Our Big Northwest Trip

northwest tripAugust 15-29, 2010

On this two-week trip we camped a few days alone, then met my brother, Chris, and his wife, Karen, in the Sawtooth Mountains in Idaho for a couple of days. From there we went north to Montana and camped with our good friends, Kathy and Robin, for six nights: three nights at Swan Lake and three nights in Glacier National Park. Then we went to Kathy's parents' lake cabin in Idaho for a couple of nights before we headed back home.

This was an absolutely wonderful trip for us. The longest number of nights we've camped in a row. (And the longest number of days I've gone without a shower in years!) We saw lots of beautiful areas, and it was wonderful to camp together with people we love. I wish we could do it all over again!


1.   Maryhill, Washington. One night in the Maryhill Campground on the Columbia River.

2.   Wallowa Mountains. One night in the Wallowa State Campground in the northeastern Oregon.

3.   Swinging Bridge Campground. A quick overnight on the Payette River north of Banks, Idaho.

4.   Stanley, Idaho. Two nights with Chris and Karen in the Sawtooth Mountains.

5.   Custer City, Idaho. A two-hour stop off at a gold-mining ghost town.

6.   Swan Lake, Montana. Three nights with Kathy and Robin at Swan Lake State Campground.

7.   Holland Lake, Montana. A day hike to a waterfall and a visit to a gorgeous old lodge.

8.   Glacier National Park, Montana. Three nights with Kathy and Robin at Fish Creek Campground.

9.  Twin Lakes, Idaho. Two nights in Kathy's parents' lake cabin.

10. Hood River, Oregon. One night in the Cascade Locks KOA.