Keri and I will be renting a car & hitting all the National Parks we can from Austin to Seattle. Chris will be riding the CDT (Continental Divide Trail) & meeting up a few times along the way. We'll rejoin in Seattle at the end & fly back home!
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  • Day15

    Seattle, day 2

    July 15, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    We took the ferry from Ryan's house back downtown this morning to the Seattle Aquarium. It was ok, but nothing great. After that, we had lunch back in Pike Place at Copacabana. Then we checked out the Chihuly Garden and Glass at the base of the Space Needle, which was very cool! Finally, we stopped by Kerry Park for some pics of the Seattle skyline. Now we're headed back to Corey's house to repack/clean out our car before we fly back to Austin tonight!Read more

  • Day14

    Pike Place Market

    July 14, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    We spent the morning at Pike Place Market. We saw some fish being thrown. We sampled some flavored honeys, pastas, basalmic vinegarettes, cheeses, and chocolate cherries. The line for the original Starbucks snaked down the street, so Chris & I got coffee elsewhere, and Keri had tea & a crumpet! Keri and I bought some handmade sea glass jewelry. Then we had chowder, fish & chips for lunch. Now we're off to the Museum of Flight.Read more

  • Day13

    North Cascades National Park

    July 13, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Well, this definitely wasn't our favorite park. It was pretty, but small & unorganized. There was no entrance gate to get a map or brochure, so we just drove around until we found a trail that looked cool. We ended up hiking the Thunder Knob Trail. The beginning of it was very cool, shady, & mossy, but it just kept spiraling up and was very sunny & hot at the top. We finally found the tiny visitor's center & took a picture with the sign as we were leaving the park.Read more

  • Day13

    One more long drive!

    July 13, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    We stopped off for a fabulously fattening breakfast at the little roadside fruit shop/orchard we found yesterday before hitting the road. We shared an apple cinnamon roll that was as big as your head, an apricot scone, and a raspberry scone. We even made a new furry friend! Now we're taking our food comas an the road! We decided to make a slight detour for one more national park stop at the North Cascades on our way to Seattle.Read more

  • Day12

    Chelan, Washington

    July 12, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    It was so nice to finally get a shower last night, even if it was a pay shower! We slept in until 7ish & as we were eating breakfast & getting ready for the day, Chris arrived early, after finishing his CDT ride yesterday afternoon. After we helped him unpack, the 3 of us headed into town to explore. We had a yummy lunch at the Fox and Quail Bistro & visited a fun little shop, & then stopped by a pub that also served goodies from a local bakery. Then we drove around to find the Chelan falls & visited a local park before stopping by a roadside wine/fruit shop near the orchards & vineyards to grab a bottle & so Chris could officially get a Washington apple. We headed back to camp just as it started to drizzle. The rain & crazy winds seem to have been chasing us this whole trip! Luckily, the rain passed us over quickly this time and was mostly just wind. We took a walk along the lake and climbed some rocks to get a nice spot to enjoy the view for a while. Then Chris inflated one of his spare inner tubes & attempted to float in the frigid water for awhile while we enjoyed his antics from the beach. Tonight is our last night of camping. Tomorrow we head to Seattle to sleep in an actual house & enjoy some nice sightseeing.Read more

  • Day10

    Glacier National Park

    July 10, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    We got here Saturday evening, set up camp, made a quick dinner, and then went for a quick drive through the park. Sunday morning we got up early and did the Hidden Lake Trail hike. There was still a lot of snow! It was a little slippery on the way back down, as it was warming up & the snow started getting slushy. Towards the end of the trail we came across a mountain goat & a marmot just hanging out and eating right in the middle of the trail! On the way back to camp, we saw 3 big horn sheep and a bear.

    We haven't had any phone or internet service since we passed through Helena, so we decided to have lunch in town to try to find service or free WiFi. We had lunch at a great place called Two Sisters Café. (Apparently the owners have a place in San Antonio). We highly recommend the Lemon-Huckleberry Bread Pudding and the Huckleberry Mountain (a brownie with Huckleberry ice cream!). Our waiter told us the only way to get phone service around here is with Verizon. Boo! But he offered us his phone to contact people & post on FB. He also recommend a hike in Many Glacier. We went out there to hike to Cracker Lake. Many Glacier was beautiful, but the trail to Cracker Lake was very narrow in many places & was also used by the horse tours, so it was all Muddy horse tracks & lots of manure 😕. We made it a mile or two in before turning back. Lucky we did, because it started raining on the way back & by the time we made it to the car, it was coming down pretty hard. I can't imagine slipping all the way along that muddy horse manure trail in the pouring rain!

    We went back to camp for a bit & had some dinner before heading back out. We hiked down to St. Mary's Falls, which was beautiful & so blue it looked fake! It started to drizzle on the hike back & as we started driving again it started raining again, so we called it a night.

    It stormed most of the night. We tried to sleep in a little to wait out the rain, but it kept up, so we got up around 7 & packed up in the rain. We drove through the end of the park we hadn't seen yet on the way out, although it was so foggy we didn't get to see much else. I did get a great pic of a pretty blue creek after the fog lifted though. We got service back as we left the park. Now we're off to Washington!
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