Forde Lake

We saw these turtles basking in the sun at Forde Lake, which is located up the road from where we were camping at Fish Lake.


When I approached the edge of the lake (rocking my Tom Petty hoodie) they all jumped off of the log. For awhile, just their little heads peaked out from the water, then they slowly and with a lot of effort, climbed back to their spots on the log.

Surprise! Forde Lake has free camping (with a Discover Pass), thanks to the totally awesome Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife. There’s a great spot overlooking the lake we might try out next year. Again, no cell service. So far we’ve only found 2 WDFW camping locations with cell service, Quincy Lake and Aeneas Lake.

A note about water: About a week and a half ago I posted about bottled water and how we just got the zero water filter pitcher. I hope nobody went out and bought this based on our initial impressions. I had read the filters didn’t last very long, but we went through 1 filter in less than 10 days which is a little too fast. Also, when the filter went bad, the water tasted terrible.

A couple people recommended the Berkey Filters, which get mixed reviews on Amazon. I wasn’t able to find any independent studies on them, and don’t like that the state of California doesn’t allow them to be shipped there.

I kept running into studies that recommended Pur filters. So yesterday I ordered the faucet filter which is supposed to last 3 months per filter, and we’re also happy to get the counter space back.

Dinner Last Night:
Quinoa with Chard and Mushrooms. I googled the 3 ingredients I had left in the fridge and came up with this recipe. Brian liked it, I thought it was a little too earthy. Something about the mushrooms just didn’t taste very good to me even though I love mushrooms.

2013 Cost of Camping:
73 nights paid camping
144 nights free camping
217 days this year
Total spent on camping this year: $1,822.48
Daily average cost of camping: $8.40

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  • Reply John and Pam Wright August 6, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    That dinner sounds yummy. I love Swiss chard, quinoa, and mushrooms! I don’t have Swiss chard but I do have a bag of Power Greens that will work as well. Tonight’s dinner!!!

  • Reply Nan and John August 6, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    We had a Pur filter in the kitchen of our sticks and bricks, but when moved into the motorhome, we purchased one filter that filters into the m.h. and a Hydro Life filter in the kitchen. It services the drinking water spout. Our water tests great. You can have your water test at any board of health.

  • Reply Andrea Eagles August 9, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    I like Clear2O. I have a pitcher. It lasts a long time and the water tastes great.

    I’ve used it for over a year now.

    • Reply Leigh August 9, 2013 at 2:41 pm

      Thanks Andrea! If this pur filter doesn’t work out (we don’t have it yet) I’ll have to look into it.

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