Labor Day Camping Trip: Packwood WA

I am a chronic picture taker, especially when we, as family go out-of-town on trips. Memories need to be captured, man! So, our last trip of the summer was no exception. For labor day weekend, we travelled with my best friend and her family to the out skirts of Mt Rainier National Park. Camp was set up just outside of a small logging town called Packwood. Every memorial day and labor day weekend, the town of Packwood has, what I like to think, is a HUGE garage sale. It’s always fun to travel into town to see what treasures I can find. 🙂

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This is the river we camped by. Indiana, the family dog, is trying to decide whether or not it is a good idea to try for a swim. I my vote is , “not”.

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The kids felt the need to explore the small creek by the campground. Good thing they brought rain boots, water shoes, and shorts.

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Of course, this was our camp set up. The kitchen was to the right the fire and tents to the left. Quite spacious I think. 🙂 And of course, for those of you who camp in Washington, know the traditional “blue tarp” in the background. If we didn’t put it up, it would have rained….. since, we DID put it up, not a drop all weekend.

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This was the awesome view from our campsite. It was a bite of a hike to get down to and back up from the river, but after eating all that camp food, it was great way to burn a few extra calories. 🙂

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My baby boy and his hole digging skills.

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The first morning we woke to glorious sunshine! See people, we DO get sun…. in Washington….in the forest…..sometimes….

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Decided to venture into the national park and go on a quick hike. I believe, this hike is called, Silver Creek Falls. Such a wonderful view crossing the bridge…

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My bestie at the top of the falls and if you mash the three pictures together above this one you”ll get the panoramic effect. 🙂

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All the kiddos together. Our little rock climbers.

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The youngest got tuckered out on the way back, so he hitched a ride with dad.

IMG_0922 This is back at the river, by the camp. You can see on the right,  is the deep fast-moving water, and on the left is protected pools. Great for the kids to swim in and play in the water. It ended up being 93 F that day.

IMG_0923 IMG_0925 IMG_0927 IMG_0931 IMG_0941 Nothing more refreshing that pouring ice-cold glacier water on you from a beer can…… or you could just put your feet in the river….

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These are pic’s of the landscape under the water in the river. So clear and cool. Could really see how deep it was. Was only, maybe twenty feet across, but I bet it was 15 feet deep.

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Getting in a little fly fishing.

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Indiana taking in the view.

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My oldest, getting some mud therapy.

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Bonding time with Dad.

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All tuckered out from an awesome weekend and a last whoo-ra! of summer.

IMG_0984 Oh, and even though we didn’t get to bring Floyd on this trip, I did find a little treasure in Packwood to put in the camper when we get home. 🙂

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4 responses »

  1. Great photos, looks like a good time. I enjoyed this post, because even though we have lived here for 2 years, we have not had the chance to go camping. I like that this place is close to where we are. Thanks for posting.

    • No prob. I hope to start posting more of our camping trips around WA next year. Hopefully, some will be with our camper and some tent. I have lived here for 26 years and there are still so many places I want to visit. 🙂

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