Goodbye Bellingham

Trip Start Jun 12, 2005
Trip End Aug 2005

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Thursday, August 4, 2005

Wednesday, August 3

After a slow start (there was an antique Chevrolet show next door at the motel) we got underway at about 8:30 and headed south on Interstate 5 toward Seattle. It was a nice day, a pretty drive, and although traffic was heavy (by Alaska standards), we skirted Seattle, got a good glimpse of Mount Rainier, and headed west in I-90. Northern Washington State is interesting. The first one third was mountainous, the next one third was high desert and the east one third was hay and wheat fields. Once again the hay fields, or at least many, were irrigated! That just blows my mind.

We had an interesting experience today. Off to the south I noticed what looked like three or four very large explosions. As we watched, the smoke and dust seemed to come together and form one very large cloud which soon turned into a mushroom shaped cloud! Well, rather than hitting the panic button, I remembered seeing on a map that there was an area in Northern Washington that was a bombing range. I assume we were watching an Air Force practice bombing run - glad they were on target!

The road was excellent (we had not been on interstate highways since June 13) so we made good time and drove 390 miles, a distance we had not done for over six weeks. We stopped in Post Falls, Idaho, at a fair to poor RV Park, but because I didn't want to go any further (or ask Pat to go any further) it did just fine for a quick overnight stop.
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