Our trip this time would be to go to Ellensburg Washington for the Dachshunds on Parade. Since we have four dachshunds it sounded like a must do trip. It was the 12th year of the event and we looked forward to it. After work on thursday we left town and made it to Frenchmans Coulee to park for the night. We have stayed there before and like the place. It is dispersed camping with great views and just off of I-90 and east of the Columbia river.
After breakfast the next day we left our camp spot to head to Ellensburg. It was only a 30 mile drive and we planned to take our time stopping along the way. The Columbia river was very low due to a problem with a dam downstream. We wondered how the river looked as we have never seen it that low before. While driving down to the river you could see just how far it was lowered.
Wow, the river was low. Then it happened… the truck motor shut off and I had to coast to a stop along the shoulder of I-90. After I did some brief checking, it had appeared that my fuel pump (I have a gas motor) had failed. Well…that sucks. So I got on the phone and called a tow company. It was coming from Ellensburg and they had a repair shop as well. Well…things can always be worse. We were okay and the truck was out of traffic. 45 minutes later the tow truck showed up and towed us to the repair shop in town. Once it got there they confirmed it was the main fuel pump in the tank. They got to work on it and had it fixed a few hours later. D&M Motors was who towed us and worked on the truck. They were very nice and got us going as fast as they could. If you are in the Ellensburg Washington area and find yourself in a similar situation, I recommend them.
We got our truck back on the road at 3 pm and drove the short distance to the KOA in Ellensburg. We checked in and went to our site. The KOA here is okay. You do get some freeway noise but it is in a convenient spot. We had a site along the river and those are in my opinion the best sites. We set a couple things out and relaxed for a short time. A bit later we would go back in town and meet up at a park for a potluck dinner with fellow dachshund owners.
The potluck dinner gathering at the park was nice. Several people showed up and we talked about our dogs of course. There was plenty of food to eat. We left after a couple hours and went back to our campsite and settled in for the evening.
The next morning was the dachshunds on parade day. We drove into town and found a parking spot. Yep, easy to do in a truck camper. We got our dogs registered in and checked things out. There was lots of booths selling all things dachshund to look at. There was a big farmers market going on also. So with the downtown businesses and the booths there was plenty of things to buy. While we sat down at the curb waiting for the first event to start (costume contest) I noticed I had blood on me. We looked around and found out our little mini had ripped a toenail off. She did not even yelp. There was a vet at the event and he got it cleaned up and wrapped up. She would be okay. Then it was time for the costume contest. That was hilarious, so many funny outfits.
Shortly after the costume contest it was time to do the parade. The course is only a bit more than two blocks but it was very fun. So many dachshunds strutting their stuff. I was amazed at how many people were lined up along the walk just to see us all walking. Fun stuff.
We did pretty good at the event. We did not come home with a 5th dog, so things were good. I did find something that was perfect for the camper though, a nice sticker.
We made a stop at a wine store then of course I knew there was a brewery in town and made a stop to fill my growlers.
We then made it back to camp. Nothing more to do during the day but relax and watch the river flow by. Later in the evening we had a couple from Canada sit around our campfire and chatted until late in the night. It was a good day. A fun day.
The next day we left the KOA and made our way home. We decided to stop at the Wild Horses Wind Farm near Vantage Washington. There is a great visitors center there and you even get to do a tour into the base of one of the windmills. There are amazing views and I highly recommend stopping by for a visit.
What a great place to see. We left there and drove the short distance to the Ginko Petrified Forest Visitors center along the west bank of the Columbia River. We would do a short visit and then have lunch in a shaded grassy spot.
After our lunch we set sail for home. It was a great trip, yes the truck breakdown was not so great. Things could always be worse. We were still out there seeing things and we were safe. We will see if our schedule will allow for us to go to the Dachshunds on Parade 2015.
it happened on the way to the parade 6/19 – 6/22 2014