A Month in Tri-Cities

On Friday, we moved from Flowing Lake County Park in Snohomish to Riverfront RV Park in Sedro-Woolley thinking we’d be poised to take the 20 east to our property once the fire was out.

After we moved, we learned more about the severity of the fire and realized that we wouldn’t be able to take the 20, but maybe we could go through Canada and drop back into Washington.

Then I found the air quality map and realized we might not want to be on our property any time soon. For the best temperatures we should have just stayed put, but as some of you know, Brian does campground research during the day and has pretty much covered the coast of Washington. So we decided to go south to Tri-Cities Washington wine country.

I made a reservation for a week, but after I read a quote about the fires from the Governor of Washington who stated that “This, unfortunately, is not going to be a one-day or one-week event,” so we booked a month at the Beach RV Park in Benton City.

For $325/month plus utilities we have full hookups, cable, laundry on-site and an address to send mail. One week here is $189, so even if the fires are put out and the air clears up and we want to leave after 2 weeks, we still got the better deal.


Pictured above is the deck on the river at the RV Park.

Dinner Last Night:
Dinner the last 2 nights has been really good. Both were repeats for us:

Creamy Ranch Chickpea + Peach Farm Salad
Lightened Up Protein Power Goddess Bowl

2014 Cost of Camping:
$15 – 1 night at Riverfront RV Park in Sedro-Woolley, WA
$325 – month rate at Beach RV Park in Benton City, WA (leaving 8/15)

126 night paid camping
101 nights free camping
227 days this year
Total spent on camping this year: $3239.79
Daily average cost of camping: $14.27

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  • Reply Jim and Gayle July 20, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    We haven’t had a summer of travel where fires didn’t affect our plans at some point except the year we went back east. Of course there we dealt with heat, humidity, mosquitoes, and ticks. But our air quality was good! Guess we just need to keep hanging out on the coast.

    • Reply Leigh July 21, 2014 at 9:03 am

      Hopefully in a month we can all get together on our property!

  • Reply Rob July 20, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    WE drove through fires last year while coming home, CA back to BC. Not fun or pretty. Another site you may enjoy which is not far from you is Fidalgo Bay RV. Have open sites and great walks to the little town of Annacortes. well worth a few days if not a week for exploring.

    Also thought I would share a link of an Airstream repair. Read the article and thought of your blog. Not a very functional ‘glamp’ conversion but cool none the less.


    Thanks for all your postings! We love following along.

    • Reply Leigh July 21, 2014 at 9:12 am

      Hi Rob! Thanks for the recommendation, however, we’ve already moved about 4 hours away from the coast! Though we have enjoyed Anacortes, it’s definitely a cute town.

  • Reply John and Pam Wright July 20, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Glad you found a nice comfy place to wait out the fires. Boy, it sure doesn’t look good. We leave tomorrow morning to begin our trip west. I can hardly wait. We are aiming for the east side of Glacier around mid August. From there we are heading onto Canada…three weeks booked to visit Jasper NP and Banff NP. Should be awesome in September. Stay safe:)

    • Reply Leigh July 21, 2014 at 9:13 am

      I think our paths aren’t going to cross!! I’ll email you our itinerary just in case.

  • Reply Robert with teddy bear Fred July 20, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Sorry to throw cold water on your Banff and Jasper National Parks in Alberta but I just drove through there on Thursday and there was a forest fire at about the point where Banff turns into Jasper and there was the threat of road closure toward mid-afternoon. I got through the area well before that time and had no problem but there was low-level smoke and there was an awful smell from the burn. Still, the parks are the most beautiful landscape I have ever seen and I’m glad I went through the place again.

    Robert Boylan, now without Susan. 🙁

    • Reply Leigh July 21, 2014 at 9:22 am

      That’s terrible!! I hadn’t heard any news about fires north of the border. That makes me so sad. Was Susan your wife? I hope you’re ok.

  • Reply Tiffani July 20, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    Im glad you guys found a place to lay low for a bit — keep us all posted on the fires. Stay safe!

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