A reverse chronological travel listing of Discovery.
Table of Contents
- 09Aug-11Aug2019 Bellingham, WA
- 02Aug-05Aug2019 Snoqualmie Falls, North Bend, Issaquah WA
- 26Jul-28Jul2019 Squamish, Whistler BC
- 19Jul-21Jul2019 Mountain Loop Highway
- 05Jul-07Jul2019 Seaside, Astoria, Ft. Stevens Oregon.
- 28Jun-01Jul2019 Mountain Loop Highway, Anacortes WA
- 22Jun-23Jun2019 Bellingham, WA
- 14Jun-16Jun2019 Mountain Loop Highway, WA
- 01Jun-02Jun2019 Hope, Cache Creek, Lillooet, Whistler, Vancouver loop
- 24May-26May2019 Seattle, West Seattle, Bellingham and Fairhaven
- 17May-19May2019 Lummi Island, Mount Baker WA
- 13Apr-14Apr2019 La Conner WA
- 06Apr-07Apr2019 Silver Reef Casino, Bellingham, WA
- 29Mar-31Mar2019 Anacortes, Bellingham, WA
- 22Mar-24Mar2019 Whidbey Island, WA
- 15Mar-17Mar2019 Whidbey Island, WA
- 19Jan-20Jan2019 Mount Baker, WA
- 11Jan-13Jan2019 Leavenworth, WA
- 05Jan-06Jan2019 Tulalip Casino, WA
- 15Dec-16Dec2018 Bellingham, WA
- 02Nov-03Nov2018 Cypress Mountain Provincial Park - Parking Lot 3B
- 26Oct-28Oct2018 Bellingham, WA and Swinomish Casino, Anacortes WA
- 19Oct-20Oct2018 Overnight trip into Bellingham WA, Melvin Brewing, Cheap Tacos
- 06Oct-08Oct2018 Swinomish Casino, Anacortes, Deception Pass, Oak Harbour, Mt Erie, Crescent Beach, North Vancouver
- 21Sep-22Sep2018 Tulalip Casino, WA
- 14Sep-16Sep2018 Banff, Lake Louise, Moraine Lake
- 07Sep-09Sep2018 North Cascades Loop, WA
- 30Aug-03Sep2018 - Reno, NV for Ribfest on the Labour Day Long Weekend
- 27Jul-13Aug2018 West Coast Highway trip - Mount St. Helen’s, Highway 101, California Highway 1, San Francisco, Las Vegas
- 13Jul-15Jul2018 - Mountain Loop Highway - Stayed near Bedal Creek
- 06Jul-08Jul2018 Manning Park, BC
- 08Jun-09Jun2018 Mountain Loop Highway, WA
- 18May-21May2018 Banff, Columbia Icefields, Jasper - Victoria Day May Long Weekend
- 04May-06May2018 Kelowna BC, Kettle Valley Railway
- 13Apr-14Apr2018 - Anacortes WA, Washington Park WA
- 27Mar-01Apr2018 California Redwoods, CA - March Break Week
- 24Mar-25Mar2018 - Whistler and Pemberton BC
- 02Mar-03Mar2018 - Seattle WA
- 19Jan-21Jan2018 Mount Baker WA
- 12Jan-14Jan2018 - Portland OR
- 06Jan2018 - Cypress Provincial Park Day Trip
- 29Dec-30Dec2017 Steveston Richmond BC
- 15Dec-17Dec2017 Leavenworth Festival of Lights, Stevens Pass Summit
- 08Dec-10Dec2017 - Day trips to Stanley park night train and Vancouver Christmas market.
- 01Dec-03Dec2017 - Angel of the Winds Casino, Mountain Loop Highway
- 24Nov-26Nov2017 Anacortes, Seattle, Angel of the Winds Casino
- 15Oct2017 Squalicum Harbor, Bellingham WA
- 08-09Oct2017 Othello tunnels in Hope, BC and Harrison Hot Springs, BC
- 07Oct2017 Stanley Park Vancouver, BC
- 29Sep-01Oct2017 Leavenworth, WA Octoberfest
- 22Sep-24Sep2017 Steveston Richmond BC, Deep Cove, North Vancouver BC
- 15Sep-16Sep2017 Glacier WA, Mount Baker WA
- 10Sep2017 Cascade Falls Regional Park BC, Harrison Hot Springs BC Day Trip
- 09Sep2017 North Vancouver BC, Vancouver BC
- 01Sep-04Sep2017 Anacortes WA
- 02Aug-27Aug2017 8,000km Road Trip through Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, South Dakota, Montana, Alberta, BC
- 21Jul-24Jul2017 Mount Rainer, Mount Hood, Portland OR
- 07Jul-09Jul2017 Anacortes WA, Whidbey Island WA
- 01Jul-03Jul2017 Seaside OR, Cannon Beach OR
- 23Jun-25Jun2017 Mountain Loop Highway WA
- 16Jun-18Jun2017 Leavenworth WA, stayed by the Icicle River then in Leavenworth in town
- 09Jun-12Jun2017 Anacortes WA, San Juan and Orcas Islands WA
- 02Jun-04Jun2017 Grand Coulee Dam WA, Leavenworth WA
- 20May-21May2017 Camano Island WA, Arlington WA
- 06May-07May2017 Washington Park, Anacortes WA, Mount Baker, WA
- 29Apr-30Apr2017 Swinomish Casino, Tulalip Casino area
- 15Apr-16Apr2017 Mountain Loop Highway, Deer Creek WA
- 14Apr2017 Cypress Mountain, BC
- 08Apr-09Apr2017 Vancouver to Lilouette Loop - Cache Creek, Ashcroft, Lilouette, Pemberton, Whistler BC loop
- 31Mar-01Apr2017 Angel of the Winds Casino near Tulalip, WA
- 25Mar-26Mar2017 Cannon Beach, Portland, Tillamook Cheese Factory OR
- 19Mar2017 Whistler BC
- 18Mar2017 Anacortes, Whidbey Island WA Day Trip
- 12Mar2017 Steveston, Richmond BC
- 11Mar2017 Seattle WA Day Trip
- 05Mar2017 Abbotsford, Mission BC
- 04Mar2017 Vancouver and Stanley Park, BC
- 03Mar2017 Mercedes-Benz Boundary Vancouver BC
09Aug-11Aug2019 Bellingham, WA
Overnight running total: 1, 2
Picked up Fox Shocks at the mailbox which I ordered from Van Compass located in Idaho. The pair of shocks were bought for $350, plus $17.62 in actual shipping charges without any tax for a total of USD$367.62 which I’ll install myself on the driveway. They tuned the shocks based on the 7200-7800 pound weight of the van. The shocks are Fox Shock Part 980-24-672 for a 95-04 Toyota Tacoma Rear, PS, 2.0, IFP, 7.1”,0-1” Lift with a date code of 05/29/2019.
In order to not pay the tax coming back into Canada, I’ll stay 48 hours locally around Bellingham myself.
On Friday evening enjoyed a couple pints of lager from Chucanut Brewery in Bellingham. Very good tasting beer!
Stayed overnight on the parking lot of the Four Points Sheraton, connecting to their WiFi using the Ubiquiti Nanostation. If you go to the front desk and ask for the WiFi password, they will give you a card for the three active SSIDs. Located far away from the hotel on the parking lot, I was able to get a strong signal on the Nanostation and get free Internet all evening.
02Aug-05Aug2019 Snoqualmie Falls, North Bend, Issaquah WA
Overnight running total: 3, 4, 5
Lots of hiking on this trip. Stayed all three nights at the Snoqualmie Casino.
Found a level and quiet spot by the grass away from the parking garage. Very nice casino inside, with free non-alcoholic drinks by the cafe area. There is a beautiful patio alongside the building where the different restaraunts are where you can overlook Mount Si.
Arrived Friday evening of the BC Day long weekend, rested and then first thing on Saturday morning at around 8am drove over to Snoqualmie Falls. Parking lot was empty at this hour, but filled to capacity shortly thereafter.
Hiked to the falls, and then down to the lower portion of the falls. It is about a half mile hike - lots of rest spots along the way so you can take your time. Spent about 5 hours by the falls.
Got back, had lunch, then drove into Snoqualmie to explore the old historic railcars at Railroad Community Park and to explore Sandy Cove Park
Sunday we visited and explored North Bend, with a bit of a hike up Mount Si at the Mount Si Trailhead (the hike was short due to the heat).
Then shopped a bit for discount clothes at North Bend Premium outlets.
Later in the afternoon we hiked over by the Twin Falls Natural Area for about 2 hours.
Monday we drove into Issaquah and hiked about 1/3 of the way up Tiger Mountain where the hang gliders take off from and glide to the field by the parking lot.
A very beautiful hike but the dogs got quite tired after 3 days of hiking. After the hike, headed home.
26Jul-28Jul2019 Squamish, Whistler BC
Overnight running total: 6, 7
Hiked to Brandyvine Falls in Squamish on the Friday evening.
Stayed overnight right behind the Sandman Inn on a gravel road with a whole bunch of other vanlifers. Squamish is filled with all sorts of vans. Drove up to Whistler on Saturday and had a very difficult time finding parking since it was the Ironman Triathalon Weekend and many of the participants and guests were in town. Parked in a no parking zone and received a $35 ticket along with tens of other vehicles. All the surface lots were full or reserved for the event. Paid the ticket online. Hiked from Blackcomb over to Whistler Village and strolled by the shops and people watched. Drove back down to Squamish and visited Alice Lake for the first time before heading back for the night and parked in the same spot.
The next day we hiked the Oceanfront Loop and saw the kite surfers. Explored many other areas Drove back home later Sunday afternoon.
19Jul-21Jul2019 Mountain Loop Highway
Overnight running total: 8, 9
Two nights at our regular spot by the river. Took over 400 pounds of dimensional lumber in 5 boxes and burned it all in two days. Nearly the same as the previous weekend.
05Jul-07Jul2019 Seaside, Astoria, Ft. Stevens Oregon.
Overnight running total: 10, 11
Left earlier on a Friday afternoon, drove to Gnat Creek Campground along Highway 30 in northern Oregon, east of Astoria. It’s a county park, and we arrived late at 10:30pm in the dark, parked in the lot and camped for free overnight.
Then we drove over to Warrenton on the Saturday, returned empty cans and bottles for refund, and did some Costco shopping. Then drove down towards Seaside and wandered the town and the beach. At night, drove over to the Quality Inn in Seaside, parked in the hotel lot and slept without incident. The next day we drove over to a scenic spot in Seaside, had breakfast and relaxed close to the beach.
Sunday we explored Fort Stevens State Park and drove all the roads. Nice flat pathways for bikes - that will be another time. Did more Costco shopping and then headed home.
28Jun-01Jul2019 Mountain Loop Highway, Anacortes WA
Overnight running total: 12, 13, 14
Two nights at our regular spot in Mountain Loop Highway until we finished burning all our wood. After, we drove out to Anancortes to explore and slept one night just down the street by the Safeway close to the marina. On Canada Day we headed home after a relaxing day in Anacortes.
22Jun-23Jun2019 Bellingham, WA
Overnight running total: 15
Overnight stay by myself in Bellingham, on the street very near to the Chrysalis Inn and Spa Hotel. Sunday, enjoyed coffee at Starbucks and walked around the town centre.
14Jun-16Jun2019 Mountain Loop Highway, WA
Overnight running total: 16, 17
Father’s Day weekend with our son. Campfire, tent setup for him, roasted corn, yam, potato wrapped in foil and placed in the hot embers. Two nice quiet nights in the wilderness.
01Jun-02Jun2019 Hope, Cache Creek, Lillooet, Whistler, Vancouver loop
Overnight running total: 18
One night in Gold Pan Provincial Park, for $18 a night. Spot 3 right by the river, used some old wood for campfire all night long. Very nice stay.
24May-26May2019 Seattle, West Seattle, Bellingham and Fairhaven
Overnight running total: 19, 20
Visited Seattle, stayed downtown on the first night at Boylston Ave and Spring Street. Second night stayed in West Seattle along California Ave and Holly Street.
17May-19May2019 Lummi Island, Mount Baker WA
Overnight running total: 21, 22
Drove myself over with the ferry to Lummi Island. Explored the entire Island, basically a circle tour, and slept in the ferry parking lot over night. Absolutely quiet as there is virtually no traffic in the area. Cost of the ferry was $13 return for vehicle under 8,000 pounds and driver. Next day drove up to Mount Baker to park at the top and enjoy the view before heading back home again.
13Apr-14Apr2019 La Conner WA
Overnight running total: 23
Drove down scenic Chuckanut Drive and stayed at one of the pull-outs overnight. Several other camper vans next to us, and no restrictions or problems parking here. Visited and walked through La Conner after viewing the massive tulip fields in Mount Vernon.
06Apr-07Apr2019 Silver Reef Casino, Bellingham, WA
Overnight running total: 24
Drove out to Silver Reef Casino to just check it out after not visiting for many years inside. Stayed in the far corner of their parking lot without issue overnight. Drove out to Bellingham and explored the town and had coffee at the Starbucks downtown.
29Mar-31Mar2019 Anacortes, Bellingham, WA
Overnight running total: 25, 26
Drove by myself over the scenice Chuckanut Drive, stayed at a pull-out and slept Friday overnight without issue or restriction. The next day drove over to La Conner, and over to Anacortes and explored the towns, taking the back roads and slow routes to get there. Enjoyed coffee in Anacortes at the Pellican Bay Books and Coffeehouse. Found a nice quiet place on the street to park overnight in Anacortes and then drove back home Sunday evening.
22Mar-24Mar2019 Whidbey Island, WA
Overnight running total: 27, 28
Drove to Whidbey Island on the Friday afternoon and stayed in the state park parking lot overnight next to the Coupeville Ferry Dock since we had heard from a guy the previous week that it was okay to do so. Woke up to a knock at around 7am and were told we’re not allowed to park overnight in the park. The park ranger came by and instead of ticketing us, asked us to pay emergency parking fee of $20. The overnight stay was absolutely quiet and worth the $20 fee. Won’t do that again though!
We boarded the ferry by foot and visited Port Townsend and explored the city by foot. Enjoyed coffee and tea at the Lighthouse Cafe, and ate good pizza at the Pizza Factory across from the ferry terminal.
Saturday we drove south through the entire Whidbey Island since we never explored it before. Visited Lagoon Point County Park, Double Bluff County Park where there is an excellent off-leash dog area by the beach. Then drove down to the extreme southern tip of the Island and explored many of the residential roads around Cultus Bay. We then drove to Clinton and took the ferry over to Mukilteo at a cost of only $34. We drove over to Tulalip Casino and parked there overnight. The next day we drove over to explore Kayak Point and Camano Island, and then home.
15Mar-17Mar2019 Whidbey Island, WA
Overnight running total: 29, 30
Drove over to Swinomish Casino and parked there overnight after a nice walk along the shore of Padilla Bay. Saturday we drove to explore Deception Pass and the State Park, Oak Harbour’s Flintstone Park, Coupeville. Got some salad for dinner at the Prarie Center Red Apple Market and ate that near Fort Casey along the road by the ferry terminal. Free overnight and safe parking here so we stayed here Saturday night. On Sunday we drove back a slightly different route and went home.
19Jan-20Jan2019 Mount Baker, WA
Overnight running total: 31
Overnight by myself on Mount Baker to stay in the snow on the top of the mountain. Very cold, and the Espar heater kept it nice and cozy inside. Beautiful view of the snow covered mountain. On the Sunday drove into Bellingham to do some shopping and headed home.
11Jan-13Jan2019 Leavenworth, WA
Overnight running total: 32, 33
Drove down to Leavenworth to see the Christmas light display in the town. Stayed overnight on a very quiet road next to the Hampton Inn. Saturday we explored the town looking through the many shops. Saturday night stayed behind the McDonalds overnight, and nobody bothers us here.
05Jan-06Jan2019 Tulalip Casino, WA
Overnight running total: 34
Stayed at the Tulalip Casino parking lot overnight, and on Sunday did some shopping in the area. After, headed home.
15Dec-16Dec2018 Bellingham, WA
Overnight running total: 35
Stayed in Bellingham by myself overnight.
02Nov-03Nov2018 Cypress Mountain Provincial Park - Parking Lot 3B
Overnight running total: 36
One night up in the overnight parking lot 3B. The only vehicle up on the mountain overnight, since there is no snow yet, and it was pouring rain. Very quiet except for the wind. Nobody bothered us, and there are no fees or other restrictions.
26Oct-28Oct2018 Bellingham, WA and Swinomish Casino, Anacortes WA
Overnight running total: 37, 38
Two night weekend trip. On the Friday night, visted Melvin’s Brewing again for their $3 craft beer special, with all proceeds going to charity. Very nice beer. Visited the Bellingham Farmers Market. Drove along the coastal road highway 11, visited Samish Island along the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Area.
On the Saturday night, stayed at the Swinosh Casino parking lot. On Sunday, drove into Anacortes and explored Cap Sante Park with amazing views into Anacortes and Fidalgo Bay.
19Oct-20Oct2018 Overnight trip into Bellingham WA, Melvin Brewing, Cheap Tacos
Overnight running total: 39
Found a good level parking spot at the corner of Broadway and Monroe Street in Bellingham, very close to the Melvin Brewing Company and had a few beer there. They have their head office in Jackson Hole Wyoming. On Saturday, visited Mi Rancho Meat Market, where inside they have very authentic tasting Mexican tacos for only $1.
06Oct-08Oct2018 Swinomish Casino, Anacortes, Deception Pass, Oak Harbour, Mt Erie, Crescent Beach, North Vancouver
Overnight running total: 40, 41
Two nights, first night at the Swinomish Casino along Highway 20 East. Explored Anacortes the next day, drove through Deception Pass along to Oak Harbour on Whidbey Island.
Visited Mt Erie near Anacortes for the first time, enjoying the various fall colours on the drive.
From there headed over to Crescent Beach in Surrey BC and parked under the trees alomst next to the ocean. The holiday Monday travelled over to North Vancouver to do some shopping, then headed home.
21Sep-22Sep2018 Tulalip Casino, WA
Overnight running total: 42
Overnight trip, stayed at the casino parking lot overnight after enjoying a few local draft craft beers. Silvercity Oktoberfest Lager, and Farmstrong La Raza Amber Lager. The Silvercity one was very nice to drink.
14Sep-16Sep2018 Banff, Lake Louise, Moraine Lake
Overnight running total: 43, 44
Left Friday afternoon, stayed in Revelstoke next to the hotel on the dirt parking lot. Saturday morning arrived at the Alberta border, with snow on the ground. Arrived around 1pm at Lake Louise, Moraine Lake parking lot was full. Was told to arrive very early before 7am in order to get parking. Stayed on the side of the road next to the residential housing along the Cave and Basin road. Very quiet and nobody bothered us there.
Arrived at Moraine lake at 6am in the snow, took about an hour and twenty minutes from Banff. Untouched snow.
07Sep-09Sep2018 North Cascades Loop, WA
Overnight running total: 45, 46
Drove to Leavenworth, WA and enjoyed some beer at the Icicle Brewery, stayed overnight just behind the McDonald’s in the residential area.
Next day drove to Wenatchee, explored and stayed across from the residential apartments along Riverside Drive and East Island View Street - close to the Wenatchee Valley Brewing Company. Drove along through Twist, Winthrop, into Burlington along highway 20 and then home.
30Aug-03Sep2018 - Reno, NV for Ribfest on the Labour Day Long Weekend
Overnight running total: 47, 48, 49, 50
Left Thursday afternoon, drove as far as we could and arrived at the Flying J Travel Center in Aurora Oregon at 11:30pm and stayed the night. Truck stops can be noisy, but still slept ok.
Arrived in Sparks / Reno just in time for the RibFest at 6pm, and parked at Prater Way and 6th Street for free - no need to pay anybody for parking. Just a 10 minute walk over to the Victorian Square. Slept in the residential area overnight. The next day we drove into Reno, found free parking next to a residential apartment building that shaded the Sprinter the entire day. Parked in front of 238 Mill Street, Reno for 2 nights.
Enjoyed tea and coffee at the HUB Coffee Roasters, walked along the Truckee River Boardwalk, enjoyed an evening outdoor concert at Harrah’s. Basically chilled out in the Little City of Reno.
Headed along I-80 west then up I-5 and stayed at the Seven Feathers Casino parking lot around 11:45pm, then arrived home the followning day. The trip is 16 hours each way, and probably won’t do this stretch in such a short period of time again.
27Jul-13Aug2018 West Coast Highway trip - Mount St. Helen’s, Highway 101, California Highway 1, San Francisco, Las Vegas
Overnight running total: 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62,63, 64, 65, 66
Day 1 - Home to Mount St. Helen’s - Overnight in the forest service road at the north part of the park just south of Randle, WA along highway 131
Day 2 - Explored the east and south side of Mount St. Helen’s, then drove twoards Astoria and stayed at the Gnat Creek Campground
Day 3 - Drove along the coastal highway 101 in Oregon, at stayed at the Chinook Winds Casino parking lot. Many people stay for weeks on end on the parking lot living in their vans without being hasseled.
Day 4- Continued the drive along highway 101 into California, stayed at the Lucky 7 Casino at Smith River California.
Day 5 - Drove along the California Coastal Highway 1, a very slow and beautiful drive. Stayed at a pullout along the cliff on highway 1 just south of Jewell Gulch. Beautiful sunset, and a sunrise above the fog in the morning.
Day 6 - Continued the drive into San Francisco, stayed across the street from the Westlake Touchless Carwash along a busy road. Not a good choice as the road was noisy at night.
Day 7 - Explored San Francisco some more, and stayed the night alongside a mix of residential apartments and businesses on Sacramento Street and Walnut Street. Nice and level parking, and quiet at night.
Day 8 - Had to visit friends in Las Vegas for a party, and travelled most of the day into Vegas. Stayed in parking lot of the Courtyard Marriott in Las Vegas North.
Day 9 - Stayed with friends in their home in north Las Vegas. Temeratures exceeded 45c and our friends had an air conditioned home.
Day 10 - Left Las Vegas for the cooler temperatures. Stayed in a small town called Arvin right next to the Assembly of God Church. Very quiet residential area.
Day 11 - Drove towards the coast to get cooler weather. Visited Oceano Beach, and stayed in Pismo Beach on Bay Street and Price Street.
Day 12 - Explored a lot more, drove up towards Morro Bay and stayed the night on Monterey Avenue and Harbor Street close to the laundromat. Very quiet residential area.
Day 13 - Drove and explored the coastal highway up to Carmel by the Sea, and stayed overnight at the Safeway Parking lot. Many other vanlifers parked in this lot.
Day 14 - Explored Monterey, drove back up to San Francisco and stayed overnight right next to one of the water resevoirs in a residential area. Very quiet at night.
Day 15 - Raced up along highway 101 staying at the Lucky 7 Casino in Smith River California.
Day 16 - Continued up along highway 101, did some Costco shopping in Warrenton, Oregon. Slept at the new Walmart across the street in Warrenton. Very quiet at night.
Day 17 - Drove from Astoria towards Marysville along I-5, and stayed at the Tulalip Resort Casino and parked in the RV parking area. Very quiet at night.
Day 18 - Drove home along I-5. End of the trip!
13Jul-15Jul2018 - Mountain Loop Highway - Stayed near Bedal Creek
Overnight running total: 67, 68
Nice weekend stay along the Bedal Creek for two nights - peaceful. Enjoyed chicken BBQ and campfire all weekend. No cell reception, internet or computers.
06Jul-08Jul2018 Manning Park, BC
Overnight running total: 69, 70
Stayed in two campgrounds, paying $23 and $25 for Hampton Campground (spot #53) on Friday and Mule Deer Campground (spot #5) on Saturday respectively. This is the 5th and 6th times paid campgrounds have been used. Both are close to the highway, so some noise during the early evening. But during the night, it was very quiet.
08Jun-09Jun2018 Mountain Loop Highway, WA
Overnight running total: 71
Stayed in the Mountain Loop Highway for one night, along the gravel part of the road right along the South Fork Sauk River.
18May-21May2018 Banff, Columbia Icefields, Jasper - Victoria Day May Long Weekend
Overnight running total: 72, 73, 74
Stayed in Revelstoke on Friday 18May2018, on the gravel lot next to the Frontier Motel. This was the Victoria Day long weekend, and many of the campgrounds were full. With luck, there was a cancelled reservation near Banff at the Tunnel Mountain Village I campground for Saturday 19May2018. This is the 4th time a paid campground was used, at a cost of $36. The other great overnight spot found was at Valemount for Sunday 20May2018, just off McKirdy Road at a coversation area, which was absolutely quiet.
GPS Coordinates: 52.820588, -119.241459
04May-06May2018 Kelowna BC, Kettle Valley Railway
Overnight running total: 75, 76
Drove out to Kelowna for the weekend but stayed in the Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott instead of the van. Free breakfast and showers! Explored Waterfront Park, Quail’s Gate and Mission Hill wineries, enjoyed Brear Creek Provincial Park and Mission Creek Regional Park.
13Apr-14Apr2018 - Anacortes WA, Washington Park WA
Overnight running total: 77
Weekend trip over to Anacortes staying near Cabana Park close to the Marina on Cabana Lane. Enjoyed the day at Washington Park. They have pullouts for vehicles along the loop, and picnic tables along the water. Very peaceful to be there.
27Mar-01Apr2018 California Redwoods, CA - March Break Week
Overnight running total: 78, 79, 80, 81, 82
Over the March Break, enjoyed a long drive over to the California Redwoods, stopping along the way through Astoria and many of the Oregon coastal towns like Seaside, Cannon Beach, Rockaway Beach. Stopping in for some free cheese samples at Tillamook Cheese Factory on the way down.
First night parked in the parking lot of the Hampton Inn and Suites Astoria. The next night stayed in the Three Rivers Casino parking lot in Florence Oregon. The next night stayed at the Lucky 7 Casino parking lot. Visited the huge redwoods in Redwood National and State Parks.
The next day travelled up over to Grants Pass along highway 99 and up along I-5 stopping in Canyonville Oregon at the Lucky 7 Casino parking lot late at night. After that drove home.
24Mar-25Mar2018 - Whistler and Pemberton BC
Overnight running total: 83
Visited Whistler and Pemberton for the weekend. Overnight stayed in a small subdivision in Pemberton at the corner of Frontier Street and Camus Road. Very quiet spot at night.
02Mar-03Mar2018 - Seattle WA
Overnight running total: 84
Quick overnight trip over Seattle WA, stayed at the Angel of the Winds Casino on the Friday night.
19Jan-21Jan2018 Mount Baker WA
Overnight running total: 85, 86
Stayed at Cloud 9 Restaurant parking lot overnight on Friday night, heavy rain and wet snow. Went up to the top of Mount Baker, which was covered deep in snow and very busy. Found an overnight spot near milepost 45 a short distance away from Nooksack Falls, deep in the woods just off the highway under the trees and next to the Nooksack River. Very quiet, with very heavy rain and wet snow.
12Jan-14Jan2018 - Portland OR
Overnight running total: 87, 88
Stayed at Angel of the Winds casino parking lot on the Friday night. On Saturday, headed to Astoria Oregon to spend time exploring the city and the docks and took a short walk along the Astoria Riverwalk to view the sea lions. Then headed down to Warrenton OR to do some Costco shopping. Headed back to Astoria to sleep at the Safeway parking lot, but the local police now enforce no overnight parking. Parked on the hotel parking lot close by.
06Jan2018 - Cypress Provincial Park Day Trip
29Dec-30Dec2017 Steveston Richmond BC
Overnight running total: 89
Last minute decision to get out of the house as the weather is cold with heavy rain. Turned on the Espar D2 heater earlier in the day to 24 Celcius. Same temperature in Discovery as in Hawaii today.
Overnight spot on Bayview Street, facing eastbound on a fairly level parking spot. There are no overnight restrictions here.
GPS Coordinates: 49.123177, -123.177861
15Dec-17Dec2017 Leavenworth Festival of Lights, Stevens Pass Summit
Overnight running total: 90, 91
Running Michelin LTX AT2 light truck tires which performed very well in snow and wet conditions. Purchased in early December 2017 to replace the stock Kumho tires at the 36,000km mark. The Michelins perform much better, in that they grip very well, have much stronger sidewalls allowing for the Sprinter to easily stay in the lane in heavy winds and not wander.
In Leavenworth, slept in two different places on this trip. From November to March of each year, it is illegal to park on the road from 3am to 6am in many places within Leavenworth.
Along the street behind the new Hampton Inn and Suites, there are no parking restrictions in this area and very safe and quiet.
GPS Coordinates: 47.597106, -120.643808
In the gravel parking lot to the right of Brenders Autobody and Glass. The spot under the tree or up against the rock wall is good.
GPS Coordinates: 47.596233, -120.659126
08Dec-10Dec2017 - Day trips to Stanley park night train and Vancouver Christmas market.
01Dec-03Dec2017 - Angel of the Winds Casino, Mountain Loop Highway
Overnight running total: 92, 93
One of the favourite places to stay overnight is on the casino parking lot at Angel of the Winds in Arlington, WA. They brew their own beer on site, they have very high speed Internet, free coffee and non-alcoholic beverages, and a wonderful buffet and gaming area. It is also very quiet and safe at night, and makes for a great sleep.
GPS Coordinates: 48.211285, -122.187788
The Mountain Loop Highway begins in Granite Falls, WA, passes through Bedal, Darrington, Arlington and back to Granite Falls. Parts of the road are closed during the winter season, and other parts are unpaved.
The loop is 95 miles long, and offers many opportunities for hiking and camping along the route.
Along the Mountain Loop Highway at Deer Creek there is a snow park, deep in the Snoqualmie Mount Baker National Forest. Here you can camp for up to 14 days in dispersed camping areas such as this parking lot. There is an outdoor washroom at the entrance to the parking lot. There is a forest service road that runs up into the mountains from this spot, and 4x4 or similarly equiped vehicles can only drive on the road as it is extremely bumpy.
GPS Coordinates: 48.085163, -121.552699
24Nov-26Nov2017 Anacortes, Seattle, Angel of the Winds Casino
Overnight running total: 94, 95
An overnight stay in Anacortes WA.
15Oct2017 Squalicum Harbor, Bellingham WA
Another beautiful place on the west coast.
08-09Oct2017 Othello tunnels in Hope, BC and Harrison Hot Springs, BC
Overnight running total: 96, 97
Within the Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park are the Othello Tunnels, open from April to end of October each year. In the early 1900s, the Canadian Pacific Railway decided a route was necessary to link the Kootenay Region with the BC coast by rail. The railway was built over three mountain ranges. In the Coquihalla Gorge – the river cut a 300 foot deep channel of solid granite. A straight line of tunnels were built through it which are known now as the Othello Tunnels. There are spectacular viewing opportunities available on the trail, through the tunnels and on the bridges. This park highlights the Kettle Valley Railway grade that passes through the canyon and 5 tunnels which were built in 1914.
07Oct2017 Stanley Park Vancouver, BC
29Sep-01Oct2017 Leavenworth, WA Octoberfest
Overnight running total: 98, 99
Beer. Live Music. Brats. Leavenworth Octoberfest
Just outside of the village, on Icicle Creek Road along the Icicle River in the Wenatchee National Forest, there are several road-side pullouts where you can stay safely overnight. During the spring and summer, the roar of the river can keep you up at night (or help you fall asleep!). In the late fall, when the snow melt is less, the river is much quieter.
GPS Coordinates: 47.541648, -120.722257
22Sep-24Sep2017 Steveston Richmond BC, Deep Cove, North Vancouver BC
Overnight running total: 100, 101
After a day spent in Richmond and the pier, an overnight spot was found on Bayview Street, facing eastbound on a fairly level parking spot. There are no overnight restrictions here.
GPS Coordinates: 49.123177, -123.177861
After enjoying some craft brews, slept in Discovery in this spot. Quiet industrial area with very little traffic.
GPS Coordinates: 49.309693, -123.032593
15Sep-16Sep2017 Glacier WA, Mount Baker WA
Overnight running total: 102
Spent the night on the parking lot of Chair 9 Pizza and Bar in Glacier, WA. There is lodge called Blue-T Lodge which shares the same parking lot. That night 4 other Sprinters were parked on the lot. Discovery fit right in. Absolutely dead quiet during the night, as it is near the entrance of the Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest.
10Sep2017 Cascade Falls Regional Park BC, Harrison Hot Springs BC Day Trip
Day trip to Cascade Falls Regional Park BC.
and to Harrison Hot Springs BC.
09Sep2017 North Vancouver BC, Vancouver BC
Shopping in North Vancouver, BC. Inexpensive sushi dinner in downtown Vancouver BC at Yamato Sushi. Very good inexpensive sushi. 22 piece sushi, miso soup and tea for under $7 Canadian.
01Sep-04Sep2017 Anacortes WA
Overnight running total: 103, 104, 105
02Aug-27Aug2017 8,000km Road Trip through Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, South Dakota, Montana, Alberta, BC
Overnight running total: 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 131
The idea of this trip was to see many of the National Parks in several states, to travel the side routes and remain off the Interstates as much as possible. The main goals of the trip were to see the Craters of the Moon, geysers in Yellowstone National Park, Pikes Peak, Rocky Mountains, Columbia Icefields and everything in-between. Finding a place to stay each night was rarely a problem.
Day 1 - Wednesday 02Aug2017 - Drove 479km for 6h33m from Peace Arch Park, BC Canada down I-5, to the overnight spot on the side of the road 11696 NE Ainsworth Cir, Portland, OR 97220 USA
Stopped to view the Columbia River, a waterway that is fed by the snow melt of the Rocky Mountains, which Discovery will visit later in this trip.
Day 2 - Thursday 03Aug2017 - Drove 586km for 6h57m along US-26 highway to NF-550, Unity, OR, USA stayed in a very small deserted National Forest Campground for $5. This was the second of three paid camping sites in all of 2017. The park host was the only other person there.
- Day 3 - Friday 04Aug2017 - Drove 395km for 3h44m from the campground in Unity, OR to Craters of the Moon National Monument, ID Craters of the Moon is an amazing place, and would come to camp here again for a much longer time. Third of three paid camping during 2017, for only $15 a night. It is designated as an International Dark Sky Park by the ida - International Dark Sky Association. Open the back doors at night, stare into the clear sky, and you will see an amazing natural light show.
- Day 4 - Saturday 05Aug2017 Drove 395km for 4h44m from Craters of the Moon Idaho, ID to West Yellowstone, MT and stayed on the side of road by an empty corner lot right across from an RV park at D Parkway and North Electric Street. GPS Coordinates 44.664828, -111.104471. Stayed in this same spot for two nights in a row after exploring Yellowstone. All Yellowstone park campgrounds were full.
- Day 5 - Sunday 06Aug2017 Drove 57.8km 1h2m from West Yellowstone MT to West Thumb Geyser Basin, saw many geysers and hot springs, and then headed back to the same overnight spot in West Yellowstone since all the campgrounds were full, and it is prohibited in any National Park to camp in a non-camping designated area including the Visitor Centre parking lots. Google does not show the complete path properly since there was no cellular signal through many parts of the park.
- Day 6 - Monday 07Aug2017 Drove 78.6km 56m (from West Yellowstone, counter-clockwise around the entire Yellowstone loop) and then back to the same spot for a third night in West Yellowstone. The Google Map is incorrect so it is not included here.
Points of interest:
Using the USA National Park Pass, entrance to the Dinosaur Quarry Visitor Center in Jensen UT is free, and includes a bus ride into the quarry and into the building that preserves the bones in the mountainside.
21Jul-24Jul2017 Mount Rainer, Mount Hood, Portland OR
Overnight running total: 132, 133, 134
07Jul-09Jul2017 Anacortes WA, Whidbey Island WA
Overnight running total: 135, 136
First overnight spot in Anacortes is right next to Burrows Pass close to the marina. Very quiet, nice cool and fresh seabreeze.
Overnight Spot GPS Coordinates: 48.492642, -122.687345
Second overnight spot was along the road close to the Keystone Ferry Landing right next to Fort Casey. Here people stay overnight in their vehicles waiting for the next ferry in the morning. Very quiet with hardly any traffic overnight, and just the sound of the ferry horn arriving in the morning.
GPS Coordinates: 48.160425, -122.673901
01Jul-03Jul2017 Seaside OR, Cannon Beach OR
Overnight running total: 137, 138
23Jun-25Jun2017 Mountain Loop Highway WA
Overnight running total: 139, 140
16Jun-18Jun2017 Leavenworth WA, stayed by the Icicle River then in Leavenworth in town
Overnight running total: 141, 142
09Jun-12Jun2017 Anacortes WA, San Juan and Orcas Islands WA
Overnight running total: 143, 144, 145
Favorite overnight parking spot is right next to Burrows Pass in Anacortes WA close to the marina. Very quiet, nice cool and fresh seabreeze.
Overnight Spot GPS Coordinates: 48.492642, -122.687345
First out of three paid campgrounds during 2017. All other overnight stays were at no cost. Orcas Island Moran State Park Camping
02Jun-04Jun2017 Grand Coulee Dam WA, Leavenworth WA
Overnight running total: 146, 147
Unlike Hoover Dam, which is extremely tall (726 feet) and 1,244 feet long, Grand Coulee Dam is just 550 feet high, but it’s 5,223 feet long (almost a mile). A low power FM broadcast (at 90.1 on the FM radio dial) of the accompanying music and audio can be heard within the Sprinter. After the evening Grand Coulee Dam laser light show was finished, the overnight spot was found nearby.
Overnight spot GPS Coordinates: 47.938025, -119.003213
Parked on a quiet street overnight, near a school and across from a coffee shop for a morning coffee.
20May-21May2017 Camano Island WA, Arlington WA
Overnight running total: 148
06May-07May2017 Washington Park, Anacortes WA, Mount Baker, WA
Overnight running total: 149
In Washington Park, Anacortes there are parking spots for day-use along the loop road called Washington Park Loop. It is a one-way counter-clockwise road, very narrow in some parts. The Sprinter just fits, and found a narrow spot near Green Point.
Mount Baker, WA with snow higher than the Sprinter!
29Apr-30Apr2017 Swinomish Casino, Tulalip Casino area
Overnight running total: 150
Overnight spot on the Swinomish Casino and Lodge parking lot. Nice and quiet, and on the Swinomish Reservation lands. There is a paid RV lot in the rear of the casino with hookup capability.
GPS Coordinates: 48.457782, -122.522201
Visited the Mount Vernon Tulip Town area at the tail end of the massive Tulip Festival.
15Apr-16Apr2017 Mountain Loop Highway, Deer Creek WA
Overnight running total: 151
14Apr2017 Cypress Mountain, BC
Cypress Mountain just north of Vancouver, BC.
08Apr-09Apr2017 Vancouver to Lilouette Loop - Cache Creek, Ashcroft, Lilouette, Pemberton, Whistler BC loop
Overnight running total: 152
Vancouver to Lilouette Loop is about 688km in length, and a beautiful drive through the mountains and forests.
Stayed overnight in Cache Creek, on the Husky Gas Station parking lot with permission. Husky Gas stations will typically allow travellers to overnight on their property provided they purchase fuel or other goods. Parked right next to the creek that runs along the property.
GPS Coordinates: 50.804825, -121.324759
31Mar-01Apr2017 Angel of the Winds Casino near Tulalip, WA
Overnight running total: 153
An overnight stay after consuming a nice variety of fresh beer at Angel of the Winds Casino
25Mar-26Mar2017 Cannon Beach, Portland, Tillamook Cheese Factory OR
Overnight running total: 154
Very first long trip to Cannon Beach, Portland and Tillamook Cheese Factory Oregon. Queen sized bed and frame installed, Espar D2 heater installed, reflectix velcro’d to the walls which works great in cold weather, yet melts right off in the heat of summer.
Visited Mo’s seafood restaurant for dinner in Tolovana Park by Cannon Beach Oregon. Very good food with good Google ratings.
In Tolovana Park, there is no overnight parking allowed. In fact, most of Cannon Beach has no overnight parking posted. Next to Mo’s, there is a motel called the Tolovana Inn with a large parking lot. Late at night moved the Discovery vehicle into one of the motel parking spots, closed the curtains and slept peacefully.
GPS Coordinates: 45.871232, -123.960069
When visiting Portland, a great sushi place is Sushi Sakura in Portland Oregon.
Felt like sampling some cheese, so a visit to the Tillamook Cheese Factory was in order.
19Mar2017 Whistler BC
Enjoying a beer overlooking the ski lifts at Garibaldi Lift Company Bar and Grill in Whistler.
18Mar2017 Anacortes, Whidbey Island WA Day Trip
Brought along some cushions, blankets and pillows to sleep on. First trip with the new Espar D2 heater installed. No insulation yet.
Visited Coupville, WA.
Visited Clinton, WA after riding the ferry.
12Mar2017 Steveston, Richmond BC
Day trip to Steveston, BC. No photos.
11Mar2017 Seattle WA Day Trip
Day trip to Seattle WA, brought some cushions and blankets along. Very cold wthout a heater or any insulation - just the bare metal walls. Passed by the Microsoft campus in Redmond WA
Visited the Habit Burger and Grill in Southcenter Seattle. Some good food!
05Mar2017 Abbotsford, Mission BC
04Mar2017 Vancouver and Stanley Park, BC
Day trip to Vancouver and Stanley Park to try out the new Sprinter.
03Mar2017 Mercedes-Benz Boundary Vancouver BC
Picked up Discovery vehicle today. 32km on the odometer after a short spin around the block.
Modified: Sun, 11 Aug 2019 11:56:36 -0700