I finally slowed down a bit for 4 days of camping near lake Wenatchee. I found a wonderful free campsite right next to a river.

Driving from Spokane to Leavenworth (WA)

I’d decided to drive a lot and pass quickly through a lot of area in order to get to Seattle without stopping in a different place each night. Here’s the route I took. The drive from Lakeview to Coulee City was the best part by far.

Route through eastern washington

Driving in eastern washington

Dry Falls

DRY FALLS

DRY FALLS

Camping near Lake Wenatchee

I drove into Leavenworth and stopped at the Ranger/Visitors station to ask about camping spots. Leavenworth is a very touristy town with an old German theme. In some parts of the town, every single building was build in the same style and follows a consistent design theme – even down to the exact same typeface being used on all the signs. It’s kind of cheesy, but it looks nice. I admire their ability to stick to that decision and get all occupants to follow the design theme.

The lady at the visitors center had told me about a few free improved campsites a bit past lake Wenatchee, so I decided to check them out before going further into the National Forest. I found a spot in one of those sites right next to a river, so I parked there. The campsite, and the entire area has a lot of trees, but the spot I parked in has a clearing above, and with the river being west of the van, I’d get full sun for about 6 hours a day.

I stayed in this spot from Thursday to Sunday. I went bike riding most days, and hiking one. It felt great staying in the same place for a few days. The weather was nearly perfect. I spent a few afternoons sitting in the van reading a book with the doors open and a nice breeze flowing through.

Camping spot:

CAMPING near lake Wenatchee

CAMPING near lake Wenatchee

Tea, reading, and note-taking.

 CAMPING near lake Wenatchee

Had a pretty good view of the stars. I saw a few small meteors but didn’t connect that it being August, they were probably early parts of the Perseid shower.

CAMPING near lake Wenatchee

This kind of shooting is about the only time I wish I had a newer camera – one that could shoot at higher ISO with less noise. My camera has a tough time capturing the stars well without the exposure being so long that the stars move too much.

CAMPING near lake Wenatchee

Pen cleaning and re-inking

CAMPING near lake Wenatchee

CAMPING near lake Wenatchee

I went for a few bike rides but didn’t take any pictures of that. I do have some video from it, but I’m WAY behind in dealing with my video clips. The dirt roads out in this area are great for riding.

CAMPING near lake Wenatchee

The vegetation near the banks of this river was very thick. I was wishing I had some shoes that I could use to walk the river in. (I ended up buying some sandals that will work for this once I got to Seattle)

CAMPING near lake Wenatchee

I spent a couple afternoons like this

CAMPING near lake Wenatchee

On Sunday, my last day there, I went for a hike up the trailhead that starts right by the campsite.

CAMPING near lake Wenatchee

It went up to this lake. Can’t remember the name.

CAMPING near lake Wenatchee

CAMPING near lake Wenatchee

Next up: Seattle. I’ll be there for two weeks to visit an old friend and his wife and bum around the city.