Washington

Day 38 / Mile 3200.

Too bad I didn't have a huge budget to splurge on a shopping spree in Oregon, because in Washington all my purchases have sales tax again.  I did consider buying a fancy new camera lens that I've been drooling over for the last couple years, but my credit card statement would have been annoying to deal with for the next couple years.  ...so I bought a bag of ramen instead and got rolling up the road.

  This place is called the Mattress Ranch, which I didn't know until driving up to it.  I just wanted to get a shot of these silly painted cows, but decided to get a memory-foam pad for my camper.  I should have made the purchase in Portland, but it was worth it.  My sleeping game is next level now!

This place is called the Mattress Ranch, which I didn't know until driving up to it.  I just wanted to get a shot of these silly painted cows, but decided to get a memory-foam pad for my camper.  I should have made the purchase in Portland, but it was worth it.  My sleeping game is next level now!

 California wishes they had the water that was flowing through this creek.  

California wishes they had the water that was flowing through this creek.  

 This is an abandoned nuclear power plant.  I accidentally stepped in that radioactive puddle, and now am concerned I'll be glowing at night.

This is an abandoned nuclear power plant.  I accidentally stepped in that radioactive puddle, and now am concerned I'll be glowing at night.

 Tina also rolled through the sketchy puddle, and grew a strange tower-like formation on her back.  (wink)

Tina also rolled through the sketchy puddle, and grew a strange tower-like formation on her back.  (wink)

I rolled into Seattle and was excited, or I should say Seattle was excited, that I brought some dry weather with me.  It was so nice that I stayed for a few days visiting my good buddy Sean Tedore from Tahoe and Alaska homeys Kirk Stinebaugh, his babe Chloe, & rock n' roller Robi Gonzalez.  I also stopped by the Coal Headwear headquarters and picked up some fresh caps for the rest of my journey. 

 Classic Seattle tourist pic.  She was too busy looking at my Instagram feed to notice my photoshoot with her (Follow @RobbieSell ).

Classic Seattle tourist pic.  She was too busy looking at my Instagram feed to notice my photoshoot with her (Follow @RobbieSell ).

 Under the Fremont Bridge lies this troll.  I went to get a self-portrait and it tried to eat me!!

Under the Fremont Bridge lies this troll.  I went to get a self-portrait and it tried to eat me!!

 The best view of the Seattle cityscape.  There were about 5 couples on dates here kissing each other, it's the popular make-out point.  

The best view of the Seattle cityscape.  There were about 5 couples on dates here kissing each other, it's the popular make-out point.  

Before my friends treated me to any more amazing times (that I remember before all those Rainiers kicked in) I set off to the peninsula. 

 I took a wrong turn looking for the Vance Creek bridge, and had to hug this really sketchy roadside.

I took a wrong turn looking for the Vance Creek bridge, and had to hug this really sketchy roadside.

 ...but I found it!  Before exploring out here, I did a lot of research on the driving route, hiking trail, and other's experiences.  It just recently has been closed off to the public, since Instagram/Tumblr/etc have made it extremely popular within the past couple years and lot's of people have disrespected the area with vandalism and litter.  ...not to mention it's VERY dangerous.  I came out anyways, taking the more challenging trail to avoid possible security, and also on a day that had a more unique look with the heavy fog.  What you can't see is that it's nearly 500' high with no safety measures.  

...but I found it!  Before exploring out here, I did a lot of research on the driving route, hiking trail, and other's experiences.  It just recently has been closed off to the public, since Instagram/Tumblr/etc have made it extremely popular within the past couple years and lot's of people have disrespected the area with vandalism and litter.  ...not to mention it's VERY dangerous.  I came out anyways, taking the more challenging trail to avoid possible security, and also on a day that had a more unique look with the heavy fog.  What you can't see is that it's nearly 500' high with no safety measures.  

 It was sketchy to say the least.  The boards are a few inches apart and glancing down makes a dizzying experience.  

It was sketchy to say the least.  The boards are a few inches apart and glancing down makes a dizzying experience.  

 Yep, it was a long way down there.  I got my photos, and left while it was getting dark.  I do carry a first-aid kit and survival kit in my camera bag just in case, but hiking back through that forest with only the light from my headlamp was wild and thought in the back of my mind that those kits may come into play.  

Yep, it was a long way down there.  I got my photos, and left while it was getting dark.  I do carry a first-aid kit and survival kit in my camera bag just in case, but hiking back through that forest with only the light from my headlamp was wild and thought in the back of my mind that those kits may come into play.  

 Hahahaaa.  Awesome chicken coop. 

Hahahaaa.  Awesome chicken coop. 

 I went by the S'Kallam Native American art gallery, but was mostly impressed with their totem pole.  I purchased a mini dream catcher and now have it hanging from my van's mirror.  

I went by the S'Kallam Native American art gallery, but was mostly impressed with their totem pole.  I purchased a mini dream catcher and now have it hanging from my van's mirror.  

 Well I made it to the Northwest tip of America, and had to turn around.  Tina don't swim. 

Well I made it to the Northwest tip of America, and had to turn around.  Tina don't swim. 

 I honestly didn't know what was going on when I drove past this sign.  Out in the Washington country there was a lot of weird redneck stuff going on, but this was just too bizarre.  It turns out this is where they filmed the Twilight Saga movies, and lots of fans visit. 

I honestly didn't know what was going on when I drove past this sign.  Out in the Washington country there was a lot of weird redneck stuff going on, but this was just too bizarre.  It turns out this is where they filmed the Twilight Saga movies, and lots of fans visit. 

 I came out here to visit La Push's rugged coastline.  I heard stories of the insane trees on the water's edge, but didn't expect to see them actually below the waves at high tide! 

I came out here to visit La Push's rugged coastline.  I heard stories of the insane trees on the water's edge, but didn't expect to see them actually below the waves at high tide! 

 I was the only person out here for a mile in both directions.  I had fun monkeying around a little bit, then just hung out.  ; )

I was the only person out here for a mile in both directions.  I had fun monkeying around a little bit, then just hung out.  ; )

 Since I knew I'd be heading East next, I enjoyed looking at the ocean for the last time until I get to the Atlantic.

Since I knew I'd be heading East next, I enjoyed looking at the ocean for the last time until I get to the Atlantic.

 Wow, this is technically DRIFTWOOD!  

Wow, this is technically DRIFTWOOD!  

Back in the mainland, I heard stories of this mythical cave near Mt Baker.  A storm was brewing, so it was best to head out of town and continue on route while the van's wiper blades enjoyed the rest. 

 Day 42 / Mile 3870.  This place was surreal.  The Big 4 Ice Cave is a permanent pile of snow from the constant pileup of avalanches from the cliff's saddle above.  The water from the fall line melts out a path and creates a massive cave. 

Day 42 / Mile 3870.  This place was surreal.  The Big 4 Ice Cave is a permanent pile of snow from the constant pileup of avalanches from the cliff's saddle above.  The water from the fall line melts out a path and creates a massive cave. 

 Against my instinct, I went inside and took this self-portrait.  You never know when a chunk of ice could fall, or whatever.  I was scared, though confident since it's the coldest time of year and also no recent snow added to the surface above.  ...but you best believe I was as quick as possible in there! 

Against my instinct, I went inside and took this self-portrait.  You never know when a chunk of ice could fall, or whatever.  I was scared, though confident since it's the coldest time of year and also no recent snow added to the surface above.  ...but you best believe I was as quick as possible in there! 

 An awesome roadside photo opportunity.  The mud was deep, so I climbed this stump and kicked it off. 

An awesome roadside photo opportunity.  The mud was deep, so I climbed this stump and kicked it off. 

 The water's edge had an amazing thin ice layer, making a super unique product shot.  To check out the details of this Arnette sunglass-  CLICK THIS

The water's edge had an amazing thin ice layer, making a super unique product shot.  To check out the details of this Arnette sunglass- CLICK THIS

 Day 43 / 4230.  While cruising Eastward, I got a call from my great ole buddy, Scotty Wittlake.  He was driving back from snowboarding in Canada and knew I was somewhere out here, so we met up.  He's one of the best dudes, honestly.  It was awesome to catch up over a couple beers and camp out. 

Day 43 / 4230.  While cruising Eastward, I got a call from my great ole buddy, Scotty Wittlake.  He was driving back from snowboarding in Canada and knew I was somewhere out here, so we met up.  He's one of the best dudes, honestly.  It was awesome to catch up over a couple beers and camp out. 

 Scotty was watching me with binoculars from the other side, yelling for me to stop being a pussy and dive into the water of Palouse Falls. 

Scotty was watching me with binoculars from the other side, yelling for me to stop being a pussy and dive into the water of Palouse Falls. 

 Day 44 / Mile 4444.  I title this image- "SYMMETREE"

Day 44 / Mile 4444.  I title this image- "SYMMETREE"

 Tina wanted a portrait too.  

Tina wanted a portrait too.  

Next I'm headed to Idaho for those famous potatoes of theirs!