Mt Whitney – Part 2

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Today was mostly a travel day but I had to make one stop: The Little Big Horn Battlefield. Operated by the National Park Service it is, of course, excellent. The museum and the presentations were illuminating.

 

Entrance to the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument.

I was looking at the homes on my route and noticed that a very high percentage had travel trailers. Based on other indicators of severe winters here, I’m betting that many of them spend the winter in Arizona or Key West. The interstates have gates like the gates at railroad tracks. Signs indicate that the roads are closed when there is severe weather. I suppose that is from November through April.

Scenes along the road to Butte:

I spent the night at Wal-Mart in Butte, Montana. There were 25-30 campers besides me.  I met a very nice couple, Ken and Mary Ellen, from Florida. They were in a Casita so we had a lot to talk about.

I drove 604 miles today. I’m cutting back; yesterday I drove 781. My goal is to have five full days to drive down the coast to Mt. Whitney.

Friday, 18 August 2017

Another travel day for me. Some of the best things you see are the things that you don’t expect or that aren’t on the map. I pulled off the road at one point and explored a little country road. What got my interest was a sign that said there was a railroad trestle for sale. It’s not every day you have an opportunity to buy your own railroad trestle. There was 4 acres of land for sale around it so I guess you would not even have to move it.

Silver Valley was another surprise. As I was meandering down the highway, I saw a sign that said that the land on the right side of the road was a USDA Reclamation Project. A little further and there was a pull-off to look at some historical markers about Silver Valley. It seems there were mines for silver, gold and other minerals in this area and now they have to be reclaimed. Reminds you of Copper Hill doesn’t it.

The wind farms along the top of the ridge on the other side of the river remind me of the TVA project next to Wind Rock near Oak Ridge. In one of the pictures above you will see a bridge that crosses the river. This is I90 and I went over it as I continued west. After crossing the bridge I could see the other side of the windmills and numerous other installations for miles down the road.

I stayed at Wal-Mart in Spokane, Washington. Not as many campers here and did not meet anyone. I did visit a nearby Panda Express to eat and a Starbucks to charge my laptop. Keeping everything charged up is a chore. I have a Lumina to keep the cell phone charged; and I use a USB port in the Jeep to keep the Lumina charged. The Jeep has a inverter and I keep one of the 110 devices plugged in most of the time.  

Saturday, 19 August 2017

When I reached Seattle, I made a lot of mistakes. First I went through the tunnels with propane tanks. That appears to be a no-no. The GPS took me through downtown which is under construction everywhere you go. After circumnavigating several blocks I realized that the GPS was sending me to the ferry. I first thought was “Can Snoopy ride the ferry?” I asked a policeman directing traffic and was assured he could. So I got in a long line.

Most of my fears were addressed in short order. In addition to pedestrians, there were large box trucks, an SUV pulling a sailboat and a semi. This was a large ferry. The toll for me and my rig was 74.50 after the senior discount. I’m not sure I saved any time but I enjoyed the experience.

I stayed at Eagle Tree RV Park in Poulsbo, Washington and met some nice folks who helped me get Snoopy in a tight space. Larry, Mike and Ellen are regular visitors here from California. I hope I run into them again someday.

 

4 Responses to “Mt Whitney – Part 2”

  1. Carol R Shearron says:

    Wow! Love it; pictures & narrative.
    A semi on a ferry. Really!
    You are sure covering a lot of territory.
    Take care out there.

  2. Kemp says:

    Great Insight! Brings me back to my trip. Us101 in OR is half montains half coast. CA1 is mostly coastal. Enjoy your drive. Can’t wait for your next report.

  3. Dinah says:

    Sounds like you are having the time of your life! Lots to learn along the way too. have a good time buddy, and I’ll look anxiously for your updates!

  4. Jeanne Eastham says:

    What fun! It sounds like you’re having a great time. I’d love to go west when I wasn’t on a fire assignment….although those fire assignments gave me a chance to see a lot of country I would never see otherwise! Can’t wait to hear about your hike up Mt. Whitney!

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