17 October 2011

{17oct2011: Eastern Washing part 2}

(See part 1 here)

Day two of our weekend out east was white water rafting day through River Recreations! We weren't about to leave Darwin in the tent or in the car so I drove her back to Yakima to the day care and then headed back to the camp site to load up the car and get Jason. We weren't sure how safe it was to leave all our camp stuff out so we packed it all back up. 
After a bit of trouble finding the rafting group (we didn't get updated direction to their meet up spot and were waiting at the wrong area for a while) we finally found them and had a blast. I've never gone rafting before and the Tieton River outing was marked as a 3-5 level. I was a bit nervous, but it turned out that the dam that was supposed to be opened that week to let a ton of water down the river (making it super fast) didn't get opened, so the river was shallow making it more technical to get through. We had fun with our guide and managed to get down without getting stuck. The same can't be said for other groups and because our guide was the lead for the day he had to hang out at the back of the pack to make sure everyone got down. The whole thing took a lot longer than we planned and by the end we had to forgo lunch and jump in the car to rush over to pick up Darwin. (no pictures of river rafting... Jason though I would fall out of the raft and lose my camera. I didn't fall out btw.)
Once we had Darwin we picked up food and managed to snag the same camping spot (while the road traffic noise wasn't ideal, being right on the river was nice cause it was so hot that weekend).

On Jason's last trip for work he went to Vietnam and during some down time managed to shop and bought me a hammock (I've always wanted a hammock)! It was still early afternoon when we re-setup camp so we hung up the hammock as well.

{these Govino Wine Glassesbtw are great for camping. I love them!}

Darwin was more relaxed this second day of camping by the river/highway. She explored more and didn't spend as much time barking at the car noises.

For dinner we made pizza hobopies! (I don't know what the real name for them are... Jason's mom introduced them to me a couple years ago and they are so fun! Basically sandwiches you toast in cast iron pan things.) We even made Darwin one. She loved it.

Sunday we had no big plans so we laid around and relaxed in the morning. Darwin spent the time in the river and hiding out in the shade.

As freaked out as Darwin was by the road noise, when it was time to go she wanted to stay (as usual). While we sat in the car watching her, she walked around keeping a good 30 foot between us. If one of us made a move to catch her, she'd dart off. Eventually I got her and we loaded her into the car and headed home.
{you can't catch me!!!}

We took the scenic route home over the Chinook Pass and were able to see some great views.

Overall it was a fun weekend and I'd totally want to go back to Eastern Washington soon! Maybe one day I'll win the lottery and can stay in a teepee at Cherry Wood and do horseback wine tasting! And I'd definitely would want to try rafting down Tieton River when the water level's higher. 


  1. Hi B and Darwin - looks like a great weekend except the long drives back and forth to the doggy day care. Thanks for another interesting trip.

  2. That looks like a very exciting weekend! We might have to try out the horseback wine tasting!

  3. Darwin looks like she enjoyed it! I love her in the tent! The pic of you in front of the fire is adorable!

  4. Sounds like a wonderful weekend. Darwin you cheeky girl. We like how you keep your distance when you didn't want to go home. Great photos. Those cast iron thingys you cooked with, mum and dad called them toasty woastys years and years ago (but they are pretty old hehehe). No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

  5. Darwin you are a great explorer. My humans have been wanting to take us camping so thank you for the nudge maybe we will give it a try. Looks like you had a beautiful and peaceful spot except for the car noises but you know we have had that problem at hotels we have stayed at.

    That is a beautiful collar you have on. I have got to find me one. I've really taken a liking to the nice wide ones like that.

  6. Lovely place. I grew up in Spokane and really miss all the wonderful lakes.
    Glad you had a nice time and Darwin got a campfire dinner!

    Wyatt's Mom

  7. Darwin, you are so like me... I was doing the same when I was a younger!!! Guess I was doing that to drive my humans nuts for free.
    Just to tease them!

    Rafting... wow... too scary... probably worse than horse riding!!!!

    Btw: where are you sleeping... in the tent or outside during the night???


  8. What a BRILLIANT weekend!! Those pizza hobopies looks/sound delicious!! :-) Actually, I think they're very popular back in England - if they're what I'm thikning of - they're called "toasties" - toasted sandwiches. We used to have a machine for them - sort of like clam shaped (but a square clam) - and you put toast in the top & bottom halves with something between them (eg. tomato & cheese) - and then clamp it together and it grills it for you, sealing the ends together. Really delicious and such a great, quick snack!

    Shame you didn't get white water rafting photos!! When we went, I specially got a disposable waterproof camera which I used to get the shots. I got some HILARIOUS action shots - especially when Paul fell out of the boat!! We did it in Scotland and it was FREEZING! :-)


  9. Camping looks like so much fun!! :) Nothing beats being out in the wilderness - we'd like to go some day, but most of the nice camping spots don't allow dogs :( *Humph*

    Glad you had a great weekend away! We love reading about all the place you go :)

    Licks and lots of slobber,
    Lexi and Jasper the Danes