Friday, May 30 – we got a bit of a late start because Rick had a work thing going on. But with it staying light so much longer these days, it was fine with me. The dogs were just happy to be going somewhere.
Ike Kinswa State Park is an easy drive from I-5. The park is about 20 minutes from the highway. Later we found that the way we came in, although beautiful isn’t the only way to get to the park. My choice of ways to get to the park is to drive to the blinking yellow light at Mossyrock and turn left. I don’t know if this way is longer or not (I think it might be) but I love the sights this way.
Our camp site is #58 – home for the weekend.
This is one of the most beautiful parks I’ve been to. (I say this about all the parks, don’t I?) But I really mean it, not only is this a beautiful park, but there is lots to do and explore around this park. Showers are available at this park, but unfortunately the women’s were closed and they only had showers open in the other loop. Everything at this park is clean and neat. To bad we didn’t have the boat with us. But I think if we had the boat with us, we wouldn’t have done any Geocaching!
We slept in on Saturday – something very unusual for us. But after a good breakfast we headed out looking for some sunshine and a few caches. This is what we found…
This is the first cache (micro cache). We found this one at the Mossyrock Dam viewpoint. This is the tallest dam in Washington State – 606 feet. It is 1300 feet long. It creates a 23 mile long reservoir called Riffe Lake. See Geocaching is educational too! You can’t see where we found the micro cache (in the top end cap of the wire fence beside the honey buckets!) I thought this was a much nicer view.
On down the highway we go. We stopped to find the next one (in the woods up a muddy road off the highway) and it started raining on us. We decided to pass on this one. So on to the town of Morton to find a different kind of cache – cash money that is. The price of gas in this cute little town is $4.29/gallon!
Second cache was up a hill near a Mount St. Helens viewpoint. Again a little rain, but we marched on. And yes, I found it!! (No view to be seen today!) We picked up AG’s Traveling Cache Run Coin!!
Because we were so close to Taidnapam Park, we had to go check it out. I love this park too! (Big surprise) Lots to do at this park and I can’t wait to stay here. I’m going to see if we can’t get a reservation for this park the last weekend in June. After leaving this park we started looking around and somehow we found ourselves at about 2300 feet above the lake. Rick loves to drive the fire access roads (they just scare me a little). This is some of the views…
After getting back to real roads, we headed to the next stop… another park! The next cache was very close to the Mossyrock Park. So we had to check it out. This is a very nice clean and pretty park. Just not the park for us. Well maybe someday, but there are not lots of trees around each camp site like we love. Some of the camp site up on the hill – Bird’s eye view sites are very nice. And I think that if we stayed here that’s were we would camp. Nice view of Riffe Lake.
The next cache is called Swofford Pond Overlook. This was Rick’s least favorite of all times. Why? Because it was at an old cemetery. Well it was at the entrance, but we drove a round the whole little cemetery. The view is beautiful. You look down on Ryan Lake, locally known as Swofford Pond. I found this one too!
At this point we were both tired and the dogs really wanted to go back and get some lunch… it was after 4 in the afternoon!
So now back in site #58 – home for the weekend, we fixed a great lunch/dinner. And I browsed our new book Pacific Northwest Camping. Not far from us is a campground called Mayfield Lake Park. We would have to wait until our trip home to visit this one. The dogs and Rick weren’t up to moving a muscle for the evening. So we enjoyed our cozy home in the woods for the evening.
Next morning, Sunday, Rick decided he wanted to be on road and heading for home between 9 and 10am. So we took down our home in the woods and got on the road at 9:45am! As far as I’m concerned this is too early on a Sunday morning to break camp. Folded up and putting everything away went very fast this time.
We did make one stop on the way home… Lake Mayfield Park! Guess what… I love this park! Some of the camp sites have a place where you can pull your boat up to your site!!! How cool is that. Yes, we will have to stay here too!
At last we are home and the dogs are snuggling up next to me while I type this blog. A good ending to a lovely weekend. Hubby is out playing with his new toy… the riding lawn mower! That’s why we had to rush home. Oh well, lots to do tonight to get ready for another week. Until next time… Keep on Caching and Camping!
Last mintue update…
why we came home early. This is the side of our house and the lot next door.