There was a clear winner for the route for our first cruise and we have likely selected the second and third ones as well. Everyone seemed to like the idea of High Bridge Road, which is a very twisty country road. The most open day that everyone mentioned was Saturday, September 9th (09/09), so that’s the day. It looks like we’ll be starting around 09:30.
The meet point for the start of the cruise and the end point are currently unknown, but I have tentatively set the start point as the parking lot for the Albertson’s in Clearview (17520 WA-9) and the end point as the center of Snoqualmie. We will also be stopping at Snoqualmie Falls, since it’s near the end of this route. If you have a better idea for the start point, please let me know in the comments.
Near the end of the route we will be stopping at Snoqualmie Falls, where anyone that opted out of the upper part of the cruise could meet us before the final leg to lunch.
The final destination (Lunch) is also unknown. Options include almost anywhere from Issaquah through North Bend (but preferably Snoqualmie through North Bend) that is reasonably inexpensive, suitable for a group, good for people of all ages (no over-21 bars, prefer to avoid the casino), and casual (no waitstaff). My first thought is Rio Bravo in North Bend due to the scenic location, outdoor seating, and the fact that summer is fleeting here, but I’d love to hear all of your thoughts on places to go. This will also act as a final meeting spot for anyone that opted out of the cruise that wants to hang out with us.
Here are the current ideas for routes:
#1 - ~37 miles - High Bridge -> West Snoquamie Valley -> Ames Lake -> Redmond-Fall City -> Fall City-Snoqualmie -> Snoqualmie Falls -> End:
This is the simplest route with minimal stopping to regroup, but less curves after High Bridge.
#2 - 50 miles - High Bridge -> Woodinville-Duvall -> Cherry Valley -> Kelly -> Carnation-Duvall -> Carnation Farm -> Ames Lake -> Redmond-Fall City -> Tolt Hill -> Fall City-Carnation -> Fall City-Snoqualmie -> Snoqualmie Falls -> End:
This route is the most complex and curvy I could come up with that didn’t backtrack (there are limited bridges over the river). There are 3 regroup points - Duvall/Cherry Valley, Chinook Bend, and south of Carnation. This could be an alternate for #3 with a later regroup point past Fall City (unless that’s our ultimate destination).
#3 - 48 miles - High Bridge -> Woodinville-Duvall -> Cherry Valley -> Kelly -> Carnation-Duvall -> Carnation Farm -> Ames Lake -> Redmond-Fall City -> Fall City-Snoqualmie -> Snoqualmie Falls -> End:
The same number of bridge crossings, but slightly shorter and more driving on a highway.
Let me know which ones you like best, your order of preference, and if you think something should be added/dropped from a route. If you have any ideas for a final destination or like the one I proposed, please mention that as well.