unrealized beauty 2/26 – 2/28 2016

Unrealized beauty, we all come across it from time to time and wonder how others don’t know about it. So many people will drive by at 55 MPH or faster through the central part of Washington State and say there is nothing here. I know I have talked about it and even mentioned it in a blog or two but Central Washington has a lot of unrealized beauty. You just have to slow down, maybe take a back road and heck…even park whatever you are driving and get out on foot. It is there to share in its grandeur what has always been there.

Our trip this outing would take us to Odessa Washington, only 1.5 hour drive from Spokane. We took a half day off work on Friday and made our drive to Odessa. We would stay in town at the Odessa Golf and RV Park. This time of year few are out and we had the RV Park all to ourselves. Full hookups for $20.00 is a great deal. For those that like to golf, the RV parking is only 300 feet or so away from the 9 hole course. We were not there to golf but would partake in many other things the area has to offer. We got a spot we liked and hooked up the camper to the utilities.

Our first outing was to go to the Rocky Coulee Brewery in town. We drove around and looked for the brewery. It was not too hard to find in such a small town, a population under 1000. We walked in and had a seat in the small but comfortable taproom. We had great conversations with the Brew Master and enjoyed all the beers he had to offer. Very enjoyable conversation and beer for sure. We left with a few growlers filled up with the beer they had. Check them out if you are able to.

We then stopped at Chiefs Bar and Grill Family Restaurant to have dinner. We like the local diners and this one fit the bill perfectly. The food and service were great. We left full and ready to get back to the camper.

Friday night was an early to bed night for us. We had a long work week and was content to get a good nights rest.

odessa golf and rv park on the west side of town

Odessa golf and rv park on the west side of town

our spot

our spot

plenty of room when we are the only ones there.

plenty of room when we are the only ones there.

We slept well and woke up for a full day of hiking and Geocaching. We have not done much of either lately with our busy schedule. We missed it and were determined to get back at it. First stop was breakfast at a coffee shop, then off we went to explore the area.

One of our stops was to find a geocache at the local cemetery at the Veterans Memorial. I always like to visit the Veterans Memorials when out traveling. Never forget.

a nice memorial for veterans

a nice memorial for veterans

Our next stop was north of Odessa to Pacific Lake. Lake, well…it use to be a lake. Sadly over usage of water has drained the lake just a few years ago. In fact, current google maps will even show it as “blue” for water. There is no longer any water in what was a very big lake. While sad to see, it does make for a very interesting place to explore.

old structures on our drive to pacific lake

old structures on our drive to pacific lake

free blm camping there too.

free blm camping there too.

old wagon at the access road

old wagon at the access road

Cody finding the geocache

Cody finding the geocache

Joanne writing in the log book

Joanne writing in the log book

what once was a very big lake

what once was a very big lake

walking the lake bottom

walking the lake bottom, you can see where the water line was

old sunken boat now seen with the water gone

old sunken boat now seen with the water gone

closed boat ramp to no lake

closed boat ramp to no lake

Our next stop was just a few miles south where we parked our van and got out for a short hike. A 3 mile hike along a canyon where there once again use to be lakes but now are gone. They views were amazing on the hike.

the start of our hike

the start of our hike

basalt formations

basalt formations

amazing views

amazing views

After the hike we went back to the camper and gathered up our dogs. Our next hike would only be 1.5 miles so it would be better for our short legged dachshunds. We next went once again, north of Odessa and made our way to the Odessa Craters.

Cody finding a geocache

Cody finding a geocache

Joanne and a few of the dogs at a crater

Joanne and a few of the dogs at a crater

cache crater

cache crater

another crater just south of cache crater

another crater just south of cache crater

We then headed back to town after finding a couple other geocaches. We made a stop at the quilt store in town. Afterwards we returned to our camper. We finished the day with relaxing at the camper and sitting around the campfire. Of course I enjoyed some of the beer we had in our growlers from Rocky Coulee Brewery too.

Odessa

Odessa

me and one of our dogs, Trixie

me and one of our dogs, Trixie

Joanne relaxing at camp

Joanne relaxing at camp

there are no fire pits at the rv sites but they said we could use our portable fire pit.

there are no fire pits at the rv sites but they said we could use our portable fire pit.

Sunday after coffee and breakfast we set out to do a bit more geocaching before we left for home. We headed farther west of town then went south before returning.

one of our stops at a little town.

one of our stops at a little town.

national register building in Wilson Creek

national register building in Wilson Creek

we will have to check out doing a tour

we will have to check out doing a tour

the road to the decommissioned missile silo.

the road to the decommissioned missile silo.

We returned to the camper and gathered things up. It was time to return home. It was another great weekend out exploring the area. Unrealized beauty, unless you go and explore you will miss out. There is far more out there to see, you just need to slow down and look around.