WASHINGTON-WHALES,OCEAN,FOREST,MTNS, TULIPS,SAN JUAN ISLANDS

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Day Two Hundred Thirty Seven takes us into Washington, our last state to complete our Pacific Coast Highway journey, before heading into ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada and then Alaska .
We will drive Highway 101 to I-5 to complete our Pacific Coast Highway adventure that started in San Diego area in November and end at Blaine, Washington end of April.
Here’s what we did in the beautiful state of Washington, the Evergreen State ๐ŸŒฒ
And with record rainfall it definitely was green.

April 5th, we left Seaside, Oregon and crossed the 4 mile bridge that connects Astoria, Oregon to Washington. We spent first 2 nights at Artic RV, 8 miles south of Aberdeen. $30.00 night, FHU, very basic but made a good place for some trip planning. The owners are very nice and there is a pub to eat at.
Finally a sunny day, we head to Westport Winery on highway 105 near Aberdeen.

Bought some wine and there are beautiful gardens around the property, and a restaurant, then even have a dog park, worth a stop. From here we went to Westport Marina which has a observation tower, where we saw seals.

There are fishing and crabbing docks also right at the marina. We drove to Gray Harbor Lighthouse (1908), this is Washingtons tallest Lighthouse.

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Heading back towards Aberdeen we stopped at the Kurt Cobain Memorial Park. Aberdeen was his hometown. The park is located Young Street Bridge, end of 2nd st.


Moving on, and a 2 hour drive we will spend 4 nights in Forks at the Forks 101 RV. This is Passport America park for 16.50 night at this time of year. FHU, Laundry, pay showers and that’s about it. It’s a good home base for our side trips, but I really wouldn’t recommend it. Across the street is Forks Outfitter, which has an Ace Hardware, Grocery Store, Pet Store, Video Rentals, Garden items, Clothing and shoes. We rented 3 Billboards in Ebbing, MO, good movie ๐ŸŽฅ
Forks is the actual town where “Twilight” author based her novels. The town gets packed for people visiting to see all the Twilight sites. You can get a Twilight map at the visitor center. This is Bella’s truck from the movie.DSCN5511

Next door is the Forks Timber Museum ($3.00 for me and military gets in free). Nice little Museum to learn about timber and logging.


Yeah, no rainโ˜”๏ธ so we drive in Jeep 1 1/2 hrs from Forks to Cape Flattery.

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Beautiful highway 112 (whale trail stops along the way) with views of Strait of Juan de Fuca and Vancouver Island. You need a $10.00 permit to go to Cape Flattery.

We bought ours at the Makah Cultural Center in Neah Bay. From the parking lot of Cape Flattery it is a .07 mile trail, partially on boardwalks and thru forest.

DSCN5602 Dogs are allowed. There are 4 observation decks to view Pacific Ocean, Vancouver Island and Tatoosh Island.

DSCN5599 It took us about 20 minutes each way and the end result is stunning. We saw lots of ๐Ÿณ whales. It is breathtaking and a must do. Afterwards we went back to the Makah Cultural Center, $6.00 admission. No cameras allowed. Very interesting to learn in 1970 a tidal erosion uncovered the ancient whaling village of Ozette, which had been covered by mudslide hundreds of years ago. There are artifacts here, and worth a stop.

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Driving highway 112 back , we stopped few times for the great views.

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Off we go to the Hoh Rain Forest ๐ŸŒณ about 45 minutes from RV park.

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It is $25.00 per vehicle or free with the America the Beautiful pass. You begin hikes from the visitor center. We did the short hike, only 3/4 miles called the Hall of Mosses Trail. It was very pretty and eerie at the same time. The rain forest gets 140 inches of rain a year.

Driving out we saw elk, deer and a eagle. We also pulled over

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so Bob could ๐ŸŸ fish (no license required on the river, catch and release). Once we exited the park we drove to Ruby Beach, very picturesque with a creek, driftwood, sea stacks.

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Unfortunately
Rainy day ๐ŸŒง , clear day would be great for sunsets ๐ŸŒ… . Tomorrow we head to the town of Sequim (pronounced Skwim) a 1 1/2 hour drive from Forks.
The drive 10 miles past Forks, on highway 101 is very pretty. You also drive right along Lake Crescent, which looks beautiful. We were gonna stop at Marymere Falls but it was raining so we drove on. We arrive in Sequim and stay 8 nights at the Rainbows End Rv๐ŸŒˆ . We planned on Gigal Rv, but they didn’t have availability. We paid $180.00 for a week ( pay for 6, one night free) and one additional day at $30.00. They are a Good Sam Park. It had nice view of mountain,

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FHU, laundry,showers, nice grassed dog park ๐Ÿถ, Wifi, cable. Only down side, sites are close together, but it was fine. We will stay here to explore Port Angelos, Sequim, Port Townsend, and to take ferry โ›ด to Victoria, BC for 3 nights.
Sequim to Port Angelos is half hour drive and is the largest city on the peninsula. Walked around downtown (Lincoln and 1 st streets), nothing special. Then walked to city pier with tower and views of Victoria, BC. There is a small marine center here, although we didn’t go in. Port Angelos is also where you catch the ferry to Victoria so we will be back in few days. We also stopped at Dungeness Spit and National Wildlife Refugee. It is $3.00 for family of 4 or free with America the Beautiful pass. The Spit is 5 1/2 miles long and one of the longest naturally occurring sand spits in North America.

DSCN5785Great views and you can hike the 5 1/2 miles, each way, to the Lighthouse.

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Off to Sequims downtown area (6 block area ) very cute and lots of nice shops, coffee โ˜•๏ธ shops, restaurants, worth a visit. Sequim also has Safeway, Costco with gasโ›ฝ๏ธ , Petco, Walmart, Home Depot. Also in Sequim is the John Wayne Marina (also has RV park), donated by the John Wayne family. John Wayne sailed his “Wild Goose” in Sequim Bay. Also in town is the Olympic Game Farm, a drive thru animal park. We did Bearizonia in Arizona so we didn’t stop here, but looked fun.
Our last day before we head to Victoria we head to Port Townsend, a 45 minute drive. Very cute Victorian buildings and town. Lots of nice shops and restaurants, it was named one of top 10 coolest small towns in America.

Stop at the Fire Bell Tower, a restores 1890 fire alarm bell tower.

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They also have a farmers market on Saturday’s. Then to Fort Wordon State Park, $10.00 or Discover Pass. Officer and a Gentleman was filmed here. It is a very nice state park, with camping, and 2 miles of shoreline. It was also home to nearly 1000 troops and officers training to defend Puget Sound 100 years ago. Point Wilson Lighthouse (1879) is also here.

Between Sequim and Port Townsend the casino has free RV overnight parking. Time to pack , tomorrow we head on ferry to Victoria.


You get the โ›ด ferry, Blackball Ferry, in Port Angelos. They do have RV parking if leaving it there, 10-15.00 per day. We are taking the Jeep with us on ferry. We paid $165.00 round trip for 2 passengers and the ๐Ÿš™ Jeep, dogs are free.

If driving on need to arrive 60 minutes prior to boarding. Dogs can go anywhere on the boat except cafeteria or observation deck. When arrive you drive off and go thru customs, few questions and you are off. Have vet papers with you, and of course passports.
Our hotel for 3 nights is 2 1/2 miles from ferry. We stay at dog friendly Accents Inn. Nice walk out room ( easy for taking dogs out) and free continental breakfast, free parking and great staff.
Rain, rain go away. Of course it’s raining again as we drive to downtown Victoria and park in garage. First stop is the beautiful Fairmont Empress (1908), famous for having tea โ˜•๏ธ here.

DSCN5904Inside is gorgeous worth a ๐Ÿ‘€ look. It is one of Western Canada’s best known landmarks. Everything is walkable from the very pretty Inner Harbour.


Government Street is the main thoroughfare. We stop at Dutch Bakery, we get some yummy cupcakes. There is shopping at the Bay Centre and Market Square (one of Victoria’s oldest landmarks). Fan Tan Alley (narrowest street in Canada) right by Chinatown.

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You can go in and look around and even sit in while Parliament is in session, so we did. No cameras allowed. Hungry we eat lunch at Flying Otter Grill, which was good.
Today, is a bucket list for me. We drive 1/2 hour to the absolutely stunning, Butchart Gardens (1904).

Admission was $33.00, Canadian. It is ranked one of top 5 famous Gardens on earth.

Sunken Gardens have the most spectacular views

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It is drizzling off and on, and I can only imagine how beautiful each season would be. At night they light it up and summer have fireworks ๐Ÿ’ฅ. This is a must do.

Once we leave and head back to Inner Harbour area and eat lunch at the popular Red Fish Blue Fish, excellent halibut fish and chips.

It is only outdoor dining but if raining does have covering. Would recommend. Now we need to walk off lunch so we stop at Beacon Hill Park. It’s a very pretty park, with wild peacocks walking around,

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and ponds with lots of ๐Ÿฆ† ducks.

There is also a children’s petting zoo, donation.
Today we leave to go back to ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ USA. Before leaving we stop at Fishermans Wharf and back to Beacon Hill Park to waste a little time before heading to ferry. Going back, because of customs, need to arrive 90 minutes prior to departure. Dinner at Black Bear Diner in Sequim, very good. Tomorrow off to Seattle area.
Left Sequim for Lake Pleasant Rv in Bothell. There is not a lot of parks so I recommend reservations. We wanted to stay 4 nights and all they had was 3 and are booked till October. You can take a ferry from Sequim, but we weren’t in a hurry so we drove 101 to 104 to 3 to 16, in Tacoma cross bridge and pay toll($12.00), then I-5 north. We paid total of $144.00 for 3 nights. FHU, Wifi (have to pay for)Cable, laundry and individual showers, lake you can fish in.
The drive to Seattle was just 1/2 hour. Parked in a garage (cost us $20.00). Off to Pike Place Market (1907)

DSCN6161and ๐ŸŸ Fish Market(where the fish monger throw the fish).

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There are lots of stalls of food, ๐ŸŒบ flowers, crafts. Few blocks away is the first Starbucks (1971).

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We had lunch at the very popular and long line, Pike Place Chowder. It was the best clam chowder I’ve had.

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They also have different chowders, you can get a sampler of 4 or 8. To walk off lunch we shopped and stopped at Byrnie Utz Hats( Bob likes hats and of course he bought one). Stopped at ๐Ÿš€ Space Needle, just for photo. They are doing a Spacelift (facelift), so the restaurant and parts of the observation decks are closed, so we didn’t want to spend $26.00 admission and $22.00 for parking, plus it was cloudy. So instead we went to the nearby Kerry Park. Here you can see the city, Space Needle, mountains. It has the best views of the city .

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Today will be a long day, so we pack up the poochies ๐Ÿถ and start our 2 hour journey from RV park to Bavarian town of Leavenworth.

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It’s a beautiful drive on the very scenic Cascade Loop (route 2), passing roaring rapid rivers, snow capped mountains, waterfalls. You also go thru Stephans Pass (traction tires advised) with elevation of 4,000 ft.

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There is ski resort there, if you are a skier. It was snowing lightly both ways of the drive. Once you reach Leavenworth you can pay park or we were lucky and found a free spot. Very cute little town, you can see the snow capped mountains.

 

Lots of nice shops ladies, they just got in summer clothes and they are cute. Also home decor shops and other nice shops, not just the touristy shops. We took lunch to go, since we had the dogs, from Andreas Keller Restaurant. It was very good. On the way home we stopped at Deception Falls. There is a parking lot, which was closed, so people just parked outside the gate. Walk few hundred feet and the falls are there.

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Fun day. Both Leavenworth and Deception Falls are worth a visit. Tomorrow off to Anacortes.
Today we drive 1 1/2 hours to Pioneer Trail Campground in Anacortes. It’s more than we wanted to spend at $50.00 per night and no discounts, but good location for our 8 days of side trips from her. It’s a nice park, FHU, wifi, cable, laundry, showers and nice shaded sights with picnic table and fire pit. Lots of road construction getting to park. Definitely recommend.
Our first full day we drove into Anacortes and stopped to book whale watch tour with Island Adventures. Stopped at Seafarer Memorial at Marina with beautiful views,

up to Cap Sante Viewpoint just few miles away, most scenic Overlook of city, stunning.


As we drove around town very cute houses and Commercial St ( main drag) has shops, restaurants, few antique stores. We also stopped at ferry terminal to get info to go to Friday Harbor. Finally stopped at Washington Park on west side of Island and did the 2.3 mile loop with fabulous views.

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Would definitely recommend everything we did today.
Beautiful sunny and 65 we drive to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.

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There are different fields throughout the county. We head to Roozengarde in Mt Vernon.

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It’s 7.00 admission or $6.00 for military.

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You can use your ticket to visit the other Roozengarde fields, which is a driving tour and stop and get out.

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It is absolutely beautiful and I think of my mom as this is her favorite flower ๐ŸŒท ,

she would have loved to see it. This is one of my favorite things we’ve done.

From here we drive to downtown LaConnor, 9 miles from Roozengarde. Cute little waterfront downtown with shops and restaurants. We cross the rainbow bridge to go back to RV park. Fun day.
April 25 th, would turn out to be so awesome. Island Adventures โ›ด whale watch trip, out of Anacortes.

Price was 99.00, there was a Groupon for $30.00 off and they matched it. Also coupons online or in their brochure. Board the boat at 11:10 and leaves at 11:30 and returns about 4:00. It is sunny and 67 degrees but still very chilly on boat, so dress warm. We saw 6-9 ๐Ÿณ whalesDSCN6659

and followed them for long time as they moved along.

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DSCN6719We saw the T pod, T101 and 102 and others.

This was the greatest thing to see and pictures don’t do it justice. There are 172 islands here and it’s Breath as we pass sAn Juan Islands into Canada ( no passport needed). We also saw eagles, deer, birds, seals.

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This was my favorite day so far. After dinner we took the dogs for a ride to very pretty Rosario Beach ,views, tide-pools

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and up to Mt Erie (1273 ft to the top). Views in all directions,

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and places to stop and hike. Finally went back to Cap Sante for ๐ŸŒ… sunset.

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Great day and would recommend everything we did today.
10 minutes from RV is Deception Pass Bridge, great photo op ๐ŸŽฅ spots are the pullouts on highway 20 just before and at the 2 Deception Pass Bridges.

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Parking lot we pay $10.00 or use Discover Pass and drive 1/2 mile to entrance of Deception Pass State Park, with hiking and amazing views. Hung out at West Beach before heading home.
Today we will take Washington State Ferry โ›ด to Friday Harbor, San Juan Island.

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Make sure to make reservations ahead of time and check schedules as one ferry broke down and also day we left they were running behind, especially if not taking pets with you. We took the dogs, which are free. The cost for Jeep and the two of us was $52.00. We sat in the car with the ๐Ÿถ dogs, as it is only 1 hour 15 minute ride.


Walked around cute Friday Harbor and shopped, then lunch just outside the downtown, is local favorite Tina’s ๐ŸŒฎ Tacos, which I would recommend, it was delicious. We moved onto Cattle Point, then American Camp ( might see baby foxes, we also saw an eagle here),

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then to Lime Kiln State Park, $10.00 or Discover Pass.

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Lime Kiln is the best place in the world to possibly see Orca Whales from shore. The shoreline is only about 300 yards walk from parking lot and has picnic tables or rocks to sit out on.

DSCN7001 A short walk from here leads to to a Lighthouse. Stunning views once again.

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Unfortunately we didn’t see any whales. Our last stop is on the north end to Roche Harbor. Very pretty. Not much here, but worth the stop.

We had reservations to leave on 6:25 pm ferry but we were done early and luckily we got on the 4:15 ferry.
Time to stock up on supplies before heading to ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada in next few days, so we drive 15 minutes to town of Burlington. They have Costco, Camping World, Safeway, Walmart.
Our final day in Anacortes we decide to drive Whidbey Island.

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We drive farthest to Langley (1 hr and 10 minutes) and will work our way back. This is another cute little town, they also have a Whale Bell ๐Ÿ”” to ring if you spot a whale.

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Then Bayview Corner, with its historic Cash Store from 1924. Free land had few antique stores. Coupeville, Washingtons 2nd oldest town was cute, and finally to Oak Harbor.


Off for a one hour drive to our final stop in Washington before we head into Canada for a month. We stay at Lighthouse on the Bay, a Passport America park. Two nights at 18.00 and third night $36.00. Probably good for passing thru as looks to be mostly full timers, but we wanted laundry and Wifi, and good cell service to get ready for month in Canada. Got mani/pedi at Nail Masters for $36.00 in Blaine, they did a great job, if looking for somewhere.
Stopped at Marine Park in Blaine, to see the Orca Sculpture,

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and also views of Peace Arch and the customs line we will be waiting in tomorrow.

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Then we stopped at Peace Arch State Park (you can stop for 15 minutes without paying park fee of $10.00 or Discover Pass, so we parked and just took pictures of Peace Arch. Very pretty Peace Arch (from 1921),which symbolizes two centuries of peace. It is on the boundary of Blaine, Wa and Surrey, British Columbia.

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Off to Vancouver, Canada, Ah, for few days, then the long trek thru British Columbia and the Yukon to Alaska.
Stay tuned and safe travels ๐ŸŒŽ

 

 

 

 

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  1. Loved reading your blog and seeing your pictures of your travels through the PNW. I lived in Sequim for a few years on property that my parents had bought, then we bought a house in Gig Harbor where we raised our family for 25 years. Just loved PNW……so fun to see your pictures that brought back memories of many of those places we also visited while living in the area. Like you I loved the tulips at Mt Vernon…one of my favorites as well, also the whale watching trip. A great memory my mom and I were able to do together many years ago. Remembering a trip to Blaine, the Peace Arch to attend a soccer game for my daughter and a few weeks later they came to Tacoma to play us. My husband passed away 11 years ago, the kids all grew up and I left WA 2 1/2 years ago to pursue my traveling dream. I have loved it and seen so many great and beautiful places. I just recently ran across your postings and I plan to follow your travels. I started a blog about mine and posted quite a bit, but then got sidetracked and have not kept up with it. I want to get back to it but I have a lot to catch up on. Take care, safe travels and keep on enjoying.

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