Two-Day Road Trip to Leavenworth, Chapter Thirteen

Wow. You’d think we were going to Montana or something, this road trip advencha is taking so long to finish!

On the road again…♪♫♪♪♪

Packwood ahead – Highway 12 west, Mount Rainier National Park North, Hwy 123

Ack! I forgot to include this video as we were driving next to Rimrock Lake! I’ll put it here so you don’t have to go back, then I’ll move it back after you’ve seen it. Sheesh.

K’den. Now we’re back on the right road.

Remember the information about the Goat Rocks in my last post? Where there was the wildfire area? I just found out that there’s been a bad fire in that area of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. It was started by lighting and has burned over 4000 acres so far. I always feel so thankful for the brave firefighters who are risking their lives to stop these fires.

Forest Road 1270

We were anxious to get to Packwood and eat. I was hungry, and though Nolemana’s blood sugar was okay, he really needed to eat something. We now have a system in place where low blood sugar in the car won’t be cause for concern, but then, it was. By this time, it was 2:00.

We stopped here, in Packwood, at the Blue Spruce Saloon. Usually places like this have great burgers, and that’s what we wanted. There was a pizza place across the road, but we decided to try this place. We weren’t planning to stay, but to get our burgers and get back on the road. Which is just what we did.

Blue Spruce Saloon

We went inside and ordered our food. There was a family or two there, but it wasn’t very crowded, so we didn’t have to wait long for our burgers and fries. Nolemana got potato salad as his choice.

There was this neat train photo, so of course I had to take a photo of it.

The mayor of Packwood stood proudly outside.

The mayor of Packwood; as opposed to the Cockeyed Mayor of Kaunakakai. Hawaiʻi locals will get it.
These spiral fries were awesome!!!! I’d never tasted fries like this before.
And these were one of the best burgers we’d ever had, too.

We didn’t take too many photos right about now because Nolemana was busy whacking his burger.

Junction I-5 – 48 miles

He managed to get the next two photos of the pretty countryside.

This was a really pretty part of the drive, too.
We were beginning to see some signs of civilization, like the barn off the right.
Morton – 5 miles, Mossyrock – 15 miles, Junction I-5- 35 miles

My friend, Tracy, who’d suggested this highway for our return trip from Leavenworth, told me that she loved the combination of meadows and forest along the road, and I could see why. I loved it, too.

Highway 7 North turnoff – to Morton and Tacoma
Mossyrock – 10 miles, Junction 5 – 30 miles

Driving along this area, with meadows and forests on each side, was wonderful. As always, I loved seeing new places and new vistas.

Then, oh my gosh, another fabulous lookout that we had no idea was coming up.

Riffe Lake Overlook

I hope you can read this; it’s fascinating… and kinda sad at the same time.

Riffe Lake Overlook

Talk about beautiful!!! I was so glad that Tracy suggested we come this way, otherwise I never would’ve known about this place.

Riffe Lake

I was also happy that it was such a pretty day, and warm enough to get out of the car to take photos.

I took a bunch of photos from the historical marker. Flooding towns seems very sad to me.

Worth framing, doncha think?

I would’ve enjoyed bringing my spinning wheel here, setting it down, and spinning with this view in front of me!

Here’s how far we’ve come in the last few hours:

From White Pass down through Packwood to Riffe Lake.

This is how big Riffe Lake is; you can see the view area, too, on da map.

We drove on, kinda reluctantly. I would’ve loved to just sit there for awhile.

Along Highway 12.

Nolemana’s photo ID clipboard got in the way, but see that lake ‘way ova dea? At the right corner of the clipboard?

That’s Lake Mayfield. And next time I’ll have story about that lake for you folks.

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6 Responses to Two-Day Road Trip to Leavenworth, Chapter Thirteen

  1. Michelle says:

    My dad and his wife had a lot at Lake Mayfield; I’ve been there several times.

  2. AFK says:

    I’ve never been on Route 12, so I’m really enjoying your trip photos. Such a beautiful scenery. I would’ve whacked dat burger too! Love it when food is better than you expected it to be. And yes, that photo is postcard perfect. Thanks for sharing!

    • Mokihana says:

      Oh, wonderful! I always worry that I’m taking too long. We drove ‘way faster than this trip is taking on the blog. Haha.

  3. Such a nice video you share with us!

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