Posted by: sunnyharvy | September 14, 2014

Washington State At Last

After an uneventful crossing back into the USA, we found a beautiful FREE riverside campsite at the Army Corps of Engineers’ Dunn Creek Campground near Libby, Montana.


Morning view from haRVy. We spent hours watching the antics of an Osprey family.


Later we took a short hike from the highway to view Kootennai Falls and…


so Al could walk across this swinging bridge (what acrophobia?).

The next notable campground was a BLM (Bureau of Land Management) property on Lake Leo near the northeastern corner of Washington State. It was extremely quiet with just a few other campers, one of whom offered to catch us fresh trout for dinner. Fresh picked huckleberries for breakfast and trout for dinner…can’t beat that!



Our next night was spent on Lake Roosevelt near the Grand Coulee Dam. The busy season is obviously over as we are now able to easily snag a prime site at each campground, even if we arrive late in the day.


Full lake view from our campsite. Enjoyed a pretty sunset and full moon rise from here too.


Thought this was a good idea – various sizes of life preservers available to use as needed.


This part of Washington, on the Colville Indian Reservation, was unexpectedly arid and reminiscent of the Southwest. Then we were on to Lake Chelan where we took an all day boat trip across the 50-mile length of the lake to the village of Stehekin, which can only be reached by boat or sea plane.


Old dock from the steamboat days.


On the way uplake.


Rainbow Falls in Stehekin.


View back down the lake towards the town of Chelan.


Shop featuring crafts made by local residents, of which there are 85.


From Chelan we drove north to my friend (from High School!) Janet’s house in the Methow Valley where we plan to stay for at least a week. The weather is forecast to be perfect for our entire stay. We are enjoying warm afternoons and cool clear evenings.


  1. population 85!!

  2. Beautiful country ! Lake Chelan was a strange green color when we were there…

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