Autumn’s about to arrive, and winter won’t be too long after. It’s time to hunker down and get ready!
But even if your home is 100% prepared for the coming drop in temperatures (and leaves), it can be easy to forget about your camper. Your RV needs some seasonal love, too!
So whether it’s a motorhome, travel trailer, or tiny camper van living in your driveway, don’t leave it out in the cold — at least, not metaphorically.
Here’s a quick guide to how to prep your RV for the quickly-approaching fall season.
RV Autumn Maintenance Tips
Although autumn is a fantastic time to take camping trips, many families take a break from vacationing for September and October. The fun-filled summer’s at an end and school is back in session, so it can be a good time to get back [...]
The gold rush is on in the North Cascades. And let’s not forget red and orange, too.
Fall colors will peak in the next few weeks on mountain trails, and the clock is ticking before snow closes State Route 20, the North Cascades Highway. It’s arguably the best time of year to access some of the most beautiful trails in the state.
Along the spine of the North Cascades toward Central Washington, you’ll find a bonus too — large stands of alpine larch trees, which have needles like evergreens that turn a stunning gold in the fall.
“They only grow at higher elevations on the East Side,” Seifried said. Early season snow adds to the beauty of the turning larch trees, she added.
Now’s your last chance to hit the following, scenic trails before [...]
When many people are packing up after the long summer season, others head out for some of the best camping of the year. As the weather cools, you can enjoy genuine quality time spent with your family and friends. Fall is a prime season for wildlife spotting and enjoying the outdoors without the hassle of bugs. Fall can also be one of the most beautiful seasons for viewing foliage, as trees burst with bright orange, yellow and red. There is nothing quite like camping in autumn, when warm days hiking and fishing fade into cool, crisp evenings gathered around a crackling campfire.
If you have never tried camping in the fall, we highly recommend giving it a shot this year. Our guide to fall camping will provide everything you need [...]
We’re blessed to live in a region of the country with countless glorious hikes. Before hitting your next trail, though, make sure you’re following the common rules of hiking etiquette.
Clean it up & Pack it out
It’s important to clean up all litter and debris while you’re hiking. This clean-up duty includes dog poop. Nobody wants to step in dog poo while they’re enjoying the great outdoors. However, even worse than leaving a pile is bagging the poo and then leaving the bag behind. Any kind of plastic bag poses a threat.
Heed all signs & postings
While a sign of a trail closure or detour may be a frustrating addition to your day in nature, those signs are there for a reason. Someone may have harmed themselves or the property. Rangers may be trying to prevent further [...]
Seattle is one of the most popular cities to visit in America for good reason. However, the hustle and bustle (not to mention the traffic) can become overwhelming. Never fear, though! There are plenty of outdoor escapes close to Seattle that will have you breathing fresh air and enjoying horizons free of skyskrapers (and people).
30 Minutes from Seattle Lake Washington
Lake Washington is huge — the second largest natural lake in the state and the biggest in King County. This freshwater outdoor recreation mecca is just a short hop by car or bus from both Seattle’s and Bellevue’s metro centers. Fishing, hiking, boating and paddle sports are all within easy reach of Lake Washington’s shore.
Edmonds Pier & Edmonds Marsh
No boat to take out on the water? Try out fishing at the Edmonds Pier with [...]
While back to school may indicate the end of camping season for many, some of the best camping days are still ahead of us. As the dry summer heat tapers away you may forget that many burn bans are still in place in state parks. Before planning your camping getaway – and your menu! – make sure you check the burn bans for the state park your visiting.
If fires are allowed at your campsite, remember these five simple rules of campfire safety.
Look not just around, but up (make sure there are no low hanging branches!)
Safety proof your pit by clearing a 5 foot radius & circling it with rocks.
Always keep water nearby.
Always watch – never leave a fire unattended.
Put it out before bedtime. Make sure the coals are [...]
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.