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Old Posted Sep 17, 2010, 9:48 PM
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Thunder Roads: THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST

When a man achieves the noble age of 30, only the grandest and most triumphant of roadtrips shall do.

The Pacific Northwest was a giant blank spot on my map.

Let's go.

Seattle, Washington








































Everett, WA (pop. 91,000)












Ferry to Whidbey Island




North end of Whidbey Is.








Skagit Bay from Mt. Erie on Fidalgo Island




Anacortes, WA (pop. 14,500)


Padilla Bay


I love how people consider the entire state of New Jersey uninhabitable because we have an oil refinery near the airport, as if such a thing would never exist anywhere else...


Anacortes


Bellingham, WA (pop.70,000)


Vancouver, BC


---stay tuned for a separate complete thread of the sublime city of Vancouver---

Fraser Valley, British Columbia






Manning Provincial Park, BC








Getting around to the dry side of the mountains








Samilkameen River, BC




Heading to Osoyoos, BC


Back in the US.

Omak, WA, (pop. 4,700) in the Okanogan Valley


Okanogan, WA (pop.2,700)






Douglas County, WA




Grand Coulee, WA




Spokane, WA


---stay tuned for a complete tour of the surprisingly gritty city of Spokane---

Lake Coeur d'Alene, Kootenai County, Idaho


The Idaho Panhandle


Benewah County, ID




Latah County, ID – The greater Palouse region of Eastern Washington and NW Idaho is characterized by rolling wheatfields.




Nez Perce County, ID


Wacky road down into the town of Lewiston, on the Snake River


Lewiston and south


I think Luke Skywalker grew up around here


Pomeroy, WA (pop. 1,500) in the southeastern part of the state


Garfield County, WA




Waitsburg, WA (pop. 1,200) in Walla Walla County


Walla Walla County






The town of Walla Walla (pop. 29,000)




Further west, past the delightful city of Yakima, heading up into the Cascades






Mt. Rainier, towering a mighty 14,411 feet above the Cascades


Little Tahoma, Rainier's 11,000 ft. appendage


Portland, Oregon






























Heading NW out of Portland towards the coast


Ecola State Park, OR




Astoria, OR (pop.9,800)














Astoria and the Columbia River


Clatsop County, OR


Astoria


Youngs River, OR




Long bridge across the Columbia towards Washington State


Aberdeen, WA – a gritty mill town seemingly transplanted from Upstate NY or West Virginia


The Olympic Peninsula – the temperate rainforest






Lake Crescent, at the north end of the peninsula




Near Port Angeles, WA


From the top of Mt. Walker (2,800 ft)




yikes


Mt. Constance (?)


The Olympic Mountains








Washington State Capitol, Olympia












Port of Olympia


Thurston County courthouse


Downtown Olympia. A nice, active place, but not too photogenic.


Tacoma, WA


---stay tuned for a complete thread from the hard-nosed port city of Tacoma---



8 days, 1,940 miles, 1,240 pictures


I have conquered much, but so much awaits. I dig America's vastness. It's a life's work for the geographically curious.
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Old Posted Sep 17, 2010, 9:52 PM
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fuck yah

love the map dude, inspired me to now make my own
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Epic. Beauty beyond compare. Thanks!
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Old Posted Sep 17, 2010, 11:58 PM
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Nice set!

The map is inspirational. Might hafta do one.
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Old Posted Sep 18, 2010, 2:07 AM
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awesome work. Next time you're in town give me a shout! Happy 30th
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Old Posted Sep 18, 2010, 2:20 AM
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A part of the world I know all too well. It looks like you had one hell of a road trip. Great job!

One quick quibble; how can you do the PNW and leave out Vancouver Island? It's one of the jewels of the region.
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Fantastic, and I too love the map. My map would be like the next ring south and west around yours down the the gulf coast and over to denver, spread much, much, much thinner, with a donut hole in that awesome awesome thick sinew between cleveland the north east (north of philly). I've seen much, much, much, much, much more of Illinois outside of Chicagoland than I ever bargained for, though. You have a need, I can feel, to fill in some rte 66 country between sprangfield, il and okc, to be sure.

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Now that is a great thread. I wish I could travel more.
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Old Posted Sep 18, 2010, 4:15 AM
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Just a few days ago I was thinking about you and the lack of any recent Chicago photo threads. Now I know what you've been up to! I'll be turning 30 in a little over a year and I too hope to go on a big trip to celebrate the occasion (likely Australia & possibly New Zealand).

Enjoyable photos! I'll be heading up to Seattle & Portland next Spring and I can't wait. Photos threads like this help tide me over until I'm able to enjoy in person.
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northwest is the best!
thanks for the great tour.
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Great pictures! It looks like you saw some amazing places, both natural and urban. You covered a lot of the Pacific Northwest.

How did you find out about that road in Lewiston? Did you come across it randomly looking for a view of the town, or did you know about it beforehand? I just looked it up and it's crazy!
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Very thorough. I've never seen Olympia before - I'd like to see more.
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Love the Olympic Pennisula shots but you drove right by me and didn't say hi. Looks like you had an awesome road trip. Well done.
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Great thread. Makes me want to do a road trip.
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Great tour, the pictures of interior Washington were amazing.
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What a fantastic tour. I especially loved seeing the eastern parts of Washington as well as the Olympic Peninsula. Great job! It must have been a fun trip!
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GREAT trip and thread! I am eagerly awaiting your thread on Spokane.
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Beautiful scenery out there, and some pretty cool cities too. That map is awesome, great shots from the king of roadtrips.
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