John and Janet 2012 Oregon travel blog

We are getting ready to hit the road again. This trip should take us to the Pacific Northwest. I say “should” because you never know with us. I have a route planned but no itinerary.

Much of our trip is about scenic drives. As always, we will avoid the interstates. We look forward to visiting many National Parks, Historic Sites and Monuments. We like to find “Americana” along the way. We hope to see a lot of wildlife and John will fish as much as possible.

Highlights of our planned Route:

We will travel from NJ across PA, OH, IN, IL, and MO to Council Bluffs, Iowa. This was a “jumping off” spot of the early pioneers. Like the pioneers, I hope we have not left home too early!

From Council Bluffs, we will travel the Lincoln Highway west. We will follow the Platte River across Nebraska and camp like the pioneers near Chimney Rock and Scottsbluff. We will visit Fort Laramie before heading to Casper, WY. John should get to fish “Miracle Mile.” We will then visit Grand Teton National Park, assuming it is open.

We will dip south into northern Utah. Here, we will see the Great Salt Lake and Promontory Point National Historic Site. We will head northwest across Idaho stopping at Craters of the Moon National Monument. We will arrive in Oregon by mid-May.

In Oregon, we will drive the Columbia River Gorge and then the Pacific Coast Highway. We will dip into California to see Redwood National Park. We will head back north, stopping at Crater Lake National Park and Silver Falls State Park before crossing into Washington.

In Washington, we will see Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Rainier National Park and Olympic National Park. We will spend time in the Seattle area before heading east across the state. Our route home will most likely be a northern one.

This is the plan. We expect the trip to take about four months. Of course, it is just a plan. Our last long trip was to the Northwest Territories in Canada. We never left the US and had a wonderful summer in the Midwest. It is always fun at the end of the trip to see how we do.

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