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Question for those in the Pacific N/W

Noah Cash

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Guys and gals,


Next summer Hilda Billie and I plan on visiting the Pacific North West part of the country. We Plan on going up for a few weeks to see the costal side of Northern Ca, Or, and Wa. Will be driving a motorhome and have a car or a couple of motorcycles in tow.

Wondering what would be a good time of the summer to try and avoid at least being rained out. We know it is considered a rain forest for a reason but would like to try and get some dry days in too.


Any suggestions on when and what to see and maybe a shoot or two would be greatly appreciated.


Thanks for your advise


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On the Olympic Peninsula the common thought is summer starts July 5th. Dry season is usually mid July thru August.


Driving the coast south to north makes a lot of sense to me. I have done it both ways, and the glare off the water going south is no fun.


Oregon has the rugged coast and the scenery, In Washington, consider trying to get a beach-front site at Klaloch, of at La Push. Also, Salt Creek County Park off 112 near Joyce has some really nice view sites, trails to both beach rocks and sand beach, and some bunkers from WWII.


Enjoy the trip.

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When I was stationed at NAS Whidbey Island August and September seemed to be the dryer months.


If you get the chance don't pass up riding on the ferries. You can see some beautiful sights on the ferries that run the northern end of the sound. Keep in mind that some of the ferries do not run if the tide is too strong. I know that the Port Townsend/Coupville ferry schedule is subject to the tides and IIRC so were a couple of the others. Usually the schedule will indicate the times when the tides could cause a particular run to be cancelled. They also have a website with up to the minute details on schedules and possible cancellations.


Many Many years ago the wife and I drove up the northern CA coast to Portland and then turned east and followed the Columbia River gorge all the way to Kennewick. Very beautiful drive.


Another beautiful drive is to take the North Cascades Highway (US20) from Burlington to Collville. Did it one year 4th of July weekend. The passes still had 12 feet of snow on either side of the road but the views were breathtaking.

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So much to see. As other have said, late July thru August is usually good weather, and September can be beautiful as well.

Hwy 2, through the Cascades is more scenic that I 90 in my opinion. But hwy 20 over the North Cascades is also thrilling.

Then there are the San Juan islands to see by ferry if you are of a mind. A body could spend a full year looking at all of the sights.


The Columbia valley and gorge are interesting. Lots of Wine country in Eastern Washington. Dry Falls is an interesting place.

The Olympic mountains have a lot to offer also, and of course there is Mt. St. Helens. A trip through Mt. Ranier is interesting, and

the coast line is interesting. Lake Quinault Lodge is interesting also. Some hiking trails there.


The folks at Renton shoot on the 1 and 2 days of the first weekend and the Mima folks shoot on the second

Saturday. I think Black river shoots on the Fourth Saturday and the Apple Valley folks over in E. Wenatchee shoot on the third saturday I believe.









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Thanks all, appreciate the feedback. We are going to start plannin and maybe can shoot with some of ya when we get up that way.

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