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
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.
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.
National Geographic Traveler calls Washington State’s Cascades Loop: “One of America’s grandest, most spectacular drives.” The inland portion of the Loop runs 400 miles from Everett over the Cascade Mountains (the “south loop”), up the east side of Lake Chelan, and back to Interstate 5 at Burlington (the “north loop.”). At some point, you should take a week to camp it all.
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 but we approached the park at near dusk and the road was lined with deer which 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