Day 44: Driving to Mount Rainier along White Pass Scenic Byway

Tuesday, July 9, 2013. Packwood RV Park, Packwood, WA. Elevation: 1,053 feet.

We left Richland with a bang… literally. The fifth wheel came off the hitch and damaged the tailgate of Big Red. Thankfully, we didn’t damage the hitch and we were able to hitch up and take off after that.

We drove along Hwy 12, White Pass Scenic Byway, and it was a beautiful drive. As we left Richland and drove west, we drove through the cultivated areas of fruit trees, vineyards, saw hops and odd windmills. They turned out to be wind machines that are turned on when there is a threat of frost. They pull the air down from the inversion layer, warming the air below.

We soon started seeing green mountains and forests of Douglas Fir, Englemann Spruce, and other tall evergreens. Rushing streams and snowcapped mountains… our first glimpse of Mount Rainier.

We continued to our campsite in Packwood, Washington. Packwood RV at first glance was nothing to write home about. A large for sale sign was at the entrance and the maintenance in general looked to be in a sorry state. Somehow, it didn’t look quite like this on the website… We parked in our site and hooked up and were quite comfortable in our RV. Except there was no internet and no 3G or 4G signal with our Verizon hotspot. It’s amazing just how quickly one can become dependent on the internet for information. We used to travel with paper maps and AAA travel guides and now we were stuck… After mentally adjusting to our situation, we were quite happy driving around and exploring…

About Holly Ritger

I am retired, enjoying being a grandmother, traveling to National Parks and other interesting places in our RV with my husband of 43 years, and visiting with friends and family. Hobbies: photography, learning about wildflowers and birds, and trees, and reading from my kindle.
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2 Responses to Day 44: Driving to Mount Rainier along White Pass Scenic Byway

  1. Sherry says:

    I believe that is the same campground we stayed in a few years ago. It was nothing to write home about then either. Actually, it was worse since it had been very rainy so it was pretty muddy around the sites. Just isn’t much to choose from in that area. There are National Park Campgrounds and National Forest Campgrounds, but they don’t have hook ups. Sorry about Big Red. He is having a rough life. 😦


  2. Holly Ritger says:

    Big Red is tough… just some battle scars. I’m glad we missed the mud in Packwood. We did check out a few other campgrounds that were nice; just no wi-fi or cable. They don’t seem to have wired this part of the state with the latest….


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