Seattle via the ferry across the Puget Sound. We are all smiling because we haven't realized yet that Sara's camera is still somewhere over there.
We saw a bunch of Elk up close in Olympic NP.
This is one of the few times Sara actually drove on the trip.
Olympic NP is incredibly diverse: mountains, lakes, waterfalls, hot springs, beaches, wildlife, even a rainforest.
Everyone told us it will be raining on the peninsula. It always is.
So we borrowed umbrellas from Darrell and Sheila, but we must have brought the good weather with us from California because we never saw any rain not even in the rainforest.
Last stop in Olympic NP, Ruby Beach.
Livi said this was the coolest beach she had ever been to and that is saying a lot for a Californian.
There were tide pools, sand and cool rocks to climb on.
Finally it was time for the visit to Forks. The rainiest city in America and it was sunny. Talk about Sara's bad luck. You can't spot a Cullen in Forks if it's sunny because they have to stay inside.
We found the Vampire Threat to be high.
We made the drive down to La Push and crossed the treaty line.