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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Camping In The Desert


Enjoying the Autumn colors in the desert. 
We were off camping again . . .
This time at beautiful
Steamboat Rock State Park, WA.
The weather was a mix of warm & sunny,
chilly, windy and raining.
All in all an amazing trip.
The bike paths were glorious
with breathtaking views and 
curved paths with gentle hills easy
enough for a lady of my years to manage :)

Desert wildflowers.

This photo was taken on one of my
bike rides.  
At this point I turned around and headed
back to camp. It was raining, but not
hard and felt very refreshing :)

We enjoyed meeting our new neighbors . . . 

These wild turkey came into camp every day.

They would stay a while and then march
back into the tall desert grass,
only to come back in an hour or so.

Butchy loved sitting my the screen door
watching them walk about our campsite. 


Kayaking was marvelous . . .

You wouldn't want to go overboard
because the water was quite cold.

 Here you can see one of the caves in the cliffs.

Look closely to the right,
do you see the bridge?
That's where we were headed. 

Under the bridge.

This was on the other side.
In the Spring when the snow melts . . .
there is a waterfall here that flows 
down those cliffs and into the lake.
We sat there in awe and made plans to return
in the Spring.

Here we gathered our kayaks together
on the way back across the lake 
to stop and enjoy the view.


That's how we spent four delightfully
calm and restful days this month . . .

Wish you were here!
We would have a great time together :)
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Keep Smiling!
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Your blogging sister,
Connie :)

56 comments:

  1. I wish I'd been there too! What amazing scenery.

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    1. Wasn't it lovely, we had a marvelous time :)

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  2. Thanks for sharing your photos, Connie. It looks a stunning place to be and sounds like you had a wonderful time. xx

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    1. We did, it was such a wonderful place to take a walk or a bike ride, the views were amazing :)

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  3. Absolutely beautiful!! I would love the bike rides but not out on the water. ;)

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    1. It was a great place to do both or either, LOL. Beautiful views in every direction :)

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  4. What a lovely camping trip! Breathtaking views!

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  5. Oh Connie, what a lovely trip! I am all for nature-based vacations...I have to say I'm no longer a city gal and I just want to see the land. Kayaking, biking...how wonderful!!! Thanks for sharing!!! :)

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    1. It is a very beautiful area . . . this planet that we live on is filled with God's wonders. He's my favorite artist :)

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  6. Oh Connie, that looks like a great trip. I'm bummed you forgot to stop by and pick me up!

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    1. Sorry . . . If I would have known that you were ready and packed, we could have swung by and picked you up. Wait a minute how many miles away would that be? LOL.

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  7. Connie, Wonderful scenery. Oh I bet that water is cold. LOL. Funny for your little doggie to watch the turkeys running about. Glad you had a fun safe time. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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    1. It was only a three night get-a-way but so nice to be away from chores and canning. I had so much fun riding my bike . . . maybe I'm going through my second childhood.

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  8. Gorgeous scenery and colors! Looks like the paddling wasn't too hard. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. It was very nice . . . we have a lovely time :)

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  9. What a beautiful place to go camping. That does sound very relaxing too. I was wondering what Butchy thought of the camping but he obviously enjoyed it too

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    1. He loves camping. He gets to take more walks when we camp.

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  10. What a wonderful, wonderful trip, Connie. I love that you were able to bike and hike and kayak and enjoy nature like you did. Isn't it wonderful to be the age you are and be able to enjoy those things? I see so many people my age that are in such poor health that they don't really enjoy life very much. It is just sad.
    Blessings to you and I don't blame you for wanting to go back in the spring. xo Diana

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    1. I count my blessing every day . . . I too know of many people my age that can not do the physical things that I am able to do. I am only in the place where I am through His merciful grace.

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  11. Hi Connie, Wish I was there too! LOL I would not want to go overboard when kayaking cold water or not as dog paddling would not get me far very fast! I would love to see that waterfall in the spring! What a wonderful time it seems you had. I hope you get to go a lot of times this fall. Nancy

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    1. I just went on line to get a spot for Spring and they are almost totally booked and the space price went up to $50 a night. That seems very high for a camp site. I'll probably debate until they are all gone.

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  12. It is such a breath-takingly rugged area now; I can't imagine it in Spring with a waterfall!!

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    1. Spring is beautiful and there are desert wild flowers in bloom. It's amazing any time of the year.

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  13. So pretty! I could definitely camp in your desert!

    Grace & Peace,
    Pam

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  14. What a lovely lovely place! I especially like your photos of the cliffs and of the kayaks underneath the bride. What great colors! And what about those turkeys. What fun!

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    1. I know the first morning that I woke and saw them . . . I woke Steve up, "You have got to see this", then we found that they visited our campsite off and on although our visit. Pretty cool :)

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  15. Such gorgeous scenery. Oh how beautiful and peaceful everywhere looks. Love those glorious yellows hues. It sounds as if your four days was filled with amazing views and fun activities. How lovely to explore and discover your country in that sweet little camper of yours.

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    1. We certainly are enjoying our camper. Just two old retirees enjoying life :)

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  16. Connie, I do so wish I was there too. You took us on a beautiful your, what a wonderful camping trip.

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    1. God's beauty is all around us, and it was very impressive in that canyon on the lake.
      He is my favorite artist :)

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  17. Looks like a great place to get away and relax.
    Love those wild turkeys; they are so cute :)

    Have a great weekend.
    ~K.

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    1. Thank you. We are back home and have plans to buy apples tomorrow . . . it's that time of year :)

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  18. God's creation at His best. I could only imagine how wonderful it felt to ride bikes in that beautiful place. You are a inspiration and a great reminder to take time and slow down. Have a wonderful day!

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    1. I feel totally blessed that I am still able to ride my bike and to kayak. Each new day it a blessing and my good health is all because of His grace and mercy. Speaking of beautiful places, he certainly created a masterpiece in the landscape around this amazing park.

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  19. Sounds like a wonderful time and the pictures are all gorgeous.

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  20. What a beautiful spot Connie. I have never been there and I think it’s a place that Dennis and I need to check out. Washington state has so many different things that people don’t know about. Deserts, rain forests, the ocean and mountains just to name a few. We do live in a beautiful place and I thank you for showing me somewhere that I have never been before. Blessings, Betsy

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    1. This park is almost booked for the whole next year's season, but we found that if you camp there before April 15 or after September 15, it is first come first serve. No reservations and the price goes down and the availability is very good, because no one wants to travel a long distance to camp without reservations. If by any chance it was full there is a great campground 15 miles away in Coulee City that is only full during bass tournaments twice a year :) We are planning on doing our camping there during the off seasons next year :)

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  21. Beautiful place to visit. Looks so relaxing. Everybody above said everything there is to say....oh flowers were beautiful and those turkey's...wonder if they will land on someone's table Thanksgiving day....lol!! Looks like I won't be anonymous today...yay for that!!!

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    1. Your anonymous days must have drove you crazy; I know it would have driven me bonkers. If those turkeys have the good sense to stay in the state park they should be safe from hunters :)

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  22. The deserts of Eastern Washington surely are stunning any time of year! This time of year they are especially wonderful with the yellows and golds, and a few flowers hanging on. The water looked so serene and fairly calm. Looks alot like along the Columbia River down along the Col. River Gorge between Cascade Locks and The Dalles, and on East. I have driven that road many many times through the years.. once lived up there and drove it back and forth to Hood River for 5 years, and every season was a splendor to behold. If hubby and I ever get out little 5th wheel renovated, heading up that way would be a wonderful Fall trip! Aren't those canyon walls just amazing? And I agree, you are fortunate to have the health to still be able to ride a bike and kayak! I can't ride a bike anymore because of carpal tunnel in my wrists.. they go numb so fast that I can't hold the handle bars. Bike riding is so different than walking or riding in a car! Glad you had the restful 4 days before you get back to work! Do yo do any sewing or crafting while you're on your respite trips? I can picture you sitting in your lovely camper, looking out the windows at the beauty, having a cup of tea or coffee. Everyone needs to do that now and then! Hugs... Marilyn

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    1. Hi Marilyn, yes I do take a project. This year I have been working on paper piecing. While we were at Lincoln Rock State park I taught my sister-in-law the art of English paper piecing and she loved it. She is planning on making a quilt using all different colors of polka dots. Doesn't that sound sweet? I think it is a marvelous idea.
      Here's wishing you a lovely weekend. We are heading out to drive to a local orchard and get apples today. Oh, the joys of Autumn :)

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  23. wow what a beautiful place! I have never been to the desert it is so beautiful still and serene. Wish I was there also ! wild turkeys and all! I see you have gone to buy apples Im a northern apple girl love my macoun apples a cross between Mcintosh and jersey black Cultivars , Im about to have some sent from home if you have never had one give it a try ….thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures

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    1. We used to buy McIntosh when I lived in Indiana, but now i've been really hooked on Fuji and Honey Crisp. I love driving to the orchard for apples. It's a special little outing that we do almost every year :)

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  24. I love the look of fall coming in, pretty flowers still blooming and you will have to share the waterfall in the spring, I bet that will be gorgeous. Glad you had a great time away, and shared it with us, glad to hear you didn't fall into that cold water :)

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    1. Hi Marilyn, yes I do take a project. This year I have been working on paper piecing. While we were at Lincoln Rock State park I taught my sister-in-law the art of English paper piecing and she loved it. She is planning on making a quilt using all different colors of polka dots. Doesn't that sound sweet? I think it is a marvelous idea.
      Here's wishing you a lovely weekend. We are heading out to drive to a local orchard and get apples today. Oh, the joys of Autumn :)

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    2. Wow! Connie I don't know what is happening with my blog. I just hit publish and the reply that I wrote to you disappeared and one that I wrote to Marilyn . . . two comments up from yours, was published in stead. This could drive me crazy . . . totally bonkers :(
      Anyway, that water is very cold and if you were to go overboard hypothermia would set in very fast. As we were paddling we were discussing what we would do to help one another if this were to happen. It was a fabulous trip and sitting at the base of those cliffs and looking up at their grandeur from your little kayaks made us seem very small in comparison. It was certainly an awesome trip.

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  25. Looks amazing, the scenery is wonderful, I would love to cycle in a place like that. I bet the stars at night are amazing!
    Jillxo

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    1. Oh, we used to anchor our sailboat out from this park and then lay in the cockpit at night and watch the sky. So many falling stars and in the daytime you see eagles. There are many that have nests around this area. It is a beautiful place indeed.
      Thanks for stopping by to visit.

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  26. What a fun camping trip. The colours are so mellow. Late summer is a great time to be out in our beautiful world.

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    1. Yes it is . . . the weather is gorgeous and I want to soak as much of it in as I can, before the cold winter weather gets here. I have been hearing people say that we are getting an early Winter.

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  27. Connie- Thank you for sharing your great outdoors recent journey- just fabulous photos. I went camping back in 1993 to a place known as Lake Euchambene - In the Snowey Mountains- I stayed at Buchandra Park for twenty two days - just unwinding and getting back to connecting with nature...that great journey of mine has always stuck with me- just great to reflect back on. Regards. KEV.

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    1. Getting out in nature and enjoying God's magnificent art work is always a treat for the senses.

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  28. These photos are breath taking!!! WOW!! The bicycle is my favorite.
    Lisa

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