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2018 Columbia Falls RV Park, Columbia Falls, Montana

 

Columbia Falls Campground

Columbia Falls RV park has an excellent laundry facility, showers and rest rooms.

The sites can accommodate large RV’s.  There is a separate area for trailers if they do not fit in site.  The sites are not real spacious but there is enough room to put out awnings and there is a picnic table at each site.

Columbia Falls Campground
Columbia Falls Campground
Columbia Falls Campground
Columbia Falls Campground

Pets are allowed with strict rules as to where they can take bathroom breaks.  A large fenced in dog run is furnished for exercise and potty.  As always, you are responsible to clean up after your pet.

Columbia Falls Campground
Columbia Falls Campground
Columbia Falls Campground
Columbia Falls Campground

There is a horseshoe pit next to the dog run.

Columbia Falls Campground
Columbia Falls Campground

Although there is no playground equipment on site, one block from the campground is an excellent playground facility.

Columbia Falls Campground
Columbia Falls Campground
Columbia Falls Campground
Columbia Falls Campground
Columbia Falls Campground
Columbia Falls Campground

Also, about a mile from the campground is a  large community pool.  They offer swim lessons,lap swims, and family time. The cost is $2.25 for non-residents.

Columbia Falls Campground
Columbia Falls Campground
Columbia Falls Campground
Columbia Falls Campground

This is a very quiet park and a nice place to stay while you go sightseeing.

2018 Glacier National Park, Montana

Our trip to Glacier National Park was spectacular.  We can only explain it through photos.  Enjoy.

Roadside waterfalls.

Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park

This is known as The Weeping Wall

Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park

Roadside Rivers

Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park

Notice the multicolored river stones.

Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park

Spectacular mountain ranges

Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park

We we lucky to see some wildlife.

A young moose walked right in front of us.

Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park

Mountain goats enjoying the cliff side grass

Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park

Bear Butt. S he had a baby and ran into the forest for cover.

Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park

Canadian Ground Squirrel.  They were so tame they would come right up to you, looking for food of course.  Feeding them is not encouraged.

Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park

This gives you an idea how fabulous Glacier National Park is.   What a great experience.

 

 

 

 

 

2018 Nugget RV Park, St. Regis, Montana

Welcome to the Nugget RV Park.

Nugget RV Park, St. Regis, MT
Nugget RV Park, St. Regis, MT
Nugget RV Park, St. Regis, MT
Nugget RV Park, St. Regis, MT
Nugget RV Park, St. Regis, MT
Nugget RV Park, St. Regis, MT

The Nugget RV Park is surrounded by beautiful Montana mountains.

Nugget RV Park, St. Regis, MT
Nugget RV Park, St. Regis, MT
Nugget RV Park, St. Regis, MT
Nugget RV Park, St. Regis, MT

As you enter into the park you see a replica of the historic Nugget mining camp. There is an interesting legend of ‘The Nugget’ …..

Nugget RV Park, St. Regis, MT
Nugget RV Park, St. Regis, MT
Nugget RV Park, St. Regis, MT
Nugget RV Park, St. Regis, MT

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Nugget RV Park, St. Regis, MT

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Nugget RV Park, St. Regis, MT
Nugget RV Park, St. Regis, MT

LIVING QUARTERS

Nugget RV Park, St. Regis, MT
Nugget RV Park, St. Regis, MT

JAIL

Nugget RV Park, St. Regis, MT
Nugget RV Park, St. Regis, MT

ASSAY’S OFFICE

Nugget RV Park, St. Regis, MT
Nugget RV Park, St. Regis, MT

The RV park has full and partial hook-ups.

Nugget RV Park, St. Regis, MT
Nugget RV Park, St. Regis, MT

Wooden cabins have water and electric .  Rest rooms and showers  are near by.  The showers are rest rooms are exceptionally  clean, maintained daily by staff.

Nugget RV Park, St. Regis, MT
Nugget RV Park, St. Regis, MT

Nugget RV Park, St. Regis, MT.  Very clean and well maintained laundry facility.

Nugget RV Park, St. Regis, MT
Nugget RV Park, St. Regis, MT

Activity Building

On the weekends there are activities held for adults and children in the building below.  It also has a pool table, large screen TV  and library.

Nugget RV Park, St. Regis, MT
Nugget RV Park, St. Regis, MT

Class on how to make  serviceberry sauce for ice cream was held while we wee there.    They are small berries which are plentiful to pick around the park for those who want to try making one of the many items from the recipes provided for you at the class.

Nugget RV Park, St. Regis, MT
Nugget RV Park, St. Regis, MT

Outdoor area with ping pong tables, foosball table.

Nugget RV Park, St. Regis, MT
Nugget RV Park, St. Regis, MT

Nice size swimming pool.  Volleyball and horse shoe pits also on the grounds.

Nugget RV Park, St. Regis, MT
Nugget RV Park, St. Regis, MT

A fenced play area for kids.

Nugget RV Park, St. Regis, MT
Nugget RV Park, St. Regis, MT

For golfers, there is a golf course right across from the Nugget RV park.

Nugget RV Park, St. Regis, MT
Nugget RV Park, St. Regis, MT
Nugget RV Park, St. Regis, MT
Nugget RV Park, St. Regis, MT
Nugget RV Park, St. Regis, MT
Nugget RV Park, St. Regis, MT
Nugget RV Park, St. Regis, MT
Nugget RV Park, St. Regis, MT

Nala made lots of new doggy friends

Nugget RV Park, St. Regis, MT
W Nugget RV Park, St. Regis, MT

I even got to grill hot dogs on our portable fire pit.  Some sites have pits but luckily we brought our own.

Nugget RV Park, St. Regis, MT
Nugget RV Park, St. Regis, MT

We really enjoyed our stay at the Nugget RV park and if we ever come back to this area, we would definitely stay here again.

 

2018 Wallace, Idaho, Historic Silver Mining Town

During our stay at the Nugget RV Park in St. Regis, MT we took a trip into Wallace, Idaho.  It’s an old silver mining town.  This city is surrounded in history.

The highlight was a tour through a working silver mine..  Our tour was guided by a man who worked 20+ years in th mine,  Needless to say,  his extensive knowledge gave us a trued picture of how the mine works.

Wallace, Idaho, Silver Mining Town
Wallace, Idaho, Silver Mining Town
Wallace, Idaho, Silver Mining Town
Wallace, Idaho, Silver Mining Town
Wallace, Idaho, Silver Mining Town
Wallace, Idaho, Silver Mining Town
Wallace, Idaho, Silver Mining Town
Wallace, Idaho, Silver Mining Town
Wallace, Idaho, Silver Mining Town
Wallace, Idaho, Silver Mining Town
Wallace, Idaho, Silver Mining Town
Wallace, Idaho, Silver Mining Town
Wallace, Idaho, Silver Mining Town
Wallace, Idaho, Silver Mining Town
Wallace, Idaho, Silver Mining Town
Wallace, Idaho, Silver Mining Town
Wallace, Idaho, Silver Mining Town
Wallace, Idaho, Silver Mining Town
Wallace, Idaho, Silver Mining Town
Wallace, Idaho, Silver Mining Town

We toured a Bordello which was closed down in 1985.  The lady who was our tour guide received her knowledge from the ladies who used to work there.  They shared their stories of what life was like.  In fact many o the rooms the ladies worked and  stayed in were left in exactly the way they left them.  For example, their clothes, makeup, books they read, etc. No pictures sere allowed inside but I can assure you it was quite interesting.

Wallace, Idaho, Silver Mining Town
Wallace, Idaho, Silver Mining Town

May of  the historic buildings made of brick are original.  Most of the wooden structures were destroyed in a fire.

Wallace, Idaho, Silver Mining Town
Wallace, Idaho, Silver Mining Town
Wallace, Idaho, Silver Mining Town
Wallace, Idaho, Silver Mining Town
Wallace, Idaho, Silver Mining Town
Wallace, Idaho, Silver Mining Town
Wallace, Idaho, Silver Mining Town
Wallace, Idaho, Silver Mining Town

The photo below is of the original rain depot.

Wallace, Idaho, Silver Mining Town
Wallace, Idaho, Silver Mining Town
Wallace, Idaho, Silver Mining Town
Wallace, Idaho, Silver Mining Town
Wallace, Idaho, Silver Mining Town
Wallace, Idaho, Silver Mining Town

The saloon we ate at had so much character.

Wallace Idaho Silver Mining Town
Wallace Idaho Silver Mining Town

Wallace Idaho Silver Mining Town

Wallace Idaho Silver Mining Town

Wallace Idaho Silver Mining Town
Wallace Idaho Silver Mining Town

If you ever get to Wallace Idaho you will definitely enjoy the history.

 

2018 Charbonneau Park, Washington,

On our way to Charbonneau Park in Washington.

The park is extremely well- maintained.  Spacious sites with fire pit, picnic table and cement pads.  Unfortunately during our stay fires were banned due to dry conditions.

Charbonneau Park WA
Charbonneau Park
WA
Charbonneau Park WA
Charbonneau Park
WA
Charbonneau Park WA
Charbonneau Park
WA
Charbonneau Park WA
Charbonneau Park
WA

Clean restrooms and showers available

Charbonneau Park WA
Charbonneau Park
WA

Sprinklers are set around the park to go off at different times to keep the grass green.  The park caretakers make sure the sprinklers don’t interfere with campers.  As you walk around the park, you can get a glimpse of ‘sprinkler rainbows’

Sprinkler Rainbow
Sprinkler Rainbow

Two swimming beaches to cool off in the 100 degree heat.

Charbonneau Park WA

Charbonneau Park
WA

Charbonneau Park WA
Charbonneau Park
WA

Lonestar enjoying the shade

Charbonneau Park WA
Charbonneau Park
WA

Huge dock area for your boat so you can enjoy your favorite water sport.  There are spots for house boats, sailboats, and motor boats.

Charbonneau Park WA
Charbonneau Park
WA
Charbonneau Park WA
Charbonneau Park
WA
Charbonneau Park WA
Charbonneau Park
WA

A variety of water sports–tubing, skiing, sailing

Charbonneau Park WA
Charbonneau Park
WA
Charbonneau Park WA
Charbonneau Park
WA
Charbonneau Park WA
Charbonneau Park
WA

I always try to get a photo of the lovely sunsets.

Charbonneau Park WA
Charbonneau Park
WA

There are trains located near the park which run only during the day so they won’t disturb anyone during the nighttime hours.

We recommend this park.

 

 

 

 

 

2018 Columbia Gorge, Cruise on a Sternwheeler, Oregon

For my birthday Lonestar took me on a Sterneheeler Cruise on the Columbia River.

Columbia River Sternwheeler Cruise, Oregon
Columbia River Sternwheeler Cruise, Oregon
Columbia River Sternwheeler Cruise, Oregon
Columbia River Sternwheeler Cruise, Oregon

It was an elaborate brunch cruise including Mimosa’s and other beverages.  Some brunch items were french toast, eggs benadict, fresh fruit, and much more.

Columbia River Sternwheeler Cruise, Oregon
Columbia River Sternwheeler Cruise, Oregon
Columbia River Sternwheeler Cruise, Oregon
Columbia River Sternwheeler Cruise, Oregon

Marvelous scenery as we traveled down the Columbia River.

Columbia River Sternwheeler Cruise, Oregon
Columbia River Sternwheeler Cruise, Oregon
Columbia River Sternwheeler Cruise, Oregon
Columbia River Sternwheeler Cruise, Oregon
Columbia River Sternwheeler Cruise, Oregon
Columbia River Sternwheeler Cruise, Oregon

We even caught a glimpse of some wildlife.

An Osprey sitting on her nest guarding her offspring

Columbia River Sternwheeler Cruise, Oregon
Columbia River Sternwheeler Cruise, Oregon

A California sea lion warming in the sun

Columbia River Sternwheeler Cruise, Oregon
Columbia River Sternwheeler Cruise, Oregon

Native American fishing village.  Fishing docks line the river banks.

Columbia River Sternwheeler Cruise, Oregon
Columbia River Sternwheeler Cruise, Oregon

This is called the Bridge of the Gods.  At one time it was a dirt bridge connecting Oregon and Washington.  When it  collapsed the steel bridge was built.  The average water depth of the river is 50 feet, however, under the bridge the depth is 100 feet.

Lewis and Clark Campground, WA
Lewis and Clark Campground, WA
Columbia River Sternwheeler Cruise, Oregon
Columbia River Sternwheeler Cruise, Oregon

When you enter the docks this statue greets you.  I liked it so I have added it to this post.

Columbia River Sternwheeler Cruise, Oregon
Columbia River Sternwheeler Cruise, Oregon
Columbia River Sternwheeler Cruise, Oregon
Columbia River Sternwheeler Cruise, Oregon

The cruise cost was $55 each but well worth the price and one fabulous birthday present.  If you get a chance take the trip.  They also provide a dinner cruise.

2018 Mt Hood, Oregon

What would a trip to Oregon be without  trip up to Mount Hood. We took the trip with the Cam Am.  As we got closer to the top we had to stop to put on jackets.

Mount Hood, Oregon
Mount Hood, Oregon

Mount Hood, Oregon

Mount Hood, Oregon

We were even treated to some roadside waterfalls.

Mount Hood, Oregon
Mount Hood, Oregon

The scenery was breathtaking and then you get a distant glimpse of Mount Hood.

Mount Hood, Oregon
Mount Hood, Oregon

As we got closer the mountain grew bigger.

Mount Hood, Oregon
Mount Hood, Oregon
Mount Hood, Oregon
Mount Hood, Oregon

A ski lodge and hotel sets part way up to Mount Hood, it is the farthest up you can go .  The only way to get higher up is to take a ski lift and ski back down. Yes, skiing and snowboarding in July.

Mount Hood, Oregon
Mount Hood, Oregon
Mount Hood, Oregon
Mount Hood, Oregon

If you love fabulous scenery, this is the trip for you. If you love skiing, this is a must.

2018 Lewis & Clark Campground, North Booneville, Washington

Scenery traveling to and from the campground.

Lewis and Clark Campground, WA
Lewis and Clark Campground, WA
Lewis and Clark Campground, WA
Lewis and Clark Campground, WA
Lewis and Clark Campground, WA
Lewis and Clark Campground, WA

Interesting bridge over the Columbia River.

Lewis and Clark Campground, WA
Lewis and Clark Campground, WA

Lewis and Clark Campground — A very  well maintained campground with friendly staff.

Lewis and Clark Campground, WA
Lewis and Clark Campground, WA

Pull through sites made it easy to get set up since we are pulling a trailer.

Lewis and Clark Campground, WA
Lewis and Clark Campground, WA
Lewis and Clark Campground, WA
Lewis and Clark Campground, WA

Fire pits and picnic tables at every site.  The time we spent there, campfires were banned due to the extremely dry conditions.

Charcoal grills were okay to use.  However, don’t buy the cheap grill like we did.  We were shocked when the outside cover of our grill caught on fire.  It is still usable but it looks really bad.

Lewis and Clark Campground, WA
Lewis and Clark Campground, WA

The only negative comments I read about this campground:

The trains run throughout the day and night however, they were not allowed to blow the train whistle through the Columbia River Gorge. Train whistle are quite annoying but all we heard were the trains rumbling down the tracks did not bother us at all.

The other negative review I read was that sites were not kept up well by campers.  There are only a few sites in poor shape and they were only in one spot in the campground.   The staff is working on cleaning up that area.

We enjoyed our stay at Lewis and Clark and would not hesitate to revisit this campground.

 

Oregon Coast

One of the highlights of this years trip was to see the Oregon Coast.

I could have stayed at the coast all day listening to the crashing surf and watching the water spray as it pummeled the rocky shore.

The intensity of surf was breathtaking.

Here are 2 short videos so you can experience it through media:

click here for video1

click here for video 2

Hope you enjoy the videos.

 

 

2018 Great Salt Lake State Park

Utah State Line

Utah State Line.  We have never been to Utah and was amazed at how beautiful it is.

These rock formations look like sand dunes.

Smooth Rock Formations
Smooth Rock Formations
River bordering along the road and train tracks.
River bordering along the road and train tracks.

 

We stopped to camp at the Great Salt Lake Park.  There were only five spots available for camping, a parking lot with water and electric hook-up.  We were right on the shore of the Salt Lake.

Camping by the Great Salt Lake

Camping by the Great Salt Lake

The Great Salt Lake looks massive however it has receded in the past years.  Where the water receded it left salt patches. It looked like snow or ice.

Salty shores of the Great Salt Lake

Salty Shore
Salty Shore

Salty shores of the Great Salt Lake

Rocky Shore/Great Salt Lake

Rocky Shore/Great Salt Lake

The one popular sport on the lake is sailing.

Sailing Information

Sailing Information

Salt Lake boat dock
Salt Lake boat dock

If you want to fish or swim this lake is not for you.  Only brine shrimp can survive is the extremely salty water.  Also, there are hordes of brine flies that blacken the shoreline.  The salt sticks to your body when you swim in the lake.  However, the neat part is, that you can float in the Salt Lake without even trying.

Lake Life Information
Lake Life Information
Lake Water Information
Lake Water Information

If you have a chance, visit the Great alt Lake.

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