Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Labor Day Camping Pacific Northwest Style

Note our heavy clothing.

We headed up into the Gifford Pinchot National forest for Labor Day Camping. Rain, cold, and the absence of Sasquatch attempted to dampen our moods. Unsuccessful.

We camped in a Forest Service campground which was truly excellent. The individual sites were much bigger than those at state parks, but the kids had a shock with the vault toilets.

Although much of the state was suffering from fire, localized rain every twenty minutes made me not worry about wildfires. The forest was so lush with moss and ferns and spongy ground that it felt that summer hadn't occurred.

We explored Ape Caves in the Mount St. Helens National Monument and did some nearby hikes.

Another great outdoor moment courtesy of the soggy Northwest!

Entrance to the 13,000 foot-long Ape Cave.

Rocks, trees, moss, water.

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