There is nothing quite as exciting as a new adventure!
Although last year we really took our time traveling through Canada, we found ourselves cruising pretty steadily this year. We were anxious to head into new territory. While still pacing for the pups and having a few relaxation days thrown in, we managed to cross Canada in 12 days. We happened to cross the border into the US on October 1st, which was the same date we did last year!
As we were headed into the US, we knew we were destined for the Pacific Coast Highway. We crossed the border on BC 97 near Oroville, Washington.
After staying the night in Omak, we hit state route 20 and headed west. Our first stop was in the Okanogan National Forest. We camped for 3 nights at the Klipchuck Campground. We’ve come to really enjoy the National Forests, which tend to have cheap camping and excellent trails were the dogs are allowed! We hiked two, 4-mile trails during our stay.
Driving west on state route 20 also allowed us to travel across the North Cascades Scenic Highway which was absolutely breathtaking.
Living so far north for so long, tends to make one forget just how tall, large, and majestic trees can be.
The scenic highway travels through an area known as the North Cascades National Park Service Complex. The only one of its kind, this complex unites three park units: North Cascades National Park, Ross Lake National Recreation Area, and Lake Chelan National Recreation Area.
The highway travels east and west through the center of the complex. Many of the campgrounds were already closed for the season. However, we were able to find a gorgeous spot at Goodell Creek Campground which became our home for 4 nights, over the holiday weekend.
We continue to be amazed at the capabilities of our fifth-wheel. These skinny roads that zig-zag through these monster trees would have been a nightmare with our bumper-pull. Not to mention the 90 degree back-in for our beautiful campsite.
During our 4 night stay, we ventured out to see the sights. We explored a few short trails and gazed fondly at the rivers. We also took a side trip over to see the Mt. Baker National Forest and Recreation Area.
Our departure from the Cascades took us back on state route 20, which lead us straight to Whidbey Island.
Whidbey Island was a highly anticipated visit, as it holds a special place in my heart. In the early 80’s I lived on the island as a youngster when my father was stationed at the Navy base. I have only been back once to visit, in 2005 for my friend Leslie’s wedding.
Although the island has changed a great deal over the years, it was fun to see the places I can still remember: the old neighborhood, the Navy base, the elementary school and of course, Deception Pass.
Located in the northern Puget Sound region, Deception Pass connects the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Skagit Bay. A pair of bridges known collectively as Deception Pass Bridge cross the pass, connecting Fidalgo Island to the north and Whidbey Island to the south.
Whether you are on the bridge or below it on the coast line, the views are stunning! It is a bucket list experience.
We camped at Deception Pass State Park, where we could hear the jets practicing overhead and walk down to the western and northern beaches of Whidbey to enjoy the views.
During our 3 night stay, we spent a great deal of time exploring the island, which includes several small towns and several stretches of farmland.
In search of dog friendly fun, we drove to the southern end of the island where we found Double Bluff Beach – an off-leash beach trail!
Josie and Scooter were beside themselves with excitement. The numerous new smells alone were enough to send them into a frenzy. Add in the sand, the water, the birds... they were not sure what to think!
Although they spent much of the walk itself on leash – for their own protection – they did get to spend some off-leash time running amuck along the sandy shores. Josie just couldn’t help herself from chasing the seagulls and Jason was sure we were going to get kicked out of Washington if we weren’t careful!
We also took a trip over to Mt. Erie, on Fidalgo Island. We went just before sunset and had spectacular views of not only the islands, but we could see Mt. Baker and Mt. Rainier as well. Our drive back home over the pass proved to be quite spectacular and made for a good photo-op for Jason.
We concluded our trip to Whidbey Island with a ferry ride from Coupeville to Port Townsend, located on the Olympic Peninsula. It was our first ferry ride! Who would have thought we’d be putting our entire house on a boat...
The trip was uneventful – in a good way – and although we had front row seats, we did not see any whales. But we did manage to save some fuel, some miles, and most importantly – avoid Seattle!
Our adventure now continues as we have just hopped on the famous scenic route 101, also known as the Pacific Coast Highway.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Hi, I’m Hillary! Wife and dog mama. I am a retired 6th grade teacher, but still seek to share and help others at Teach Like Midgley
I enjoy spending time with my pups and my husband. I have a passion for rescues, and would save more pups if I could. I enjoy books and I am a mustang enthusiast. Thanks for reading!