USA, California,Oregon and Washington

August 26 – September 6, 2015.

We have been in the Grass Valley, CA area for over 7 weeks, so when our new home was finally ready on August 26, 2015 we hit the road. Our XPCamper is everything we had hoped it would be and so much more, but we have to get familiar with all the systems and learn how everything works. We were so anxious to be back on the road, the minute it was out of the shop we just left.

Thanks to Marc, Toni and their team of professionals at XPCamper for our new home.

Thanks to Marc, Toni and their team of professionals at XPCamper for our new home.

Our plan is to make it to Alaska and from there head South all the way to Argentina; a journey that should last approximately 2 years. Even though we are a bit late in the season to be able to enjoy Alaska we decided to go anyway and discover as many great places on the way as possible. Our first destination was the Redwoods on the coast of Northern California. We spent our first night on the road in our new home on the shores of the beautiful Whiskeytown Lake in the National Recreation Area of the same name. We could have spent a few days there, blue waters surrounded by mountain peaks and plenty of hiking.

Joe taking a morning swim in Whiskeytown Lake.

Joe went for a morning swim in Whiskeytown Lake.

We made it to the coast the next day and spent time hiking and driving in the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park densely forested with huge ancient trees.

Beautiful Northern California Coast

Beautiful Northern California Coast

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A herd of Roosevelt Elk in Elk Meadow.

A herd of Roosevelt Elk in Elk Meadow.

I was surprised to learn that the Redwood National and Sate Park is a temperate rainforest

I was surprised to learn that the Redwood National and Sate Park is a temperate rainforest

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The redwood species contains the largest and tallest trees in the world.

Oregon, The Beaver State

After the Redwoods we continued North to Oregon, we spent one night in Brookings on the coast. From there we went to Bend to meet up with one of Joe’s high school friend,  Jill Cuthbertson Bone. Henderson HS Westchester PA Class of 1971.  Jill, Neil and their two adorable dogs welcomed us in their beautiful home for two nights and they wined and dined us.  Joe had not seen Jill in over 30 years so the first night they stayed up reminiscing until 3am. Cosmos, Wine, Sambuca… Needless to say that the next day they were kind on tired.

Gorgeous drive through Oregon. View of Mount Thielsen an extinct shield volcano in the High Cascades mountain range

Gorgeous drive through Oregon. View of Mount Thielsen an extinct shield volcano in the High Cascades mountain range.

Bend, OR. Thank you Jill for your hospitality. You and Neil are wonderful hosts. Thanks for the lunch you packed us it lasted us two days.

Bend, OR. Thank you Jill for your hospitality. You and Neil are wonderful hosts.

Bend, OR. Thank you Jill for your hospitality. You and Neil are wonderful hosts. Thanks for the packed lunch, it lasted us two days.

From Bend, we had a beautiful drive to Portland where we took a guided sightseeing bicycle tour. We only had one day to explore the city so we opted for a tour of the famous food trucks (carts). We enjoyed it tremendously. It was exactly what we wanted to experience, to get a feel for how the local live. Portland is known for being one of the most environmentally conscious cities in the world because of its high walkability, large community of bicyclists, public transportation and public parks. We tasted great food, craft beers, rode through beautiful neighborhoods and parks and just enough of downtown. Big bonus, our guide and group was so much fun and interesting.

Downtown food carts.

Downtown food carts.

Neighborhood carts, so much better than the downtown carts.

Neighborhood carts, so much better than the downtown carts.

My favorite. Thai version of Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich.

My favorite. Thai version of Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich.

Joe’s favorite, the beer and wine cart.

Joe’s favorite, the beer and wine cart.

The architecture is mostly Craftsman style. Very popular in the Western USA.

The architecture is mostly Craftsman style. Very popular in the Western USA.

Washington, The Evergreen State

From Portland, we stopped for an overnight with Joe’s cousin Betty, her husband and their two whippets in Camas, WA. We met them at their house and went out for a lovely dinner with them and their daughter, we also stopped by her shop on beautiful tree-lined street in downtown Camas. A very nice evening!

Lizzbeth Home decor located in downtown Camas on a beautiful tree-lined street. Small town charm.

Lizzabeth A Home decor located in downtown Camas on a beautiful tree-lined street. Small town charm.

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Their whippets were just adorable!

We left the next day on September 2, 2015 and had to stop in Kent, WA because our Webasto Dual Top providing us with heater and warm water had stopped working. After calling the Webasto Technical Support they directed us to the nearest authorised service center which was Pacific Power Products in Kent. We ended up camping for two nights in their parking lot until the problem was found. After removing the unit and consulting with the Webasto engineer, it turned out to be just a fuse problem.

Our next stop was Seattle. We only had one day so we decided on a Segway guided sightseeing tour of the city. We were not disappointed, we had so much fun and it was surprisingly easy to manoeuvre around. Before the Segway tour we walked around downtown, had a great breakfast with amazing coffe in the historic district of Pioneer Square and visited the famous Pike Place Market.

Breakfast at Grand Central Station in the historic district of Seattle’s Pioneer district.

Breakfast at Grand Central Station in the historic district of Seattle’s Pioneer Square.

A little game of outdoor Ping Pong!!!

A little game of outdoor Ping Pong!!!

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The fish market is a big attraction for tourists and locals.

The fish market is a big attraction for tourists and locals.

The first ever Starbucks opened in Seattle in March 30, 1971. The rest is history.

The first ever Starbucks opened in Seattle in March 30, 1971. The rest is history.

Beautiful flowers

Beautiful flowers

The market is one of the most popular attraction in Seattle.

The market is one of the most popular attraction in Seattle.

On the waterfront in downtown Seattle.

On the waterfront in downtown Seattle.

The famous Space Needle and the impressive building of the MEC

The famous Space Needle and the impressive building of the EMP Experience Music Project Museum.

From Portland we made it to Port Angeles, WA to catch the ferry to Victoria, BC. Can’t wait to be in Canada again!

Our first time camping in a Walmart parking lot in Port Angeles WA before taking the ferry to Victoria on Vancouver Island, BC

Our first time camping in a Walmart parking lot in Port Angeles WA before taking the ferry to Victoria on Vancouver Island, BC

When in Rome...

When in Rome…

First time on a ferry with the XPCamper. Waiting to get on board the ferry from Port Angeles, WA to Victoria, BC

First time on a ferry with the XPCamper. Waiting to get on board the ferry from Port Angeles, WA to Victoria, BC

Foggy day on the ferry! Typical for the Pacific Northwest.

Foggy day on the ferry! Typical for the Pacific Northwest.

Next stop CANADA… stay tuned!

5 thoughts on “USA, California,Oregon and Washington

  1. Rainy day here in typically sunny SoFlo so I figured I’d check out the blog. The narrative and pictures are great!! Keep updating them and sharing on FB – easier to click on the link that way. Love u guys.

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  2. Joe/Josee,
    Not sure what temperatures you will encounter in Alaska, we had our first frost this morning in Alberta although the day time high reached 16C (60F). Regardless I am sure you will have a good time up north.
    Stewart

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  3. Salut a vous deux ! wow wow….incroyable! je vous envie tellement ,merci de partager ces beaux moments avec nous. On a déjà hâte de recevoir les prochaines nouvelles
    Bonne continuation……
    Martine et Mario
    xx

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  4. Holà ! Ça devient de plus en plus intéressant votre aventure , une réservation pour l’an 2017 s v p pour le camper?tout un moyen de transport extra!! Nous vous souhaitons encore et encore de belles découvertes…..nous vous suivons de tout cœur
    vous êtes tellement gentils de nous faire partager ces bons moments.
    Ciao ,Adios, a bientôt !
    Pierrette et Oscar xoxo

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