Wenatchee National Forest

July 27-30, 2017

Where to now was the big question? As much as we planned the first few months of our trip well in advance, things change and plans change. We left Glacier NP earlier than anticipated and arrived in Spokane earlier too, but there was no danger of us staying there any longer! For the first time we had no idea where we would be sleeping for the next few nights - we had about 5 nights to spare until our next reservation in Seattle, so off we went exploring deep into the woods! It was fun, (I promise) we drove around Wenatchee NF scoping out some good spots to camp, we got to see some amazing views and wildlife, but we still hadn’t found that perfect spot (still fun though). Wenatchee is an amazing, dense forest with many rivers flowing though and we really wanted to camp and be close to the river. Eventually we found a couple of spots but some of them were trickier to get to than others (fun scale going down)! The sun was beginning to go down and eventually we decided on a good spot, now we just had to navigate the trailer into the perfect position (fun scale still falling)...Parking at a campsite usually goes one of two ways:

  • You arrive, you have a pull-through spot, you park, you get out to look at the levelers (front and side) and BOOM, they are perfect, you do a little happy dance and then get on with life :) happy days.

  • Then there is the scenario of getting to the campsite and it’s either sloped, small with lots of obstacles in the way that could potentially cause significant damage if you hit, or the terrain is so uneven you want to cry! In this scenario we would spend A LOT of time backing up, pulling forward and trying again, putting down leveling blocks that don’t work in the way you anticipated...you get the picture.

Well, you guessed it, our time in the forest was the latter of the two parking scenarios. This might have been the toughest spot yet, it was late, it was getting dark, my legs had become dinner for many mosquitoes as I tried to help David get the trailer into position. I would say that the art of communication is not lost on us but truthfully, David does a great job navigating our house around and I usually stand there looking like I’m auditioning for a job with air traffic control!

  After a long day of being in the car it was time for some serious down time. We spent the next 2 days barely doing anything and it was bliss! We set up our hammocks and spent most of our time reading, napping or just listening to the sound of the river flowing by - this was exactly what we needed. Of course neither of us can sit still for too long so we did manage a few morning workouts, where coach Rosen put me through my paces, and an afternoon bike ride in the toughest of trails we have come across to date - is it still considered biking when you walk along side your bike?! As the weekend rolled around, the forest became less secluded and that meant it was time to leave.     When we left Wenatchee National Forest we drove to Mt Rainier for the day. Ideally, we would have loved to have spent longer here but the timing just wasn’t right. Being on the road full time often presents the problem of continually wanting to go go go, but sometimes you have to be ok with not doing and seeing everything and as a great friend once told me, “visit places with the mentality that one day you will go back and take the time to enjoy what you do see”. This is definitely a spot we would both love to come back to and spend some time. Next stop Seattle.

After a long day of being in the car it was time for some serious down time. We spent the next 2 days barely doing anything and it was bliss! We set up our hammocks and spent most of our time reading, napping or just listening to the sound of the river flowing by - this was exactly what we needed. Of course neither of us can sit still for too long so we did manage a few morning workouts, where coach Rosen put me through my paces, and an afternoon bike ride in the toughest of trails we have come across to date - is it still considered biking when you walk along side your bike?! As the weekend rolled around, the forest became less secluded and that meant it was time to leave.

When we left Wenatchee National Forest we drove to Mt Rainier for the day. Ideally, we would have loved to have spent longer here but the timing just wasn’t right. Being on the road full time often presents the problem of continually wanting to go go go, but sometimes you have to be ok with not doing and seeing everything and as a great friend once told me, “visit places with the mentality that one day you will go back and take the time to enjoy what you do see”. This is definitely a spot we would both love to come back to and spend some time. Next stop Seattle.