Another successful Canadian Thanksgiving Road Trip. After meeting Stewart and Barry, Walter and Joan at the Custer Rest Stop on I5 we proceeded to Babe's in Ferndale for our morning breakfast. From Ferndale we continued our journey down I5 to Everett and exited onto Hwy 2 towards Leavenworth. We turned off in Monroe onto Hwy 203 to Falls City and Snoqualmie Falls Park where we met up with Paul and Judy Dexter.
After visiting the Falls we continued on to the Snoqualmie Train Station to purchase our tickets for a 75 minute train ride. The train travels to Twin Peaks, back to Snoqualmie Falls Park and then returns to the station. After our ride we drove to Twin Peaks for lunch at the historic Twedes Cafe. After lunch we continued our journey to the restored Cle Elum Train Station which is now used as a restaurant. A walking trail tells the story of the train station and surrounding area. After a short visit Paul and Judy headed home while the rest of us made our way to our motel for the evening.
The next morning after breakfast, Stewart and Barry said goodbye and departed for the Monroe Swap Meet. George and Bonnie, Walter and Joan headed east to Hwy 97 for a visit to Peteros (coffee break) and then on to Winthrop (Hwy 153) before returning home on Hwy 20 through Stevens Pass. the scenery and weather was fantastic.
On the way home we stopped in on Bill and Barbara Forbes in Birch Bay for a visit. Walter had an Ice Cream craving since Winthrop that was satisfied in Bill's Basement Ice Cream Parlour. After dessert the six of us then went to dinner in Blaine.
Photos from the trip available in the Photos Section.
Our Annual Association Christmas Party has been moved to
Sunday, December 8, 2013 6:00 PM (moved from Dec 7)
@ the Delta Golf Course.
Canadian Route 66 Association Minutes for Sunday September 15 2013
Brunch @ Choo Choos Restaurant –20559 Fraser Hwy, Langley
Annual Canadian Thanksgiving Road Trip -
Bonnie reviewed plans for the upcoming Canadian Thanksgiving road trip. The route this year will be in and around Snoqualmie WA, Saturday & Leavenworth WA on Sunday. Mark your calendars for Sat & Sun October 12/13. Thanksgiving weekend always coincides with the annual Monroe Swap Meet.
Saturday morning we will meet at the Custer Rest area on I5 (near exit 270), have breakfast at BABE’s Restaurant in Ferndale. Follow I-5 until Everett, leave the Freeway and take a scenic back road drive into Historic Snoqualmie:
In Snoqualimie we would visit:
Northwest Railway Museum Visit a Victorian depot. Learn how the railway changed Washington and influenced settlement. See and feel the excitement of a working railroad. Experience what travel was like before Interstate highways. Hear all the bells and whistles. Travel back in time. No admission charge to visit the depot and grounds.
Flying Frog Antiques and Collectibles located cross the street from the Snoqualmie Railroad Depot. The store features Star Wars and Star Trek collectibles, dolls, die-cast models, furniture, fossils, crystals and lots of other neat stuff! Look for the bubbles above the sidewalk and you will know you are in the right place.
Snoqualmie Falls . At the falls, there is a large park, with gift shop, observation deck, the Salish Lodge and the famous 270 foot waterfall. Admission is free.
Note: I was deprived of viewing Twin Falls Idaho on the Fun Run route this year so I am going to get my fix........!!
Fall City Roadhouse & Inn - a completely restored 1920′s landmark building.
formerly The Riverside Tavern and The Colonial Inn & has been at the same location since 1916. In 1966, The Colonial Inn was a local favorite, and a destination restaurant.
In 1990, the exterior of the Colonial Inn was the used for the TV series Twin Peaks.
Snoqualmie Falls Candy Factory & Cafe a 1950s-style diner, located in the heart of historic Snoqualmie, known for their offers award-winning, hand-crafted candies. & famous peanut brittle, caramel corn or salt water taffy.
Just for the Guys:--- Carmichael's Tru Value Hardware- A quintessential vintage hardware store (possibly similar to Steveston Hardware)
Following the day in Historic Snoqualmie we can have dinner at the Fall City Roadhouse or somewhere else depending on the time. Accommodations in Snoqualmie are pricy & not pet friendly. In North Bend, the 2 motels are dingy (according to trip advisor) so the best place that will accept pets is in Cle Elum. Rates at the EconoLodge/Cascade Mountain Inn (good reviews on Trip Advisor) are $66.60/night with a pet fee of $20.
Sunday we will continue to Leavenworth and spend a few hours there before returning home. It seems Octoberfest is only Friday & Saturday October 11/12 in Leavenworth. For those who do not drink beer.....this is not a problem. It may mean less crowds, but Leavenworth is busy most weekends.
After a few hours visiting Leavenworth, enough time for lunch and a little shopping, we would then work our way home.
Anyone who wishes to have Turkey Dinner could arrange to make dinner on Monday, or be home in time for someone else to cook dinner Sunday night.
**PLEASE LET BONNIE KNOW ASAP, IF YOU WILL BE ATTENDING SO I CAN MAKE MOTEL ARRANGEMENTS**
Christmas Party is scheduled for Saturday December 7 at Delta Golf Course. Cost will be determined by the end of October or early November.
Club Picnic -
Our annual picnic in August was rained out, the only day it rained that month. Gord & Sue Ramberg graciously offered their home nearby for our alternate location. 10 local members attended along with our Washington members, Dave & Linda Baine, Paul & Judi Dexter, Bill & Barbara Forbes. They all braved the border and the rain to visit with everyone. Thanks everyone for coming, Thank You Gord & Sue for the use of your lovely home and the great desserts you served.
Route 66 International Festival - 2013
George & Bonnie once again attended the International Route 66 festival which was held in Joplin MO Aug 1 - 4. Joplin was the site of a devastating tornado in 2011. The festival got off to a start Thursday evening with cruise along ‘66’ from downtown Joplin to the Drive In theatre in Carthage MO, - the movie CARS was the special feature for the event. Tickets were sold in advance by the car load. You could not enter the Drive In unless your name was on the list. Tickets sold out in a matter of hours, mostly from locals who came with their kids and festival attendees. There were 1200 kids in total at the Drive In. Pixar arranged for Mater & Lightning to attend the festival for the entire weekend. The ‘Sheriff’ Michael Wallace was on hand to sign autographs & deputize the young children. This was a great opportunity to introduce the next generation to Route 66.
Friday morning, a Summit meeting was held at City Hall for all the representatives of the Route 66 Associations.
The Route 66 Alliance co sponsored and helped organize the Joplin International Route 66 Festival. The Alliance was formed a few years ago to be a supportive Non Profit corporation for the 8 states along the route. They offer assistance in how to apply for cost share funding and grants, and help with ongoing projects etc. Their goal is to help all the states work together, not individually, as done in the past. They will represent all 8 States as a single voice to talk to local govt’s if needed.
3 Murals were created for the festival, each made from individual tiles which will not fade in the sunlight and are guaranteed to last approx. 50 years . The 2 murals in Joplin were officially dedicated on Friday by the Mayor of Joplin, who welcomed all the international visitors to her city.
As always during a festival there is a’restoration project’. We helped paint the exterior of a former chicken fast food restaurant which is going to re-open soon.
The main festival events took place in Galena KS on Friday and Downtown Joplin MO on Saturday. Both with a big street festival with several bands, and a car show. Pixar brought along Lightning & Mater for the kids. Many pictures were taken.. Other activities and the dedication of another mural in Galena KS were held on Saturday. In Galena they also opened the newly restored ‘Haunted Mansion and Bordello’. Tours were being given by two paranormal specialists. The lady's were in costume and looked great.
Route 66 International Festival - 2014
The 2014 International Festival was announced. It will be held in Kingman AZ , August 13 − 17, 2014. Tentative plans are to have special excursion tours to Grand Canyon West and the world famous Skywalk! Moonlit desert sky Show & Shine, (evening show & shine); Route 66 day trips; Historic district walking tours hosted by Route 66 Author/Historian Jim Hinckley More information can be found on their web site. (See Events)
Welcome to our newest members - Rick & Christy Freeland from the Route 66 Alliance
Don & Sue Rudman from Kemptville, Ontario.
Don & Sue will possibly join our group on the Arizona Route 66 Fun Run next April/May.
In keeping with the Non Profit Association rules we must have an AGM, even if there are not any changes to the executive. November 10 will be the date of our AGM. Our Treasurer Craig McDowall will review the Association finances for the year. If you have any comments regarding our finances etc, please bring those suggestions to our AGM. I do not foresee any changes to membership fees, but that will be determined by our treasurer.
Meeting adjourned 11:30 am.
Photos from our trip to the Route 66 International festival in Joplin Missouri are now in the Photos section.
Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program Web Site: http://www.cr.nps.gov/rt66/
From Ron Warnick's excellent News Site:
The Route 66 Alliance announced Friday that Kingman, Arizona, would be the host city for the 2014 International Route 66 Festival.
The Aug. 13-17 festival is more than a year away. But based on a Sunday report in the Kingman Daily Miner newspaper, the town already is preparing for it.
It will include events at the Hualapai Mountain Resort; an exhibit of Route 66 authors, artists and collectors at the new events center in historic downtown Kingman; a film festival featuring movies that were filmed on Route 66, in Kingman or feature Andy Devine; a bowling tournament; a golf tournament; tours of Desert Diamond Distillery; activities in Hualapai Mountain Park; and car cruising at night.
It will also feature a special edition of Kingman’s Chillin’ on Beale car show with an exhibit of alternative energy vehicles. Hinckley and Wagner hope to get a very special guest for the display that night, a 1902 electric Studebaker owned by Don Robertson of Jerome, Ariz. The car still runs.
They also hope to install electric recharge stations along Route 66 for the festival and turn the historic highway into one of the first electric highways in the nation.
Route 66 author and photographer Jim Hinckley probably deserves a lot of the credit for Kingman landing the festival; he and Josh Noble, executive director of tourism at the Kingman Chamber of Commerce, and Steve Wagner from Re/Max pitched Kingman for more than a year to the Alliance.
If you question having a festival in Arizona in August, keep in mind that Kingman sits at 3,300 feet elevation, moderating the desert heat considerably. The average high temperature that time of year is 93 degrees with low humidity.
109 Cars participated in this years Edmonds City Fair Show & Shine on July 21. A beautiful day of sunshine and record spectator turnout made the event very special. Pictures of the event are in the "Photos" Section.
Photos of this years Marpole Merchants Association Show & Shine are now in the Photos Section. Members of the Canadian Route 66 Association and thier Classic Cars were in attendance. It was a beautiful Summer Day on Granville Street with the local merchants putting out displays, musicions playing and some great food available. The Ronald MacDonald House Charity also attended the show and raised enough for four familys to be housed. A good time was had by all.