So we took the B line in Capitol Forest just to get out and see the woods on a nice clear cool day. We took a side trail out to a logging landing and this was the view, we could see one of the cooling towers from the abandoned Satop power plant in the far distance. We also saw six black tail deer one of which was a fawn still with its spots for camouflage one grouse and a couple of red tailed hawks! A real fun day.
This was a long planned trip starting in Tumwater WA and going through Enumclaw WA to the Green river area. From there we took forest service roads to the 410 HWY near Nile WA and then on up to Bethel Ridge. From Bethel Ridge we went to White Pass via HWY 12 and on home. The four photos below are provided by Steve.
So I am having fun with some images and Paint shop Pro 2018.
This one is an image from a trip to Capitol Forest taken last year and was a fun project!
This one is from a recent trip over Stampede pass with a friend, I had always wanted to make this trip since I found out there was a useable route from Greenwater to I 90!
So Steve and I took most of the day starting with breakfast at Chick Fil A in Puyallup WA then on to Greenwater and turned off at NF 70 to come out at Easton and Hwy ! 90. It was pavement for a while and then gravel roads and more gravel roads up to 5,000 feet elevation and back down to around 2,000 feet elevation. It was a lot of fun and Steve has a true GPX of the main road now so he will explore spur roads and other points of interest on his motor cycle. For another time we lost some railroad tracks on the I 90 side of the trip but we will figure out where they are hiding!!
This was the best scenic area for taking pictures on the whole trip and the fog burned off just at the right time for Mount Rainier to be visible with some low clouds hanging on.
Steve caught me getting out of the Jeep.
Three action shots in the same area just for fun.
And a copy of our route for the day almost 49 miles of gravel roads.
So I took a friend and went first to Porter Creek campground so he could see if his car would make it and if it was a place he could camp with family then we went on to Rock Candy Mountain as I had never been all the way to the top. We came across this rock quarry on the way and took a short break and took a few pictures. The trip to the top was interesting but all views were blocked by tree tops!!!
So we traveled 3123 miles from home going to mount Rushmore via Walla Walla WA then through Lolo Pass and the Clear Water river to Montana. Our goal was to see mount Rushmore and the badlands and we also went to Deadwood and Bear Country USA.
Before reaching Walla Walla WA we came upon this view point where the Walla Walla River joined the Columbia river.
Leaving Walla Wall WA we entered Idaho and Lolo Pass where we had the Clear Water river along side of the road for most of the trip.
Here is the first stop in South Dakota the Iconic Mount Rushmore exhibit.
Next stop was the Badlands Still in South Dakota.
And last but not least one of the Tetons Peaks leaving Wyoming on the way home