Time again for the annual trip to Trout Lake to hang out with my Airstream friends. We packed up the trailer, the dogs, and it seemed like more miscellaneous ‘stuff’ than ever before. Maybe it just felt that way because the Flex is so small and the Van was so big! We headed off after work on Thursday so we could get in an extra day.
We rolled into town to find a thunderstorm hiding the mountain top and obscuring the sunset.
We got settled in, said hello to everyone, and soon after crashed for the night. As I lay in bed in the complete darkness, I thought my eyes were playing tricks as I saw flashes, but the thunder told us it was the lightening storm. Kind of cool.
The next day the Airstreams kept rolling in. All our usual friends, and a few we had missed last year. A sad trip for our friends Carolyn and Loren, as they had just lost their beautiful German Shepherd Cosmo. Cosmo had been a fixture at the rally for 7 years, where he would hang out by the campfire with them, but if Mom and Dad weren’t together, he would patrol the camp going back and forth between them, checking on them. Such a good boy. It was so sad to hear of his passing.
Soon there were enough people to stir up a card game, which Dave got in on.
Puzzles came out too …
and guitars. Camping is the life!
The dogs hung out in their dog-yard. I had started prepping the trailer a couple weeks before we left, and was happy to find everything worked. We used the fridge all weekend, and only needed to run the furnace a couple nights because the weather was so mild. With the LED lights, we didn’t even come close to running out of power.
Our friend Chris showed up with his Caravel, and his new/old Bronco.
Cory, Carolyn, Jerry, Patsy, Karen, Dave and Loren entertain themselves. I think this was shortly before they decided to ‘make it interesting’ and start playing for pennies!
Barclay can watch the activities from bed!
When we have the dogs we usually fold the dinette down into a bed all day.
Both dogs like laying in the ‘doghouse’ under the bed. Navi decided it was hers and growled furiously if Barclay tried to invade it. Which he occasionally did, just to annoy her.
Airstreams of all shapes and sizes – vintage, Interstate, and Argosy!
Greg got the fire all stirred up
Sunset over the creek behind the campground
So many friends, good food, jamming around the campfire at night (I even brought my guitar this time) – wears you out. I’ve never slept so well in my life!
The next morning we headed over to the county park to partake of their showers. You can shower in the Caravel, but why make a mess in there, when you can make a mess in someone else’s shower instead? Seemed like a good deal to me! Then we went to the Ranger Station and got a map and directions for the local attractions.
We wandered off into the woods to find the Big Lava Bed. Turns out it is indeed big, but hard to access, and I didn’t even really get any pictures of it!
Back to camp, this is the view at the porta-john – one of the prettiest in camp!
Flags were flying in the wind. All that wind blowing through the trees around camp made for a fabulous afternoon nap while Dave went and played cards.
Peanut butter kongs keep the dogs occupied.
In the evening I play guitar until my fingers were too sore to play anymore, so I packed it in, and grabbed my camera. The wind had blown away the clouds. I finally had a chance (and the equipment and know-how, to do this:
Cozy little trailer.
The next morning we headed up to see Langfield Falls. Along the way we stopped for views of Mt Adams and Beargrass.
Thanks to the dry winter, the falls was only running down one side, instead of covering the whole rock.
We saw a sign to Mosquito Lake, and decided we HAD to check that out. A whole lake of mosquitoes, how fun! (sarcasm) But alas, there were no mosquitoes. It was actually very nice. Must have hit it at just the right time of year. It made us wish we had a kayak!
On the way up there we had to stop to let a small group of Elk stroll across the road. Of course I didn’t get a picture of THAT!
On the way back, we stopped by the Big Tire. Seriously, it’s on the MAP.
Yup, that’s big alright.
Coming back we had a peek at Sleeping Beauty from a different angle. Not quite as face-like from over here.
We went back through town and headed out past the campground in the other direction looking for the biggest Ponderosa Pine in WA – known as The Big Tree.
I suppose it’s kinda big.
Pretty, delicate little flowers in this area.
Back to Trout Lake, to stop for lunch at the Café/Gas Station/Espresso/Ice Cream Shop
As you might guess, the only place in town. But actually kind of awesome.
Back to the trailer for lunch..
And Siesta. I cleaned out a drawer in the trailer and found a bunch of paperbacks. Dave started reading a Star Wars book he had tried to read on previous trips, and I found an old X Files novel. What a great way to geek out during afternoon downtime!
I take this picture every year!
I never get tired of looking at the mountain!
At sunset I took the dogs for a walk, looked up, and saw the setting sun had somehow created a rainbow in the clouds, right over Sleeping Beauty’s face! I ran the dogs all the way back to the trailer to get my camera and get a shot before the phenomenon disappeared!
I love it! And I love Sleeping Beauty.
One more night of singing around the fire, followed by a peaceful night’s sleep, and in the morning, it was time to go.
Trout Lake is always over too soon! We love visiting with our friends, catching up, singing songs, watching the campfire, sharing potlucks, playing games, taking naps, and playing music. We will get together again before summer is over, but Trout Lake is an awesome start to the season. Many thanks to our friends Janet and Gary for pulling us all together for another year.