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Blue Highways Tour Recap

Blue Highways Tour Recap

Photo of the Car Club parked by Cle Elum Twin Pines Burger Joint, by Marcelo Vaccaro

Tour participants parked by the Cle Elum Twin Pines burger joint. Photo by Marcelo Vaccaro

 

Thanks to everyone who trekked over the mountains with us on our Blue Highways Tour. In the morning with blue skis beckoning, we headed up to Snoqualmie summit along the waters of Denny Creek, the suspended lanes of I-90 above us. Before long we were descending alongside Lake Keechelus through thinning trees and increasing rangeland approaching Cle Elum. Our unofficial welcome was a high output irrigation sprinkler aimed over the roadway, providing 50 mph car washes for all, more thoroughly for the convertibles.

After a quick stop at an old fashioned burger joint, temperatures started to climb past 100 as we descended into the Ellensburg Canyon. Lots to see along the twisty Yakima River route–fly fisherman, inner tubers, and of course our 21 BMWs leading a group of Harleys, itching to pass us. All too soon we found ourselves amidst orchards, vineyards, and hop fields as we approached the Silver Lake Winery above Zillah. We had reached our final destination for picnicking, wine sipping, and good old fashioned relaxing from our hill top perch.

Need more touring, you say? Happy to oblige! Sign up now for the Hood River Weekend Tour, August 16/17. Heading out from Issaquah, we’ll snake around Mt. Rainier, up to Windy Ridge, and into what remains of Mt. St. Helens and Spirit Lake for our picnic lunch. Then it’s on to Hood River down Forest Road 25 through some of the state’s best twisty roads, open only in summer. We’ll emerge alongside the vast Columbia River as we watch huge grain barges compete with wind surfers from our overnight hotel destination at Hood River, Oregon. Sign up now to reserve your spot! See the full article for more details.

Ed Walker, Tour Coordinator

Crossing Denny Creek. Photo by Steve Ladwig

Crossing Denny Creek. Photo by Steve Ladwig

View through windshield of the summit of Snoqualmie Pass.

Approaching Snoqualmie Pass. Photo by Steve Ladwig

 

 Twin Pines burger joint in Cle Elum. Photo by Steve Ladwig

Twin Pines burger joint in Cle Elum. Photo by Steve Ladwig