Up Next : Six States in Three Weeks

Follow our RV camping road tripUS Map through six states!  In April 2013, we took the kids out of school and took the best RV trip we’ve had to date.  I will start a weekly series about the journey, the places we stayed, any tips, and much more.  Subscribe to the blog with your email to keep up-to-date with the experience.  Thank you and Happy Travels!

Road Trip: Wenatchee River County Park

Are you headed to Leavenworth for Oktoberfest?  Or planning for the Apple Blossom Festival during April?  Maybe you are like us and need a warm, sunny location for Memorial Day weekend.  Then park your wheels at Wenatchee River County Park!

Wenatchee River County Park, or WRCP, has a great facility with easy access on State Highway 2 in Monitor, Washington.   thumbs up for WRCP WRCPThe sites are laid out in loops lending to its park like setting of large lawns for spreading out and plenty of room for the kids to run around or an impromptu football game.  My favorite loop is B due to its proximity to the play park.  I can relax in my lounge chair right outside my RV and watch the kids all day at the merry-go-round.  The park hosts 49 sites with 43 being full hook-ups for $30 a night/$25 for water & electric.  WRCP is strictly an RV park with no tent camping allowed.  This park is wide open and my kids love to bring their bikes.  The car and truck traffic is very low giving me piece of mind while the kids wander on their toys.  Forget your bike?  No worries, WRCP has bikes to check out.  They offer several amenities like free wifi, laundry, showers, bathrooms, volleyball, horseshoes, basketball hoop, golfing cage, free movie and book check-out, work-out areas, and a Ping-Pong table.  Check out WRCP’s website to learn more.  One downside to WRCP are the passing trains.  They do travel all hours of the day and night. [Read more…]

La Push, Olympic Peninsula, Washington – Part 4

Part 4 – Shi Shi Beach and Sol Duc Hot Springs in Olympic National Park

It’s time to wrap up our road trip to the Olympic Peninsula.  We had a memorable ten day vacation and new exploring opportunities two being Shi Shi Beach and Sol Duc Hot Springs.  Read Part 1, Part2, and Part 3 to experience the whole adventure.

I was so excited to hike to Shi Shi Beach.  I have always heard such great things and I wanted to see the beauty with my own eyes.  It is more out of the way than most other beaches in Washington and we just haven’t spent much time in that part of the peninsula.  We have traveled to Cape Flattery a few times, but never had enough time necessary for Shi Shi Beach.

On our way to the trailhead, we stopped at the Makah Cultural & Research Center to buy a Makah Recreation pass.  Oh. My. Gosh.  Makah MuseumI could have spent all day here imagining life as it once was.  I have a huge fascination with Native American life and culture and this museum features wonderful exhibits and learning opportunities as the nation’s only repository for pre-contact archaeological discoveries.  The museum is filled with archaeological finds from the Ozette dig, which is regarded as one of the most significant archaeological finds of North America.  After 11 years of continual excavation by Washington State University, the Ozette dig was closed in 1981.  Over 55,000 artifacts were recovered from this dig. [Read more…]

Road Trip: Issaquah Salmon Days Festival

Have you checked out the local streams lately?  It’s that time a year again when the persistent and determined salmon return to their birthplace to complete their life cycle.  What a beautiful story and inspiraing demonstration of perserverance.  A salmon, after being at sea, will find the same river it once left behind.  It will swim upstream, fight against the current, fight against it own decaying body to achieve its purpose to spawn.  Unjustly, the salmon quietly dies before its offspring start their own journey.  Despite all the obsticals, these fish can swim hundreds of miles upstream and some swim up thousands of feet in elevation to return to their birthplace.Salmon Hatchery

In honor of the annual return of the salmon, Issaquah, Washington has celebrated with Salmon Days Festival since 1970.  This year Issaquah Salmon Days will be celebrated on October 5-6, 2013.  This fantastic and FREE festival attracts over 180,000 visitors.  We will return again to this festival for our 9th time and I wanted to share a few things I have learned over the [Read more…]

La Push, Olympic Peninsula, Washington – Part 3

Part 3 – Kalaloch, Beach 4, The Big Tree, and Ruby Beach

Where is the best place to watch a Pacific storm blow in?  Kalaloch Lodge, hands down.  From the comfort of your cabin, hotel room, or in our case, the restaurant, Kalaloch Lodge has great views from every direction.

During our trip to the coast, the weather was a roller coaster ride.  To ride out one of the storms, we drove down to Kalaloch Lodge and had a nice long lunch from their great menu and watched the waves crash against the shore.Kalaloch

Kalaloch Campground is just north of the lodge with access to the beach.  Campsites are nestled among a lush coastal forest.  There are 168 dry camping spots to choose from each equipped with a picnic table and fire ring.  A dump station is located at the campground for your convenience for a $5 fee.  You can make your reservations for the campground at Recreation.gov.  Be sure to reserve early.  Sites, especially with beach views, are reserved quickly.  Several walks surround Kalaloch including The Kalaloch Creek Nature Trail, which is a mile long trail along Kalaloch Creek though the forest.

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