We went in search of Sand Cranes but found only Canadian Geese, lots of ducks and Koots. There was a Sand Crane Festival located in nearby Othello the week before our arrival. I was really hoping I could find some Sand Crane hideouts by checking out some local ponds and preserves.... No luck, I guess they had it with the Looky Lou's and moved on to more private accommodations. Maybe next year I will check out some of the Bird Watcher tours and learn where the birdie's hang out.
But we did find another nearby campground at Scootney Lake. (A Bureau of Reclamation preserve that is located about 35 miles south of Moses Lake.) It was a beautiful place to spend a night listening to bird chatter. ($7.50 with National Senior Pass)
Campsites are placed along the reservoir as well. All of the sites are primitive. Each site includes a picnic area, fire rings and tent pads. Some parking spaces can accommodate RVs. There are no hook-ups for RVs. There is a dump site, however. Drinking water and bathrooms with running water are available.
The only other neighbors!
The evening while ideal gave way to a night to remember. Hailey had not been feeling well earlier in the evening and finally the nausea won the battle during the night. People get sick no matter where they live but it is different when you are away form the comforts of home.... Time to give some thought to what would make those moments better. Not exactly ideal in a small space but we got through it and she was feeling much better the next day.
Palouse Falls State Park is a 105-acre camping park with a unique geology and history. We arrived mid week to a slew of park visitors. Parking near the falls was a 'wait for a spot to pull into as someone to leave there parking spot. By dinner time the day use visitors had leftm leaving a quiet park for the evening. We visited the viewpoints, fixed dinner and turned in for an early night among the tenters and small motor homes.
This is the view from our camping spot......but there is much, much more. The park offers a dramatic view of one of the state's most beautiful waterfalls. Palouse Falls drops from a height of 198-feet with high volumes of water flow in spring and early summer. this is the perfect time of year to visit Palouse Falls. ($10 to park with a view of the Falls) Pit toilets and garbage only.)
The campground(parking lot and large grassy area for tents) is located on top of the bluff overlooking the Falls. The trail follows around the bluff and down a steep trail shown in the top left of center.
Everything worked beautifully in the RoadTrek. The amount of driving we did on the trip from place to place kept the batteries charged with more than enough for lights and recharging. I do need a new pure sine inverter so that I can recharge the computer but everything else was perfect!!
I even managed my first black water dump without any problems......except....boy can people be disgusting! Washington State has many rest stops that provide for free RV tank dumps complete with water access to ensure a tidy emptying process. If RV owners have an incident of sewage not dumping into the sewer, HOW can they just leave it and drive off?
The Roadtrek is excellent for a road trip....
By keeping our interior picked up we were able to ready for departures quickly and without any heavy lifting. It sure was easy on my back!!
I think I like it!!