Midwest to Pacific North West, Part One – June 2019

It’s been a long while since we’ve posted anything here at PNW Overland. Life can sometimes take a turn that changes ones’ priorities. For me, it was the birth of my daughter. Her well-being and that of my family is paramount. To that end, we moved from the PNW back to the Midwest, to Michigan specifically, where my wife and I grew up so that our daughter could benefit from being close to her extended family. Even though I was a transplant to Washington state, I consider it my home. I feel a connection to that land that I’ve never felt anywhere else.

To that end, I had to go back to my PNW homeland and spend some time among the evergreens, mountains, and some of the best of friends. After many months of planning, I finally made it back home. An awesome pro-tip for collaborative planning of an overland trip is to use Microsoft OneNote. All of our notes, ideas, options, itineraries, maps, packing lists, flight details and location scouting reports were all in one place, organized and most importantly, saved on the cloud for posterity, (and to help me recall what was what three months after). Thanks to Dana for suggesting we use this.

After picking me up at SEATAC, Dana drove us to his workshop in Ballard to load up the rig and get moving out to our first camp at Cle Elum River.







It was so good to be back in the mountains, near a burbling river. Slept like a rock that night.


Sounds of the river

3 thoughts on “Midwest to Pacific North West, Part One – June 2019

  1. Best wishes to you and your family. Hope to see you again in the near future. Hopefully I can hook up with Dana and continue more adventures with him.


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