Northwest RVing 

The Northwest RVing Blog site is hosted by MHRV (Manufactured Housing and Recreational Vehicle) Show Association. Each year, MHRV presents two important trade shows in the greater Seattle area to promote and display the RV Lifestyle. We are all about RVing and hope you will enjoy the many articles posted here about RVing in general and about our upcoming shows. 

With great planning and preparation, our RV adventure finally begins on a Saturday morning…

DAY ONE

The first stop on our five-day trip around the Olympic Peninsula was Ocean Shores.  It took about three hours from the Tacoma area mostly along SR 101. We hadn’t been to Ocean Shores for several years. As we got close, I took note of the number of RV parks in the area and the Quinault Beach Resort & Casino (see our article on Casino Camping).  We arrived in the early afternoon and decided to go into town and see what was there. On the way from Ocean City where we stayed, we stopped by the Ocean City marketplace that had hand- carvings and sculptures from various artisans from northern Washington. Many were made from driftwood and were quite striking.

School is out and summer vacation is officially in season! It’s the time of year children wait for all school year and yet it doesn’t take long until you a hear a chorus of “I’m bored” coming from their mouths. This isn’t just limited to days at home. Even your family vacations can be subject to the “I’m bored” comments between scheduled activities. Whether you’re already planning your first trip of the summer or counting down to a trip in the weeks or months ahead, take some time to gather or stock up on some fun outdoor games the whole family can enjoy. These tried and true outdoor games will help ward off the “I’m bored” syndrome and result in memories that can last a lifetime.

Class C RV Used

As someone who is very involved in RV Shows and promoting the RV Lifestyle, I must admit that I have only been RVing for a short weekend several years ago. Traveling with a friend, we had such a great time and talk about it to this day. We decided last Fall that it would be fun to take a longer trip and really experience RVing and the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. As I investigated RV rentals, one of the MHRV dealers, Tacoma RV, offered to lend us their “employee” motorhome for a week. It's used to encourage their employees to venture out and gain direct experience of what it’s like to travel and camp in an RV so they are better informed with customers. How fortunate we were to have this opportunity to travel in a 29-foot Class C Coach!

Snoqualmie Pass

Most Western Washington RVers consider the Cascade Mountain passes a formidable barrier to cross on the way to somewhere else. What a shame, as these passes traverse thousands of acres of public land offering plenty to see and do including camping. In the next three installments (including this one), we will look at activities to enjoy and places to camp on Washington State’s Snoqualmie Pass, Blewett Pass and Stevens Pass. By the end of the series, you will have a stockpile of places to go for a weekend, a week or connect all three passes together for a loop excursion for an extended RV vacation. You might compare this loop tour to the popular 440 mile Cascade Loop, but this route is for more adventurous travelers that enjoy getting off the beaten path. It’s shorter without the crowded touristy sites.

In this entry we will look at the I-90 corridor over Snoqualmie Pass.

RSVU Search and Rescue

The Pacific Northwest offers such a wide array of geographic areas to explore. You can head west to the Ocean, east to the Rocky Mountains, southeast to the Oregon desert and north to remote areas along the Canadian border. In between you have Puget Sound, the Willamette Valley, the Cascade Mountains, several national parks, designated wilderness areas, lakes, mountain streams, volcanic peaks and so much more on which to recreate.

The recreational opportunities you can enjoy are practically endless. There is hiking, biking, mountain climbing, ATVing, fishing, hang gliding, skiing, bouldering, boating, snowmobiling, Geocaching and white water rafting to name a few.

But what happens when you twist an ankle, become lost, your bike breaks, you are caught in a freak storm, stuck above a cliff or become hypothermic during a storm (etc.) when you are far from your vehicle?