paddle and cache #5 5/11 – 5/13 2018

This weekends trip takes us to Coffee Pot Lake, west of Harrington Washington. It would be for the 5th annual Paddle and Cache. That is a geocache event that I have been hosting where we get our kayaks, canoes and sometimes motor boats out on the water and search for geocaches that can be accessed by waterways. So far I have had a different location for each event. Like last years event, this one offers camping as well. Free camping, even better. It is dry camping, no hookups but there are fire pits, a pavilion and a pit bathroom.

Friends were at the campsite waiting for us to arrive after work on Friday. Wow, the place was busy. We got a spot that was actually kind of the parking area because the actual sites were all full. Not a problem at all though. It was still a great spot.

Our spot with friends.

Even in a non-site, it was a great spot.

A picture while walking around during sunrise.

Saturday was the event day. We had a nice chat at camp before we headed out to the lake in search of treasure, geocaches. I had come out a couple weeks earlier and placed three caches to be found.

Cody was with me in our Sea Eagle inflatable kayak.

Coffee Pot lake is actually a pretty large lake. This is only a partial view.

A stop along the shoreline to find a cache.

Loving being out on the water.

Everyone had a great time on the lake.

Making our way back to camp.

Once back at camp we gathered around and had lunch. Joanne cooked up hotdogs and friends shared some salads for us to eat. A nice lunch after a paddle on the lake.

Friends gathered around for lunch.

After lunch we noticed that a few people left the campground. There were a few open spots now. Including one right behind where I was parked. So we did a quick short move across the road to a actual campsite. Once there we chatted in the shade of the trees. Some dominoes were played while I sat in my chair and watched the campfire.

A view down to the campground and where I moved the camper across the access road.

Relaxing day.

After dinner we had some delicious dessert provided by friends Steve and Julie. I had to have seconds of course.

Yummy!

The rest of the night slipped by, peacefully.

The next morning we packed up and made our way home. As usual, we took backroads and took our time. We set out after a few geocaches to find.

Parking at a short walk to a crater and a geocache.

We had been to this crater before but it is always a neat spot to see again. A new cache was here also.

Pretty little flowers were in bloom.

Soon we found ourselves on back farm roads. Wow, what amazing things we found along the backroads.

Several old buildings here.

Summer only roads. Easily driven with a truck camper.

What a big house this was. Sure wished I had the story on this home.

After finding a few geocaches and gazing at old homes and farms, it was time to get home. We had a wonderful time with friends and really enjoyed yet a new spot to camp at. Although the basin area of Washington starts to get too hot for me during summer. Soon enough we will be going to the mountains on trips where temperatures are cooler.

 

paddle and cache #5 5/11 – 5/13 2018

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