Sunday, September 10, 2023

Trip Log 2023

My plan has been to write about our travels.  I had started writing about our van purchase, finding a builder, deciding what to fit in the van, and ultimately getting it built out.  However, once we got the van, I wasn't consistently writing about our adVANtures.  So, before I forget, here is a trip log to date.  I may write about some of these at a later time...we'll see.  I just wrote a post about the rally.
  • March 16, 2023 - Slept in van on our street.  Hey, I needed to sleep in it on the first night.
  • March 18, 2023 - Spent night in van at Crystal Springs Sno Park (Stampede Pass).  Beautiful evening even though the temps dropped into the 20s.  
  • March 25, 2023 - Spent night in van at Cultura Winery.  This was our first Harvest Host stay.  Really enjoyed the hospitality at Cultura.  We spent the day wine tasting.  We also brought the pugs on this adventure.
  • April 14, 2023 - Spent night in van boondocking near Cold Springs Campground outside of Sisters, OR.  This was our first boondocking experience and we had the pugs.  Everything went well, but another cold night.
  • April 29, 2023 - Spent night at friends house
  • May 5-7, 2023 - Spent nights at Kanasket-Palmer State Park.  Actually a very nice state park only 45 minutes away.  Unfortunately it rained some and it was cool.  We had the pugs.  We used our portable fire pit for cooking and a campfire.
  • May 10-12, 2023 - Spent nights at Teanaway campground.  I went here on my own and worked for two days.  Beautiful weather.  This was a very relaxing getaway.
  • June 8, 2023 - Spent night boondocking in Jack Creek area outside of Sisters, OR.  I stopped at this place on the way back from our Sunriver home to Seattle.  Great area with lots of spots to spend the night.
  • June 15-18, 2023 - Spent nights at Sun Lakes State Park.  This was a 5 family trip.  Had a great time SUPing on Dry Falls Lake.  Bonus, we got to see a rattlesnake.
  • July 2, 2023 - Spent night with family boondocking in Jack Creek area outside of Sisters, OR.  I liked this place so much we returned with the whole family.
  • July 7-9, 2023 - Spent nights at Little Lava Lake campgrounds in Central OR Cascades.  Beatiful area at the source of the Deschutes River.  Only issue was the proliferation of mosquitos at all hours.
  • August 10-13, 2023 - PNW Sprinter Van Rally around the Olympics.  23 vans driving our the the Olympic Peninsula - need I say more.  Bonus, I got to use my traction recovery boards to help someone out of the sand.
  • August 25-27, 2023 - Spents nights at Teanaway Campground.  We had a really good time camping here with friends.  The campground was only half full.
  • September 8-10, 2023 - Spent two nights at Salmon La Sac campground.  Four couples, fun hike, and swimming in the Cle Elum River.  One of the nicest campgrounds - only a two hour drive.

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