We drove I-82 to I-90, then WA-281 to the Gorge in George, Washington for another HORDE concert. The amphitheater is situated by the Columbia River 150 miles east of Seattle – near the middle of nowhere. Highlights:
* “Tail gate” partying * Dancing * Molly, Julia, and I had trouble finding our car after the concert * Slept outdoors, under the stars, beside the river
Back on the highway the next day, we took WA-281 to I-90, to I-82, and US-97 toward Portland to see our final HORDE concert.
Two days later:
Back on I-5 North driving toward Seattle, we stopped in Olympia for a break and some time at a local park; a nice change of pace for each of us, I’m sure.
Interstate 5 to Seattle, where highlights include:
* seeing Kelly * watching Whiskeytown perform at ‘Bumbershoot’, Seattle’s largest arts and music festival
The next day:
Julia informed me that she and Molly had decided to stay in Seattle a few more days. I reminded her of our agreement, how they had promised to have me back in Denver in time for work, but she wouldn’t compromise. The outcome? Kelly’s roommate (Nancy) took me to the Seattle bus station to catch a Greyhound.
Interstate 5 to downtown Seattle. With my aunt Cathy in a business meeting, my uncle Tim and I spent the day exploring. We:
* visited Pike Place Market * took my car onto a ferry boat to cross Puget Sound * travelled US-101 along the rim of Olympic National Park * used my propane stove to boil Raman Noodles for lunch * stepped into the rain forest to see some amazingly old, large trees * travelled US-12, WA-8, WA-510, Mountain Hwy., WA-706, and Paradise Road through Mount Rainier National Park * spent time at a small lake, where my uncle hiked a path and snapped photos while I waited near the water.
I drove him back to Seattle then headed toward Denver on I-90.