Written by J.L. Haler
For the first time ever, I found myself in a campground surrounded by fairies and steampunkers. A major change from the usual attire for camping and hiking.
Recently, we had the pleasure of attending the wedding reception of two truly unique and wonderful people. I know all of you are hoping to see a large group of 30, 40, and 50-year olds all dressed in their costumes, and as much fun as that would be, I don’t want to risk their privacy. So, no adult fairies and steampunkers for you. But what I do have... is some great photos of the park this party was in.
The party took over the group campground area of Kanasket-Palmer State Park in Washington. This state park is on the smallish size but still has sizable charm. Along with the group campground the park hosts other camping areas, including yurts for rent, and day use areas. There is a total of 3 miles of trail to hike or mountain bike. We hiked through most of the trails while there and I got my first opportunity to try out my new Peak Design Capture Clip for my camera. Woo Hoo! (And it was awesome! Also, not affiliated with them. Just like my clip.)
The forests in that part of Washington are very different than the forests around here. Much wetter, thicker, greener, and more slugs sharing the trail with you than I have ever seen here in CDA. 😊 So, make sure you watch your footing. Don’t squish the poor little shell-less mollusks. The only time I saw more slugs was the nature trails at Tiger Mountain in the Snoqualmie area. There were so many there we stopped talking just so we could watch our footing.
The trails at Kanasket-Palmer had numerous spots to stop and watch the Green River flowing past. We climbed on rocks, a fallen tree, and dipped our feet in the water. Kayaking and rafting is allowed on the Green River but is for experts only.
If you are looking for a place to gather friends and family or for a small park to set up for the night this is a worthwhile stop. It would be a great place to start for those first trying out camping.
A huge thanks to our friends for making a truly unique weekend of hiking come alive.
P.S. Don’t forget your Discover Pass when going to Washington State Parks. The money from these goes towards maintaining the parks. It is $30 for a year pass and $10 for a day pass. Definitely worth it if you plan on visiting the state parks in Washington.
I love spending time with my family doing all the wonderful activities in the Inland Northwest.