Escape to Lake Cushman

June is shaping up to be a fairly chaotic month between hopscotching around campsites and work commitments (not to mention the crazy 100+ heat!).    Last week Bill had some work up in Spokane so he took our 'house' with him and I headed to Tacoma to work for a couple days.  It's always funny staying in a hotel after months in the Airstream - so much space!    We had originally planned to meet up and camp near Leavenworth, WA for the weekend but with the forecast in the high 90s, it was time for a new plan.   We thought about Port Townsend but most of the good campgrounds were booked up, so we decided to head to Lake Cushman.  

Lake Cushman is a lovely spot about an hour west of Olympia, bordering the Olympic National Forest.   We stayed at the Skokomish Campground in the "North Camp", which didn't have hook-ups but had a more mellow forest campground vibe than the packed RV fest in South Camp.   We are still adjusting to summer camping with the bigger and more rowdy crowds (I sound like such a crabby old lady - get off my lawn, you summer campers!)   But we had a lovely time kayaking around the lake, doing a somewhat aborted hike to Mount Elinor, and visiting a cool little distillery in Hoodsport. We also attempted to check out the Timber Festival in Shelton with the Stihl lumberjack competition but we got there too late.   Bummer!    And then Monday morning arrived and we reluctantly packed up to head back to Portland.

(All photos were shot on our iPhones; it was one of those weekends!)   

Sunset Lake Cushman.

Sunset Lake Cushman.

Lovely light through the trees.

Lovely light through the trees.

This mountain goat didn't particularly want to share the trail.  However, he did eventually loop around us and head on down the trail.

This mountain goat didn't particularly want to share the trail.  However, he did eventually loop around us and head on down the trail.

Bill and Inga managed to find snow on Mt. Elinor.

Bill and Inga managed to find snow on Mt. Elinor.

Chuck at the Hardware Distillery in Hoodsport, WA.

Chuck at the Hardware Distillery in Hoodsport, WA.

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Inga sniffing around the lake.

Inga sniffing around the lake.

lone kayaker on a small island in the lake.

lone kayaker on a small island in the lake.

Pretty much sums it up!

Pretty much sums it up!

Obligatory selfie on the lake.

Obligatory selfie on the lake.