South Whidbey State Park – Whidbey Island, Washington

We camped at this park at the end of August 2013. We were there with 3 other families which consisted of 8 adults and 9 teenagers. This state park is about a 2.5 hour drive from Surrey BC.  We approached the park near dusk when the road was lined with deer.  This made driving very interesting and nerve racking at the same time. We must have counted 150 deer in the short stretch of land from Greenbank along highway 525 to The State Park. I tried to take pictures but it was too dark and not safe enough to stop. Continue reading

Another Road Trip Route to Consider.

I found this web site but the ads made it impossible to read. Here is an ad free version to keep on file.

With the help of a sophisticated algorithm, this road trip allows you to start in any state. Just hop on at the point that runs through your state and keep going until you’re back at your starting point!image Continue reading

Road tripping in the USA? 4 National Park Road Trips.

There is still time so here is a great link if you are planning any road trips in the USA.  Maybe next summer we can put this on our travel plans.

4 National Park Trips, sounds great! Click the link or picture to get a closer look.


Bay View State Park – Bay View, Washington


We just arrived home from a weekend at Bay View State Park. It was great camping with my sister and her husband and we left our kids and dogs at home. That makes for a much simpler and more relaxing weekend. Continue reading

50 Waterfront Parks in 50 States

Now that camping season is upon us I am reposting this for those who missed it.

Camp That Site

Here is a great site to find 50 waterfront campgrounds in 50 different states. Worthiness saving for future referance!


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Pearrygin Lake State Park: Winthrop, Washington

As we stated in our Lake Wenatchee blog, the Cascades Loop is widely regarded as one of America’s most scenic drives.   I offer this photo as proof:

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North Cascades Loop

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Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

The world’s first national park is also one of it’s most famous camping destinations.  Play the licence plate game, and you’ll collect cars from almost every US state and Canadian province.  They have all come to enjoy Yellowstone’s natural beauty and abundant wildlife.

campgroundmapYellowstone’s 12 campgrounds vary in terms of whether they can be booked in advance , whether they have hook-ups, flush toilets, and even whether you can stay there in a canvas-sided pop-up (due to all the bears.)  There are also plenty of private campgrounds just outside the park boundaries.   Be sure to research before you go.

Also research how cold Yellowstone gets;  our mid-summer night-time temperatures were close to freezing.  Bring blankets.

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Camping in the USA

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imageWe live within 30 minutes of 5 US border crossings so it is not unusual for us to drive state side for camping. It is not that camping in the USA is better than camping in Canada it is just another option. As mentioned in an earlier blog, Why it’sHard to Find a Campsite, it very hard to get a campsite anywhere in BC so we expand our options by camping in Washington and Oregon. Many State Parks offer campsites that are equally private, well kept and beautiful as any we have found in BC so there is no reason to avoid considering them as an option.

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Seaquest State Park: Castle Rock, Washington

Just off I-5, an hour north of Portland, lies Mount St Helens, one of the “Ring of Fire” volcanoes that line the Pacific coastline.  Us old timers remember the 1980 explosion so it seamed like an interesting place for one of our first family camping trips, back in 2004.  We were not disappointed.

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Alder Lake: Eatonville, Washington


On the way home from Mount St Helens in 2004, we planned to check out the area up to Mount Raineer.  We hadn’t been there before, or even heard much about it, but the AAA guide book mentioned a couple of Gems so we decided to check it out.  I’m glad we did.

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