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Old 12-13-2012, 01:16 PM   #61
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Wow, thank you for all the excellent suggestions! I have started a notebook to keep track of everything.

I like a variety of sceneries - urban, coastal, mountains, forests. And it sounds like this trip could have it all.
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Old 12-13-2012, 02:41 PM   #62
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But I would drive this route in the reverse. Hgwy 101, the Coast Highway, is mostly 2-lane, tourists should drive it south bound.
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Lots of brewpubs in Portland, but it's hard to go wrong. I like Lucky Labrador, since I can sit outside there with my dog. Rogue, Laurelwood and Deschutes are good ones, too. The McMenamins on the river in Vancouver WA is nice as you can sit outside right on the water.
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Lots of great ideas in this post, if time allows. The I-5 corridor is really a pretty boring drive, but useful if you're just trying to cover ground.

The loop around the western Washington Olympic Peninsula is really much more entertaining - beach, mountains, rain forest, Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park.

Bring your rain gear in May or early June, spring in the Northwest can be kind of moist.
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Old 12-23-2012, 09:04 PM   #65
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I just thought of something.

If one times his trip to be in Ferndale by the Memorial Weekend, then he can watch the original annual Kinetic Sculpture Race.

An excerpt from Kinetic Grand Championship - Humboldt County, California follows.
Kinetic Sculptures are all-terrain human-powered art sculptures that are engineered to race over road, water, mud and sand. Kinetic sculptures are amazing works of art; many are animated with moving parts like blinking eyes, opening mouths, heads that move side to side and up and down.


Further info from Kinetic sculpture race - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia follows.
The concept of kinetic sculpture racing originated in Ferndale, California in 1969 when local sculptor Hobart Brown "improved" the appearance of his son's tricycle by welding on two additional wheels and other embellishments. Seeing this "Pentacycle," fellow artist Jack Mays challenged him to a race. Others later joined in creating a field of twelve machines that inaugurated the first race down Ferndale's Main Street during the town's annual art festival.
The motto of Brown as the founder of this race is "Adults having fun so children will want to grow older".

This is one of the events I'd like to see in my RV travel some time. Who knows, one may even see Trombone-Al in the race.

For downtown parade, see this:


This is typical of the water race segment:
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The loop around the western Washington Olympic Peninsula is really much more entertaining - beach, mountains, rain forest, Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park.
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Hurricane Ridge is incredible!!!!

To be honest, it is hard to go wrong with the PNW. It is a very beautiful part of the country.

Aug - Sept is the best time to visit. October is typically nice as well.
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