Almost the Whole Pacific Coast - Winter/Spring 2016 travel blog

It was so cold and rainy in Anacortes, some of our fellow campers left yesterday. We will miss the great scenery and sea shore, but it was time for us to move on as well. After a quick stop at the Indian casino for fuel, we worked our way out of Seattle in the rain. The highways were busy, but not nearly as busy as they will be tomorrow. The forecast for the rest of the week after the Memorial Day weekend was for sunshine and warmer temperatures. Too bad.

Once we climbed through Snowqualmie Pass to the other side of the mountains, the sun came out and the sky turned blue. There is a huge contrast between western and eastern Washington state because of those mountain. They block the clouds so effectively, the flat eastern fields need to be irrigated. Even near Spokane the traffic was light. Every so often we passed a very full campground. No one was leaving early in this beautiful weather. The panhandle of Idaho flew by in less than an hour and we find ourselves in a free campground that supplies electricity and wi fi. You don't check in with anyone and can just plop down wherever you see fit. About twenty other rigs have joined us here for the night. It is part of a complex that has a motel, casino, restaurant, huge parking lot for 18-wheelers and the biggest gift shop in Montana according to them . No one is patronizing the casino, but there are plenty of people in the bar where 60,000 silver dollars are hanging on the walls in neat frames. The collection started out with 10,000, but satisfied customers keep donating more. A great place to spend the night that brags it's the greatest tourist trap in the state..

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