Friday, March 23, 2018

Road Trip 3: Vancouver to Yakima

We stayed overnight in Yakima on Monday.  The weather was cool with clear skies for two days.  After the morning fog lifted, we had excellent views of the Columbia Gorge and river along I 84 to The Dalles.  We enjoyed visiting the Maryhill Museum.  We got some great views of Yakima Valley and Mt. Adams (12,280) as we drove to Toppenish on Washington Road 97.  

On Tuesday, we headed west through the Cascades, between Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Adams just to the south of State Road 12 and to Mt. Ranier (14,410 feet) just to the north of State Road 12.  The road from Yakima to Naches featured miles and miles of apple orchards.  We drove on Route 12 through Naches, the Tieton River Canyon, Rimrock Lake, White Pass, Packwood, Randle, Morton, Mossyrock, Riffe Lake, Mayfield Lake and many beautiful views along the Cowlitz River Valley.  Finally, we drove south on Interstate 5 to Vancouver through heavy truck traffic.  

Northwest Adventures: Travels in Washington, Oregon and Norther California

Tieton River Canyon

Tieton Dam and Rimrock Lake

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