Today’s activity was an 11 mile bike ride. Our boondocking site is just off a paved forest service road along the river. We keep seeing bikes and cars going by, but had no idea where the road would go. So we set off on our bikes with some water and trail mix to explore.
Immediately past our spot is a small forest service campground called Falls Creek. It has a giant water pump that looked like fun for kids to operate. The road crosses a small bridge over the creek here and we found cars parked by a trailhead to Fall Creek Falls (an adventure for another day). As we continued on, the road kept mostly near the river and the tall pines provided welcome shade. There were great views of the surrounding rocky hills covered in trees. The river, lazy in some spots and rushing in others, looked perfect for floating as it meandered along. The road provided a good workout with some ups and downs, and I’m sure our out-of-shape bodies will be feeling it tomorrow.
Along the way we found a number of primitive campsites for tents or RVs that were little areas cleared of underbrush. The forest service has set up simple log fencing to keep vehicles away from river’s edge and most had a rock fire pit though there is a burn ban in the area due to fire danger. Each felt like your own little private spot on the river.
We also found two more campgrounds. Chewuch was bigger with running water and spots for tents and bigger RVs. We stopped to talk with the campground host who spends his summers there. He told us our little camping spot was crammed with RVs over Memorial Day so he was surprised to hear that there are only about 6 or 7 camps set up here for the 4th of July.
Our turn around point was Camp 4. A primitive camp with a pit toilet and about 6 sites in the tress along the river. We munched our trail mix to restore our energy before heading back in the afternoon sun. By the time we returned we were ready for something refreshing so I concocted this in the blender from what we had in the fridge. It turned out to be the perfect refreshing drink!
Refreshing Watermelon Mint Slushy
2” section of cucumber, chopped
5-6 mint leaves
1 cup frozen watermelon chunks
handful baby spinach
5-6 ice cubes
1/4 to 1/2 c. lemonade
Blend together until everything is well mixed. Pour into 2 glasses and enjoy while sitting in a lounge chair staring at the puffy clouds dotting the blue sky and feeling the breeze roll through the tree covered hills outside Winthrop WA.