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.
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.
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!
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.