Gig Harbor is located on a small inlet near the southwestern portion of the Puget Sound. We have previously visited the Seattle area on the eastern side of the sound but this was our first time on the west side in what’s known as the Olympic peninsula. This is a huge tract of land bounded by the Pacific Ocean on the west, the Strait of Juan de Fuca on the north and the Puget Sound on the east.
This is the first time we have traveled (in our motorhome) outside of the state of California since January 2017, about 15 months ago. We drove in our car to Tahoe for skiing earlier this year but otherwise we spent all of 2017 and the first part of 2018 in California. We crossed into Oregon on Highway 101 while moving from Crescent City, CA, to Coos Bay, OR.
We briefly visited here on our road trip in 2014. This time we spent three nights at the Montgomery South RV Park located in Hope Hull, AL.
On our previous visit we had toured the state Capitol building and some of the other major attractions. This time we took a short walking tour conducted by the Montgomery Visitors Center and explored the Rosa Parks Library and Museum. It provides a creative and moving presentation of a turning point in civil rights in this country. We also drove out to the Blount Cultural Park to visit the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts and the Shakespeare Theatre.
Next stop: Birmingham, AL
We stopped off for three nights to visit here. The park covers 600,000 acres making it one of the largest state parks in the US. The park headquarters is adjacent to the town of Borrego Springs. We parked in the RV section of the Palm Canyon campground.
We checked out the Visitor Center and did some hiking, including a hike up into Palm Canyon which leads to an oasis with a large stand of…you guessed it, palm trees. Unfortunately, we were not able to get a look at the bighorn sheep which are a signature part of the park.
Yes, Yellowstone National Park (pics) is home to Old Faithful, but it is so much more than that. As most people know, Old Faithful is not the most spectacular or the oldest or the biggest geyser in YNP but it is one of the biggest that is most predictable, erupting approximately every 60 to 90 minutes. Old Faithful is located in the Upper Geyser Basin which is part of the most active area of the park in terms of thermal features.