Campground Review – Peach Beach RV Park – Goldendale, WA

Peach Beach RV Park

Description

The Peach Beach RV Park is lovely, quiet, and well-shaded park on the shore of the Columbia River in the scenic Columbia River Gorge. The park is surrounded by peach orchards and right next to Maryhill State Park. This small privately owned park is big-rig RV and family friendly. Peach Beach is another good base from which to explore the Columbia River Gorge. Continue reading

Campground Review – Dow Creek RV Resort – Hoodsport, WA

Dow Creek RV Resort Entrance

Description

The Sunrise Resorts Campground/Dow Creek RV Resort is nestled in dense forest between the scenic Hood Canal and Lake Cushman, not far from the Olympic National Park Staircase District. This large privately owned park is big-rig RV and family friendly and is a member of the Resorts Preferred International (RPI) and Resorts of Distinction (ROD) park networks. Dow Creek is a peaceful place to get back to nature and a great base from which to explore the eastern side of the scenic Olympic Peninsula.

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Campground Review – Quileute Oceanside Resort & RV Park

Quileute Oceanside ResortDescription

The Quileute Oceanside Resort & RV Park is a laid-back resort on the Quileute Reservation set on the spectacularly scenic northern Washington coast. The resort is set just behind lovely First Beach, with sweeping vistas of rocky James Island and other craggy sea-stacks, just off shore. At the back of the beach are expanses of massive driftwood logs driven ashore by the winter storms. The beach is popular with surfers and fishermen. This is an amazing place to relax, enjoy the scenery and then to explore nearby areas of the wild Washington coastline. 

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Campground Review – Rainbow’s End RV Park – Sequim, WA

Rainbow's End RV Park, Sequim, WA

Description

The Rainbow’s End RV Park is a small, beautifully landscaped, and well maintained privately owned park in Sequim, Washington. The park enjoys a warmer and drier micro-climate than other areas of the Olympic Peninsula since it lies in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains. Rainbow’s End is a great base from which to explore the scenic Olympic Peninsula.

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Campground Review – K/M Resorts – Ocean Breeze Resort

K/M Resorts - Ocean Breeze ResortDescription

The K/M Resorts – Ocean Breeze Resort is a large, secluded and heavily forested privately owned park near Ocean City, Washington. The park is family friendly and is a member of the Coast-To-Coast, Resorts Preferred International (RPI) and Resorts of Distinction (ROD) park networks. The park is just a short distance from coastal beaches and the casino and other attractions at nearby Ocean Shores.

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Campground Review – K/M Resorts – Columbia Shores Resort

K/M Columbia Shores RV ParkDescription

The K/M Resorts – Columbia Shore Resort is a small privately owned park in the port town of Chinook, just a few blocks from the Chinook Marina on the Columbia River. The park is family friendly and is a member of the Coast-To-Coast, Resorts Preferred International (RPI) and Resorts of Distinction (ROD) park networks. The park is a great base from which to explore the scenic Columbia River and southern Washington coastal area.

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Through the Columbia River Gorge

Columbia River Gorge

Our route 2016 - Through the Columbia River Gorge

Our route 2016 – Through the Columbia River Gorge

From Hoodsport, Washington, we made our way south to the Columbia River Gorge. Most of our route was on Interstate 5, so the drive went quickly. We did have rain, heavy at times, for most of the drive until just before we reached the gorge. We just drove a little slower than usual and had no problems along the route.

Once we reached the gorge, we turned east on Highway 14 and stayed on the north shore of the river. Our goal was the Lewis & Clark RV Park at North Bonneville, Washington. We planned to stay for a week at this park and ride out the busy Labor Day Holiday at a quiet place.

Upon arriving at the park, around 1 PM, we found the office closed, with instructions to pick a site that wasn’t marked reserved and return to the office after 4 PM to register. We found a nice pull through site with full hookups and 30 amp electrical and set up our rig. Later, we went to the office to register. To our consternation, the park had lost our reservation and indicated that our chosen site was reserved for the next month by another party.

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Farewell to the Coast – Hoodsport, WA

Hood Canal

Our route in 2016 - from Sequim, Washington, to Klamath Falls, Oregon

Our route in 2016 – from Sequim, Washington, to Klamath Falls, Oregon

At the end of August we moved from Sequim to Hoodsport, Washington, a small resort town on the shores of the Hood Canal. The Hood Canal is actually a fjord – a long slender finger of water connecting to Puget Sound.

Hoodsport was our last stop at what nominally could be considered a coastal location. We had a wonderful time this summer working our way up the coast of Northern California, Oregon and Washington and were sad to bid adieu to the seashore. We so enjoyed the mild summer weather along the coast – the warm days with cool ocean breezes and cooler nights – great sleeping weather, as opposed to the sweltering temps just a few miles inland. Sigh. Continue reading

Around the Olympic Peninsula

La Push Sunset

Ocean Breezes and a Special Guest

Moving on from the shores of the Columbia River, our next stop was at the Ocean Breeze K/M Resort at Ocean City, Washington, another of the ROD parks along our route. This was a lovely RV resort with spacious sites nestled in a heavily forested setting. We only stayed for three nights, very short by our new standards in retirement, just long enough to fill a gap in our reservations at our next stop up the coast.

Around the Olympic Peninsula

Our route around the Olympic Peninsula

We were very excited about our stay here because my mom, Marta, was joining us on our travels around the Olympic Peninsula. Our last visit with mom was about a year ago during our travels through Iowa and we were really looking forward to seeing her again. Mom had booked a flight from Des Moines, Iowa, to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SeaTac), arriving about 9 PM on the day after we arrived in Ocean City. I met her at SeaTac and brought her back to camp, about a six-hour round trip from Ocean City.

We had one more full day at Ocean City so we took mom on a long drive down the coast to Astoria and back. Mom enjoyed crossing over the soaring Astoria bridge and spending some time along the Columbia River. This was her first visit to the Olympic Peninsula and she really seemed to enjoy the scenery along the way.  Continue reading