Olympic National Park

I've lived in the Pacific Northwest for 20 years now, and finally went to the Olympics. For the first half of our week-long vacation, my sister and I first stayed at Kalaloch Campground on the coast then moved to Sol Duc for the second half. I spent additional nights at Denny Creek Campground just west... Continue Reading →


Leavenworth…Washington’s Bavaria

Leavenworth is way cooler than I imagined it would be. I was expecting it to be a little cheesy I guess. The Bavarian theme of the town is done very tastefully, in my opinion, and the area surrounding Leavenworth is beautiful. Unfortunately the trails are pretty crowded, but that's to be expected when you're so... Continue Reading →

4th of July on Priest Lake

I'd reserved site 147 in Lionhead campground for 4th of July weekend 9 months earlier. I'd heard that Priest Lake has a nice fireworks show for the 4th, so I wanted to check it out. Lionhead Unit Campground is the northernmost part of Priest Lake State Park. The east side of the lake is where... Continue Reading →

Baseball in Libby, Montana

I love traveling to away tournaments for my son's baseball games, especially when they're held in exceptionally beautiful country. The trip started with a non-tournament baseball game in Bonners Ferry, then on to Libby, Montana, for the Big Bucks Tournament. On Wednesday at noon, I dropped my son off at the team bus. He headed... Continue Reading →

Columbia Gorge Camping

This was a quick trip as the main goal was for David to run the White Salmon Half Marathon. David and I took off work on Friday and drove west to the Columbia Gorge. Seeing as how it was so close to Portland and a Friday night, we were concerned that we might not get... Continue Reading →

Fall Camping at Round Lake

I typically don't camp this late in the year, because I don't like the cold. But I do have the Chalet travel trailer with a propane heater after all. And I had brought plenty of books and blankets, so really there was much potential for a great weekend. The forecast had even called for rain,... Continue Reading →

Garfield Bay Kayaking

We stayed at Garfield Bay Campground and I forgot to take photos of our campspot. I didn't realize I'd be writing this blog back when I took this trip. So I only have a few photos to share. Garfield Bay on Lake  Pend Oreille is a great place to go if you want some quiet.... Continue Reading →

Lower Priest Lake Kayaking

We usually stay at Luby Bay Campground when we go to Lower Priest. There's a walking path that takes you to Hills Resort from the campground, and the beach there is great. Its a nice paddle to the islands. It's not so quick to get up to Upper Priest from Luby. To do that, you'd... Continue Reading →

4th of July at Hells Gate State Park

Fourth of July in north Idaho can be unpredictable weather-wise, so back in January, we made our reservations at Hells Gate knowing we were more likely to have warm, dry weather down there. The fireworks were to be set off over the Snake River. We'd all brought our bicycles, so we could bike over on a... Continue Reading →

Priest Lake & Ironman Training

This was a rather spontaneous trip as it was dependent on Jack's baseball team finishing their tournament on Friday instead of Saturday, and if we got David's tree cut down by Saturday morning. We chose to camp up here for just the night, because there was a bike on sale on Craigslist outside of Priest... Continue Reading →

Dworshak Reservoir

We camped here on Memorial Day weekend because it's warmer here than at home. It was a very family-friendly campground. Jack ran into a teammate from his baseball team, and there were a bunch of kids biking and throwing the ball around at the campground. There was a volunteer with a huge telescope at the... Continue Reading →

Orcas Island Kayaking & Trail Running

Rather than drive all the way from Moscow to Anacortes, where the ferry took off from, we drove as far as Leavenworth and stayed at Icicle Creek Campground the first night of our trip. Nothing really special about this campground other than a bear warning sign blocking off a few campsites in the campground. Ironically... Continue Reading →

McCall Meanders

This is definitely a trip I recommend. You don’t even need your own boat for this one, since you can rent them at North Beach, where the Meanders empties into Payette Lake. We got to McCall late on Friday, and we almost didn’t get a campspot. It ended up being McCall’s 4th of July fireworks weekend,... Continue Reading →

Elk River Reservoir

Having just bought 2 Hobie kayaks and a Chalet pop-up trailer in late August of 2011, this was my first overnight trip. Jack and I put our kayaks into the reservoir right from our campspot.

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