Three Snakes and a Whale....!

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August 24th 2006
Published: August 28th 2006
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Seattle to Spokane

Day 45.....

So...we have picked up our next hire car - a Pontiac Grand Prix - which is a dream to drive.

After a 3 hour cruise along the highway to the Olympic Mountians, our first port of call was a small Wildlife Reserve in Dungeness. The Reserve is a strip (or a 'spit' as it is known!) of beach that stretches out into the ocean, where hundreds of seabirds and Harbour Seals can be seen. We were also treated to a gorgeous sunset as the sun dipped behind the Pacific.

The next morning we ventured into Olympic National Park. A stunning 17 mile drive took us up the mountains to Hurricane Ridge. At the Ridge we left the car behind and hiked up one of the peaks for a magnificent view across the valleys and wildflower meadows. We also witnessed our first 'dust devil' which is like a mini tornado (luckily harmless to anything weighing more than a few ounces!). After an extremely hot afternoon we arrived at our B & B to freshly made cookies - ahhh home comforts!!!!

After a wonderful breakfast (care of Bill & Susan) we were ready to hike through the nearby Hoh Rainforest. Next stop, the pacific shoreline, where we found rockpools full of orange and purple starfish, sea urchins and anemones. That night we stayed in a cabin on the shore of Lake Quinnalt and enjoyed a wonderful meal at The Salmon Restaurant.

Now for the really good bit... whilst making our last trip to say goodbye to the Pacific, she had one more treat in store for us. As we sat on the rocks looking out on the ocean, a California Gray whale appeared less than 20 feet in front of us! What a sight! It was a truely remarkable experience. Hopefully the attached photo will do this moment justice! As if that wasn't enough, Martin saw 3 snakes! Eeek! Luckily for me, I was already in a local diner with a cup of tea!

So it was goodbye to the Pacific Ocean, and hello to the open road as we began our journey East. At the start of our 7th week (the days are really starting to fly by!) we found ourselves in Mount Rainier National Park. We braved a 6 mile hike up a mountain to see spectacular vistas of the glaciers on Mount Rainier. The hike was truely satisfying and took us through wildfowers, bare rock, snow, waterfalls and streams. For those of you who are worried about the amount of strenuous activity we seem to be bestowing upon ourselves, don't worry, that night we treated ourselves to a fat boy dinner of burger, chips and a local beer or two to replenish the calories!

Barely having arrived, it was time to move on again, continuing East towards Galcier National Park. Our stopoff for the night is in Spokane, a town on the Eastern Washington border. Along the way, we took a detour to the filming location of a 90's cult TV series...bonus point for anyone who can guess the show from the final photo of this blog! Leave your answers on our message board!

Tomorrow, we will have another drive of over 300 miles, through 3 states & one time zone to arrive in Glacier National Park, near the Canadian border.

Until next time.... xx

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28th August 2006

We got it!!!!
After much debate and a little bit of research to rule out Twin Peaks, we have decided it's NORTHERN EXPOSURE!!!!! Just wondering what we win?!! Wonderful photos..More from us soon...(Dad wants to check how the videoing is coming along? You'll be seeing footage from the Dairy State soon!)
28th August 2006

Three snails and a steak......! ( it's a joke!! )
Sorry about the silly pun! Brilliant Blogs and amazing photos, can't wait to see the film!! I am guessing Roseanne for the TV series. Sorry I missed your call, just too far from the phone at the time. Arrived back from Belgium Sunday evening - had a great time as always. Hope Angela has fully recovered from her cold. Am starting work at the Town Hall tomorrow. I agree Blackburn played well and they should soon be moving up the table. Have fun, drive safely. Love to you both.
29th August 2006

We have just realised that Minneapolis will be the biggest city you've seen since Seattle, so you've got to be impressed! The house will be all clean for your arrival (I'll be scrubbing all day!) ... am counting sleeps! Mx
1st September 2006

I got the link for the blog from Jess. After making a few enquiries around the office, I think it is Norther Exposure too. I expect some fancy reward for the time and effort I invested. Think I've read all your blogs now. They're all amazing - never thought neither of you could do so much physical stuff. Really proud of both of you. I expect this little trip will get Martin (the slacker) into shape. Keep having fun!
4th September 2006

Gosh-what amazing pictures of that whale. It must have looked even more amazing in real life, what a sight! Glad to hear you are still having fun, the hire car looks very suave. Joe and I went to Prague for a few days last week which was beautiful, it was nice to get away although it wasn't for long enough. Am sooo jealous of you guys! Love to u both, Abi xx
5th September 2006

Happy birthday Anj
This is just to wish you a happy birthday. I'm sure you'll have a wonderful time if the last couple of months is anything to go by. HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANJ!!! x
6th September 2006

Northern Exposure! *รถ* ... it's supposed to represent a moose. Really. Glad ya still enjoying it and getting plenty of exercise. Photos and text continue to be fantastic and turn many an iris emerald! Keep them coming! Mxx

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