Columbia NWRThis is my first visit to the state of Washington and I was surprised by all the sage brush on the eastern side of the state it needs irrigation water from the Grand Coulee Dam to make it possible to grow potatoes, mint, hay and etc. The timber begins at Yakima Valley and there we see more fruit trees. I didn't realize the Columbia river was so big when we crossed the bride I thought we were crossing a lake.
We have a reservation to ride the Mt Rainer Steam Train that afternoon so we head to Elbe. The train is late in arriving from it's earlier ride as someone got a bee sting and needed attention, the bees are thick and everywhere at this time of year. The ride is two hours and it takes us to it's museum and station in Mineral where we see several other working steam engines and their work station.
On day four we go back to the Paradise area and have no problem getting a parking place, we take a short walk to see Mrytle Falls and a bit beyond to get photos. The visitor center is now open and we take a look but no penny smasher, so we go back to the car and enjoy our Lunchables before taking another walk along Nisqually Trail. It takes us to wonderful views of the glacier and we can see the hardy people up hiking on the glacier.
On our last day in the area we go back to Sunrise to do some birding but it is windy so the birds keep low in the bushes and trees. The temp reaches 93 and breaks the record, so no microwaving that evening and we try the local burger shop, and have $10 burgers and fries, they were very good.
We are now in Sequim, WA and have phone, internet and 50 amps at Rainbow's End RV, it's a lovely area so visit again to find out what we see around the Olympic Peninsula.