Mercedes and I left on Thursday morning a bit after 10:00am. The drive up to Leavenworth took us up the I-5 corridor by Seattle until we reached highway 2, which heads over to Leavenworth, where we camped for three nights at the rally site. Sunday, we headed to the Zillah, WA area to pick up a few bottles of wine from Cultura Wine, Portteus Winery, and Severino Cellars. Then it was down highway 97 where we connected up with I-84 and headed back into Portland. Total mileage? About 700, which makes this, by far, the longest trip the little Suzuki has been on since we've had it.
|Packed to the hilt!|
|A Sportsmobile (4x4 van you can live in) ahead of us on the trail up to Trinity Mine.|
|The old Trinity Mine Power House, which has a generator that's been in operation since the early 1900s.|
|Me driving through Washington on a hot July day.|
The trucklet did great, event the slow 5,000 RPM, third-gear hikes up the passes. The only issue with the vehicle was a blown 15 amp fuse for the horn, and what I also found out is linked to the brake lights. The horn didn't work when we left for the event on Thursday, but I didn't think much of it. However, once we got home, I realized my brake lights had been out the whole time. Not cool. I thought some of the people behind me were coming up fast when I was stopped. Now I know why.
|This lifted Subaru Loyale was likely the next smallest vehicle at the Rally. Very cool rig!|
It was great to get out there, disconnect for a while, and get back to nature. It makes one remember how nice it is to be away from it all, if only for a few days. It's something that my wife, my car, and I need to do more often.
|Me teaching an introductory winching class with my Suzuki and WARN VR8000-s winch.|