So after months of keeping our little Chalet in storage we were finally able to take it out again last week. OK, so we took it to the same park as last time (20 miles away) just to relearn some things and we DID come back to town for a few hours on Friday afternoon (I had a haircut appointment.) Eric checked on the kitties and we did 2 loads of laundry.
But we also did great with our packing of clothes and food. We divided up cooking duties with Eric BBQing chicken on the electric BBQ while I sauteed veggies on the stove inside. And we have become more adept at where to put things inside the RV, both our individual items and things we need in the kitchen and living area.
We relaxed indoors and outdoors, taking in the breathless view of the majestic Columbia River. Sitting outside with a book or a beverage is the thing to do. A constant breeze blew through the park at all hours, which was really nice on those hotter days.
In the mornings we adapted to our surroundings by taking a 5 mile walk to get our 10,000 steps in before breakfast. It was more of an adjustment for me because I go to the gym at Eric's work every morning while he walks around our neighborhood. But Eric is not used to big rigs and other cars blazing their way past him while he's walking. The road near the RV park dead ends by some farms and it is just about 5000 steps to the dead end and then another 5000 back to the park.
For meals we took the Nutribullet and tons of bananas and apples for our vitamin shakes in the morning. Lunches were combos of fruit, chips and salsa, and other snacks. Dinners were BBQed chicken with different veggies on the side.
On our first full day we took a drive and ended up near Merwin Dam and Reservoir. There is a nice park area there with a playground for the kids, lots of covered picnic seating, and decent restrooms. The drive itself, 40 miles round-trip, was lovely, as we made our way through densely forested areas along the river. As lunchtime neared, we ended up enjoying some great Mexican food at El Tapatio in Woodland.
Here are some pictures! Most of them show the dramatic sunrise on our last morning.
To view them full-sized (which I highly recommend after going through and reading the captions,) click on the pictures.
|All set up on Wednesday afternoon. We didn't get a spot right on the river this time, but it was nice to be so close to the showers. Our Chalet has a little shower, but we wanted more space.|
|Eric making the chicken on night #1. We bought some sea salt hickory rub from a stall at the lake during the Go Fourth! activities. Eric experimented with it twice before we took the RV out. It is very good!|
|The Rockwood A Frame: Tiny and with no bathroom! We looked up the price and it is comparable to what we paid for our 2001 Winnebago. Still, it sleeps 4 (snug,)has a fridge, microwave, stove, plus AC.|
|Friday's sunset, around 9:30pm.|
|Time to walk! Around 6am Saturday morning. The sunrise put on quite a show.|
|Next door to the park was a field with this lone, beautiful horse. I would say hello to him (or her) every time I walked past.|
|Crossing the slough is an old railway bridge.|
|Down the road is the house below, with its own little lake behind it with a canoe, a trampoline, guesthouse, 2 playhouses and some other outbuildings. There is also a barn and silo.|
|The main house. Pretty drool-worthy! Anyone familiar with the Woodland area know who lives there?|
|The barn and silo to the left of the house.|
|Mother Nature was not to be outdone.This was the photo I got as the morning walk continued. The sunrise coming over the hills on the right made for some dramatic lighting.|
|Eric likes this picture. The stream of the sprinkler matches the shape of the mist by the hills in the background.|
|Almost at the end of the road was a field with lots of cows. Most ignored me, but a few were fascinated. That little guy on the left with the white face stared at me the entire time I walked past and back again. I waved.|
|With a little help editing in the Afterlight app, this photo got a bit of a boost. I like pictures with layers of sky, trees, water, and ground.|
|Yes, city girls like me get entertained by seeing a tractor in the middle of a field.|
|I like the tire tracks left behind. It just reminded me of the importance of staying on the right path.|
|Walking on the return trip to the RV park I had to take one more picture of this property and its surrounding area. It's like an oasis.|
Like I said, we do things simply in many way compared to some of the "mansions on wheels" we saw at the park. Just sleeping bags and blankets for us. But we did bring our gotta-have-it necessities, like the Nutribullet, the Soda Stream, and we watched a movie on Eric's laptop. A River Runs Through It--perfect movie for those surroundings. We also set up speakers with the iPod so we could listen to our favorite tunes.
We are hoping, fingers crossed, to be able to take the RV out again next week. Hopefully to Gig Harbor, WA, which I've always wanted to see, and which will be a little further than 20 miles away (more like 140.) That's the great thing, is that you take your little turtle shell full of your own things anywhere you want. It may not be fancy, but we're happy with it.