business and pleasure 5/15 – 5/17 2015

I had a planned meeting with a worker from Pend Oreille County for Saturday the 16th in Newport Washington. My wife Joanne suggested we take the camper out and camp nearby for the weekend. She knew I would be gone all day Saturday and she was fine with staying at the campsite with Cody and all our dogs. It would also be a good time to test run our newest dachshund, Max. He has not been out camping yet and we needed to make sure he would do fine. So we decided that we would camp at Freeman Lake. Freeman Lake is just across the Idaho state line and just a few minutes out of Newport Washington. Freeman Lake has a few spots that you can disperse camp. There is no fee to camp there as a bonus. We arrived around 6:30 Friday evening and got camp set up. Soon we had our campfire going and I had my beverage of choice in hand.

freeman lake idaho

freeman lake idaho

our camp spot

our camp spot

nice views from our spot

nice views from our spot

joanne and cody

joanne and cody

cody settled in and reading.

cody settled in and reading.

our herd of dachshunds

our herd of dachshunds

freeman lake just a few steps away from our spot

freeman lake just a few steps away from our spot

Saturday morning after coffee and a quick breakfast that Joanne made, I drove into Newport to meet the county representative. We took the van along on this trip so I could go to the meeting and keep the camper at camp. My meeting today would be to work on a Geocache challenge in the county that will be in July. I have been working for several months with Pend Oreille County in seeing what Geocaching can do for tourism.  We have a plan set and today we would be driving all over the county to place geocaches for the July event. There will be 25 caches that cachers will have to find throughout the county. They will fill in a passport showing that they were there and when they finish the passport, it gets turned in for a custom geocoin. So we put on a lot of miles and 11 hours and got half of the 25 caches completed. We will have the rest complete in the next week. I am really looking forward to the event. I had traveled to some new places that day in the county. Saw lots of amazing views on the trip. I took only a couple pictures.

sullivan lake

sullivan lake

bridge in ione. i like the color, go big or nothing.

bridge in ione. i like the color, go big or nothing.

I arrived back at camp at dinner time. Joanne and Cody said they had a nice relaxing day while I was away. We had our dinner and sat around the fire for the rest of the night. It was a good end to the day.

Sunday morning we slowly packed up after breakfast. We had plans to drop the camper off at a secure place in Newport and we would take a drive into the mountains with the van. Our drive was to head out some forest roads in search of 3 geocaches. 2 of the geocaches have not been found in almost 5 years. We were anxious to see if they were still there. While the roads we drove would be better for a higher clearance vehicle the van made it through…with lots of new scratches. It will buff out, right? The drive had many great views and we did indeed find all 3 caches. Yes, the two that have not been found in almost 5 years were there and in perfect shape. We even had a view of Freeman Lake while up in the mountains. Wow, the views were great.

one of the many great views.

one of the many great views.

one of the caches that have not been found in 5 years

one of the caches that have not been found in 5 years

amazing scenery

amazing scenery

the second cache that its been 5 years since the last finder.

the second cache that its been 5 years since the last finder.

freeman lake, where we stayed

freeman lake, where we stayed

several flowers were in bloom

several flowers were in bloom

After the third cache was found we made our way down the mountain and returned to get the camper. It was time to head home and get ready for the next work week. We will be back out again after work on Friday for the three day weekend. Our next outing is to Ableni Cove just a few short miles from where we stayed this weekend. So the camper worked great for our business and pleasure weekend. We knew it would, it is always ready for us to use and have fun with.

business and pleasure 5/15 – 5/17 2015

wine tour gathering 4/22 – 4/26 2015

It was finally time for the Wine Tour Gathering in Prosser Washington. We had been looking forward to this event for a long time. After work on Wednesday Joanne and I left home and started our drive towards Prosser. Our son, Cody and the dogs would be watched by our older son Jeff. Then for two of the nights my Dad would watch Cody. We thank them both for that. On Wednesday night we made it to Scooteney Park. The location of the park and campground is west of Connell Washington. We arrived just before sundown and had no problem finding a spot for the night. We had a spot right next to the lake and the view was amazing. There are no hookups at this campground but there are flush bathrooms, fresh water and a dump station available. Cost for a nights stay was $15.00, a great deal for the location.

fee station with information

fee station with information

our spot as the sun sets

our spot as the sun sets

all the sites were great

all the sites were great

joanne at sunset along the shoreline.

joanne at sunset along the shoreline.

We sat in our chairs outside for a bit looking at the views then went to bed. The night was very peaceful and we awoke refreshed. In the morning while standing outside we could smell the wonderful smells of the lilac bush right next to the camper. In fact many things were in bloom at the time. We went for a short walk through the park on a mission to find a geocache. There was one not far away and it made for a nice morning walk. We found the cache and returned to the camper. We got the few things put away and left to make our way to Prosser.

i love the smell of lilac.

i love the smell of lilac.

lots of things in bloom

lots of things in bloom

Making our way to Prosser we stopped in Connell to find a couple geocaches. Wow, what we found was really neat. We love finding treasures in the little towns that normally we would not stop at. Thanks to geocaching, we do.

me at a very cool sculpture

me at a very cool sculpture

joanne enjoying another sculpture

joanne enjoying another sculpture

they all made us laugh

they all made us laugh

We then drove to and made a stop in Pasco to get a few groceries. When we returned to the camper to put them away we were asked several questions by a woman at our camper intrigued about our setup. We don’t mind talking about it and spent several minutes going over things. After the short visit we drove to Prosser. We first went up the hill from town to find a couple more geocaches, of course.

very steep hill while out caching.

very steep hill while out caching.

We then went to the Wine Country RV Resort where we would spend the next few days and checked in. We pulled into our site and some friends of ours that were there for the gathering were in their site. We dropped off a couple things at the site and we all went to the Horse Heaven Saloon to have lunch and try a beer or two from the brewery. The food was great but we were disappointed that half the beers made at the brewery were not available. Something I will keep in mind for future trips to Prosser.

our spot at wine country rv resort

our spot at wine country rv resort

the resort is very nice

the resort is very nice

Later on Thursday more friends arrived. About 10 of us went to the resort office and did a wine tasting that was going on. Yes, a wine tasting at the resort office…how cool is that? After the tasting we walked down to the local Mexican restaurant for dinner. Lots of laughs and good food were had.

a few of us visiting before going to do wine tasting at the resort office

a few of us visiting before going to do wine tasting at the resort office

a few of the campers already arrived with more to follow

a few of the campers already arrived with more to follow

dinner at the mexican restaurant

dinner at the mexican restaurant

george didnt make it in the first picture so i HAD to get him in this one. you are welcome George.

george didnt make it in the first picture so i HAD to get him in this one. you are welcome George.

 A little rain passed through the resort and a beautiful double rainbow appeared. The picture I got does not do justice for what it looked like. We returned to the resort and visited for a little while before calling it a night. There would be lots of wine tasting to do tomorrow and we needed our sleep.

rainbow

rainbow

the rainbow was awesome

the rainbow was awesome

 

On Friday a few of us drove to Zillah Washington just a short 25 miles away to do some wine tasting. There are a bunch of wineries to try out there. We stopped at some we did not like and several we did like. It was fun to travel around with fellow campers.

a few of us at the first stop

a few of us at the first stop

we all like silver lake winery

we all liked silver lake winery

joanne and I

joanne and I

a little tour at silver lake

a little tour at silver lake

bottling section

bottling section

great food from the food truck. we all had lunch and enjoyed the views.

great food from the food truck. we all had lunch and enjoyed the views.

We returned to the resort and visited for a little bit. Joanne and I decided to walk to the wineries next to the resort to find something for dinner. We ended up at Wine O’ Clock. Wow, what a neat place. The food was amazing and the seating area was very cool. It was like a home kitchen and you sit and eat right next to it. We really enjoyed our meal and were happy that we decided to stop there.

you could watch your meal being prepared.

you could watch your meal being prepared.

a great meal for sure

a great meal for sure

After dinner we walked back to the resort and visited with fellow friends for a little while before calling it a night. Yes, there would be another full day of wine tasting on Saturday.

On Saturday most of us did our wine tasting in the Prosser area. Saturday turned out to be a very busy day with the Spring Barrel festivities. Lots of crowds and some interesting people watching. After a full day of wine tasting it was time to return to the resort for the potluck dinner. As always, a ton of great food to share among friends.

great times at the potluck

great times at the potluck

After dinner I handed out a 10 question test on wine tasting. The winner with the most correct won a cheese cutting kit. We all had a bunch of laughs at our uh…attempts at getting the right answers.

taking the test

taking the test

After the fun of the test and the prize handed out I thanked everyone for attending the gathering. I talked about the upcoming events like the National Rally in Colorado Springs and a couple other events later this year. I also hinted on a location for a rally in July 2016 that it would be in Northern Oregon. Details for that will be later this year. After that we cleaned up and then visited for a while back at the campers.

On Sunday morning we had our farewell breakfast. It has become a tradition for the rallies and gatherings we host to have pancakes, sausage and scrambled eggs for breakfast. Joanne and I started a couple hours earlier so it would be ready by 9 am.

me getting a bunch of eggs cracked and ready for scrambled eggs

me getting a bunch of eggs cracked and ready for scrambled eggs

joanne manning the stove

joanne manning the stove

time to eat

time to eat

there was plenty of food to eat.

there was plenty of food to eat.

After breakfast we cleaned up the meeting room and then packed up our things in the camper. It was time to say goodbye to our friends and leave the resort. We had a great time these last few days. We met some new friends and enjoyed seeing other friends again. When we checked out at the office we set dates for a return wine tasting trip in 2016. The dates will be May 5-8 2016.

We left the resort heading east towards the Tri Cities. We decided to stop and do a few geocaches and do one more wine tasting. We stopped and had some great wine to taste and had a little lunch before making the drive back to home.

beautiful day out

beautiful day out

nice views

nice views

We drove straight through to home, only a 3 hour drive for us. What a fun last few days. It would be a get back home and return to work deal now. We look forward to the next time we meet our friends again. Thank you to those who could attend the wine tour and thank you to Wine Country RV Resort for letting us have our group stay there.

 

wine tour gathering 4/22 – 4/26 2015

 

 

 

 

 

all good things must come to an end 4/11 2015

Yes indeed, all good things must come to an end. Nothing lasts forever so they say. We had so many great memories and traveled many a miles with it. It gave us laughs standing around it and most importantly, it gave us great food to enjoy. Yes, it was time… time to replace our barbecue. Many have seen our dear friend that is attached to a swing out bracket and mounted to the rear of our truck. Heck, some have had food cooked off of that grill. After many a meal it was breaking down. We can not really blame it, it hung out on its bracket all year long out in every element known to man. Eventually, I think everyone would break down. So today was the day to move it aside and bring in its replacement.

our old bbq that served us well

our old bbq that served us well

the swing our bracket that the bbq was attached to.

the swing our bracket that the bbq was attached to.

After removing the mounting bracket from the old barbecue I had to measure the new one so the bracket could be swapped over. I had to get some spacers from the hardware store and a couple gas fittings but other than that, no problem at all. For those that do not know, our barbecue is piped into our camper via a quick connect. So I take off the regulator that comes with the barbecue and then I pipe it in.  It is all pretty easy really.

the mounting bracket that attaches to the swing out arm.

the mounting bracket that attaches to the swing out arm.

After getting the propane hose connected and testing it for leaks, I drilled bolt holes in the new barbecue for the mounting bracket. I placed four bolts with spacers and snug it all down. Simple and quick. Well, it would have been quick if my cordless batteries were charged. After they charged up it was then, no problem.

oooohhhh the new shiny barbecue.

oooohhhh the new shiny barbecue.

I had Chef Joanne come out and try out the barbecue. It got her approval, good thing since she cooks for us.

joanne like it.

joanne like it.

The new barbecue swings out and back into its storage spot just like the old one. It really is convenient for us.

all stored away in its riding spot to new adventurers.

all stored away in its riding spot to new adventurers.

So yes, some things must come to an end. Could I have patched up the old one and made it last a bit longer? Maybe. Parts for that barbecue were hard to find since it is not made anymore. We also wanted to get a two burner and the old one had only one burner. We are pretty happy with it and we look forward to the next meal cooked on it.

 

all good things must come to an end 4/11 2015

 

2000 4/3-4/5 2015

2000. 2000 what? Has it been 2000 days since we first went truck camping? Maybe it was the 2000th new place we camped at this weekend? The answer is 2000 geocache finds. We started geocaching on February 16 2013 and have really loved the hobby. We do a lot of geocaching everywhere we go. Not as much as some die hard geocachers but enough to keep us happy and enjoy the hobby. There are other geocachers that have far far more geocache finds than us but we were pretty happy to reach that milestone on this weekends trip.

We went to the membership campground we belong to, Ponderosa Falls Resort in Cheney Washington. I was wanting to go to a more remote area but Joanne wanted to go there, I did not put up much of a fight as I like the place too. We arrived at 5 P.M. and got our things set up. The weather was pretty good, highs in mid 50’s and lows right at freezing. No rain so that was good. There was a bit of a breeze so we did set up one of our pop up tents and one wall to block the wind while we sat outside.

our spot on this trip

our spot on this trip

all four of our dogs hanging out.

all four of our dogs hanging out.

The night went by peacefully and it was very relaxing. On Saturday morning we got into our van and set out to find a few geocaches. We had to find 13 more geocaches to reach our 2000 milestone. That would be easy enough and we chose to do some more remote caches than closer into town. So we worked our way west of Cheney Washington and traveled all kinds of back roads we have never been on. We really think the basin area is pretty, especially in the spring time. One of our stops for a cache took us on a 2.5 mile short round trip hike. That was a fun one to do, the trail is a rails to trail kind of thing. The trail is the Columbia Plateau Trail.

a nice map at one of the trail heads for the trail

a nice map at one of the trail heads for the trail

off we go for a short hike

off we go for a short hike

one of the views along our hike

one of the views along our hike

we found a cache along the trail. this cache had not been found in almost 2 years.

we found a cache along the trail. this cache had not been found in almost 2 years.

After our little hike we set off on more remote roads to find caches. One of them lead us to a historical marker way out in the middle of, well…nowhere. We love finding these kind of spots and geocaching takes us there.

joanne next to the history marker

joanne next to the history marker

closeup of the history story

closeup of the history story

We were really close to reaching our milestone now. So off we went to find the next cache and celebrate our 2000 cache find!

cache find #2000!

cache find #2000!

We told ourselves what a great job it was to get to 2000 finds. It was a fun moment. We walked back to the van and we set out for more caches so we can reach 3000 finds now!

back roads in the basin area of washington.

back roads in the basin area of washington.

In celebration of finding our 2000 geocache we placed a cache for others to find. I had been checking out a spot I wanted to visit and see if placing a cache there would be good. We took a little walk and found a perfect spot that offered views of a lake. We wrote down the coordinates and took note of what I wanted to say in the geocache page for it. Later that night I would send in the information for the new cache and it was published 5 hours later. So now other cachers can go out and find it.

walking back from placing a new cache

walking back from placing a new cache

We returned to the resort and set out to relax. We spent a little time in the pool and hot tub then went back to the camper. We said it was nice to just sit around. Then Joanne said, “doesn’t Mexican food sound good”. So we jumped into the van and drove the short drive into Cheney. I had researched a restaurant that had great reviews. El Rodeo is where we ate and yes the food was very good. I recommend it for sure.

a little swimming

a little swimmmmm margaritas.

mmmm margaritas.

a quick view of the main street in chaney

a quick view of the main street in cheney

After dinner we returned once again to the resort. This time we would go no where else. So it was time to kick back, have a beer and relax.

relaxing

relaxing

relax time for the dogs too

relax time for the dogs too

Happy Easter! It was Sunday morning and it was Easter. Now just because we are not at home don’t think that an Easter Egg hunt would not happen. Joanne and I went out and hid 24 eggs for Cody to find. We had plenty of spots to get them hid. In the end we had to give Cody hints and clues so he could find them all. In fact I had to walk around a bit to remember where I hid the last egg.

yep, there is one

yep, there is one

another one right there cody

another one right there cody

Another fun short trip out with the camper. Our next trip will be in a couple weeks from now. We will go to Prosser Washington for the Spring Barrel Wine Tour Rally. We have been looking forward to that for a long time. I am sure we will find a geocache or two while in that area too.

 

2000 4/3-4/5 2015

resorting and testing new products 2/27 – 3/1 2015

Our weekends trip we returned to the membership rv resort we belong to. We wanted to get out and relax after another week or so of not so nice surprises in life. I’ve been trying to get over pneumonia and it was almost gone finally on this trip. After we got one of our trucks out of the repair shop, our car had to be towed in for repairs. Along with a few other things happening, a nice weekend sitting around relaxing was what the doctor prescribed.

On this trip we had a couple new products for our outings to try out. A perfect chance to find out if our money went to good use or not. First thing was to get parked in our spot for the weekend. The weather was a bit windy and highs in the upper 30’s, lows near 20. The wind chill was pretty cold but manageable.

this weekends set up

this weekends set up

not many people at the resort this time of year.

not many people at the resort this time of year.

we put up the pop up tent and sides so it would provide a good wind block. It made it so we could sit outside being out of the wind chill. One of the first new products we tried out was a radiant hanging heater. It hung under the pop up tent. It is an electric heater, so we would only use this heater when we have power hook ups. I wont be running the generator to use this heater.

it weighs 14 lbs

it weighs 14 lbs

a two stage heater

a two stage heater

While this heater does not put out a bunch of heat it really did help heat you up while you sat under it. Being a radiant heater, it does not heat the air but heats surfaces.  Overall, we were happy to have it. One new product down and others to try out.

Another new item we got was a fresh water hose. We have used a simple hose that was made for drinking water. While the hose does what it should do, it was a pain in the butt to roll back up. Especially when temperatures outside are colder. Rolling the stiff hose up and placing it in the storage area always had a word of “encouragement” from me. I wanted something that took up less space while being stored away and was less of a pain to deal with. So we bought a fresh water coiled hose.

while coiled up the hose takes up little storage space

while coiled up the hose takes up little storage space

Right away the one thing I liked about this hose was that it had quick connect fittings on both ends. I had the fresh water hose connected to the camper in seconds. Turned the water on and it held perfectly fine. The quick connects made it nice for when I took the hose off at night. Since the weather was down in the 20’s in the evening  I decided leaving it hooked up would not be a good idea. In the morning I quickly hooked it back up utilizing the quick connects. So far, a thumbs up. We will see how it holds up over time now.

Now it was time to try out our last new items that we brought on this trip. Chairs. We have worn out a couple of our camping chairs. Since we have used them for several years there was no complaint they finally got worn out. This time we bought folding  directors type of chairs. They have the little side tables on them. It was a style of chair we wanted to get for some time now.

my chair is the red one. i am taller and it fits me very well.

my chair is the red one. i am taller and it fits me very well.

yep, comfortable and the table holds my beer.

yep, comfortable and the table holds my beer.

joanne likes her new chair too.

joanne likes her new chair too.

All three new items worked well for us. It will be a matter of time to see how well they hold up with usage. All three products get our approval.

The weekend was filled with, well…not much. Again, it was a time to sit and relax. The hectic life that sometimes happens was put on the shelf and not thought about for this trip. We spent time in the hot tub at the resort and playing games with Cody. We walked the dogs several times around the resort. We did walk a short distance from the resort to find a geocache. Other than that, just a relaxing weekend. That was exactly one of the reasons why we became members of the resort, trips like this. It is close by and fits the bill when we are looking for these type of outings.

One last thing…the dogs approved this outing as well. Trixie and Buddy  are the two on my lap. Dusty and Joey were along too but my lap is only so big.

dog approved.

dog approved.

membership and perks 1/30 – 2/1 2015

Memberships, they are what you make of them. Some memberships are not a good fit while others are a perfect fit. Our outing this weekend was about finding out if a membership is a good fit for us or not. We were invited to spend the weekend at a K&M RV Resort in Cheney Washington and see if being a member with the resort chain was a good option for us or not. We decided why not? It would not hurt to see what we thought. Now while this trip really was not “camping” and  it was more of a “resorting” type of outing, we still had the fun of getting our camper out for a weekend. That is the beauty of having a truck camper, the ability to go darn near anywhere we want. Be it  out in the middle of no where with no one around or at a rv resort with full amenities.

We arrived at Ponderosa Falls RV Resort  in Cheney Washington after work on Friday. With it being winter time the office closes early and it was closed when we got there. The resort had an envelope with our name on it at the office window telling us what site to use and a little other information. We drove to our spot and got set up. Set up, wow…full hookups…even during the winter time. Water, power, sewer, wifi and cable tv. Yeah, this is resorting. After hooking things up Joanne and I sat around our propane campfire for a while before heading inside. No wood campfires are permitted at this resort but that is what we have our propane campfire for.

The next morning we awoke to a little dusting of snow. We could now see more of the resort with it being daylight out.

our spot for the weekend

our spot for the weekend

the dogs had their pin set up too

the dogs had their pin set up too

We would have a meeting with the resort to go over memberships and other things in the afternoon. So we had time to explore the resort and use the pool and hot tub.

the indoor pool, cody and joanne swimming. the water was very warm.

the indoor pool, cody and joanne swimming. the water was very warm.

joanne in the hot tub. you can see our camper through the window behind her.

joanne in the hot tub. you can see our camper through the window behind her.

there is a huge very noce put put golf course, basketball courts, pickle ball court and so much more. of course those were closed during the winter time.

there is a huge very nice put put golf course, basketball courts, pickle ball court and so much more. of course those were closed during the winter time.

the recreation center is loaded with board games, movie and books along with tvs, sitting areas and a kitchen.

the recreation center is loaded with board games, movies and books along with tvs, sitting areas and a kitchen.

We went through our meeting and listened and asked a lot of questions about the membership to the resort chain. In the end we found a membership plan that worked for us. We chose the smaller plan but for the way we use our camper it works perfectly. We can use this resort as many times as we want with no fees. We also get to use a bunch of Coast To Coast Resorts for $10 a night. With the yearly dues we only have to stay at this resort 10 nights to break even. With this one being pretty close to home and open all year, that will be easy. We really liked all the things they have for kids and that was a big deciding factor to join. So yes, we will be back at this resort.

After the meeting we took the dogs for a walk to find a geocache nearby. We did find it and we then returned to the camper. Saturday was just a day of relaxing pretty much.

heading to the geocache

heading to the geocache

a funny sign in the resort area

a funny sign in the resort area

Sunday was another day to just relax. It was very nice to do that, especially after things going on at my work that have been stressful. We would later head up to the club house to watch the Super Bowl.

joanne walking two of the dogs. not very busy at the resort during the winter time as you would imagine.

joanne walking two of the dogs. not very busy at the resort during the winter time as you would imagine.

The Super Bowl party at the club house was fun with tons of food. They had several TVs showing the game so there was not a bad place to watch it from. After the game we left for home. While memberships to a rv resort is not for everyone, the plan we chose will work perfectly for us. We look forward to our next visit.

membership and perks 1/30 – 2/1 2015

exploring newport 1/16 – 1/18 2015

I have been working with Pend Oreille County in Washington to see what Geoacaching can do for tourism in their county. Over the last few months I have done presentations to the parks and lands board as well as the county commissioners. They all approve for an event to be done supporting the county and tourism. So on Friday I had another meeting to get started in planning and idea sharing. We are looking to kick off the program in June of this year. Well, since I had to be up in Newport anyway we decided we would go ahead and camp up there for the weekend too. Newport is only a 45 minute drive from home but we never have really taken our time and explored the little town. So it really was a great time to combine both things.

I arrived in Newport on Friday before the meeting and went to check out a camp spot just out of town that we wanted to go to. They do not plow the road clear of snow so I drove there to see if we could drive in. The road was looking okay but then there was a logging crew working the area and blocking the access road. So no go, we would have to go to our backup plan. The choices are few during the winter with so many places being snowed in. We decided to stay at a rv resort in town. No, it is not really camping but we still had the fun of being out in our camper anyway.  I got to the resort just as the host plowed our site clear so we could get in without problems. I was surprised to see complete full hookups. Heck, We were happy just to have power. We got everything set up then kicked back and relaxed through the evening.

our spot. we had our pop up set up behind the camper to relax under.

our spot. we had our pop up set up behind the camper to relax under.

we set up our little propane fire under the canopy, it kept things warm. no worries on too hot under the tent, we have done this kind of set up for years. we are careful about it.

we set up our little propane fire under the canopy, it kept things warm. no worries on too hot under the tent, we have done this kind of set up for years. we are careful about it.

The next day after breakfast we wandered around the campground then in the little town of Newport. We found out we were a bit too early for the stores to open so we went to Owens store to have a coffee and hang out. The inside of the building was very neat showcasing its history. We even talked to the owner and he told us the history of the building. That is something that we enjoy a lot of, history. After talking and finishing our coffee we strolled the town and checked out its shops. We did spend a few dollars on things we just could not live without.

wandering around the resort

wandering around the resort

the owens store

the owens store

main street in newport

main street in newport

the old courthouse

the old city hall

lots of old buildings in town

lots of old buildings in town

displays at the visitor center

displays at the visitor center

After walking around and shopping we went back to camp for a short while. We then went to a Mexican restaurant in town. Yeah I know, a little town in Northern Idaho is not where you would expect a very good Mexican restaurant but there is one there. We filled our bellies with great food then once again went back to camp. We relaxed for a while then it was time to go to a Brewery a little ways out of town. It is a small, very out of the way brewery to go to. We made an appointment to be there, its that kind of place. We got there and had to wait a few minutes before the brew master got there. So we petted the cow and checked the ducks out. Eventually the brew master got there and the beer flowed. The brewery we went to was Top Frog Brewery. It may be a out of the way place to find but it is worth it, really worth it. He had some fantastic craft beer on hand.

back roads to get to the brewery

back roads to get to the brewery

a very small but excellent brewery

a very small but excellent brewery

After a few hours of visiting over great beer it was time to head back to camp. We sat around our propane campfire for a while then went to bed.

The next morning we had plans to do a little hiking and geocaching but the weather was not the best. It had snowed a few inches then turned to rain. So everything was a soggy sloppy mess. We decided to go ahead and pack up and head home.

Newport Washington is close to our home but we never really stopped to explore what it had to offer. It is great to finally explore the town some. We wonder what other treasures we have not explored nearby. I think this year will be a focus on things close by, even more than we have done before. So many things to see and do.

 

exploring newport 1/16 – 1/18 2015