Believe it or not we bought another Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited. We decided to trade-in the BMW X5 because it was very temperamental. Even under the BMW warranty no one wants to visit the dealer every month for issues. The Wrangler is such a fun vehicle with a ton of unique customization features that keep you busy and gets you where you need to go. In addition, the Jeep suits us and our active lifestyle so much better–no more worries about parking a $65,000 SAV at a remote trailhead. Look for some great stories on upgrades and adventures. Mike at the AutoNation dealership in Bellevue was great to work with and made sure that the transaction was seamless because they also own the local BMW dealership.
In our first adventure, we traveled down to Mount Rainier and hiked to over 7,000 ft. Less than half the way up the mountain.
This is a great National Park to visit filled with a ton of hiking and sites. Less than 2 weeks after we visited in October the snow began to fall again. By the middle of November all visitors must have tire chains and emergency supplies in their vehicles just in case a sudden storm hits the park.
Mount Rainier is also a volcano that could potentially erupt at any time. It is a dark and looming mountain that calls out to be climbed by only the very confident at over 14,000 to its peak. Many unfortunate climbers have lost their lives over the years due to sudden weather change and unstable slopes
This is a must see park if you are visiting Washington state in the summer.
“Believe it or not”, we bought a Can Am Spyder late in the fall of 2013. Unfortunately, it then began to rain for the next several LONG months.
Finally, the days have started to become clear and sunny in the Pacific Northwest as Spring and Summer approach. This past week we had the opportunity to take the bike out on the local roads and start to get some miles under our belts. The Spyder RT Limited is a perfect bike for touring with lots of storage and comfortable features for long rides.
Our first adventure is a Twin Peaks themed ride. The ride started just as the series did with a visit to the wonderful Snoqualmie Falls. People travel from around the world to see this 268 ft tall natural wonder and we are lucky enough to have it in our back yard.
One of the roads we traversed is depicted in the mural below and is also from the show’s opening credits. Sadly, there is no Twin Peaks welcome sign just a great view of Mount Si. In lieu of the actual Mount Si/road photo, we supplemented the shot with this mural and the carefully positioned bike. It seems we were not the only ones stopping for photos here as we witnessed some others (in Twin Peaks t-shirts) doing the same thing.
The real surprise is that the mural can be found on the back side of Twedes Diner; that was where the Double R Diner scenes where filmed during the show.
Inside the diner, we helped ourselves to a slice of warm cherry pie with whipped cream and a damn fine cup of coffee as Agent Cooper use to say.
Twedes Cafe even pay homage to the show and embrace the past. This map and display can help you identify other great spots to search out if you see so fit to hit the road. The local area is also rich in history of Indian peoples, logging and trains; many sightseeing spots along the rides prominently feature these themes.
Look for more adventures as the summer arrives and we hit the roads.
Did you know we have been doing car and motorcycle shows and events for the last 17 years? Thousands of photos wait for you to browse by year and event. Fill a few hours by touring our Massive Photo Vault
Below are just a couple of the photos you may find:
Tucker inside the LeMay ACM