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Chasing 70s 2020 Part 8: North Cascade National Park

Chasing 70s 2020 Part 8: North Cascade National Park

Our turn east was for a stop at one of the preeminent mountain ranges in the United States.  The Cascade mountains are sometimes called the American Alps and after our visit there we understand why.  Our base was the small town of Rockport, WA at the Howard Miller Steelhead County Park.  We came to see

Chasing 70s 2020 Part 7: Fidalgo Island, WA

Chasing 70s 2020 Part 7: Fidalgo Island, WA

We truly enjoyed the last two weeks on the Olympic Peninsula and the exploring the Olympic mountain range.  Knowing we have more mountains in our travel plans down the road, we made one last stop to visit the sea.  Our original plans were to stay on Whidbey Island and the Navy Base there.  We have

Chasing 70s 2020 Part 6: Olympic National Park-North

Chasing 70s 2020 Part 6: Olympic National Park-North

After a great week in the rain forests and coastal regions of Olympic National Park, it was time to move north to the mountains.  The Olympic range is home to some of the tallest and roughest mountains in the country and we have wanted to explore them for some time.  We picked an area just

Chasing 70s 2020 Part 5: Olympic National Park-South

Chasing 70s 2020 Part 5: Olympic National Park-South

Olympic National Park has been on our bucket list for some time.  It is a big area consuming most all of the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State and is known for its rain forests, mountains and glaciers.  It also has some wonderful coastline and beaches.  We decided to split it up into two distinct areas.

Chasing 70s 2020 Part 4: Astoria, Oregon

Chasing 70s 2020 Part 4: Astoria, Oregon

The northern Oregon coast was the last section of coastline we had to visit to make it a full coastline tour.  We chose to base out of the Astoria area.  The Oregon National Guard has a small training post just south of Astoria with a wonderful little RV park.  We decided to stay there as

Chasing 70s 2020 Part 3: Oregon Coast

Chasing 70s 2020 Part 3: Oregon Coast

One of our favorite places to chase 70-degree temperatures is the Oregon coast.  We love the rough, raging and natural coastlines.  Oregon is the only state which requires public access to all of its coast and beaches.  The entire coast is lined with state parks, county parks and public access points.  The varied weather patterns,

Chasing 70s 2020 Part 2: Redwoods National Park

Chasing 70s 2020 Part 2: Redwoods National Park

As we were already in northern California, we thought we would take the time to visit another national park.  Along the coast is the town of Crescent City, the northern gateway to Redwoods National Park.  This is where we decided to make our base for touring the Redwood Coast.  We have always wanted to see

Chasing 70s 2020 Part 1: Lassen Volcanic National Park

Chasing 70s 2020 Part 1: Lassen Volcanic National Park

As the local temperatures in Tucson start climbing into the 110 range in July, and the humidity readings begin to climb, it is time to head for more hospitable weather.  Our motto is “Chasing the 70s”, degrees that is.  We headed out and up towards the Pacific Northwest and the Oregon/Washington coast.  As we say,

Deception Pass and Friday Harbor: Whidbey Island, WA Part 2

Deception Pass and Friday Harbor: Whidbey Island, WA Part 2

With our last two days along the coast, we took every opportunity to seek out and enjoy the unique sights of the Pacific Northwest and eat fresh seafood.  We managed to spend a day checking out the rest of Whidbey Island and a day exploring Puget Sound and Friday Harbor.  We even got in a

The Adventure Continues: Whidbey Island, WA Part 1

The Adventure Continues: Whidbey Island, WA Part 1

After our intermission in the Seattle area, we hit the road again and headed up to Whidbey Island, Washington.  We have friends that live in Anacortes we visited and we had heard wonderful things about the San Juan Islands.  We stayed for three full days and got a great first look at the majesty of