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Day 1 (9.2.07) Finally Left Home

From Shelton, WA to Skykomish, WA via I5 & Hwy 2

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Starting Mileage: 109890, Shelton WA
Ending Mileage: 110040 Skykomish, WA

We decided not to try to leave on September 1st as originally planned once we heard my nephew, William, was on his way back from working on a fishing boat in Alaska. He arrived with his friend Ryan Saturday afternoon with a whole ice chest full of Salmon for friends and family. Wow!

I took advantage of the extra time to try to finish up a few more projects on the RV, then tried to pack up stuff from the office at the last minute. I think even if I'd taken a week, I wouldn't have had time to pack up this stuff because some of my record keeping had fallen very behind, so decided just to throw it all in boxes and sort it out on the trip (Ugh). So finally about 3 PM Sunday, Sept. 2 we left home.


Anyway, by the time we left so late Sunday afternoon, we were both a little stressed so didn't do much in the way of sightseeing - we just took off. I think we both felt we needed to get some miles behind us. We drove north on Hwy 3 from Shelton to Hwy 302. This runs along "North Bay Road", across the Purdy Spit and into Hwy 16 to Gig Harbor. Much of the drive is very beautiful, there are a lot of tree's and waterfront (Puget Sound) on this road. Then we drove across the brand new (Opened July 15, 2007) Tacoma Narrows Bridge ($3.00 toll) to I5. We took I5 from Tacoma to Everett (which took us through downtown Seattle), then turned East on Hwy 2.

Hwy 2 is part of the Cascade Loop Trail, one of the most scenic drives anywhere (it's not just me saying this). The first part of the trip (that we did on Sunday) follows the Skykomish River and is mostly farmland and ranches. The Evergreen State Fair was in full swing in Monroe as we drove past. We also drove through Sulton, Index and Goldbar but didn't take time to stop in these picturesque towns (will have to run spell checker later).

Although there were many beautiful vista's along this route, it was strange also because this area is home to us, so it didn't seem as much like we were on the 'big trip', but just another day around town. We didn't stop to take pictures until just before we camped, so will have to add pictures of Shelton, Tacoma and Seattle at the tail end of the trip. Mom wanted to stay in Money Creek campground, near the town of Skykomish. However, all sites were full (it was still Labor Day weekend of course), but as we looked for a place to turn around - I saw the sunset over a railroad track corridor - couldn't resist this shot:


It's interesting taking a trip with the idea to keep a travel blog, at least we started thinking about where we SHOULD have taken pictures! Here are a couple we took at the campground we stayed at (Skykomish City Park), I actually took these Monday morning, but since it's our Sunday night campground, thought I'd post them here:



Posted by jl98584 20:36 Tagged family_travel

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