We were back on the road today in our quest northward. We did all the required tank dumping and pulled out of Tall Chief RV in a steady drizzle. We backtracked a bit on WA-202 into Fall City where we whirled around a roundabout and magically ended up on WA-203 northbound toward Monroe. It is a pleasant drive through nice forest and pasture lands with a few small towns sprinkled along the way. We almost flattened some pedestrians when a schmuck, who moments before cut us off, elected to slam on the brakes for some J-walkers. It is the first time I have heard my trailer tires skidding although the pavement was quite wet.
In Monroe, we turned west on WA-2 for about a dozen miles before merging onto I-5 north just outside Everett. Forty five miles north in Mount Vernon, the rain quit and we turned west on WA-12 through a town called Sedro Woolley (no kidding) where we know they sell the by far best hamburgers known at a place called Skagit Valley Burger. It is located in an old caboose alongside the road. They also make a bad-ass milkshake and have very tasty garlic fries that can keep folks turning away from your breath for some time. We had the trailer attached so we didn’t stop but we will be going back there in the next day or two.
We continued on WA-12, also called the North Cascades Scenic Highway, until we made it to Concrete. We turned off the road at the Grandy Creek Thousand Trails / KOA campground which is my favorite of all the Thousand Trails facilities. There is the Scenic Highway, North Cascades National Park, stunning views of Mount Baker (another volcano) just around the corner at Baker Lake, great food, a brewery, miles of roads on both sides of the magnificent Skagit River and beautiful camp sites in a mature grove of Douglas firs and red cedars. There is WiFi, a pool, a laundry, full hookups, a playground with a big bounce pillow for the younger folks and even a little store. We won’t be moving from here for more than a week and I would have stayed longer but I couldn’t get a reservation for the days around the 4th of July because I may be an idiot with insufficient foresight to reserve early in gorgeous areas.
Strangely, fuel is cheaper here than anywhere else we have been this year. We spotted diesel selling for less than $3 a gallon, only $1.25 less than we were paying in California a couple weeks ago.