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This is the second part of a three-part series on all the things to see and do while enjoying a loop RV trip over Washington State’s Snoqualmie, Blewett and Stevens Pass. In the first installment we looked at Snoqualmie Pass. In this installment we will journey over Blewett Pass camping along the way.

Blewett was a small mining town located along Peshastin Creek on the Chelan County side of Blewett Pass. The first mining claims were filed in 1874 with a stamp mill to process the ore constructed in 1878. Soon after the arrival of a post office in 1893, the name Blewett was bestowed on the settlement in honor of Edward Blewett who owned many of the mines in the area.

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With great planning and preparation, our RV adventure finally begins on a Saturday morning…

DAY ONE

The first stop on our five-day trip around the Olympic Peninsula was Ocean Shores.  It took about three hours from the Tacoma area mostly along SR 101. We hadn’t been to Ocean Shores for several years. As we got close, I took note of the number of RV parks in the area and the Quinault Beach Resort & Casino (see our article on Casino Camping).  We arrived in the early afternoon and decided to go into town and see what was there. On the way from Ocean City where we stayed, we stopped by the Ocean City marketplace that had hand- carvings and sculptures from various artisans from northern Washington. Many were made from driftwood and were quite striking.

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School is out and summer vacation is officially in season! It’s the time of year children wait for all school year and yet it doesn’t take long until you a hear a chorus of “I’m bored” coming from their mouths. This isn’t just limited to days at home. Even your family vacations can be subject to the “I’m bored” comments between scheduled activities. Whether you’re already planning your first trip of the summer or counting down to a trip in the weeks or months ahead, take some time to gather or stock up on some fun outdoor games the whole family can enjoy. These tried and true outdoor games will help ward off the “I’m bored” syndrome and result in memories that can last a lifetime.

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Most Western Washington RVers consider the Cascade Mountain passes a formidable barrier to cross on the way to somewhere else. What a shame, as these passes traverse thousands of acres of public land offering plenty to see and do including camping. In the next three installments (including this one), we will look at activities to enjoy and places to camp on Washington State’s Snoqualmie Pass, Blewett Pass and Stevens Pass. By the end of the series, you will have a stockpile of places to go for a weekend, a week or connect all three passes together for a loop excursion for an extended RV vacation. You might compare this loop tour to the popular 440 mile Cascade Loop, but this route is for more adventurous travelers that enjoy getting off the beaten path. It’s shorter without the crowded touristy sites.

In this entry we will look at the I-90 corridor over Snoqualmie Pass.

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As someone who is very involved in RV Shows and promoting the RV Lifestyle, I must admit that I have only been RVing for a short weekend several years ago. Traveling with a friend, we had such a great time and talk about it to this day. We decided last Fall that it would be fun to take a longer trip and really experience RVing and the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. As I investigated RV rentals, one of the MHRV dealers, Tacoma RV, offered to lend us their “employee” motorhome for a week. It's used to encourage their employees to venture out and gain direct experience of what it’s like to travel and camp in an RV so they are better informed with customers. How fortunate we were to have this opportunity to travel in a 29-foot Class C Coach!

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The Pacific Northwest offers such a wide array of geographic areas to explore. You can head west to the Ocean, east to the Rocky Mountains, southeast to the Oregon desert and north to remote areas along the Canadian border. In between you have Puget Sound, the Willamette Valley, the Cascade Mountains, several national parks, designated wilderness areas, lakes, mountain streams, volcanic peaks and so much more on which to recreate.

The recreational opportunities you can enjoy are practically endless. There is hiking, biking, mountain climbing, ATVing, fishing, hang gliding, skiing, bouldering, boating, snowmobiling, Geocaching and white water rafting to name a few.

But what happens when you twist an ankle, become lost, your bike breaks, you are caught in a freak storm, stuck above a cliff or become hypothermic during a storm (etc.) when you are far from your vehicle?

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Anyone who has had children knows the struggle that can come with putting your baby to bed. Once they finally doze off to sleep you will do anything to avoid waking them up. Whispering, tiptoeing, or holding your breath sound familiar? That’s definitely been the case with our son. Bedtime can be a challenge no matter where you are. Putting your baby to bed in an RV may seem no different than putting them to bed at home except for one key thing: there’s no door! While RVs offer great spaces that function as extra sleeping quarters, to call these actual bedrooms would require a physical door closing off the space. With curtains that often provide privacy for these areas, doors are not a necessity in RVs. But when it comes to your baby’s sleeping area, the challenge lies in the fact that there is no door to cancel out noise or darken the space. So once your baby is put down for a nap or early bed time, how do you continue to enjoy yourself or use your RV without waking your precious little one?

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You probably already know this because everyone is talking about it. RV solar panels are devices that convert sunlight into electricity for running equipment in your RV. They usually are mounted to the roof of your coach to capture the sunlight and send a charge to your batteries. This a great way to save energy and maximize your battery life, but is it right for you?

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Two new partnerships were formed at this year's Puyallup RV Show; a new presenting sponsorship with TwinStar Credit Union and a charitable partnership with Emergency Food Network (EFN). A special promotion to "Fill the Toyhauler" was introduced asking people to bring non-perishable food items and place them in the toyhauler just inside the gate. Food items would go to EFN while the Puyallup RV Show (MHRV Show Association) along with TwinStar Credit Union would match these donations pound for pound. The promotion helped support EFN's May Hunger Awareness Month in Pierce County.

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You’ve undoubtedly seen the Idaho Travel “18 Summers” advertisements on TV depicting families having fun together. Families having fun together is what RVing is all about. Some of the video clips feature families riding their bicycles through abandoned railroad tunnels and over high trestles. Those scenes are of families enjoying the Hiawatha Trail which is considered the Crown Jewel of rail to trail conversions in the country. Let’s face it, what child doesn’t like exploring a dark underground place or soaring like a bird high above the ground? If mom and dad can join in the adventure, all the better! 

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