We headed out of Wyoming and into Idaho where gas prices jumped 50 cents per gallon literally as we crossed state lines. A pleasant drive with an amazing view of the Rocky Mountain range with snow covered tops.
I drove the first 2 hours not a bird in sight. Victoria took the wheel and birds begin dive bombing our car! Victoria is an animal lover and drove like a pro avoiding the 10 plus bird encounters. May I mention this was not only today but every time she has driven on this trip except the snow storm. It appears Victoria is a part of the divine.
I thought I would sleep/do work while Victoria is driving but I want to watch as the miles pass along and admire America and enjoy sweet moments like “the boy and his dog.”
Are you wondering how we have traveled so far in 10 days? Preparation and planning with a little flexibility and a great travel companion...and yummy snacks!
I have fallen in love with Idaho, beautiful views, hikes, skiing opportunities in winter and the winding river Salmon.
May I also add the choice of the Limelight Hotel in Ketchum Idaho instead of camping may also have added to my love of the state and desire to return. A Welcoming staff, clean and spacious luxurious rooms, mini bar area with a sink, microwave, refrigerator, silverware, Keurig for my tea and hot chocolate and clean laundry facilities not too far from our room. And...a restaurant with an outside patio and a mountain view, coupon for pizza (which of course we enjoyed) and two giant hot tubs by the outside pool along with a YUMMY complimentary breakfast and free parking one block away and it is an art museum! One of my favorite hotels!!!
Day 11: We were up early this morning and on the road by 6:56 AM. Teamwork!! The Bruins are a factor again on our departure time. An 8 1/2 hour drive today to Fall City, Washington. Any ideas why this location…for two nights? Hint: Do you know "Tree House Masters?"
Day 12: 9 hour drive to our next location in Washington State. A quick stop along the way at a scenic overlook created by basaltic lava, Victoria of course went right to the edge! In the distance you can see a the Ginkgo petrified forest state park. Now...
Welcoming staff, delicious breakfast, included and we stayed in the cutest tree house called Upper Pond. It is set among small ponds and waterfalls. There is a main lodge for gathering, a fire pit for smores and they provide the supplies! Hot chocolate and microwave popcorn for a cool night and yummy did I say yummmmmmy …cookies in the afternoon. No cooking in the room but it all worked out because the first night we went to the North Bend Bar to watch the Bruins. Enough said here!!!
Back..."To the Trees!"
Pikes Market is not complete without leaving your mark on the Gum Wall!! YUCK!!!
But Victoria just had to do it!
Day 14: We started today with another delicious breakfast at Tree Point and then packed up to leave to drive 31/2 hours to Lake Crescent Lodge in Olympic National Park. Victoria was so excited! She had found her “Happy Place!” I asked where our room was because it was a bit early and it wasn’t ready. We were directed to the MOTEL looking building not the cute cottages we walked by, with rocking chairs facing the lake. We walked over to look at the MOTEL, yep…not going to do! I went back to inquire about an upgrade.
YAY!!! They have one room available for an additional $30. We will take it!!! $30.00 well spent!!
No money for dinner at the lodge after the upgrade:) We dined on smushed up avocado known as guacamole , pretzel chips, potato chips, PBJ and tomato and mozzarella sandwiches available from our cooler.
Thank goodness Victoria is a vegetarian! Much easier to keep and prepare food!!
Day 15: Portland, Oregon and one of my favorite hotel chains, Kimpton Hotels.
It is almost like going home, the smells and the happy hour from 5-6 with complimentary wine and a nibble. Each hotel also features an independent restaurant and the food is always fantastic!