Anacortes to Bend


Jim puts on our canvas window covers and finishes closing up the boat before we leave her at the dock for a few weeks.

It’s the middle of summer cruising season, so why are we leaving our boat for a few weeks? That’s one of the challenges of having to split our time between boating and maintaining a house and yard!

Our house is in Central Oregon, where it freezes and snows in the winters. This means that we need to take care of yard and exterior projects in the late spring/summer/early fall seasons.

So, in mid-August, we headed home to get some of this year’s exterior projects done, with plans to return to our boat in early September for what we hope will be some pleasant late summer cruising.

We had a great weather day for our 450-mile drive!

swinomish channel from wa state route 20

Leaving Anacortes on State Route 20, we had a great view of the Swinomish Channel looking south.

skagit flats sr 20

After crossing over the Swinomish Channel on SR 20, the Skagit Valley tidal flats came into view. Such a clear day, we could see the Cascade mountains in the distance.

Mt Index overlooks Interstate 90

We prefer driving south to Central Oregon by heading east over Snoqualmie Pass, then south on Highway 97 through Yakima. This day we encountered a large traffic backup near North Bend. As we got closer, we found the backup was caused by a huge number of cars waiting to turn off at the exit to the North Bend Premium Outlet stores…must have been a great sale on this weekend! Mt. Si is in the background.

Approaching Snoqualmie Pass

Approaching Snoqualmie Pass traveling east on Interstate 90.

Snoqualmie Pass ski area in the summer

The ski area at Snoqualmie Pass looks a lot different without snow!

kachess lake reservoir

Just east of Snoqualmie Pass, there are a series of reservoirs that provide irrigation water for south central Washington. This year there is a large highway project underway to improve I-90 near the reservoirs. We drove through a lot of the construction as we passed the Kachess Lake reservoir.

Mickey at Cle Elum rest stop

Mickey sits up in the kitty cup to look around when we stopped at the rest stop near Cle Elum.

Yakima firing range

Driving east on Interstate 90, the landscape as we pass through the U. S. Army Yakima Firing Range is pretty boring!

Rosie in Toppenish

Rosie looks around during our stop for gas in Toppenish.

US-97 Yakima Indian Reservation

US-97 through the Yakima Indian Reservation is another boring stretch of the drive.

Satus Pass

We encounter a little more vegetation near the top of Satus Pass as we continue south on US-97.

Wind turbines near Goldendale

As we pass Goldendale, we start to see wind turbines, which now cover much of the area to take advantage of strong winds in the Columbia River Gorge.

Columbia River Gorge at Biggs Junction

A nice view of the eastern end of the Columbia River Gorge, as we leave Washington and enter Oregon. Biggs Junction is just ahead across the river at the Oregon end of the bridge.

US-97 approaching Madras

Late afternoon shadows start to develop as we travel southwest on US-97 approaching Madras.

High desert sunset in Bend

We enjoy a colorful high desert sunset looking west from Bend, as we arrive back in Central Oregon.

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