A Small Town With a Western Flair – Winthrop, WA

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Our destination in north-central Washington was the little town of Winthrop, located in the northern portion of Methow Valley along North Cascades Highway 20.  It’s surrounded by incredible vistas, ranch lands and soaring mountains.  Our one-week stay was at Pine Near RV Park, only a stone’s throw from downtown Winthrop.  Once we got hooked up it was time for a walk there to check it out:

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Blazing Across Eastern Washington

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Exiting Oregon, we crossed into eastern Washington on a new-to-us route.  We loved the COE (Corps of Engineers) Plymouth Park even as we were setting up camp.  It’s well managed and maintained, spacious and quiet with level sites – nice!  The folks at the gate were so friendly that we had a chat with them each time we passed through.  They suggested some things to do in Washington, but also pointed across the Columbia River with advice about places to visit back in Oregon. Continue reading

Breezing over the Oregon Trail – Eastern Oregon

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Like the emigrants before us, we continued our northward trajectory and crossed into eastern Oregon.  We wanted to stay at Baker, close to the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, but due to a rally event all campgrounds were fully booked. That seems to be happening more and more often these days…

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Breezing Over the Oregon Trail in Southwestern Idaho

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Crossing into Idaho from Nevada, the scenery quickly changed from mountains to acres and acres of farmland.  The local spuds had welcomed us back to their state.  While here, our home base for a week was at Three Island Crossings State Park, where we immediately noticed their amazing grass-watering regimen.  A lady there was strictly dedicated to the task of managing sprinklers throughout the park all day long, and she did a wonderful job! Continue reading

Hello, Nevada!

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At first we thought crossing the Utah-Nevada state border might be a bit boring, after being totally wowed by southern Utah during the past few weeks.  But on this route into the state we enjoyed stretches of gorgeous mountain ranges, a vast treeless valley floor, and seas of sagebrush on dry desert. Continue reading

Our final Utah stop – Cedar City

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Driving out of Kanab, we looked in our rearview mirror and vowed to return, for there were many (red) stones left unturned.  Our next and final stop in southern Utah was Cedar City, with the intent of visiting Cedar Breaks National Monument.  We did some walking there, but the most desirable trails remained closed due to heavy snow during our June 10-14 visit.  Total bummer! Continue reading

A worthy substitute for “The Wave” – White Pocket, Utah

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One reason for extending our stay in Kanab was to get a spot on a guided tour at White Pocket Recreation Area, situated in the Paria Wilderness within Vermillion Cliffs National Monument.  Some parts of this vast and unusually beautiful area in southern Utah are remote and isolated, and just getting to them on unmaintained backcountry roads can be as challenging as the hike!

At the top of the list of well-known natural wonders for many hikers and adventurers is the unique landscape of “The Wave” near here on the Utah/Arizona border.  Because of its appeal and delicate nature, it’s protected and currently only 20 hikers per day are allowed access.  Lucky for us, we won the BLM’s lottery for a coveted spot there in 2017, and here’s my post about that amazing trek. Continue reading

Remote and Rugged Red Rocks – Kanab, Utah

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Adjusting future stops and extending our stay here in Kanab was a good decision, as it was a place where we wanted to (and still want to) spend more time.  The weather was perfect, and fortunately J&J RV Park was able to accommodate our request to extend. Continue reading