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Lost Creek Lake, Trip 2!

Joseph Stewart State Park, Set 1: Lost Creek Lake Pano and...Our First Outing with our New RV was a SMASHING SUCCESS!! (+10 insets!)

Joseph Stewart State Park, Set 1: Lost Creek Lake Pano and...Our First Outing with our New RV was a SMASHING SUCCESS!! (+10 insets!) 

(+10 insets!) Please view large, you'll love it!! (for photo info, please scroll down to "Today's Pictures")

Steve and I arrived home yesterday afternoon from our 4-night stay at Joseph Stewart State Park and it went PERFECTLY!!

Everything went as we'd hoped! We got everything packed, the trailer attached to the truck hitch, and away we went! The roads were clear, the weather was perfect and we encountered no problems whatsoever on the 45-minute drive to the park.

The exhaust brakes are AWESOME! There is a fairly long hill up and then down the other side on the way and we were delighted that our truck purred the whole time. Everyone knows that feeling safe is priceless and it was just wonderful to experience how smoothly and easily the truck slowed the trailer down. Also, the brakes are quiet! What a great system and a perfect decision to add them to the truck. By the time we got home, both of us felt completely confident that we would be able to take our new trailer wherever we wanted to go! Hooray!

Getting into our campsite was a dream--backing up and maneuvering into position is so much easier! And when it came time to level the trailer…all he has to do is press a button! Our Avalanche has its own automatic system so we don't have to do anything but watch! No more ramps! No more leveling apps that never work! No more stress! YESSSS!

Our stay was fabulous! Surrounded by lovely parkland on all sides, we enjoyed marvelous weather every day. The mornings started out cold and cloudy and became warm and sunny in the afternoons.

And my…what posh accommodations we have now! The Avalanche is a huge step up from our comparatively junky Grey Wolf. Granted, the Grey Wolf wasn't horrible but it was well-used and left us increasingly unhappy with its multitude of problems and shortfalls.

Highlights of our New Coach:

Living Room and Kitchen: The living room, with its 10' ceiling, is very inviting and has a cozy (electric) fireplace, a large sofa and extremely comfortable lounge chairs (our last coach had a tiny couch but no living room at all!) The dining area has actual chairs at the table instead of needing to slide into a dinette booth. The kitchen has an ISLAND, lots of counterspace and a deep, 2-part sink with a very nice multi-function faucet. There's a super stove and oven and a huge microwave! The refrigerator and freezer are twice as large as the unit in the Grey Wolf--nearly as large as the one in our home!

Windows: This coach is absolutely filled with windows! The Grey Wolf was like a cave with its few small windows. The Avalanche has windows everywhere, and most of them are very big! They're tinted so we can look out and nobody can see in until it gets dark, at which point we pull down the blinds! :) The height of our coach allows us to have wonderful views and we enjoy just looking outside with happy smiles on our faces!

Bathroom: The bathroom is small but includes a very spacious shower with sliding glass doors instead of a flimsy shower curtain. The mirror is well-lit! This might seem like a small thing but a badly lit mirror will drive you crazy! The Grey Wolf's bathroom mirror had such horrible illumination that our additional lighting couldn't correct the situation…it was so annoying!

Bedrooms: We both have proper bedrooms, each with doors!! (Steve snores so we sleep separately, thus getting a good night's sleep and Steve isn't pummeled all night! :D) For this trip, my bed was the couch which folds out into a bed, topped with a memory foam mattress. The situation isn't ideal because the bed fills the room entirely. Eventually we'll have a twin-size bed to replace the couch and it will be exactly right!

Our Visit:
We had a very relaxing stay and just enjoyed being there. We had bacon and eggs or steak omelets for breakfast and for dinner we ate steaks, roasted chicken, and even cooked hotdogs over our propane fire pit! And of course, we enjoyed our lovely espressos with cream!

Pumpkin had a fabulous time too. She really loves the coach and RV life in general because she gets so much attention and one day we took her on a very nice walk that had her full of song! Joseph Stewart State Park really is a marvelous place!

Steve and I would happily move there forever except for one thing: ZERO internet. Steve gets the tiniest blip of data so he can read the news but that's about it. However, we knew this from our first trip so we were prepared for being cut off while we were away.

I spent my time relaxing, wandering around taking pictures, processing my images, writing, treasure hunting with my metal detector and doing crosswords. Steve relaxed, added mud flaps to the truck, fiddled around with a few things in the coach, and played video games. Both of us played with Pumpkin too, which is always fun. In other words, our trip was pure bliss!

Today's Pictures:
During our walk with Pumpkin, we ended up looking out over Lost Creek Lake and of course, I just had to take a panorama! I hope that you look at it full-size as it's quite a sight! :D You can see that the water level is quite low right now but will fill up again with the upcoming storms.

My insets: I had a lovely time strolling around and just "being in the moment" with my camera. The set today includes bunches of wonderful things I found as I nosed around, including a picture of an oak tree I featured from our last trip (I've included an inset to show the original), a picture of our truck and trailer, mushrooms, leaves, a pretty little foot bridge in the forest, and an oak tree with the biggest burl I've ever seen!

Pam, I hope you are doing well…I wish you could have looked out on the water at Lost Creek Lake and toddled around with me on my strolls. It was such a treat to be there. Neither of us felt hurried or obligated to fill our days with a million things. It was wonderful. I hope that you're feeling well! SENDING HUGS!!!

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42 comments - The latest ones
 Pam J
Pam J club
HUGSSSSSS

THE PHOTOS ARE GLORIOUS AND YOUR NEW HOME IS GLORIOUS.

YES INDEED.. A BEAUTIFUL AND WONDERFUL TRIIP FROM ALL POINTS
7 months ago.
 raingirl
raingirl club
you take such wonderful photos of the places you visit - and on top of that you are a great recounter of your experience. all adding up to a delight to see and read - i feel i'm there with you.
7 months ago.
 Chrissy
Chrissy club
so ein schöner natürlicher Spiegel
7 months ago.
 Annemarie
Annemarie club
Marvelous Janet
HANWE
7 months ago.
 cammino
cammino club
So many stunning images: still lifes, close-ups, landscape shots. An impressive jouney through the realm of natur!
7 months ago.
 Gisela Plewe
Gisela Plewe club
Ein wu derschönes Bild mit insets, die zum Teil noch interessanter sind. Danke, Janet.
7 months ago.
 Amelia Heath
Amelia Heath club
Your trailer sounds bigger than our house! Beautiful sky and reflections, and a wonderful story and photos to accompany the main one. I love the PiP of the gnarled tree which resembles an Ent, and the beautiful light on the sycamore/maple seed-heads.
7 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Wonderful landscape panorama.
Have a nice weekend Janet.
7 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Outstanding series! Love the mushrooms!

Admired in:
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7 months ago.
 uwschu
uwschu club
Sehr schönes Panorama, Natur pur
7 months ago.
 Boro
Boro
Excellentes **********
7 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
A very beautiful panorama, Janet !
7 months ago.
 Reyk
Reyk club
I'm exited about the mood
7 months ago.
 John Cass
John Cass club
Wonderful pano shot, love the PiP's.
7 months ago.
 neira-Dan
neira-Dan club
oh wow !! encore une fantastique série, avec de belles images de saison
7 months ago.
 * ઇઉ *
* ઇઉ * club
Fantastic landscape photos and detail pictures, Janet!
It's a pleasure to look at them and to read your lively travelogues.
Have a great weekend together!
7 months ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Fabulous series of images Janet, very pleased everything worked out well.

Thank you for posting in the group
www.ipernity.com/group/magicalsunlight
7 months ago. Edited 7 months ago.
 RHH
RHH club
Wow! and more wows! Wow in response to your description of the RV, wow to your photos, and just Wow. A favorite? I think the last inset with its marvelous light, but the photos of the leaves and needles (Hemlock?) are wonderful, too, as is the main photo of the lake, and the mushroom, and...

Sp happy that all went well and that you can look forward to the next adventure in your traveling palace. Your description makes the back of our van seem a bit ordinary and small, but, I'm quick to add, it suits us (more on that). The only thing I wondered was, why no fishing or kayaking?

We are in Lynden once again. Had a terrible time finding another vehicle, but finally found what we wanted at a dealer in Bellevue. So, Thursday night we rented a car in Spokane, drove Friday morning to Bellevue, got our new vehicle, dropped off the rental at Seatac and drove on up to Lynden.

What did we get? You are going to laugh, because the car is almost identical to what we had, the only difference is the exterior color - 2010 Sienna, the largest mini-van they make and one that suits us perfectly. Got it for a good price. It has low mileage and is in nearly perfect condition. Hooray!

Now we have to think about our next trip and are actually thinking about heading down to Texas. A son and daughter-in-law were there recently and now we want to go - the hill country and Big Bend especially. Used to live in Houston and would camp in the hill country with the kids on the Rio Frio.

Anyway, guess that's it for now.
7 months ago.
 Dominique 60
Dominique 60 club
j' adore les champignons !!
7 months ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Superbe photo avec notes. Nicole. HFF.
7 months ago.
 Nouchetdu38
Nouchetdu38 club
What a wonderful series!***************
7 months ago.
 Josiane Dirickx
Josiane Dirickx club
Superbes photos de votre voyage vous du vivre des moments magiques ! bon WE amitiés, Josiane
7 months ago.
 Ruth
Ruth club
Thank you for posting your wonderful image to
Interesting Views
7 months ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
wonderful!
7 months ago.
 John Lawrence
John Lawrence club
Great series of Pics Janet
7 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
A - Ma - Zing..!!

Your main pic is just magnificent Janet. I love the way the clouds on the right mirror the trees and landscape beneath them. The light and the colours are just fantastic..!!

More amazing images in the PiPs: My fave has to be that beautiful oak tree in the first PiP. The colours in the surrounding landscape are just glorious and the sky is wonderful.

I also love the leaf images in PiPs 6 - 9, particularly the Maple "bats"!

A cracking shot also of your RV and truck tucked in amongst the trees (as much as you can "tuck in" a rig of that size :-))

I'm really chuffed that your trip was a roaring success.........and I love your enthusiastic narrative, your joy is infectious :-)

Enjoy the rest of the weekend and have a good week!
7 months ago.
 Wierd Folkersma
Wierd Folkersma club
wonderful series Janet
7 months ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
What an absolutely stunning panorama, Janet. This looks such a beautiful place - such peaceful beauty. As for the other pictures, gorgeous. This year seems to be the year for photos of mushrooms. Yours are just superb. I remember when I first met you that you did a photo a day of mushrooms, that you'd found around your property. I'll always remember you finding a teeny tiny mushroom inside the bark of a tree. How on earth you ever saw it, baffles me.

As for your new RV - it looks superb. It sounds as if you are really happy with it. I think it would be better for you if you were to get a single bed for you, or else Steve could have it, and you have the double bed!!!!I look forward to seeing pictures of the inside soon. I'm so glad Pumpkin enjoyed the trip - how did you take her for a walk - carry her cage?
7 months ago.
 Ecobird
Ecobird club
The main image is gorgeous Janet - but with you what you see is never all that you get! Your PiPs are amazing, - beautiful Autumnal images and detail. Sounds like a great trip and I am pleased you are loving your new 'home from home' Havea good weekend
7 months ago.
 José Manuel Polo
José Manuel Polo club
Un gran trabajo, como acostumbras, tanto en las fotografías como en los textos. El paisaje de portada es amplio y bello.
7 months ago. Edited 7 months ago.
 RHH
RHH club
Thanks for your visit, Janet, and wonderful comments.
7 months ago.
 Treasa Ui Cionaodha
Treasa Ui Cionaodha club
Sensational series of images. Well done Janet Regards Tess.
7 months ago.
 Treasa Ui Cionaodha
Treasa Ui Cionaodha club
Back to say Congratulations in Explore. Well deserved for this image.
7 months ago.
 Xata
Xata club
Great panoramic!
7 months ago.
 tiabunna
tiabunna club
That's a stunning panorama with those reflections and dramatic sky full of contrails, Janet. The other images are great too. Very glad indeed that your new RV is already proving so good for you - I can see many more trips coming up. :-)
7 months ago.
 dgmphoto
dgmphoto club
Lovely panorama with interesting PiPs.
7 months ago.
 ╰☆☆June☆☆╮
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ club
Oh Janet, how lovely. Your new RV looks so good, I am really glad its all worked out well for you. You are going to have a whale of a time, I know it.
Glad Pumpkin likes it too !!!!!!!!!
7 months ago.
 Ruesterstaude
Ruesterstaude club
Oh Janet, da hast du wieder einen wunderschön illustrierten Reisebericht mit einem tollen Panoramabild hingelegt!
7 months ago.
 RHH
RHH club
Thanks for the visits and comments, Janet. Looking forward to seeing more of your photos of JSSP. I get a bit antsy this time of the year waiting for the weather and a chance to get out and do something. Have a hard time sitting still and hope we get a day out somewhere this week.
7 months ago.
 Esther
Esther club
Keep traveling. I love your nature photos.
7 months ago.
 Thorsten (T.S-B.)
Thorsten (T.S-B.) club
A great series.
My FAV: Inset 9: Leaf in crotch of tree.
7 months ago.
 Cheryl Kelly (cher12861 on flickr)
Cheryl Kelly (cher12… club
Just gorgeous!
6 months ago.

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