Sorry it’s been a while since our last blog. We have had a few nights of dry camping and have put a lot of miles on in the last few days.
Monday we drove to the west side of Glacier National Park. Found a little place in Coram. The weather was nice and cool, but it would warm up in the afternoon. Tuesday we drove into the park again to check it out from this side, that’s when the Jeep started acting up. It was jerking and not wanting to go into gear correctly. We turned right around but still had quite a ways to go before even getting to the entrance to the park and then another 5 miles until we would get to the campground. Thank goodness we made it, but we didn’t think we would. It was obvious we wouldn’t be able to drive it any longer so we decided to leave Wednesday. We really liked the campground, it was called Sundance RV park and it had a fenced in dog run that was right by our site and the owners were really nice! Their cat was super friendly too, it would walk right over and look in our door. Come to find out we were lucky we left, they had a winter weather advisory the next day!!!
After that we drove to Idaho. We stopped in a town called Ponderay. It was a nice town and pretty good in size. We knew we were going to just pass through as the issue with the Jeep needed to be dealt with and there were no dealerships in the area. Since it was my Birthday, and since it was good enough for our Anniversary. I picked Walmart as our resting spot for the night. We are finding that some Walmart lots are nicer than campgrounds out this way. We have drove past some real dozzies, let me tell you! Idaho otherwise is very beautiful. Not sure what we expected but we really enjoyed driving through.
We crossed into Washington and through Spokane. It was a drive through for us though, since we had a lot of drive time left in the day. Looked like a nice city.
Not to far after we had passed Spokane, it was mainly farm fields. It was interesting, each field had big metal signs that stated what they were growing (peas, alfalfa or field corn) and also what kind of horses they had. Not sure if that was a tourist thing, or if it was required? About an hour or so in, we reached the desert. I have to admit, I didn’t know WA had a desert! It was windy and all the sudden we started to see what we thought was smoke, but it turned out that they were these little dust tornadoes. You’d see at least 10 at any given time.
We were starting to think that this was going to be a really long boring ride and then we decided to stop off at Wild Horse Monument scenic over look, didn’t know what it was and then we saw it. It’s the Columbia River Gorge and it was breath taking to say the least. The Wild Horse monument was up on the mountain to our left and the Gorge was to our right. This is also very close to the Gorge Amphitheater which we have seen pictures of but obviously never been to. It’s supposed to be one of the coolest places to catch a concert. Google it and you’ll see why.
After we passed over the river, we drove through the Cascade Range Mountains. Those were some long inclines going up, but once we got to the very top, the view was amazing. Not 100% sure but I think that what we saw off on the horizon was Crystal Mountain in the Mt. Rainier Nat’l Forest. I am sure we will pass it again along the way, it’s a ways off in the distance yet.
We found a Jeep dealer just by chance in Mosses Lake, right off the hwy. They were able to get us in the next day! It took only a half hour or so, and we were on our way. We are now in Easton, we arrived yesterday. It’s a bed and breakfast/RV park and horse ranch. It’s cheap and ok. A lot of people trailer in their horses and bring them here. There are stalls for them right next to their site. It also appears to be a popular place for ATV’ing and dirt bikes. Heard there are some really nice trails in the area. We are also only a few miles from Roslyn WA where the tv show Northern Exposure was filmed from 1990-1995, staring John Corbett and Janine Turner. I loved that show!!!
Well, that just about covers what we have been up to. Hope that you all doing well.