When I think about it, it's actually quite odd that I've never been to the Pacific Northwest. I mean, it's kinda the only place in the Lower 48 that I haven't been to—and it's a place I'm told I'll enjoy very much. Reluctantly, we need to return ARB's Jeep Wrangler, and I've been bestowed with the horrible responsibility of driving it to Seattle. (That was sarcasm, if you have trouble with it.)
Anyways, I'm a firm believer in the power of local knowledge, I don't like to plan too much, I want to see the cool spots that I can't find on Google, so clearly I need the help of Expedition Portal. Help me plan the trip.
Here's the Lowdown:
- Two weeks to get from Prescott to Seattle, February 15-March 2nd.
- ARB's Jeep Wrangler
- Epic camp sites
- Great food
- Stops in San Francisco, Bend, Portland, and Seattle
Prescott to Seattle is a considerable distance, snow and the fact that I'm traveling alone in someone else's (although capable) vehicle will prohibit me from trying to link the two cities by dirt. I think it would be great to meet up with some ExPo members along the way, grab a bite to eat, and hit a trail.
Currently, it looks like I'll be spending a day-or-two in San Francisco, Bend, Portland, and Seattle where I have some meetings, and I'll be linking them together with as many backroads and trails that is possible for the area during February. I'd like to stay off the super-slab as much as possible, but I'll probably take the interstate for a bit to cover some distance and get closer to the coast where it will be warmer to camp. I'll be staying with friends throughout the trip, in addition to hotels in the bigger cities, to compliment the camping.
Looking forward to suggestions.