September Tour Roundup
September featured two great tours led by our tour group. Here are Phil Sanders’s reports.
Port Townsend/Fort Worden Tour
We started the tour at one of our gracious host locations, BMW Northwest. We had fourteen cars participate which is a nice size group for a tour.
We went over the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and dropped down into Gig Harbor and then jumped back on to Highway 16. Our first stop was at the Safeway/Starbucks in Belfair for a quick coffee. When we paralleled Hood Canal, the water was very calm, and the sun provided a beautiful day for all to enjoy. We stopped for a lunch/snack at Dosewallips State Park where we admired each other’s cars and got to renew and make new friendships.
After leaving Dosewallips we followed the edge of the Olympic National Park as we drove to our final destination. We arrived at Ft Worden at which time all participants were on their own to explore the Park or go into Port Townsend to take in the Wooden Boat show.
All participants had a good time including those who were able to leave their top down. It’s nice to have such beautiful scenery close to home.
Vancouver BMW Car Club Duffey Lake Tour
This is a tour opportunity started a few years ago when I reached out to the British Columbia Club to see if we could have a tour exchange. It has always been a great group to tour with.
We had six cars from our club participate. We stayed overnight in Langley, had dinner with a few of the Vancouver organizers and met up with a portion of the Vancouver club drivers at 8:00 am Saturday and drove to North Vancouver to pick up additional participants.
Unfortunately, the tour was graced with rain for the next three hours or so. We went up the Sea to Sky Highway which took us past Whistler. We continued to Duffey Lake Road which is full of twisties, and we climbed up a fairly long incline. We had lunch in a Provincial Park next to a lake, but not Duffey Lake!
We finally left the rain behind and drove to Kamloops where we spent the night and had dinner as a group.
We left the next morning, and the sky was sunny and clear. We travelled some amazingly beautiful portions of British Columbia, passing by small lakes where glass-like water reflected fall colors from the trees on the shoreline. We went to Merritt and then finally ended at Manning Park where some drove to the top for photos and others started the final leg of the drive for home.
Kudos to our Vancouver hosts for a such great tour experience!