|A car does not encourage you to travel light|
Getting lost on the outskirts of Vancouver was not a good start, but things got more scenic as we travelled over the Cascade mountains and through the baking plains of Washington and Oregon to our first stop in Idaho. Idaho has the largest area of wilderness (i.e. no roads or buildings) in the lower 48 states and two and a half hours on dirt roads took us just into its edge.
|Night one campsite, OR, too hot for the fly-sheet at 39c|
Next day we picked a different mountain range to hike in; the jagged Sawtooths. Short, sharp, afternoon mountain thunderstorms would become a feature of the trip, but our first one caught us out and, despite still being 35 degrees, we chilled down pretty quickly. Once we had them figured out though, it was pretty much the last inconvenient rain of the entire trip.
|Suzie Q (the Subaru) spent a lot of the trip looking like this|
|Mark touching a real life dinosaur bone|
It was time to wave the desert goodbye for a few weeks and head east, to Colorado...