Monday, July 13, 2015

Ellensburg

This blog post continues our 2005 travels.  On Tuesday, April 19 2005 we left the Evergreen SKP Park in Chimicum, WA headed for the E & J Resort in Ellensburg, WA. Talk about a trip – this was an eye catching adventure with green trees, snow-capped mountains, streams and bays, a mountain pass and a meandering route. This part of the country is amazing to see. Water, water everywhere.

We left Chimicum moving south on WA 19 until we merged with WA 104. We went southeast on 104 and crossed the bridge over the bay just north of Squamish Harbor which took us to Port Gamble on the Kitsap Peninsula. That portion of the trip alone was worth the drive, but this was just the beginning of our near 200 mile trip to Ellensburg.

We took WA 3 south along the peninsula to Gorst, where we took WA 16 east, then south until it intersected with I-5 south of Tacoma. We took I-5 north and east until we branched off on WA 18 which led us to I-90 between Issaquah to the north and North Bend to the south. The intersection is near the town of Snoqualmie. Snoqualmie is the home of a beautiful waterfall, but we did not want to detour to view it on that day. Maybe next time. I hate to keep saying that, but there are so many beautiful and wondrous things we missed by traveling too fast.

We continued on I-90 south through the Snoqualmie Pass which took us over the Cascade Range at near 3,000 feet elevation. Going through mountain passes always seems like adventure to me, but I realize the adventure was with the pioneers that took wagons on trails across the mountains, while fearing being blocked by snow. Well, I am sharing their adventure just a little late for the wagon train.

We arrived at Ellensburg about 1:30 in the afternoon and found the temperature a little warmer than what we had in Chimicum. The E & J Resort cost us $96 per week, so we were happy campers. Remember this is 2005 and I am sure rates everywhere have increased since then. The park had paved sites which is always a plus for people driving big rigs. We do consider our 40’ Alfa motorhome a big rig. We found a barbecue restaurant and had lunch and spent the rest of the day at home recuperating from the drive. The next morning we drove around the area looking at all the ranches in that rural community. The weather was great, sun-shiny and cool.

On Thursday we drove south on I-82 to Yakima. The first time I remember hearing about Yakima was from Bea Arthur on “The Golden Girls.” As usual I was driven to see a city of which I had only heard the name. It sounds silly, but those are the kinds of trips I like to make. Maybe hearing the names of places adds to my heightened sense of nostalgia.

We looked around a bit in the countryside and noted a ranch-type aroma in the air. Sometimes it is breathtaking, but you get used to it fairly soon. We continued driving south on I-82 and ended up at a casino in Toppenish. We spent that Thursday afternoon enjoying life while playing penny poker machines at a casino on the west coast. It was way different than the life we lived in Texas in our previous lives. We were thrilled again and more thankful to be RVers and seeing exciting new places.


3 comments:

  1. I am so glad you are getting to see and live in different places after spending your careers in Texas. It is a great planet. Lots to see. I can not wait to progress to the point that I can go to Paris and maybe Marseilles some day. Your trip to Washington state sounds otherworldly

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  2. I am so glad you are getting to see and live in different places after spending your careers in Texas. It is a great planet. Lots to see. I can not wait to progress to the point that I can go to Paris and maybe Marseilles some day. Your trip to Washington state sounds otherworldly

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  3. Thanks for reading my blog and thanks for the comments.

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