Saturday, 13 July 2013

Camping and Fishing near Granite Falls, WA, USA

Having had such a lovely time at Ensign Ranch we decided to visit another of our church's recreational properties called Cascade Park near Granite Falls, WA.  This 60 acre site is truly wonderful and totally different to Ensign (which is also wonderful).  This site gets a fair amount of rain so the grass is lush and the tents have raised wood floors.  We were offered the opportunity of staying in a cabin but we opted for a tent as we wanted to try out a tent with a wood floor.  Fortunately we had come with borrowed self inflating air beds and our new sleeping bags.

 There is a covered dining/activity area, with a well equipped outdoor kitchen area.
 The camp mainly caters for girls and family camps
The toilet block is a delight, spotless, with warm air heating and lovely showers.
Naturally I had to check out the river which borders the camp, an osprey was also sitting in a tree checking it out.
Our tent was spacious and very comfortable and the site was well lit at night.
Dotted around the site are picnic shelters and lots of "honey pots" (chemical toilets) and they are the cleanest I have seen.
There is a stage for putting on performances with tiered seating for the audience.
 Then there are secluded areas for open air activities.
 The whole place is manicured like a golf course.
 There are camping areas where you bring your own tent and fire places and wood stores.
It was suggested that we visit the famous Granite Falls just off of the Mountain Loop Road, so we did and were duly impressed. 
 Looking up stream and down stream.
 The fish ladder under Rosalind's feet was very impressive.

We then went to a local Mexican restaurant called Playa Bonita at Granite Falls which had been recommended to us by the church service volunteers who run the camp.

I am not a lover of spicy food so I have little experience of Mexican food but I must say both of our meals were large and exquisite and mine (below) was not spicy..
The next morning we awoke having had a good nights sleep in our tent and drove into Granite Falls for breakfast.  On our return the LDS Redmond Stake girls were arriving for camp and we got given the full treatment by the welcoming committee below!
The organization of the camp was truly amazing, below are the 3 registration desks for the different age groups.
 The hanging packets featured below are individual post boxes for each girl.
 I videoed these girls doing there welcome song, have your sound on.
The camp site is owned and operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  It is run by 2 delightful couples who are church service volunteers.  They work tirelessly to keep it spic and span so that everyone can enjoy the experience of being outdoors in a beautiful place. 
And yes, I did manage to cast a fly or two on the river but the osprey out fished me!

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