kettle falls washington 5/24 – 5 /27 2013

Our travels this weekend take us to Kettle Falls Washington. We stayed at the kettle falls campground, which is part of the national park system. It was strange being surrounded by so many campers this weekend after being out so many times before the “summer rush” with no one around. Still it was a great time. The weather was mid 60’s and mostly cloudy on Friday. With Sunday being a beautiful very warm and sunny day. Overall it was not bad weather at all.

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This trip we have a new member with us. Trixie. A 6 lb 4 year old, red smooth haired dachshund.

hey, she is little and gets cold very easy.

hey, she is little and gets cold very easy.

of course buddy is with us too.

of course buddy is with us too.

We walked around a little bit on Friday and just had a relaxing evening. The next morning I woke up around 430 am and there was a beautiful moon set. so I went out to get a good look and drink some morning coffee.

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Later that day we went to do some geocaching then head into town.

our stop at saint pauls mission just a mile from the campground.

our stop at saint pauls mission just a mile from the campground.

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this was real interesting. I have not seen anything like that.

this was real interesting. I have not seen anything like that.

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There was a nice loop path in this area that we enjoyed.

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lots of history in this area.

lots of history in this area.

always a pretty sight to take in and to stop and smell the flowers.

always a pretty sight to take in and to stop and smell the flowers.

From this area we drove just a few miles to go to town. Our first stop was at the visitors center and the park right next to it.

a nice town park.

a nice town park.

When we went inside the visitors center we were surprised that it also is the visitors center for the national parks, state parks and a couple other lands. Well since we were there we went ahead and did the requirements for Cody to earn his Junior Ranger badge for the Lake Roosevelt Parks.

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While we were seeing what was in town I found a little something for me too!

oh yeah!

oh yeah!

We went in and had a bite to eat and a little taste of the brews. They do have some good ones at this brewery. We then got a call from our daughter Heather, that her and her husband Jeff were on their way to camp with us. They actually were suppose to be with us on Friday but they had car troubles. That was fixed and they would be at our campsite soon. So we loaded up a couple beer bottles to go and went back to camp. There we laughed at the tent set up time that said it  was suppose to take 15 minutes. this was a brand new tent. could it be done?

Jeff supervising.

Jeff supervising.

tick tick tick…how long has it been?

They did get it set up fairly fast. it was not in 15 minutes though. So with that chore done it was on to making salsa.

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cody walking around checking things out.

cody walking around checking things out.

On Sunday morning Joanne, Cody and I, along with Buddy and Trixie went for a little bike ride.

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trixie on the left and buddy on the right

trixie on the left and buddy on the right

We then went back to camp. Heather and Jeff had to leave so they packed up and we said our goodbyes.

I should add that the shoreline along the campsites have a steep drop off to the water. The area where you can walk the beach is about 1/2 a mile down river from our site. Still, what a view.

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We sat around and relaxed the rest of the day. Later that night it did rain a bit. Oh what a sound, the rain dancing off the roof of the camper.

In the morning I took another look at our campsite before it was time to go home. We were going to take the slow off the main highway drive home. We enjoy doing that as much as we can. There was also a lot of geocaching to do along our route home.

one last look out over the river

one last look out over the river

a stop at one of the last drive ins in this region. I had to explain to cody what it was. its sad to see them disappear.

a stop at one of the last drive ins in this region. I had to explain to cody what it was. its sad to see them disappear.

Our drive to find geocaches took us to some fantastic scenery. About half the drive was on dirt roads but they were in very good shape.

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yeah that's right, we found the cache.

yeah that’s right, we found the cache.

a little bushwhacking to get back to the road.

a little bushwhacking to get back to the road.

pretty valley on our drive

pretty valley on our drive

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Our drive home took us 5 1/2 hours to go a bit over 80 miles. I told you we were taking our time. We got out a lot to look for caches then had lunch along our way. It was a wonderful drive home off of the main highway and away from all the people driving like crazy to get back home from a three day weekend.

A great long weekend for sure.

Kettle Falls Washington 5/24 – 5/27 2013

2 thoughts on “kettle falls washington 5/24 – 5 /27 2013

  1. Beautiful pics … and a fun trip! How amazing is it that we have all this just within a couple of hours from home?! It definitely looks like Trixie is gettin with the program.

    • yes she is getting with the program for sure. we just ordered a backpack that is made to have a dog in it. she is far to little to be able to do some of the hikes we do. so she gets to be carried for parts of a hike trip. the things we do for the dogs. lol

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