Wednesday, March 21, 2012


Wenatchee River Co. Park (WRCP) in Monitor Washington

September 12-13, 2011
This was another stop on our way to the Washington coast with Paul and Paula. 

WRCP is a county owned and operated park. It's actually a beautiful park with well maintained grassy grounds and huge shade trees. We were assigned two sites that back up to the Wenatchee River. We quickly got set up in loop A sites 8-9. We paid $30 per night but could only stay for two nights as the park is booked after that for a rally.
The park has about 4 circular loops surrounded by sites that radiate from the circles. All the sites a very roomy and paved. However, we had to pay $5 extra for our Jeep and park it in overflow parking. 
The amenities include 50 amps with full hook-ups and very good Wi-Fi. Directly behind our rigs is the Wenatchee River with a small path leading to the water's edge. 
A beautiful park that may require a reservation due to its popularity.

American Heritage Campground, Olympia Washington

September 14-18, 2011

American Heritage Campground is located in Olympia just south of Seattle. The campground is set in a forest setting with paved roads but dirt sites.
Site 41
We arrived with Paul and Paula and each selected sites near each other but with plenty of foliage between the sites. The temps were in the low 60's as we set up. The owner of the campground said it had been in the low 90's just last week.
View down the road in front of our rig.
The sites have full hook-ups but only 30 amps and a weak 30 amps at that. There was no WiFi in the campground. Fortunately there was no need to run the air-conditioners as the temps were very moderate during our stay i.e. 60's for highs and 50's for lows. We paid for 5 days at about $34 a day with tax. The forest setting was absolutely beautiful with plenty of places to walk the dogs. However, the last 3 days we were there it misted and rained causing the falling pine needles to stick to everything they touched. The ground also became wet and muddy. It was a mess pulling out of there!

Salt Creek Recreation Area, Port Angeles

September 19-26, 2011

Located on highway 101, Salt Creek Recreation Area is just west of Port Angeles on the Olympic Peninsula. This county park is right on the coast offering 50 amp electric and water sites as well as primitive sites. There is a dump station. During the season, reservations are recommended. We were traveling with Paul and Paula and they took site 34 and we took site 36, both pull throughs. The sites were a bit close but we weren't expecting anyone in site 35 till Friday so we had some "extra room". We soon discovered after setting up that our phones were roaming and we were getting a message warning of international data rates. Apparently we were picking up the tower on the Canadian coast across the Strait of Juan De Fuca. 
Site 36
We ended up shutting off our phones and MIFI to avoid international data charges at $2 a minute! We discovered later that local phone service for our Verizon phones was available at other spots within the park.
Coast line 30 yds from the front of our rig.

We each paid $25 a night for a site, but we also paid an additional $5 a night for our "extra vehicle" that fit in our site. The set-up is designed for self-pay with a print-out that indicates which sites are reserved or available. We picked our own sites. We stayed for 8 nights after extending a day because of rainy weather.
Speaking of rain, as you could guess, its a pretty common occurrence in this part of the country! It rained off and on for most of our stay but the temps were moderate with lows in the 50's and highs in the 60-70's.

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