FC: MARIAN & DEBBIE'S ROAD TRIP ADVENTURE | MAY 8 - 23, 2010
1: May 8th to 23rd Day 1 - White Rock to Leavenworth, Washington Day 9 - Moab to Las Vegas, Nevada Day 2 - Leavenworth Day 10 - Las Vegas Day 3 - Leavenworth to Boise, Idaho Day 11 - Las Vegas to Bishop, California Day 4 - Boise to Salt Lake City, Utah Day 12 - Bishop to Sacramento Day 5 - Salt Lake City Day 13 - Sacramento to Eureka Day 6 - Salt Lake to Moab Day 14 - Eureka to Lincoln City,Oregon Day 7 - Moab Day 14 - Lincoln City to Astoria, WA Day 8 - Moab Day 15 - Astoria to Home
4: Maifest Dancers | May Pole Dance in town center | Icicle River | Town Gazebo
5: The next leg of our journey took us from Leavenworth to Idaho. It was a drizzly, cool day, so we headed out with the top up. The road took us through mountain passes, the highest of which was 41oo ft. Once through the mountains the terrain changed to desert. This top picture is of Idaho's National Forest but Debbie & I had trouble spotting anything but sagebrush.
6: Once we crossed over into Idaho we hit torrential rain and hail. In Boise we stayed at the Oxford Suites, what a beautiful hotel. We went to dinner at On The Border which was an excellent Mexican restaurant.
7: OXFORD SUITES, BOISE IDAHO
8: Snake River Canyon is a large canyon formed by the Snake River in the Magic Valley Region of Southern Idaho. It is well known as the place where Evel Knievel unsuccessfully tried to jump in 1974 with the SkyCycle X-2.
9: Ira Burton Perrine was an Idaho farmer, rancher and business man. Ira has been credited with being the founder of Twin Falls and other towns in the Magic Valley. | The Perrine Bridge crosses this river taking visitors into Twin Falls, Idaho
10: Once leaving Twin Falls and heading to Utah we came across what seemed like little hills. I must have been tired because I commented on how there was so much salt in the hills, but was I wrong. It was snow and we were 5700 ft above sea level.
11: Looking Over Salt Lake City
12: TEMPLE SQUARE
13: Statue atop the Temple | Tree outside the Church Office | The Tabernacle Organ To show us how great the acoustics were in the Tabernacle the organist stood at the front and tore up a piece of paper without a microphone and then dropped 2 pins & 1 nail. The sound could be heard throughout. | 11-ft statue of Jesus Christ called The Christus. This is inside the North Visitor's Centre. The ceiling above is painted.
14: Assembly Hall | The founding fathers
15: Utah's State Capital Building and grounds in Salt Lake City.
16: On Route to Moab
18: MOAB, UTAH
19: Debbie's First Meal in Moab | Cornel, Leslie, Colleen, Ian, Debbie & I went and explored Arches National Park on Friday, May 14. What a magnificent place. Instead of the 3 hours the run was supposed to take, Debbie & I were there for 5 hours.
21: Flowers in the park; I had no idea there would be so much colour
23: Rock Formations
26: Colleen, Ian, Debbie & I signed up to go to the Chuckwagon B M Ranch for dinner and entertainment. What a fun night after initially freezing standing outside waiting for things to begin. There was a gunfight, a western themed dinner where we ate off a tin plate and drank from a tin cup, then after dinner there was singing. We sat with a group from California.
27: Miatas at the Red Cliff Lodge
29: Dead Horse State Park
31: We left early for Vegas along with Colleen & Ian. We climbed up passes that were nearly 8000 ft above sea level. It was 94 degrees when reached Vegas.
32: LAS VEGAS & THE GRAND CANYON
33: Freemont Street
34: Hoover Dam
35: Grand Canyon Skywalk
39: LAS VEGAS TO BISHOP, CALIFORNIA
40: The beginning of this drive was BORING but then we turned onto highway 190 heading to Bishop. What a great drive! We went up through the mountains on a small, winding road. At one point we were on top of one of the mountains, with no cars in sight and still miles away from any town, when we came across a mileage marker telling us how far to the next town. The funny thing about this marker is that it mentioned not only miles but kilometers - it was the only one we'd seen doing that since we crossed into the states.
42: SACRAMENTO The plan was to stop in Yosemite National Park but when we arrived the Park Road was still closed due to snow, so change of plans. We continued up to Lake Tahoe on highway 80, though we never saw the lake, until we could cross over to Sacramento. We stayed at the most beautiful hotel, Le Rivage, on the Sacramento River.
43: Leaving Sacramento on the way to the coast took us through the Napa Valley and Sonoma wine regions. It was a very pretty drive. | We headed to Bodega Bay out on the Pacific Coast. OMG I loved driving the Pacific Coast Highway!!! Not only was the scenery spectacular but the road was amazing (windy and twisty).
48: We stopped in a little town called Mendicino where I bought a beautiful dragonfly necklace and Debbie bought 2 rings and a pair of earrings. We then travelled though the redwoods on our way to an overnight stay in Eureka, California.
49: California's Redwood Forest
50: Sand dunes in Florence, Oregon
51: Oregon Coast
52: Sea Lions at Sea Lion Caves outside Florence. Then off to Lincoln City for an overnight stay and shopping at the Outlet Mall.
54: Blue Heron Wine & Cheese Store in Tillamook. It was fantastic! We each bought some wine and after a lunch of soup, cheese & bread we were off to Astoria.
57: ASTORIA COLUMN Constructed in 1926 it stands 125 feet on top of 600 foot Coxcomb Hill. Painted murals show significant events of the early history of Oregon focusing on Astoria's role.
58: Astoria Bridge This is the longest continuous truss bridge in North America
59: Port Angeles and the ferry ride home