memorial weekend 5/23 – 5/26 2014

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.

the fold able kennels for the dogs

the kennels for the dogs

our dogs at the campsite, getting things set up for our stay

our dogs at the campsite, getting things set up for our stay

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.

cody and heather getting the tent set up

cody and heather getting the tent set up

our camp site

our camp site

heather and joanne getting some dinner made

heather and joanne getting some dinner made

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.

water level a ways down still

water level a ways down still

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 trail from the campground to the fort

the trail from the campground to the fort

we love history. a great way to spend memorial day too. to think about the solders who were stationed there

we love history. a great way to spend memorial day too. to think about the solders who were stationed there

cody inside the museum

cody inside the museum

some of the remaining buildings. some like the stables have been repaired some. others only have the foundation left.

some of the remaining buildings. some like the stables  and guardhouse have been repaired some. others only have the foundation left.

the stables

the stables

inside the stable house

inside the stable house

bachelors officers quarters

bachelors officers quarters

looking across the parade grounds to the guardhouse

looking across the parade grounds to the guardhouse

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.

heather, cody and joanne playing a game at camp

heather, cody and joanne playing a game at camp

hey, camping is tiring

hey, camping is tiring

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.

on the spokane river

on the spokane river

making sure the boat stays put while we waited to take the boat out. with the water way down, dock space was very limited

making sure the boat stays put while we waited to take the boat out. with the water way down, dock space was very limited

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.

there was a lot of neat things in the haversack

there was a lot of neat things in the haversack

cody trying it on for size

cody trying it on for size

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?”.

heather and joanne taking the dogs for a walk while cody rode his bike

heather and joanne taking the dogs for a walk while cody rode his bike

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.

yeah...the cache is up there somewhere

yeah…the cache is up there somewhere, not sure where cody was pointing to

getting to this cache was difficult

getting to this cache was difficult

we found the cache. actually the ammo can is the replacement container our friend donated to it. the previous one was destroyed. pieces of it laid in the hiding spot.

we found the cache. actually the ammo can is the replacement container our friend donated to it. the previous one was destroyed. pieces of it laid in the hiding spot.

out on the columbia river to try and find another geocache

out on the columbia river to try and find another geocache

okay, the cache has to be...over there.

okay, the cache has to be…over there.

some of the wildlife we saw along the river

some of the wildlife we saw along the river

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.

coming through the gates at the fort

coming through the gates at the fort

cody being sworn in as a junior ranger

cody being 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.

at the gates of the old silo

at the gates of the old silo

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

 

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