Over the last couple weekends we did two different outings with one love. The outings were geocache gatherings that brought some of us who love the game together. The love was time out with our camper, time spent geocaching and time spent with my family.
Our first trip was to Rathdrum Idaho where a geocache gathering was scheduled at a park in town. A nice park that we have passed by before but never stopped at. The gathering was just that, a gathering. It was great talking to local cachers about the game and life in general. When you all have a common bond it is easy to have time slip away while in conversations. We brought our camper with us because after the gathering we would camp some where. We did not have definite plans on where. A great thing about going out in the off season is that there are no worries of crowds and places filled up. Another is that we have a truck camper and can park dang near anywhere due to our size.
the gathering in the park in rathdrum
it is a great little park with a small creek running through it.
When it was time to leave we headed towards the east. We took our time as usual and found a couple caches along the way. Where would we camp for the night? We had plans on maybe heading up into the mountains. My mom called and said she might be at home if we wanted to head north and camp at here house. Her house is on waterfront and a fun place to stay for the night. So we headed north slowly while we gave her time to call that she made it home. However by the time we got to another place we like to camp she did not make it home. So instead we made our way to Farragut State Park in Idaho. We have stayed here before and it is a fantastic park. We would only be there for one night. So we got a place to park and then went for a bike ride to find some more geocaches and explore the park. This park is huge with many trails and rich history. Farragut was a gigantic navy station during WWII. We will be back to stay here again soon and I will get more into detail of this lovely place.
water and power hook up site. big and spread out from other sites.
we found a cache. there are several in the park.
We had a nice and relaxed evening. The next morning we explored more of the park before heading home. This weekend was a short trip but any trip out is a good one. We returned home and worked the following week.
The next weekend our plans were to head west from home into central Washington. There was another gathering we wanted to go to on Sunday. This weekend was a no kids no dogs weekend. Just Joanne and I on this trip. We would spend this weekend exploring the little towns along highway 2 west of Spokane and take several back roads. After work we made our way to Wilbur Washington. We would stay the night there at a small RV resort along the highway. That was after we had a burger at a small place in town. Billy Burger was a highly rated place for a burger joint. The ratings were right, it was great. We loved the small seating area inside with the chatter of locals. Small towns, we really like them.
the burger place in Wilbur. we recommend a stop there for a burger.
The next morning we had our breakfast and set out for a nice slow day of exploring. The weather was a bit windy and rainy today. Oh well, that is what rain jackets and warmer clothes are for. We drove around the small town of Wilbur exploring.
you have to have a pig statue if your town is Wilbur. charlottes web book for those that don’t get it.
look out for the big geese!
The next town west is Almira. We stopped there and looked around. It is a smaller town than Wilbur but not without its charm.
heading into town from highway 2
love the old buildings in town
more of town. sure its small but that’s what is great about it.
We then drove north of town away from highway 2. We made our way to the highest point in Lincoln County. There is suppose to be fantastic views of the surrounding farmlands. With the weather it made it impossible to see the view. We could only see about 200 feet away while up on the bluff.
you can make out the camper in the background 200 feet away.
We next made our way towards Moses Coulee, past Banks lake. The land is amazing out here. From sage brush desert to rolling farmland hills to deep gorges. We love it out here. During the summer it gets real hot but we obviously did not have that problem on this trip.
stopped along a back road just east of moses coulee
driving north in moses coulee
We stopped along the dirt road heading north into the coulee for a short hike to a waterfall. There still was a little bit of water coming down. I am told in spring it really cascades over and is a sight to see. Even with the small falls its worth the short hike. An oasis in the desert.
start of the trail to douglas falls
easy path to follow
of course there was a geocache near the falls.
our camper out by the road
at the pool under the falls
We then went further north into the coulee to Jameson Lake. This lake has great fishing from what I’ve read.
this view is only of the end of the lake, it is a large lake.
we took a small gravel road to explore more of the coulee
a neat rock formation
Next we found the old highway 2 road going up the west side of the coulee. It really is neat finding old roads that have been abandoned. The unfortunate thing was that we found out it is on private land. The state sold it to local farmers. We did not mean to trespass but there were no signs letting you know that the wildlife area turned into private land. We talked to a couple of farmers who stopped us. They were nice about it and let us drive to the top. Up top the road is blocked off.
old highway 2
we stopped at an old shot up car along the old road
not much left of the car
i could not resist
a sign that was along the old highway
a view from the top of the coulee. we had to turn around and go back down here.
It was nice the farmers let us explore the old highway. We love history and before long the road will be gone completely.
We then continued west towards the towns of Douglas and Waterville.
We drove around Waterville a little bit and fueled up the truck. We would be there the next day for the gathering. For the night we stayed in Douglas. A very small town but a worth while stop to see the old general store and church. The RV parking at the general store is nice with power and water. All for a whole $20.00 a night. That is where we parked for the night.
douglas general store
our spot for the night
the old church in douglas
It was very windy that night with storms passing through. We were nice and warm in our camper and slept well. The next morning we set out for more back roads to find geocaches and to sightsee. The gathering was not until the afternoon so we had a few hours to spend enjoying the area.
old house with the sunrise
sunrise on a back road
an old school house
old barn still in use
a stop for a cache along another abandoned road
the area of Waterville is near the Columbia river. it drops down a long way to the river
hold on, we are in for a ride on this road.
pine canyon. it heads down to the Columbia river
another section of old highway 2. this time its public right of way.
old house along the old highway
this section of the old road is closed due to washouts.
more old homes
the town of waterville in the distance
After driving around the area for a while it was time to go to the geocache gathering in Waterville. We had a potluck lunch with great company and conversations. We met new people and reconnected with others we have met before.
potluck inside the Blue Rooster. a geocacher owns this bakery.
After the potluck everyone went their separate ways. We went out to find a couple other geocaches before heading back home.
a cache is near this spot. we loved the sign.
the old water tower on a hill above waterville
This trip was a lot of fun. We were so happy to have a chance to see the back roads and explore the little towns.
two trips and love – 9/21-22 and 9/27-29 2013