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Oregon, Washington, and Alaska - July & August 2013
Part 1: The Road North to Bellingham

Alaska -- July-August 2013

Portland

Part 1: Driving north to Bellingham, WA. Trip Map.

We bought extra cat food, bid farewell to the cat sitter (Mom visiting from Florida), and hit the road July 1st heading north in temperatures hovering around 115 degrees F. We were ready for someplace cool, and as we drove hard all day, we kept the AC on "max" nearly to Reno. We did stop at Torrance Ranch to check the birds (too hot for birds) and Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge (NWR; too early in the season for ducks) on the way.

We stopped in Portland for a few days visiting family (dad and brother). We mostly relaxed and reveled in the "heat" of town, watched the illegal July 4 fireworks, and then hit the road again heading to the northwest corner of the Lower 48: Bellingham. It was still hot - we needed to go farther north.

Torrance Ranch
Torrance Ranch entrance
Torrance Ranch
Torrance Ranch parking
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Tule Lake NWR
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Western Grebe - mom hauling the kid around Tule Lake
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Two unhappy "red-tails" at Tule Lake
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Petroglyph at Tule Lake
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Sagebrush Lizard at Tule Lake
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Killdeer nest at Tule Lake
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Hiking with the family in Portland
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Staying with family in Portland

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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