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The Road

We've been on the road for two weeks now. We're astonished at how exhausting it is. All we do is sit in the car and watch the scenery. At the end of the day we're wiped out.

We're driving mostly on interstates. We learn the culture of each state's rest areas. We work within each state's speed limits (65 mph seems pretty lame after enjoying 75 mph). We usually stay at motels that are right off the interstate. If the town is small we drive through it and get a little acquainted with it; otherwise we stay in the mallish outskirts that are the same everywhere.

Truck drivers are admirable. We've gotten to observe lots and lots of trucks on the road. The drivers are managing tons and tons and tons of mass at high speed around curves and up and down slopes and they make it look like it's easy. We haven't even seen what they do in heavy weather because we've had sunny skies almost every day of our journey.

The motels are all identical, with variations in size and age, but all providing a room, bathroom, ice machine, and continental breakfast. The lack of surprise at the end of the day is quite a comfort.

It's the landscape that keeps changing. Gosh, there's lots of it. Big country.

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Olympic Peninsula, Washington

Saturday October 6

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We left Shaw Island early in the morning and took a ferry to the mainland (or "to America", as the islanders say).

On the ferry at 7:00 am sunrise.

Then we drove south and took another ferry to the Olympic Peninsula, and spent the rest of the day driving around it counter-clockwise.

Arriving on the Olympic Peninsula.

We drove through Forks. Google it if you don't know the significance of this town. (Chantal's addition: Aah! Aah! Aah!)
Chantal was 2nd in line to have her picture taken.

The economy of Forks has increased by 600% in recent years.

In the afternoon we got to the Hoh Rain Forest in Olympic National Park. It was a very dry rain forest. In fact it's been very dry out West. We were barely able to see the Bitterroot Mountains from Lucy and Chris's farm in Montana because the haze of smoke from forest fires was so heavy. We saw many warnings about fire. Seattle, the San Juans, and the Olympic Peninsula were all dry as tinder.

Maple Grove.


We reached the Pacific Ocean.

Then a little later we turned East for our long journey back home.

We drove into the night to Tacoma from where we will launch our expedition into the South West.

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Shaw Island

Friday October 5

Gabriel was Chantal's principal when she first started teaching in 1979. Gabriel was the best principal Chantal (or anyone else, for that matter) ever had.

We spent the day on Shaw Island.

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Seattle, San Juan Islands (Shaw Island)

Thursday October 4

We drove over the Snoqualmie pass to Seattle.

We went to the Pike Place Market.

We took a ferry from Anacortes to the San Juan Islands.

We got off at Shaw Island.

Our friends Gabriel and Deborah put us up in a cabin of friends of theirs, by the water.

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Montana, Idaho, Washington

Wednesday October 3

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As we drove away from Lucy and Chris's horse farm we noticed that it had snowed on the Bitterroot Mountains.

We passed by a bison farm.

We crossed over into Idaho.

We drove past Coeur d'Alene lake. According to Wikipedia:
"The city is named after the Coeur d'Alene People, a tribe of Americans Indians who lived along the rivers and lakes of the region when discovered by French Canadian fur traders in the late 18th and early 19th century. The name Coeur d'Alene translated into English means Heart of an Awl, a reflection of the perception of the tribe's traders as very tough businessmen."

In Post Falls, Idaho, we stopped at Cabela's, a chain of giant outdoor gear stores.

We were fascinated by the gun displays.

In Washington State we saw a lot of wind turbines.

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