In March 1996 I had started planning this trip with intentions of touring the eastern part of northern California and the east side of the Cascades in Oregon and Washington; then, going into Canada around Banff and Jasper, then on to Alaska, then back into Idaho and Montana..
It soon became evident that there was so much to see that I would not reach the Canadian border until early September - a little late to head for Alaska. As it turned out, I didn't make it into Canada or Idaho and Montana.
In summer 1997 I visited Idaho, Montana and the Banff and Jasper areas in Canada. In summer 1998 I visited Alaska via the Alaska Highway and saw much of British Columbia and Yukon in Canada. For all three of these trips I left home with a plan of places to visit and things to do, but no schedule. This allowed me to spend as much or as little time in a given place as I wished at the time.
The following was created from e-mail messages that I sent to Jim and Jean Gilbreath during the trip, with some editing and additional information.
- Tom's Place, CA to Klamath Falls, OR via Virginia City, NV, Alturus, CA and the South Warner Wilderness
- Klamath Falls, OR to Lava Beds National Monument
- Lava Beds National Monument to Klamath Falls, OR with visits to Mt. Shasta, Castle Crags State Park and Trinity-Alps Wilderness
- Klamath Falls, OR to Waldo Lake, OR with visits to Crater Lake National Park, Diamond Lake Recreation Area
- Waldo Lake, OR to Bend, OR with visits to Three Sisters Wilderness, McKenzie Pass
- Bend, OR to The Dalles, OR with visits to Mt. Jefferson Wilderness, Mt. Hood Wilderness, Columbia River Gorge
- The Dalles, OR Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument with visits to Indian Heaven Wilderness
- Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
- Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument to Yakima, WA with visits to William O. Douglas Wilderness, Goat Rocks Wilderness, Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
- Mt. Rainier National Park
- Mt. Rainier National Park to Leavenworth, WA with visit to Alpine Lakes Wilderness
- Leavenworth, WA to Winthrop, WA with visits to Wenatchee Lake, Henry M. Jackson Wilderness, Lake Chelan, Lake Chelan/Sawtooth Wilderness, North Cascades National Park, Mt. Baker Wilderness
- Winthrop, WA to Toms Place, CA with visits to Harts Pass, Pasayten Wilderness, Sandpoint, ID, Lewiston, ID, Eagle Cap Wilderness, Hells Canyon, Sumpter Valley