island on the snake 9/9 – 9/11 2016

An island on the snake, yep…that is where we spent our weekend. More specifically our trip for the weekend was to Chief Timothy Park, and island park on the Snake River. The park is 7 miles downstream from Clarkston Washington. This would be our first trip to this park and we were excited to check things out. The park takes reservation and has several sites, some are full hook up, some partial and some are no hook ups. Our weekend would be spent at a no hook up site. The sites are very large and are pull through sites. Lots of big trees to protect you from the sun that can really heat up the Snake River valley.

We would arrive at our site just as it got pretty dark but enough light to get things set up. Joanne made dinner and we relaxed with the warm night slipping by while star gazing. The next mornings daylight showed us our surroundings for the weekend.

our camp spot

our camp spot

we were at a end site and this was the view back towards the other sites

we were at a end site and this was the view back towards the other sites

Joanne and I would take the dogs for a walk around part of the island while Cody lazed around in the camper. The morning views were fantastic.

one of the many views

one of the many views

view from our site

view from our site

flowers adding color to the river valley

flowers adding color to the river valley

sunrise on the Snake

sunrise on the Snake

there are benches to sit and watch the river flow by along the island trail

there are benches to sit and watch the river flow by along the island trail

While on our walk we spooked up three very healthy deer. Birds were singing and fish were jumping along the rivers edge. We retuned to camp and Joanne made us breakfast. We would soon head into the towns of Clarkston Washington and Lewiston Idaho. The two towns are joined together yet split by the Snake River and the state line. We did a bit of driving around, walking in a park and geocaching. We made a stop at a couple stores then yes…I found the brewery I wanted to stop at. We made our stop at Riverport Brewery in Clarkston. We enjoyed the beer and the food from a BBQ place next door.

Joanne making breakfast

Joanne making breakfast

at the brewery

at the brewery

We returned to camp and just hung out. We would walk around the park more but for the most part we just relaxed.

Joanne hanging out in the shade

Joanne hanging out in the shade

On Sunday it would be time to return home. We packed things up shortly after having breakfast. We would make a stop at Steptoe Butte, a place we have been before. I wanted to get a picture of the new truck with the camper for this website header. It was the same location for the picture of the previous header. The weather was great and the views would be perfect today. Before we left, Joanne and I would walk the other half of the island trail on yet another pretty morning.

morning walk

morning walk

never get tired of the views here

never get tired of the views here

a small island on the snake

a small island on the snake

the camper back at camp

the camper back at camp

Time to pack up and head towards home and the butte. The drive up to the top of the butte was fun, as it always is. Going around and around until you get to the top. Once there you can see for a long long ways on a clear day. Today, the views did not disappoint.

on top of the butte

on top of the butte

benchmark at top

benchmark at top

wow

wow

the fields are harvested, fall is arriving

the fields are harvested, fall is arriving

amazing

amazing

got the camper picture I wanted

got the camper picture I wanted

After a bit of time up top we would make the trek back down. Heading north we would soon arrive in Oaksdale Washington. The small town has some neat history and things to see. There was a geocache to find there too. We did make the find. There is a large old building on the north side of town that I have always wondered what it was. I have yet to find out what it was in its heyday. Every time we drive by it, I always gaze at the structure.

a view from the geocache

a view from the geocache

I really love this old building

I really love this old building

After leaving the small town it was straight home. We had to get a couple things done before the day was over and get ready for the next work week. The trip was wonderful and it was another great test of the new truck. We got some things figured out on how we wanted to pack things with the new setup. Nothing but smiles this weekend.

 

island on the snake 9/9 – 9/11 2016