I have done a few trips on the DL trip board but I think this is my first on this board. I thought it would be fun to keep track of this trip and I am REALLY excited about it! As an intro my name is Kelly and I have been a member of the Dis since 05 I believe and have been to DL more times than I can count and DW 4 times with my most recent trip being this past November. My dh and I usually take one family trip a year and my mom likes to take a trip in the summer with my girls and I. Last year we went to DL and we were planning on going again this year and as a matter of fact I have a trip planned for June but we decided to drive and mom decided she wasn't up for that long of a trip and riding with all of us in the car etc. So she decided to forgo that trip and we started thinking of alternate plans. At first we really wanted to do a southern trip and had planned on Atlanta, Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina. We still REALLY want to do that trip but the airfare back there right now is outrageous and since we REALLY want to take a cruise in Feb of 12 that was out. SOOOO we started talking about a road trip to OR/WA. I used to live in WA for 3 years and mom used to come visit and we loved exploring all over up there. So we are very excited to go and we haven't been since about 04 or 05 I believe. Our plan is to leave the day after my girls last swim meet on July 17th. Day one we plan to drive straight through to Crater Lake and we will prob stop along the way in Mt. Shasta and possibly Ashland. We are spending our first night at the Lodge at Crater Lake which I have ALWAYS wanted to do and then the next day we will get up and head up 97 prob stopping in Bend for lunch (over looking lovely Mt. Bachelor) and then head up 26 possibly stoping at Timerbline to enjoy Mt. Hood for a bit and then into Hood River. We will stay in Hood River that night. Then the next day we will head out on 84 and stop at the various waterfalls as well as Crown Point and possibly the Bonneville Dam/fish hatchery (and we will prob go on the scenic highway) and then head in to Portland. Depending on when we get to Portland we will explore downtown possibly have dinner down by the river and then we plan to stay in Vancouver at the Heathman Lodge (I used to live in Vancouver). The 2nd day we plan to go to the zoo, possibly the Pitock Mansion, explore the Rose Garden and whatever else suits our fancy. Then that night we will either stay at Heathman again or start heading up 5 towards Seattle. The next day we will go into Seattle and spend the first half of the day doing our list which includes pike's market, Space Needle, Pioneer Square etc. Then we are not quite sure yet where we plan to stay but most likely somewhere downtown. Then on the 2nd day we will finish up whatever we haven't done and then take the Bremerton ferry across and head down the coast. We will work our way slowly back home and some of the places we would like to stop are Astoria, Seaside, Cannon Beach, Newport and wherever else suits our fancy. Then when we cross back into CA we want to go to Klammath to the Trees of Mystery before we head back over to 5 and head home. I am REALLY excited for the this adventure and can't wait to go!!!