You and your family have had many summer adventures in your RV – and it shows. It’s time to clean your RV, but this task can be challenging. Learn some tips to clean your RV without causing any damage.
You may well pressure wash your home, but pressure washing your RV isn’t always the greatest idea. RVs often have overlapping layers or gaskets that aren’t as stable as those on a home might be, which could allow high-pressure water to leak in.
Anywhere there are areas sealed with products like silicone or other malleable materials, pressure washers can pull them loose and cause serious damage to the sealed area. A good brush and hose with a sprayer attachment will usually do the job just as well.
It’s almost August, and the start of school is fast approaching. It is easy to be dissuaded this time of year from camping. After all, isn’t camping just too much work? However, we want to remind you of the many benefits of camping. Take just one more trip with your family this summer. We promise; you won’t regret it.
Benefits of camping for all ages
Stress reduction: Leave the overbooked scheduling at home. When you’re camping, there’s no place to be at a certain time, and there’s nothing interrupting you or competing for your attention. The natural outcome of this type of setting is stress reduction and relaxation like you can’t find anywhere else.
Fresh air: You may not realize how scarce fresh air is in your day to day life. When you go camping, you get the wondrous [...]
Perseid Meteor Shower overlooking Mount Rainier August 2nd
Watch the Perseid Meteor Shower from atop a mountain overlooking Mount Rainier! Hike up to Summit Lake at sunset, then watch the Meteor Shower light up the sky!
The Details: Hike 3 miles to the lake and summit the ridge to watch the show. Then descend in the dark at midnight (with headlamps and flashlights!).
Outdoor Family Movie Night August 3rd: Bridgeport State Park
Join park staff and volunteers as we dive into the life of the Columbia River Basin salmon. A staple for many centuries, the salmon has had profound effects on the richness of life in the entire Pacific Northwest.
WILD SKILLS Adventure: Crystal Mountain August 9th
Join us for a Wild Skills Adventure at Crystal Mountain Resort on Friday, August 9th! SheJumps’ Wild Skills [...]
Are you planning a trip to the west side? Battle Ground State Park has a great line-up of Saturday evening programs during July and August. Take part in the fun and educational programs!
The programs take place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday evenings, July 6 through Aug. 24, and at 7p.m. on Aug. 31 at Battle Ground Lake State Park, 18002 N.E. 249th Street, Battle Ground (Driving directions). Directional signs will point attendees to the day-use pavilion near the kitchen shelter and playground, where the programs will take place.
The programs are as follows:
July 6 What’s Growing on Here? A master gardener from Washington State University Extension in Vancouver will help visitors identify the native plants and trees growing in the park.
Washington has numerous stunning trails to explore. It’s easy to think that hiking is only for the super fit, but there are stunning views to be had by all hiking skill levels and ages. Check out some of our must do hikes for the summer below.
Beginner Hikes Franklin Falls
Franklin Falls Trail is a popular, easy hike that is only a few miles round trip and is easily accessible thanks to the paved road in and the ample parking lot. It is a perfect hike for the whole family, so feel free to bring kids, even the little ones. The path is clearly marked and had plenty of stopping points.
Deception Falls Interpretive Trail is a 0.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Skykomish, Washington that features a [...]
Maintaining trailer tires — whether they are ST (Special Trailer) or LT (Light Truck) — isn’t always the same as what you do for passenger vehicle tires. Here are some basics on getting the most out of your trailer tires.
1. Maintain the Right Trailer Tire Pressure.
Running your ST or LT trailer tires under-inflated is a sure way to quickly wear them out and invite tire failure. Keeping them at the proper air pressure is key for longevity, load-carrying capacity, and the ability for the tire to dissipate heat better.
The best way to tell if your tires are properly inflated is to check them with an air pressure gauge. In some cases, an under-inflated tire may not appear low. Trailer tires can look fully inflated and be below the safe air pressure.
Wildflower season may be drawing to a close in the Wenatchee valley, but it’s just getting ready to start near Mount Rainier. In fact, wildflowers can be seen here all the way through July. Can’t get enough of wildflowers and mountain peaks? Check out these five trails in the Mount Rainier area.
You don’t have to venture far from the car to be dazzled by the scenery if you start your hike at Reflection Lakes. There are two approaches to Refection Lakes; the longer approach is from Paradise on the Lakes Trail – the shorter approach is from the Reflection Lakes trailhead on the Stevens Canyon Highway. If the wildflower displays are not enough to make you heady, there’s the postcard view of Mount Rainier.
This luminous gem is not only a spectacular day hike; the [...]
As you plan your tour of state parks in Washington this summer, don’t forget to check out many of the great interpretive centers. Explore the history of the region – from the ice age floods at Dry Falls to the largest amateur built telescopes in the country at Goldendale Observatory. What history will you explore this summer?
Retrace the steps of the Corp of Discovery at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center at Cape Disappointment State Park. Set on a cliff high above the Pacific Ocean, the center features interactive exhibits, a short film, a gift shop and a glassed-in observation deck with sweeping views of the Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean.
Learn about the Ice Age floods at the Dry Falls Visitor Center at Sun Lakes-Dry Falls State Park. The [...]
All of us can agree, we would like to avoid wildfires. The smoke and the fires can ruin the fun of the summer months. However, many of us also love the beauty, cooking opportunity and heat campfires provide. With proper caution, campfires can be enjoyed safely. Do your part this summer to ensure you follow the rules of campfire safety, so we can all enjoy the great outdoors.
Do Your Research
Always check current fire regulations for the area. In drought conditions, campfires may be prohibited. In extreme drought conditions, even camp stoves could be forbidden, so you will need to plan accordingly. Obtain a campfire permit if needed.
Not only do you need to know the rules of the area, you need to know the rules of the specific camping site. Are campfires permitted? Or are [...]
The summer is peak season for fun and informative events at the Washington State Parks. Below are just a few of the events in June. Check back on the state park’s calendar of events often for updated information!
State Parks Discover Pass Free Day
June 1, 2019, All Day
To celebrate National Trails Day, today is a State Parks “free day” when a Discover Pass is not required to visit a state park. Please note, free days apply only to day use (not overnight stays or rented facilities). A Discover Pass is still required to access lands managed by the Washington state departments of Natural Resources and Fish & Wildlife on these days.
State Parks Discover Pass Free Day
June 8, 2019, All Day
To celebrate National Get Outdoors Day, today is a State Parks “free day” when a Discover Pass is not [...]