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Semi_subversive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 05:39 PM
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Attention Northwest DUers
On Monday I'll be escaping the CA Central Valley heat and the office (and wife and kids) to hop on the Harley and take a cruise up north. I'll have stop-overs in Salem to say hi to an aunt and cousin, then head over to Cascade Locks to see the Gorge. Then it's on to Ft. Lewis to see my semi-adopted son who's scheduled to get shipped out to Iraq by those slimy bastards in February. Next, I'll be visiting a former co-worker who retired and bought a nice place on Puget Sound at Port Orchard. And another long time friend has an office for his ship repair business (it's OK, he's a solid Dem defense contractor) in Port Orchard as well. The highlight of the trip will be going to Port Angeles and taking the ferry to Vancouver Island. I'll take a round trip ride from Victoria to Nanaimo and then hop the ferry back to WA. Then I'll have to start heading south ... slowly.

Are there some non-mainstream attractions of interest near my travel path that you can suggest? I'm one of those riders that likes to stop and smell the roses. This is "my time" and I'm going to enjoy it.
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Squatch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 05:42 PM
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1. butchart gardens
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Semi_subversive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 05:45 PM
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2. Absolutely! That's on the agenda
Thanks
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Squatch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 05:47 PM
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5. The Sticky Wicket
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Semi_subversive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 05:53 PM
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9. Where might I find that?
Is it a bar? There's one of the same name that one of my former co-workers owns in Sacramento.
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Squatch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 05:56 PM
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11. Victoria BC. They have beach volleyball on the roof
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Squatch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 05:48 PM
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6. Port Angeles = Hurricane Ridge
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Semi_subversive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 05:51 PM
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7. Noted. Thanks
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Squatch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 05:52 PM
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8. Port Townsend is cool...Ft Warden = Officer & Gentleman
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Semi_subversive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 05:55 PM
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10. I just Googled it.
Looks good. Thanks
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Squatch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 05:57 PM
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12. Do you want some more ideas? We could be here all night!
:D
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Semi_subversive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 09:32 AM
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27. That should do it.
Thanks to all for the great suggestions. I can't wait for Monday.
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philosophie_en_rose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 06:25 PM
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24. If you take the Port Townsend Ferry to Coupeville
Edited on Wed Jul-20-05 06:26 PM by philosophie_en_rose
You could drive up Whidbey Island and through Deception Pass. Whidbey is developing quickly and tackily, so now is a good time to enjoy it while it lasts.

On Edit: You can get to Vancouver Island from Anacortes by ferry, which is only a few minutes northwest from Deception Pass. Anacortes is a cute city.
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Semi_subversive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 09:28 AM
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26. I've heard a lot about Anacortes
My semi-adopted son at Ft. Lewis has a sister that lives there and that's where he goes on weekends.
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Aristus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 05:46 PM
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3. You could stop by Puyallup and see:
The Meeker Mansion, home of a local founding father.



The Powerhouse Pub and Brewery for a cold local brew! :9 :toast: :beer:



Or, when you get close to town, PM me and I'll see if we can hook up, or at least talk on the phone! :hi:
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Semi_subversive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 06:13 PM
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22. Sounds do-able.
I'll see how things look once I get up there.
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wakemeupwhenitsover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 05:46 PM
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4. Take I-84 east at Portland.
Get off at exit 22. Go to the top of the hill (about 2 miles), then left at the Y. You're now on the Columbia River Scenic Hwy. Check out the views from the Vista House, Multnomah Falls, etc. Follow it until you have to get back on I-84. You'll just have a few miles left until you get to Cascade Locks.

best & drive safe

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Semi_subversive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 06:00 PM
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13. Excellent. Thanks
My youngest son was just up there visiting his girlfriend and he took some great shots of the falls. I plan on doing likewise.
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Squatch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 06:01 PM
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15. Only problem...from Port Orchard, it's about 4 hours to
Multnomah Falls
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Semi_subversive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 06:09 PM
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17. I'll be going from Salem to Cascade Locks/Hood River area
before I head towards Portland. It'll work.
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wakemeupwhenitsover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 06:11 PM
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19. Remember,
much prettier to get off at exit 22 & take the scenic hwy & its not really that much longer-maybe 15 minutes. You can get off at the Falls from I-84 but my way is much prettier & you get to see the fabulous views at the Vista House.

best & drive safe
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Semi_subversive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 06:12 PM
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21. I'll do it. Thanks
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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 06:01 PM
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14. That farm near Puyallup
where the dude screwed the horse.
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Semi_subversive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 06:09 PM
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18. I'll ride fast!!
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yvr girl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 06:07 PM
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16. Why don't you take the ferry from Victoria to Vancouver instead?
There's lots to see here. You can then drive the Chuckanut drive between the border and Seattle.

I also highly recommend Deception Pass.
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Semi_subversive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 06:12 PM
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20. I was considering that
but then I'll have to make the run from Vancouver back to Port Orchard in the dark. I might take a day trip up to BC though. I've got plenty of time.
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yvr girl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 06:19 PM
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23. Why would the run have to be in the dark?
We don't have any weird curfew here.

Oh, and BTW, the Sea to Sky highway (from Vancouver to Whistler - 99 North if you're going to be picky) is the most beautiful stretch of highway EVER.
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Semi_subversive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 09:25 AM
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25. I figured I'd have to return to Port Orchard in the dark
and I prefer not to ride at night if I can avoid it. I'm harder to see and my night vision ain't what it used to be.
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Madrone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 09:45 AM
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28. Off I-90 -
about 84 miles east of Seattle, and an hour or so from the Gorge - take the Roslyn exit! Small mining town, has the oldest operating saloon in the state of WA, an AWESOME historical cemetary, just up the road from some beautiful national forest, and they filmed Northern Exposure here.

Ya GOTTA stop and see Roslyn! :hi:
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