Wednesday, August 1, 2012

July 11, 2012 - Bothell, WA - Lake Pleasant CG

View Of Grand Coulee Dam

We left the campground in Coulee City sweating.  It was 70 degrees when we woke up at 6:00 AM.  We ate a good breakfast, took another shower and headed out to the Grand Coulee Dam. 

We toured the visitor center, viewed a movie of the building of the dam and the impact.  A girl asked us if we wanted to go on the FREE tour.  Of course, if it is free.  We drove over to the departure site and had a nice one-hour tour.  Most of it is restricted since 9-11.  It was still worthwhile. 

We returned to Coulee City, gassed up and headed out on Rt 2, over the mountains towards Seattle.  We talked to a few people, who told us about the heat wave enveloping the entire nation, except the Seattle area.  Coolness sounds good. 

Route 2 was a good ride, with excellent road conditions.  We were aiming for a state park just east of Seattle.  We found it, but no camping is available.  We now have some internet capabilities on our phones, so we looked for campgrounds.  We found one just northeast of Seattle.  It is a little pricey, but is good for the night. 

We will head our to Mt Rainier tomorrow.  Depending how that goes, we may circle it, then head to Olympic NP.  We will play all that by ear.  I cannot see us doing both in one day.  We will have to watch the campgrounds, since availability in metropolitan areas are scarce.  With the weekend coming up, there will be more people heading out the great outdoors too.

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