memorial weekend 5/23 – 5/26 2014
A three day weekend to get the camper out yet again. Where did we go? Fort Spokane campground. The campground is very near the confluence where the Spokane River empties into the Columbia River. The campground has several no hook up sites for a modest fee. We reserved a spot months ago that was on its own little camp site section. Just a short walk from the campground is the actual remains of Fort Spokane. I have wanted to tour the grounds and the museum for a long time and we finally got around to doing that.
First thing was to figure out how we would transport our four dachshunds in our rig. This would be the first time out with all four of them. We have a regular cab truck and with two adults and one child space is pretty limited. So what we did is get two kennels and put them in the cab over of the camper. We turned the vent fan on to circulate air while driving. I have vent covers so it makes it great to leave the vents all the way open while driving. The drive was only 50 miles or so. The dogs did great, no problems what so ever.
On this trip our daughter was able to join us. She was already there awaiting our arrival at the site. She has a tent that she uses and got it set up with the help of our son Cody. Yeah there was some (maybe more) prodding to get him to help but he did.
We had a nice night around the campfire talking about things. The weather was really great. It ended up that just three sites away we had a friend camping with his family. He came over and visited for a little bit. He had his boat with him and asked if we would like to go for a ride the next day. We said sure thing, thank you.
The next morning arrived and it was going to be another great weather day. Joanne and I walked around and went down to the river. Wow, the water level was way down right now. It was coming up and soon it will be at full stage. In fact we saw it come up 2 feet in 24 hours. For now though, water level was low and docks beached. The boat ramp was open and okay for smaller boats.
We decided that we would take a short walk over to the Fort Spokane grounds. I was excited to see the history of the place.
The old fort grounds were interesting to walk through. There is still a bit more exploring that we will do on a return trip at some point. We returned to camp and relaxed for a little bit. I relaxed while games were played at the table at camp.
Our friend who was camped nearby asked if we were ready to go out in the boat. So Joanne and I went on the boat ride. There ended up being a bit of an issue with the boat. It had a fouled spark plug. So the trip was short but still fun. Our friend would get the plug changed out and it ran in tip top shape once again a short while later. We were done for our ride on the boat for the day though and returned to camp.
We returned to camp and shortly after that a Park Ranger stopped by our camp. He did a show and tell of a haversack. He showed and told us all about what the soldiers had in the haversacks back in the old fort days. A very interesting show and tell.
After talking with the ranger we spent the rest of the day hanging out, sitting around a fire. Another great day came to a close.
One thing that was comical in a way was the looks we got while our dachshund herd was walked. There was lots of smiles and I think looks of
” where do they keep them…in the camper at night?”.
Soon after breakfast our friend stopped by our camp and asked if we were up to go for a boat ride. The boat was running great. Our friend is a geocacher also and he took us to two caches on the river. One on the Spokane River and the other on the Columbia River. The caches have not been found by very many people. Those types of caches are fun to find. We had a great time on the water and saw some great views and wildlife.
After finding the second geocache we returned to the campground. We thanked our friend for the great time. The rest of the night was spent hanging out at camp. Cody worked on the questions on the Junior Ranger pamphlet. Fort Spokane is part of a national park.
Monday was pack up day and return home. We made a return trip to the museum to have Cody turn in his Junior Ranger pamphlet and be sworn in as a Junior Ranger.
After Cody being sworn in and chatting with the two rangers it was time to leave. We made one other stop to find a geocache that was at a decommissioned missile silo. Just another spot we would have never known about if it were not for geocaching.
It was a great time on our weekend trip. We got to see and learn history of the area. It was very nice to have our daughter join us on the camp trip for a couple days. We thank our friend who was camping there at the same time for the enjoyment of his conversation and boat rides.
memorial weekend 5/23 – 5/26 2014