Wk28-2018 (July 11) Back to civilisation

With this blog we close our VS trip 2018. In 9 weeks we traveled the North Western states and every day we were astonished about the beauty of this country, The space, the nature, pure and in general unspoiled. We camped in the wild and at national forests often observed by deer. We enjoyed the wildlife that was often so close and we enjoyed the campfire in the evening also to keep the mosquitos away.

The dogs accompanied us on this journey and it was an added value. Also the dogs enjoyed being all day with us in nature and travel in the comfort of the truck. We crossed the border back into Canada. An easy formality.

We visited our friends in Kelowna, Vernon and Vancouver and enjoyed their hospitality. We enjoyed the beauty of the lake, 

Gerie had a swim with Banya. This amazing dog can out-swim anybody.

Vancouver, now it is waiting at the Spanish Beach till it is time to go to the airport.

The last walk along the beach before checking-in and boarding.



Wk27-2018 (July 1, 2 and 3) Entiat

We are in the last phase of our journey. We arrived at Entiat, a small village located at lake Entiat. We will stay here for a few days to again enjoy the beautiful weather. From here we will enter into the last phase of this holidays

Entiat’s Numeral Mountain has been a tradition since 1923.  Each year, seniors design their graduating year number, and paint it on the steep cliffs overlooking the Entiat River.  Numeral Mountain is well known and has been publicized in Life Magazine and National Geographic.  There is a deep feeling of pride when graduates see their class number on the mountain.

Drone recording of the lake at an elevation of120ft

Wk26-2018 (June 30) Bavarian City

From Money creek we will cross the Cascade Mountains by the Stevens Pass (1238m). From there we follow the Skykomish River down Stevens pass eastward.


Along the Highway we find a ‘Customized Knife Shop’, as I love knifes I had to take a look inside. The signs on the door ask for special attention.

After 30 minutes we enter the city of:


Leavenworth’s history does not begin with the alpine tradition it knows today, but with the proud heritage of the Yakama, Chinook and Wenatchi tribes. The Native American tribes lived by hunting the land for deer and elk, as well as fishing Icicle Creek for salmon. Surrounded by some of the most bountiful lands in North America, the three tribes co-existed from Lake Wenatchee to the Icicle and beyond.

The area was eventually settled by pioneers in search of gold, furs and fertile farmland. Stakes were claimed, and the Leavenworth area was soon bustling with settlers. By 1890, the original town was built on the Icicle Flats.

It wasn’t until the end of the century that the town began to blossom with the arrival of the rail line. The Great Northern Railway Company’s tracks through Leavenworth brought with them opportunities for work, commerce and a new economy.

Sadly, Leavenworth’s rich and healthy economy eventually fell apart. The withdrawal of the Great Northern Rail Road and the closure of the local mill were the primary factors in this change.

But in the early 1960’s, everything changed. In a last-chance effort to turn their precarious situation around, the leaders of the community decided to change Leavenworth’s appearance, hoping to bring tourism into the area. Using the beautiful backdrop of the surrounding Alpine hills to their advantage, the town agreed to remodel their town into a Bavarian village.

Hoping to create more than a mere facelift, many members of the community rallied to create the illusion of Bavaria in the middle of Washington State. Besides the complete renovation of the downtown area, community members planned a series of festivals. The Autumn Leaf Festival, Maifest, and the extremely popular Christmas Lighting Ceremony were the first of many attractions Leavenworth offered to its visitors.

Since the change to a Bavarian theme village, Leavenworth has become a pillar of the tourism industry in the Pacific Northwest. Today, more than a million tourists come to Leavenworth each year. It would be our pleasure to host you as you visit our Bavarian village. Please feel free to explore our site or contact us with any questions you might have about Leavenworth or our hotel. We look forward to serving you.

wk26-2018 (June 27) Iron Creek Forest and Campground.

Iron Creek Campground sits near the confluence of Iron Creek and the Cispus River. This campground winds through a forest of old-growth Douglas firs, cedars and hemlock.

Iron Creek is part of the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District, which is located in the northernmost portion of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. This District is roughly located among three volcanic peaks: Mt. Rainier to the north, Mt. Adams to the east, and Mount St. Helens to the west.

The trees reach till high in the sky. Not much sunlight reaches the ground.

As this forest is located at the area of mount Helens and mount Rainier, regular rainfall takes care of the high humidity.

In the forest a Fairy was hidden with a message carried on her back.

This forest is so dense that walking tough it is almost impossible. Trees fallen by storm, age or otherwise are on the ground and I think that as much tree as you see standing as much are on the ground.

The trail trough the forest gives you a good impression of this place.








Wk26-2018 (June 26) Mount Rainier (or) Paradise

Paradise is famous for its glorious views and wildflower meadows. When James Longmire’s daughter-in-law, Martha, first saw this site, she exclaimed, “Oh, what a paradise!” Paradise is also the prime winter-use area in the park, receiving on average 643 inches (53.6 feet/16.3 meters) of snow a year.

Mount Rainier National park is a major attraction. The beauty of the park, scenic routes, fabulous wildflowers (will flower in its full in a few weeks from now).

This also a wildlife area, for the bear, cougar elk and deer.


Snow is melting as well as the glaciers are decreasing during spring and summer. 

Creeks and rivers take care of the water.

High in the mountains you can find small lakes. 

Mount Rainier in its full glory with the permanent icecap and if you look, you can see the damp-cap over the top, condensing water vapor.




National forest camp.




Wk25-2018 (22 June) Mount Hood

Mt Hood (3.425m) is the dominant point on the Portland skyline. From the west, the mountain rises to a classic, sharp pinnacle, but from other points the mountain has a blockier appearance. The mountain hosts twelve glaciers that provide water for the area during the dry summer months.

Volcanic History

The Cascade Range hosts many volcanic features. The most obvious are a series of stratovolcanoes including Mount Hood.

Mount Hood has a long eruptive history. Early major eruptions remain a bit of a mystery, but evidence has been found of four major eruptions in the last 15,000 years, including three in the last 1,800 years. The last major eruption occurred in late in the 18th century, shortly before the arrival of Lewis and Clark. The eruption created a lava dome that sent numerous lahars and rockfalls down the south slope of the mountain. A lava dome forms and rocks cascade down the sides creating a large, volcanic talus slope.

The last minor eruption of Mt. Hood was in 1907, when climbers noticed a cloud of steam near Crater Rock. The mountain continues to emit sulfur dioxide and carbon dioxide from fumaroles near Crater Rock. On occasional days, when the weather is just right, condensation from the area will still form a plume visible from Portland.

Human History

Native Americans called the mountain Wy’East, the son of the great spirit.
The mountain was named Mt. Hood by English Lt. William Broughton in 1792, after British Admiral Samuel Hood.

Text by Wikipedia

Wk25-2018 (June 19, 20, 21)Journey Through Time – Forest Camp Eight Miles

The marks of time are stamped across the landscape on this 286-mile/ 460-kilometer route through prehistoric fossil beds, mining boomtowns and surprising sights like the Painted Hills — one of Oregon’s 7 Wonders.

Driving across northeastern Oregon is a trip through the state’s historical timeline. This route begins at the Columbia River, the traditional fishing and gathering grounds for generations of Native Americans. It travels through river canyons and into the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, where 55 million years of life are preserved in the rocks. And it explores communities past and present that tell stories of the state’s hardworking heritage in the woods, in the mines, on the ranches and on the railroad.

.The byway heads east along OR-218 from Antelope to the Clarno Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

The three John Day Fossil Beds units, all on the byway, comprise a remarkably diverse record of more than 2,000 species of plants and animals dating back 6 million to 54 million years, forming one of the most complete fossil records in existence. Interpretive trails guide you under castle-like cliffs and past easy-to-spot fossils exposed in the rock.

The settlers moved westwards along this area.







We spend three nights in the woods near Mount Hood.

A redwood forest with so much wildlife we met daily the deer that were curious looking at the lonely travelers in the woods often watch us having lunch and evening BBQ.

The dogs behaved perfect, no barking at all only pointing out that wildlife  was close-by

Banya loved the creek behind the camp. The dogs could not be left alone as there were flocks of cougars hunting in these woods and they love dog but than for dinner.

And I? I was one of the dwarfs cutting wood for the evening camp fire.

Every evening a nice fire to keep the mosquitos  away and to keep us comfortable warm. Camp Eight Miles was a perfect Forrest Camp.