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…