Tag: Cascades

Cascades, Columbia, Capital, and Cannons – 3

This series of posts describes a journey from northwest Washington state to East Wenatchee, along the central Columbia River to Umatilla, Oregon, west to Portland, north to Olympia, onward to Port Townsend, a ferry ride back to Whidbey Island, and home again. This post will travel up and over the North Cascades at Stevens Pass, and down to Tumwater Canyon a few miles west of Leavenworth.

Cascades, Columbia, Capital, and Cannons – 2

A journey from northwest Washington state to East Wenatchee, along the central Columbia River to Umatilla, Oregon, west to Portland, north to Olympia, onward to Port Townsend, a ferry ride back to Whidbey Island, and home again, this was my first post-Covid-19 shutdown overnighter. The first step, from Everson to Everett, is at Cascades, Columbia, Capital, and Cannons – 1.

Cascades, Columbia, Capital, and Cannons – 1

I’ve been closed down, sequestered with my wife, for over a year because of the threat of a dread disease, Covid-19. Now, I feel free. I was vaccinated twice, late January and late February. My wife received her first shot at the beginning of April and her second in late April. So, I hit the road. This was a great opportunity to see some fascinating parts of Washington and Oregon. For my celebratory first trip in far too long, I covered a rough triangle in central and southern Washington and Oregon along the mighty Columbia.

State Route 530

Driving north from Seattle on I-5, a traveler will pass through Everett and Marysville. Ten miles north of the Marysville exit is State Route 530, the main exit for Arlington. Off the ramp, turning right, the road passes a truck stop on the right. Driving south from Bellingham or Mt Vernon, I-5 leaps across the Stillaguamish River, before reaching the SR 530 exit. If heading south on I-5, the traveler turns left at the bottom of the off ramp, and drives under the Interstate.