THE COMFORTS AND RITUALS OF THE FALL SEASON

 

Welcome to the area of Salmon La Sac in beautiful Washington. Located approximately 90 miles east of Seattle, Salmon La Sac offers up beautiful camping opportunities, as well as an abundance of non-stop outdoor adventures. Fly-fishing, as usual, was tops on our list especially now in the fall season. I crave being on the river during this time with the changing colors of the trees and crispness in the air.

Along with hiking the trails of nearby Cooper Lake in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, perfect sunny fall weather and our little family together, we couldn’t have asked for a more spectacular weekend road trip.

 

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HOT SPRINGS, SOUTH DAKOTA — THE SOUTHERN GATEWAY TO THE BLACK HILLS

Before we purchased our motorhome we rented one, just to see if we would enjoy RVing as much as we thought we would. And, to no one’s surprise, we loved it. That trip took us to Yellowstone National Park and back, with an overnight stop in the Black Hills.

We made the obligatory visit to Mount Rushmore and the girls earned their Junior Ranger Badges, but we had time for little else, leaving us longing to return to southwestern South Dakota.

Fast forward a few years and we were back in our own RV. This time, we set up camp at the KOA in Hot Springs, the southern ‘Gateway to the Black Hills’.

Though I had a few attractions on our itinerary, this trip was more a ‘let’s explore and see what we find’ adventure, with plenty of pool time for my water babies in the evenings.

 

 

My girls are a bit horse crazy – most girls are, I think — so I had initially planned to take them to the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, but tours to view the herds were booked full. With the help of the Hot Springs visitors’ bureau I learned of Windcross Conservancy, a Spanish Mustang Preservation.

 

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PHOTOS FROM THE ROAD #2

Nathanael and his best friend, Nico, at the Colorado National Monument. She has had added so much joy to the trip. Many national parks don't allow pets on the trails so it's wise to check the park's website to see their pet policy before heading out.

Thing 2 and his best friend, Nico, at the Colorado National Monument. She has had added so much joy to the trip. Many national parks don’t allow pets on the trails so it’s wise to check the park’s website to see their pet policy before heading out.

You can't go to Yellowstone without getting a family photo in front of the sign. We had high expectations for Yellowstone, after all, it is the most famous and oldest National Park. It not only lived up but surpassed our expectations and we look forward to going back someday!

You can’t go to Yellowstone without getting a family photo in front of the sign. We had high expectations for Yellowstone, after all, it is the most famous and oldest National Park. It not only lived up but surpassed our expectations and we look forward to going back someday!

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