Mt Rainier National Park by Motorcycle

This entry is part 12 of 18 in the series American National Parks

Mt Rainier National Park by Motorcycle

This post is part of a series where we visit many of our beautiful national parks.

We were on a long motorcycle trip from our home in Minnesota to the west coast. Being bloggers and social media influencers we pick up jobs along the way. Not bad eh? Travel and get paid to do it?

On this trip we finished a job in Coeur D’ Alene, ID and were on our way to Butchart Gardens in Victoria, BC. There were a lot of forest fires in the western US at this time. While checking the route I came across a warning that the highway through North Cascades National Park was closed.  Hmmmm. That was our planned route for this trip.

We headed for Yakima, WA as plan B. This would take us through the Palouse Region of Washington state. We have seen so many great pictures from this area that we were not too disappointed to have to change our plans.

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Palouse Region of Washington State

The first problem we had was Washington does not give out highway maps and where we were crossing the border from Idaho had marginal cellphone service. Dang. This makes navigating pretty hard. Hey Washington, almost every state in the union goes way out of their way to have highway maps for visitors.

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Beautiful rolling hills of wheat
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Great views

I had to do the most unmanly thing and ask for directions. Of course the locals give directions in localize. (go to old Mr. Johnson’s ranch and turn left) I am a longitude and latitude guy. It is the way I found my way around the world flying. HELP!

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Overlook in Palouse region

3 or maybe 4 false starts later we at least got to a point where the cellphone worked and I could look at a map. Look out Yakima, here we come.

Once we were in Yakima, we had good cell service. I could navigate again.

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Meet the Dan behind Dan330. He started a Pinterest account in December 2011 while off on a leave from his day job as a captain on an Airbus A330. While traveling the world, Dan practiced his longtime hobby of photography and developed his eye for natural beauty and appreciation of great photography. Continuing his love of exploration and great pictures, Dan added Pinterest to his daily routine; especially during the long Minnesota winters. His eye for great photography was recognized by the Pinterest community and in just under one year, Dan330 had attracted over one million followers. Dan and his wife Laurie have three children, seven grandchildren and two grand puppies. When not pinning, Dan loves to travel and participate in just about any outdoor activity. There are a few exceptions to this, but to find out what they are you have to go to the Dan330 board dedicated to “Things he won’t do”.