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Trip Start Jun 11, 2012
Trip End Sep 24, 2012

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Colonial Creek NP Campground

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Friday, September 21, 2012

On Tuesday morning we left Auburn shortly after Lisa went in for her post-op appointment.  Madison was sad, it seemed, that we were leaving.  I did give her a dog treat to remember me by, just in case.

Our trip that day was to a campground, Kulshan, a few miles from Concrete, WA, about a hundred and fifty miles.  The Hussy, also known as the Android Navigator, kept trying to get us to follow I-50.  She did it, in fact for over a hundred miles.  “In one point three miles, turn left.” It got to be tiresome, but at least it was conversation.  My part I won’t quote.  We got onto some very interesting roads north of the Issaquah area.  Washington Highway 9 is a twisty little road at times, even including a single track bridge.  The sign preceding it said “Yield.” I did.  Before long, we were in Sēdro-Wooley and turned west to Concrete.  The Hussy clearly told me where the Kulshan Campground was located.  I didn’t believe her, however and we spent over an hour exploring the environs of Concrete in search.  Finally, we drove into “downtown” Concrete and asked around.  A kind man, painting high up on a ladder, came down and explained the route to the campground.  It was very steep and circuitous.  We finally got to Forest Road 11 and found it in no time.  That was the route that the phone had suggested to begin with... We did see some nice country though. ;>)

The campground is owned by Pacific Power and Light.  There are over a hundred sites with both water and sewer hook-ups.  We just used our on-board water and saved our waste.  It’s very well-lighted there at sundown.  We had to close all of the blinds just to darken the coach.  Quiet? You bet.  There were only three rigs in total.  We had decent internet and phone, since we were so close to town.  We sat outside until Lynnie got chilled and then retired to the front room.  We read awhile and Lynnie retired early.  The second coach battery is working out well.  The only problem I find is that using the inverter to charge the Mac just doesn’t work.  I’ll have to investigate that.  The furnace on the cool mornings has plenty of power now.  We read with battery powered LED lights and that helps save a bit of current.  I plan to replace more of the on-board incandescents with LEDs as time goes by.  They only use about one-tenth of the amperage of the standard lights.  Enough about science.

Before we left the area, we stopped by an Interpretive Site called “In the Shadow of the Sentinels.”  It’s a half mile paved trail among giant old-growth fir and other varieties of indigenous trees.  A beautiful area it is, which you’ll see in the photos.  One tree was core-sampled and found to be about six hundred and eighty years old.  It’s seven feet across at the base and towers above it’s neighbors.  

We rejoined Highway 11 and went back to Concrete.  From here we drove along various bodies of water and rivers.  The water has a mystical green hue and is beautiful.  Water levels are low now due to the drought which we have seen throughout our trip.  We stopped for lunch on the shore of the Skagit River.  Another beauty... We were headed for the Northern Cascades National Park, also known as the American Alps.  We passed through several small villages and finally found our way to Colonial Creek Campground.  We’re in a semi-slanted site in a loop with only one other RV.  It’s quiet and due to the height of the “Alps” got to be evening quite early.  There are hikes here, but we stayed in camp.  I did take a nap, intending to do a short hike, but didn’t leave orders/request for Lynnie to wake me.  Adios hike.

For dinner we had Jo-Jo potatoes and Wine and Herb marinated chicken, barbecued on the Weber.  This plus a fresh green salad made for another fine meal.  Now it’s reading time and I write.  I have a few pictures to edit and then...

Many thanks for stopping by, especially to our children, who are so busy.  Welcome all...
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ferd on

Those are some BIG trees! Wish I were the fellow on the bike! Travel save! Shelly Connole passed away on Sunday, the memorial/mass is in Butte today. Neil is doing ok.

mike on

So you had a nice conversation with your gps....I have had those same conversations and probably words with mine.....but she always turns out to be right though has led me on some interesting routes. Her nickname is Sarge. Looks like a great Ralph and Lynn trip, as usual. As I have said before, I keep all your blogs so that when I am on my trips, I research them for good spots--Thanks! Your papers are piling up in the shed....but no package. I did see Joe over there so he may have picked it up. Thanks for your blog...I get trips for free when I read them.

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