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Washington and Oregon, April 24 - May 27, 2008

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Once again we headed into the Pacific Northwest for the month of May.
Headed for Wenatchee, we had planned a slow trip up the Oregon coast all of the way to Astoria, then turn inland and cross into Washington at Vancouver, and east over White Pass to Yakima. The weather wasn't cooperating, with every day cold and rainy, so by the time we got to Newport and it was looking like fresh snow on White Pass when we were due there, we chose to head over to I-5 and then east and up US97.
We happened through Portland on the anniversary of the first Geocache, and there was an event scheduled at a schoolhouse near the site (which we had visited before). The guy in the photo has an artifact from the original cache, in the glass case, and that's my laptop running a video sent to me by Dave Ulmer, who placed that first cache.
On our way up US97 we stayed a few days in Toppenish. We had only overnighted here in the past, so this time we got a chance to spend some time wandering around the town looking at, and photographing, the many murals. Here are three of those photos.
Our destination near Wenatchee was the Wenatchee River County Park, where we hosts for the 15th PNWCO campout. A full page about the event can be found here.
We arrived several days before the event, and stayed several days past the end, exploring and geocaching in the area. This deer was near a geocache on the outskirts of Leavenworth.
The Wenatchee valley is an area that grows a lot of fruit, particularly apples and cherries.
This is a view of the Wenatchee River Valley, taken looking Westward from the hills of East Wenatchee. The Columbia, which separates Wenatchee from East Wenatchee, can be seen flowing right to left.
On the trip homeward we spent a couple of days at the Puyallup fairgrounds, then several days in Portland, geocaching, shopping, etc. This picture was taken in a park at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers.
Our final stop, which was also our first stop on the way north, was the beach at Brookings Harbor.
It was necessary to take that little trail at cliff's edge to get to a geocache in Samuel Boardman State Park. Real adrenaline rush!

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