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Volcanoes and Paradise

By |December 17th, 2014|

Mount Rainier, Mount St. Helens, and a Wedding in Upstate NY September 12- October 1, 2014 Driving away from the San Juan Islands early was difficult. Raja was having issues so we just took off, caught the ferry, and then drove to Silver Creek, WA. Silver Creek would be our home base while we visited Mount Rainier and Mt St Helens. Before we could play tourists we had to play parents so we drove Raja to Portland to get checked up by Dr. Stephanie Harvey, a dear friend who just so happens to be living on the West Coast. Luckily, Raja’s blood work was normal and her radiographs (x-rays) just showed some degenerative joint disease (arthritis) in her pelvis.   Our assumption was that she fell in the RV. Actually after several days back in the RV we noticed that Raja would no longer go to her favorite ‘sun’ spot up on the dashboard by the steering wheel. So we think she probably got caught up on the steering wheel while jumping down. Fortunately, several days of pain medication and rest had our sweet old lady back to her talkative self! After patching up the cat we decided it was again time for the tourist us, so we drove to Mount Rainier National Park. Our destination this day was the Paradise area. What a beautiful drive and hike. The mountain peaked out showing us it’s magnificence, and the marmots where playing and chatting around every trail bend. It was a better hike than either of us thought it would be, which for us is a pleasant surprise. Needless to say we really enjoyed ourselves! Exhausted, the next few days were spent on [...]

Enjoying sunsets in La Conner, Washington

By |October 20th, 2014|

August 29 – September 1, 2014 We arrived in La Conner thinking it would just be a quick stop before taking the ferry to the San Juan Islands. Yes, you read that right, but that post will have to wait until later. We got a great spot overlooking the Skagit Bay that offered us unbelievable sunsets from both inside and outside of the rig. We of course went shopping at the local farmers market and also managed to stumble across the 4th annual grand opening of the New Sound Brewery. Fun times were had and more sunsets were witnessed. La Conner is a cute little town overlooking the Swinomish Channel and Skagit Bay. It has a lovely historic downtown on the riverfront. We enjoyed drinks at the local brewery, fresh bakery items, and browsing through the shops. Each shop in town is required to sell different and unique items. That was a breath of fresh air as many small tourist towns have 10 shops that sell all the same items. Thus the shops were true local gems. Anacortes is a nearby town and it is where the ferry terminal is located. We decided to check it out in the toad first before bravely driving the RV on the ferry. Driving the town afforded us with many great ocean views and secret coves to enjoy. We also drove around Fidalgo Island and enjoyed most of the local sights. Since our park once again had a hot tub we found ourselves relaxing and chatting with the locals about the history of this place and travel spots in general. People who travel are an interesting bunch to say the least. We [...]

Thousand Trails LaConner RV

By |October 20th, 2014|

LaConner, WA Website: http://www.rvonthego.com/washington/la-conner-rv-camping-resort/ Overview: This is a very nice Thousand Trails/Encore Resort on the Skagit Bay! It is also on the Swimonish Indian Reservation. The Swimonish community has a fishery near the park, so no public fishing is allowed. The park is very large with SO many amenities. It is about a 5 minute drive to the lovely downtown of LaConner and 20 minutes from Mount Vernon. In addition it is 15-20 minutes to Anacortes and the ferry system to the San Juan Islands. We loved our stay here and definitely will return! Campsites: Fairly level, dirt RV parking pads of varying sizes. Some sites are very small (suitable for a small trailer or tent) while others are big enough for 30-45 feet RVs. Many water view sites are available! All sites are 30 amps with water; some sites have sewer hook-ups (about 1/3 of the sites). Most sites are wooded for privacy. Each site has a fire ring and picnic table. Amenities: Boat launch, spa (hot tub), family center with public Wi-Fi, trading post store, recreation center, beach volleyball court, shuffleboard courts, horseshoe pits, multiple playgrounds, adult lodge, cabin rental, pickle ball courts, dump station, and lots of planned activities. Pet friendly: Yes. Internet:  Public Wi-Fi at Family Center, good cellular signals Price:  $34/night Rating: 4.5/5

Enjoying beer and sausage in Leavenworth

By |October 7th, 2014|

Leavenworth, WA August 9-17, 2014 What does one do in Leavenworth, Washington? Enjoy the German heritage, the sites, and relax. We both remembered this place and had been looking forward to visiting the town again. Upon arriving we were completely lost trying to find our RV Park. After setting up camp we were talking about how weird our first impressions were and decided to get to the bottom of the lack of deja vu. To make a longer story shorter, after talking with a few locals about the city’s past we decided that we had actually never been here. We had been reminiscing about the Danish village of Solvang, California, NOT the Bavarian village Leavenworth, Washington! What a great surprise for a traveler to conclude. [Click here to read our blog post on Solvang, CA]   Wiping our Leavenworth slate clean we dove head first into experiencing the Bavarian themed town. The town has a calm river running through it that tourists enjoy tubing in. The schnitzels are authentic and the beer gardens called out our names. While in town we stocked up on all things German, namely sausage, ice cream, beer, cheese, and more sausage. That’s the wurst that we could buy. The local community happened to be running a theatre show of the Sound of Music that we couldn’t wait to see. The open-air theatre overlooking the Cascade mountain range did not disappoint. And the Leavenworth Summer Theater performers did an excellent job incorporating the ‘Swiss Alps’ into the performance. All I can say is that the hills were alive with the sound of music! Overall our stay near Leavenworth brought rains to the area helping to douse [...]

Chilling at the 3rd deepest lake in America, Lake Chelan

By |October 3rd, 2014|

Lake Chelan, WA August 2-9, 2014 Holy cow, we’ve stumbled upon a quant little beach town in the middle of burning forests! We arrived in Lake Chelan with a newly chipped windshield and immediately upon arrival we were told we would have to board our animals before we would be allowed to enter the park. Bummer. After some conversation and our willingness to leave with a full refund the park decided that we should stay. Go figure. From that moment on Wizard became a “therapy dog”. His new title never fooled me, but if that’s the way they want us to explain it, ok. So yes we were at a packed family vacation park on the beach of one of the deepest lakes in the US and we couldn’t let the dogs out. That was the crappy part, but the lake and small town made up for most of the verbal abuse we endured when the Wiz had to wiz. Seriously, some dude bitched at us for walking the dog. He was clearly having a mid-wife crisis as told by his premature balding patterns. He also had the delusion that he owned the upper half of the park. Weird. We were biking distance to town so we regularly took a ride to eat out and peruse the shops. We drove around the lake as much as roads would take us enjoying the wineries, orchards, and over all scenic views. We were here during all the wildfires in Washington state so by now we were used to the smell of constant smoke and the faint hellish glow coming from over the hills. In Glacier National Park we first saw the smoke from Washington’s fires. [...]

Lakeshore RV Park

By |October 2nd, 2014|

Chelan, WA Website:  http://cityofchelan.us/parks/rv/rv_park.aspx Overview: This is a city owned park in downtown Chelan. It is centrally located to walk to downtown and enjoy the lake front beach. Overall, the location is ideal, however this is a VERY busy park in the summer months. There is minimal privacy and no serenity. Campsites: Paved, level full hook up sites (30/50 amp, sewer, water, cable). Each site has a picnic table. The sites are very closely spaced, but trees abound. Amenities: Access to Don Morse Park, which has beach/lake front, docks, skate park, playground, volleyball/basketball/tennis courts, putting green, and boat rental. The RV Park itself has numerous bathhouses and a dump station. Pet friendly: No. Pets are not allowed in the park from Memorial Day to Labor day. They are allowed during the off-season. The staff was friendly with us and allowed Wizard to stay because we had traveled so far and were not notified of the no pet policy. (We would not have stayed here if we knew Wizard was not allowed.) Internet:  Not at campsites. Great cellular signals! (Free Wi-Fi is available at the office) Price:  $44-55/night peak season, $28+/night of season Rating: 2.5/5

Relaxing in Eastern Washington

By |September 30th, 2014|

Newport, WA, Spokane, WA, and Coeur d'Alene, ID July 25 – August 1, 2014 Leaving Glacier National Park is always sad, but seeing how they had no room to keep us, we reluctantly left. Our next stop was Newport, Washington. We set up camp about 45 minutes north of Spokane and then relaxed a bit in the hot tub. So after our morning swim and soak we took off for the farmers market in Spokane. After some great fresh finds among the stands, especially wild mushrooms, we went to check out some of the city. Spokane is a nice city along a set of waterfalls. There are a few parks that litter the city center and are a nice break from the hustle and bustle. Also, there are some good restaurants that overlook the river that divides the city. Of course we also had to pay homage to the local breweries. We slowed down a bit this week and got caught up on our reading, movies, and pool time. Coeur d’Alene was a close day trip that we took. This little town is actually in Idaho and was action packed with lakeside water sports while we visited. Eating out in the marina was a great way to make us both feel like we were small part of the 1%. The RV park we were staying at had a ton of trails and was nestled next to a state park so Wizard loved his walks in the woods. Did I mention we loved our time in the pool and hot tub. The park also had a driving range, a clubhouse with activities, disc golf course, paddle boats/canoes, etc. So as [...]

Little Diamond RV Campground

By |September 30th, 2014|

Newport, WA Website: http://www.thousandtrails.com/washington/little-diamond-rv-campground/ Overview: This is a Thousand Trail/KOA Park in Newport, Washington, which is about a 1-hour drive to Spokane and 1.5 hour drive to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. It is in a very remote location and is very peaceful. It is NOT on Diamond Lake, which is a nice large lake; rather it is on Little Diamond Lake that is essentially a pond (not ideal for swimming). It has nice amenities, however the staff are NOT friendly. The staff is KOA employed and do not treat their TT members well. Campsites: Thousand Trail (TT) campsites are not maintained well. There are NO sewer connections in this park. The TT sites vary from small back-in sites to large pull through sites. Each site has 30 amp power and water hook ups. They are dirt packed and vary in leveling. The KOA sites are level and gravel and newly maintained. Each campsite has a picnic table and fire-ring. Amenities: Heated pool and hot tub. The hot tub is for adults only. There is a pond/small lake for fishing (stocked yearly) or non-motorized boating. Family Lodge with game room, laundry facilities, golfing range, baseball diamond, Frisbee golf, camp store, dump station, playground, basketball court, hiking trails, rental cabins, and bathhouses. Pet friendly: Yes, with a small fenced in off-leash area. Internet:  Not available at campsites. There is a small area with free Wi-Fi assess. Cell signals vary. Price:  non-member $32-42/night Rating: 3/5  

Exploring the 406. Love.

By |August 14th, 2014|

Missoula, Montana July 5-11, 2014 Breweries, Buddhists, and Beauty, these three words sum up our stay in the clear mountain skies of Missoula. Who would have thought that this Montana town is another great spot to get away from the hustle and bustle of big city life but with all the amenities that one needs to live a life of Montana luxury? We arrived on Saturday and dutifully found a local brewery to watch the World Cup. Futbol and fresh brewed beer, it doesn't get much better than that! After our drinking was over we called it a day, some days are busier than others, what can I say. We awoke refreshed and did a town drive of Missoula, home to the University of Montana, which is why the little town has a handful of local breweries, a downtown full of swanky shops, and side streets with plenty of good food. A wide river, the Clark Fork River, runs through downtown splitting the town in two and adding ambiance while eating or drinking riverside. Staying just outside of town afforded us with an easy path to the National Bison Range. Because it was less than an hour drive we loaded up for a fun filled day of exploration. On the way to the Range we passed a nice Buddhist monastery, the Garden of the One Thousand Buddhas, so we swung in to see what in the chant was going on. We walked amongst the 1000 Buddhas and enjoyed the surrounding scenery and then were once again headed to the range. However, an interesting fact is that they chose the location of this Buddhist garden because it sits in a valley surrounded by 360 degrees of [...]

Jim and Mary’s RV Park, Missoula, Montana

By |August 14th, 2014|

Missoula, Montana Website: http://jimandmarys.com/ Overview:  This is a beautiful RV park right outside of Missoula, Montana.  It is well maintained and has amazing flower gardens throughout the park.  The sites are well spaced and most have partial or full shade.  The staff is extremely helpful and friendly. Campsites: Level, gravel sites with full hook-ups (30/50 Amp, water, sewer) with cable TV.  There is a picnic table at each site.  Most sites have partial to full shade.  The sites are well spaced with adequate privacy for a private owned park. Amenities:  Bathhouses, laundry facilities, small store, community room with weekly entertainment, recycling bins, and beautiful gardens throughout.  They also easily allow mail to be delivered for you! Pet friendly: Yes. Internet:  Good quality free Wi-Fi from campground.  All phone services have good signals. Price:  $40/night, $217/week Rating: 4.5/5