spring break 4/7 – 4/10 2016

It was spring break for our son Cody and we took a couple days off so we could go camping. It just so happened to coincide with some absolutely amazing early spring weather with highs in the 70’s. Our outing this trip would take us to Kamloops Island Campground. That campground is about 80 miles north of Spokane Washington and close to Kettle Falls Washington.

kamloop island

kamloops island

our spot

our spot

The campground is part of the Lake Roosevelt National Park system. There are several campgrounds along the Columbia River. This campground is right where the Kettle River goes into the Columbia River. The campground has 8 RV type sites and then another 9 tent sites lower on the island. Cost per night during the off season is $9.00. The pit bathrooms were open and kept clean by staff. The potable water was off and no dump stations at this campground. However, there is a dump station at the nearby Kettle Falls campground.

The river was very low when we were there in the anticipation of the spring run off. It wont be long and the water will fill the rivers again from bank to bank. Right now though, lower waters gave new sights you don’t always get to see.

sights from our spot

sights from our spot, this is the kettle river

cody seems to like it

cody seems to like it

more of the kettle river at low level from camp

more of the kettle river at low level from camp

a view from the dock stranded on the dry shoreline for now

a view from the dock stranded on the dry shoreline for now

We were very surprised to find that we had the campground all to ourselves. With such great weather I was amazed. We only had a couple people show up to stay the night on Saturday night. Sure was peaceful. We decided to head into town and go to a really good brewery in Kettle Falls, Northern Ales. They have great beer and very good food. Anyone that knows me knows…a brewery is a must stop if one is on the area.

lots to choose from at the brewery

lots to choose from at the brewery

good stuff I say

good stuff I say

After the brewery we returned to camp and relaxed. We had a guest show up throughout our stay in a nearby tree top, a Bald Eagle. It was fun to sit and watch him.

I don't have the best camera so my zoom is pretty useless

I don’t have the best camera so my zoom is pretty useless

our dogs stayed near us so they did not become an eagle snack.

our dogs stayed near us so they did not become an eagle snack.

spring flowers are starting to bloom

spring flowers are starting to bloom

lots of little flowers in the grass around camp

lots of little flowers in the grass around camp

joanne and cody doing puzzles

joanne and cody doing puzzles

Our nights were filled with relaxing around the campfire, a perfect ending to the days. The mornings were spent drinking coffee outside listening to the birds wake up and start their day. We watched the sunrise with smiles on our faces. The dogs enjoyed the time there too. Although our littlest Dachshunds had to have a coat on in the morning chill.

trixie, our littlest dachshund

trixie, our littlest dachshund

disty hanging out with me

dusty hanging out with me

On one of the days of our stay we went out to do some geocaching and then stop at China Bend Winery. The winery is at a fairly remote location and the road to the winery for the last mile is dirt road and mostly single track but nothing a mini van can’t handle. It is well worth the drive for this winery. We enjoyed our tastings and then kicked back in the chairs outside with a glass of wine. What a beautiful place it was.

china bend winery

china bend winery

Geocaching took us to great view points and a bit of history lessons. That is what we really enjoy about geocaching most of all. After our travels around the area we returned to camp to play games and enjoy our time together.

the columbia river

the columbia river

an old school house

an old school house

more views of the mighty columbia

more views of the mighty columbia

joanne at a view point

joanne at a view point

douglas falls, a neat little park

douglas falls, a neat little park

douglas falls

douglas falls

always love history stops

always love history stops

cody at a view point of a pretty little valley

cody at a view point of a pretty little valley

a bit of history on the area

a bit of history on the area

the old fort was out there somewhere

the old fort was out there somewhere

We could have easily spent more time exploring the area. So many things to see and do. This was a return trip to the area and we will be back again. We can’t wait. For now though, it was time to head home and back to that work thing. We have lots of chores to do in the next couple weeks but soon enough it will be time to head to Prosser Washington for the Wine Tour Rally the first week of May.

 

spring break 4/7 – 4/10 2016