Central Washington Surprises

Over the last 40 years most of our travels between Alaska and Southern Calif have generally been centered along the fastest route, the I-5 corridor. When there were schedules to meet and family to visit it was the shortest distance between two points.

Now that most of our timelines and deadlines are gone our new mode of travel is to take a leisurely pace and follow the back roads as much as possible. Recently we re-entered the USA from Canada and drove into north-central Washington state.

Thee Grand Coulee Dam entertains the pups
Thee Grand Coulee Dam entertains the pups

To say the least we were pleasantly surprised at what we found. We have been averaging between 75-150 miles every few days for the last week or so stopping at almost every state park and national rec area that we came across.

We have found nicely maintained and mostly vacant state and national recreation area campgrounds. Central Washington seems to have a mild climate this time of year and temperatures have been just right for us Alaskans.

A few of the great places we came across and highly recommend are Lake Roosevelt NRA with its great fishing, boating and camping opportunities.
Touring the Grand Coulee Dam and its amazing power generating facilities.
Banks Lake and Steamboat Rock SP with hiking, fishing and very nice campgrounds.
Sun Lake Dry Falls SP located on the sureal looking Blue Lake and the fabulous town of Soap Lake with the lakes special healing powers.
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Steam Boat Rock SP
Steam Boat Rock SP

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Steamboat Campground was virtually ours
Steamboat Campground
was virtually ours
On Banks Lake
On Banks Lake
Steamboat Campground Located on Banks Lake
Steamboat Campground Located on Banks Lake

The scenic 13,000 year old waterfall site at Grand Falls SP is not to be missed.

Dry Fall SP
Dry Fall SP
Dry Falls Overlook
Dry Falls Overlook
Sun Lakes SP
Sun Lakes SP

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Soap Lake Campground
Soap Lake Campground
Small Lap Dog
Small Lap Dog

We did accomplish one of the items on our Washington State “to do” list by visiting one of its newly established cannabis shops. It was a very strange experience to walk into a public place and shop for marajauna. But shop is all we did because as it turns out nothing is really affordable…yet. The State is currently setting the prices and so it may be legal but its not cheap.

Denise Shops for a New Flower Pot
Denise Shops for a New Flower Pot

So in conclusion if you have the time don’t miss central Washington State especially in the fall…it is well worth a visit.

Next stop Fort Motsko in central Oregon….keep you posted.

6 thoughts on “Central Washington Surprises

  1. Love the photos and it’s so neat following your travels! Also inspires us to visit those same places when we get a bit closer. Safe travels. We are camping in Ohio visiting friends and family. Looking forward to seeing you both again!

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