albeni cove 5/22 – 5/25 2015

It was Memorial Day weekend and time to once again get the camper out. First thing is first though… Gratitude can never be enough to thank the men and women of our armed forces who lost their lives protecting the freedoms we all enjoy in this country. That is what the Memorial Day is about, honoring those men and women. Thank you.

We made reservations for Ableni Cove Campground in Idaho for our weekends stay. Yeah, it is the start of the busy camping season. Long gone are the days of no one else around or only the few other hardy rvers at the campgrounds. Well, like winter camping we plan for it. So yes, reservations had to be made in advance if we wanted a spot to stay. Once again, we love having the camper. This campground recommends no rv’s but if you are 20 feet or less you are okay. Well, alright…we are 22 feet. We got into our spot just fine after work on the Friday and even had room for our van that we brought. We decided to bring the van for errands on Sunday and just keep the camper parked.

the campground

the campground

our spot

our spot

plenty of room in the spot

plenty of room in the spot

a great site.

a great site.

looking up from a access road.

looking up from a access road.

We got our things set up and eventually put up our two pop up tents in case of rain. Dinner was made as well as a campfire. The growlers of beer were opened and we filled our glasses. We had beer from the 238 Brewery in Green Bluff Washington. It is one of our favorite breweries.

have to have a fire right?

have to have a fire right?

well, if not a fire then we must have our beer!

well, if not a fire then we must have our beer!

The night slipped away peacefully, even with a full campground it was quite.

 The next morning after breakfast and coffee I took the kayak out for a paddle on the Pend Oreille River. I ended up doing a nice 2 mile paddle. Nothing fast paced, I just enjoyed the scenery and solitude. The morning was beautiful to say the least.

a morning view

a morning view

nice calm water to paddle on

nice calm water to paddle on

coming back to the campground

coming back to the campground

After the time out on the water I got a message from a fellow geocacher asking if I wanted to try and find a cache that was nearby. I had not found it yet either and it was only 2 tenths of a mile from our camp spot. So I said yes. My son Cody and I met our friend near the trail towards the cache location. It would only be a short walk away but a fairly dangerous one. If the weather was rainy or icy I am not sure if I would have tried to get it. It was a nice warm sunny day though so footing was not bad, you just had to take your time. We made it to ground zero and found the geocache. We looked at the trinkets inside and signed the log book. We then took a few minutes to look at the river and chat.

cody celebrating the cache find.

cody celebrating the cache find.

the dam that is right next to the campground

the dam that is right next to the campground

Cody and I returned to camp just in time to visit with my mother and her husband. They live not too far away from the campground and they stopped by to visit. It was a nice visit with them, great to see both of them. The rest of the day was consumed with walking the dogs and sitting in our chairs relaxing. Yes, it was taxing for sure. Hectic I tell you.

the five dogs, one is in the kennel. yes, they are all dachshunds too too,

the five dogs, one is in the kennel. yes, they are all dachshunds too too,

sitting in my chair looking up at the trees at the camp site

sitting in my chair looking up at the trees at the camp site

Saturday night came and went by. Sunday morning after breakfast we hoped in the van and drove into Newport. It is only a few miles to town so it was a quick drive. I dropped off some geocache supplies to a county worker. I have been working with the county on a geocache and tourism project. We also walked around town to set up whats called a multi cache. It will be one of the geocaches for the event I have been working on in July. Afterwards we did a hike on some fantastic trails and yes, we found a couple geocaches too. Of course we did.

hiking on the trails

hiking on the trails

After the hike it was back to camp. No other plans today. Cody and I did take the kayak out on the water for a bit. It was fun to be out with him on the water. When we got back we played a couple toss games.

cody and i heading out

cody and i heading out

playing the bean bag toss game

playing the bean bag toss game

The evening arrived and soon it was bed time. Remember I mentioned we put up the pop up tents? We were glad we did as it poured rain and lightning and thunder went off like the Fourth of July. It really stormed that night. Monday morning when we went outside there was a break in the storms. We ate breakfast then started to pack up camp. We got everything put away before it rained again, so that was nice. We decided to make a stop at the Albeni Falls Dam and look around. They do tours of the dam but it doesn’t start until next month. We enjoyed the views anyway.

a neat bench

a neat bench

some great info

some great info

Yes, it was a great weekend away and enjoying our surroundings. Do not forget to remember and honor those military men and women on this weekend who lost their lives protecting us. Take time to thank them in your thoughts. We do thank them.

albeni cove 5/22 – 5/25 2015