Starting Washington Off With A Drive Through Apple Country! Day 51

driving through apple country
29 Oct

Although Mother Nature forced us to change our plans a bit again, at least it gave us the opportunity to drive through the heart of Apple Country in Washington on a beautiful sunny day!

Our original plan was to leave Idaho and enter Washington on Wednesday.

That of course all changed when the newest, latest and greatest “unprecedented early winter storm” came knocking.

the rolling hills of Washington
The drive from Clarkston, Washington to Issaquah, Washington was filled with every kind of scenery imaginable. From rolling mountains, rivers, streams and a bit of snow, to these sun-kissed beautiful farmlands in the Columbia Basin.

This storm has now pummeled the last 3 states we visited, including nearly a foot of snow in Denver. I guess we are quite fortunate those states are in our rear-view mirror now!

But with temps predicted in Idaho and eastern Washington to fall as low as 5 degrees in the coming days, it was time to move our camper (and us :)) to the warmer and safer pastures along the coast of Washington.

Going With The Flow

The good news is, that by leaving today, it allowed us to enjoy an incredibly sunny drive through Washington. And what a beautiful drive it was!

Washington apple country
We passed field after field of apple trees in the heart of Washington’s apple country. And with the leaves just turning on the trees, it made for quite the scenic drive.

The drive began with a little snow in the mountain pass just outside of Clarkston. But as we rolled through Columbia Basin & Wenatchee Valley, the skies couldn’t have been any more blue for our drive through apple country.

Apple season is of course coming to a close here, but the trees are magnificent to see sporting their autumn colors. The trees might be picked, but the processing and storage facilities are buzzing with activity.

As we drove along, you couldn’t help but be impressed with the massive amount of apple crates being shipped and stored.

Now that is a stack of apple crates! We stopped to take this photo at one of the many holding and processing plants along the drive. It is truly amazing to see how many apples are produced from the orchards in the state.

Columbia Basin sits in between the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Acres and acres of orchards are fed by the rivers crystal blue waters, and thrive in the rich soil created from past volcanoes.

As we continued to drive towards Seattle, we drove through the heart of apple country, Wenatchee Valley. Much like Columbia Basin, the valley is filled with apple trees in every direction you look.

A Peek At Mount Rainier

What really made the drive special was that every now and then, with the clear skies, Mount Rainier would come into view. It is hard to describe just how beautiful this massive, snow-capped mountain is.

What a view! We had just enough time to take a bike ride when we arrived in Issaquah, and we were rewarded with this view of snow covered Mount Rainier

We arrived in late afternoon to our campground in Issaquah. It will serve as our base camp for the next few days for quite a bit of sightseeing.

Tomorrow will include a visit to Snoqualmie Falls, and the days ahead will bring whale watching, a trip to the Space Needle, downtown farmer’s market, ferry rides and more!

Should make for some great memories! Here is to happy “warmer” traveling – Jim and Mary.


  • Day 51 of 365
  • States Visited 9 / 50
  • National Parks / Monuments Visited : 10
  • Stayed In : Issaquah, Washington
  • Miles Driven : 314.2
  • Total Trip Miles To Date : 6800.4
  • Total Gallons Used : 511.31
  • Biking Miles : 10.2
  • Biking Miles To Date : 119.8
  • Hiking Miles : 0
  • Hiking Miles To Date : 126.9

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On September 9th, 2019, we set out in our NuCamp T@B 400 Teardrop Camper to travel to every state. You can check out all of our dates here : Dates for the States

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