Sunday, July 10, 2011

PacNW 2011

Quinault Rainforest, Olympic NP WA

In just over two weeks I will be heading to Seattle to do a little cruisin' & campin' with a few of my best girl friends. Let me start by saying that I absolutely loved the Pacific Northwest and would move there in a heartbeat if it weren't for close friend/family ties to Southeastern USA. Perhaps I am partial; it was the first big adventure to be had with my then-just boyfriend, and it was while in the magic and romance of Olympic National Park that my then-just boyfriend became my soon-to-be husband. I love this place, and I am so excited to share in a new adventure with my best friend and two girls I have known since fourth grade.

While the itinerary requires a tad bit more polishing, I wanted to review the plan and projected costs like I did for our National Park Tour 2011, so then I can later do a post-trip analysis.


Day 0, July 26 -- CLT→SEA (for me); TPA→SEA (for A.); TLH→SEA (for J.)
Day 1, July 27 -- Seattle WA→Snoqualmie Falls→Mt. Rainier NP WA
Day 2, July 28 -- Mt. Rainier NP→White Salmon River WA→Portland OR→Cape Lookout SP OR
Day 3, July 29 -- Cape Lookout→[...]→Kalaloch Beach, Olympic NP WA
Day 4, July 30 -- Kalaloch→[...]→Seattle
Day 5, July 31 -- Seattle→Moran SP, Orcas Island WA
Day 6, August 1 -- Orcas Island→N. Cascades NP→Lake Wenatchee SP, Leavenworth WA
Day 7, August 2 -- Leavenworth WA→Seattle
Day 8, August 3 -- Return home to our respective living places

Approximate Costs (for one person)
- Airfare: $247.30
- Car Rental: $0 (our other friend, J2., will be letting us borrow hers!)
- Lodging: $42.33 ($127.00 is the total for camping reservations, to be split between three or four people; I went with three people.)
- Fuel: $75.00 (based on approx. 1400 miles of travel @ 25mpg -- J2.'s car likely gets more -- for $4.00/gal. divided by three people)
- Food: $150 (budgeting $20/day)
- Activites: $172 (this includes a 4hr white water rafting trip down class III/IV rapids, a 3hr whale watching tour, a few museum admissions, and two ferry rides)
--TOTAL: $689.63

With the last itinerary I posted, I forgot to include a Google map -- silly me! Here you are:

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Lastly, photographs of just one day from PacNW 2009:

1 comment:

Andrew and Elizabeth said...

your pictures are amazing. We leave next friday for our Pacific NW adventure and will cover about 1800 miles! Your notes and photos are making me so excited!

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