While enjoying our time in Chelan in the Okanogan (the American spelling) Valley, we are so close to the Canadian side and home, with family and friends to see again we decided to move a bit further north to the border town of Oroville for two more days. The morning we left Chelan, Murphy once again positioned herself for the all-important watch for the killer squirrels…
She got so involved in her duties that we just had to let her outside for last one walk. She amazed us once again with her speed as she darn near caught one, and those things are FAST!
We’d always driven right through the town of Oroville, stopping only to eat at Trino’s, our favourite Mexican restaurant. This time, we decided to spend a couple of nights boondocking at Blue Lake, a Washington State Forest and Wildlife site we found on www.FreeCampsites.net.
While no RVers had reviewed the spot, the state’s website showed a nice lake nestled in the hills just a few kilometres from town. What could be better?
Unfortunately, none of our research prepared us for the road. Climbing steadily from the Similkameen River through vineyards and orchards, we gained 229 m (752 ft) in just a few kilometers, climbing a 10-12% grade. And, once we got to the top of twisty, winding road (the reason we ignored the “Trailers not Recommended” sign), we found there was no level place to park. Worse, and to Navigator’s horror, the lake was still frozen! We turned around and came back down to River Oak RV Park, located right on the Similkameen River.
We explored the town a bit and sadly, learned that Trino’s was closed for the winter. However, we did walk the riverside trail that turned out to be part of the Pacific Northwest Trail, which stretches 1930 km (1200 miles) from the Pacific Ocean on the Olympic Peninsula to the Canada-USA border crossing east of Glacier National Park in Alberta/Montana.
Unfortunately, the weather was cool and damp, but we’re hoping for some nice Okanagan sunshine by the time we cross the border for our next RV park in West Kelowna.
We crossed the border on March 29th and headed for Raven’s Nest RV Park in West Kelowna and here we are! Home at last.
We will be posting sporadically as we do and find interesting things to tell you about. Have a great summer everyone!