Our second entry into road trip month is a quick trip from Seattle to a little campground not too far off the beaten path in Oregon called Birdtrack Springs (often labeled Bird Track - two words). The campground is located in the Wallowa Whitman National Forest, only about 5 hours from Seattle.
It's always cool to see the drastic land & weather changes when leaving Western Washington. Seattle is green, usually gloomy, & by the sea. Heading south and eventually into Eastern Washington it quickly turns dusty, sunny, warm, and dry. The path gets really dramtic when you approach the wind-power fields near the Columbia River gorge.
A road trip rule we like to follow is to not drive too much on day one (we usually leave late because of all of the last minute packing anyway). Five hours gets us out of the city, over the mountains, and into Oregon for some super cheap camping at Birdtrack Springs.
Birdtrack is along the Grand Ronde River and tent camping is cheap at $5 a night! Only $2.50 with an annual National Parks Pass! Across from the campground is a nice interpretive trail leading to the river.
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