5/6-12/2013, County Line Park near Cathlamet, WA
Sitting here reminds me so much of my favorite place that I lived in a s&b … which is when I owned the Grandview in Ferryville, WI which was on the Mississippi. Views are very similar. This is just so peaceful for me.
I’m not used to tides effecting a river, and boy do they here. Our little beach area grows so much smaller. But when the tides are out, it grows and so does the area along the river than can be walked.
As much as Peaches loves water, she loves water and sand even more. She loves to play in both.
Well, it was still there when I came in for the night … was gone in the morning, but I didn’t get up early.
I know I saw some type of mammal swimming up river one day. However, I didn’t have my camera and couldn’t see well enough to know for sure what. I’m guessing it was a sea lion, but can’t be sure. Of course, there were plenty of other birds, but most of my concentration has been on the osprey nest. Did take this fellow, though…
And let’s not forget the beautiful view of Mount St. Helens.
The view sitting at my picnic table looking to the southeast…
The closest town to the park is Cathlamet, WA – about 10 miles to the west. (Longview is about 15 miles to the east.)
With a small rig, the camping meant for tents and small rigs (no hookups) would be nice. Their hookup camping is not my cup of tea, and it didn’t look like many others, either, as no one was there. But it would fit any size rig and might be good if someone was there for the fishing. They do have a dump station available.
I don’t know if they have showers. Don’t know where I’m staying, either. Those of you who know me, know that I rarely use bathrooms or showers other than my own. That’s one reason I have an rv … I like to have my own facilities!
Now I’m only 10 miles away, with electric (not electric and water … those might have sewer also, didn’t check) but am paying $10 a day. Yes, the site I’m in is close to my neighbor, but looking directly on the water … I’ll take this one! But sure enjoy walking the trail in Cathlamet and again do like the camping sites … but those are $18 a day, $100 a week or $300 a month. High for dry camping in my book.
I’ve not taken that ferry.
I’ve had some really great neighbors here and in Clatskanie. My next door neighbor for a couple days here brought his inflatable kayak and went out one afternoon. These waters are just too strong for me to consider going where he did – my arms would have been killing me. He did say that it was much easier coming back, but he had to be vigilant because of the tides trying to bring him to shore.
Both adult ospreys left the nest and circled, circled. One went back to the nest while the 2nd continued to circle until he was much further away.
And just this afternoon, a better opportunity for a photo op with someone ….
For my friends who have asked about what size rig will fit in County Line Park. A couple 34 foot Class A’s were here. Not much bigger will fit … I’d say 34-35 feet maximum. This is mainly a paved parking lot with lines for sites. The sites have electric and are wide enough for putting out slides, but not really for awnings, although a few have. The best site to pull straight in is one of the end sites, and then the awning could be put out. I was hoping to get one of those sites in particular, but didn’t. Could have changed when the folks in it left, but was comfie where I was at at that time. There is a camphost here and bathrooms. There is also a dump station. There is no place to hook up to get water. And where there is water at a couple locations, I don’t like the water here. So I recommend coming in with a full tank! And I will come back. $10/night for electric. Talked to the camphosts today and learned they have been here many years. I think they said 14. Kind of like the couple in Clatskanie – they found someplace they like and moved in. This one has a 2nd 5th wheel on their same site with their daughter and family also. Nice gig!
I start the trek to Alaska in earnest in the morning. I’ll stop for some staples and I intend to make a Barnes & Noble stop, will overnight tomorrow at a casino lot NW of Seattle, then will be heading into Canada for my mad dash to Valdez. The rains are supposed to come in here overnight tonight, so I expect I’ll be doing a lot of traveling in the rain now. I’ve been expecting rain most of this trip from Arizona, so this sunshine has been a delight. With the expected rain and cooler temps, I just finished making a second pot of soup so that the next week it’ll be easy to have a warm bowl of soup for dinner.
Now, to just hope that the rains aren’t too bad in the morning when I go to leave. Actually thought (am still thinking) of pulling out this afternoon… now THAT’s lazy lol … and I’ll probably wait. Water will not hurt me hooking up. I’ve gotten just a tad too used to this wonderful sunshine. And I’ve truly enjoyed my time in OR and WA this spring. I always do, but it’s different when the sun actually shines more than not. Clouds are covering Mount St. Helens today. I could see a glimpse of her among them earlier, but not now.
So looking forward to Valdez and my summer there again…