I’ve been going to the area near Lake Wenatchee for many, many years. However, I think I have only been to the lake 3 or 4 times in my life and the last time was well over 10 years ago.
My hubby and I just got paddleboards and we were itching to use them. He was curious about Lake Wenatchee since he has never been there so we thought we would head east of the mountains to check it out.
The weather on the east side is usually warmer and drier than Seattle but the weekend forecast called for high winds and afternoon thunderstorms. We decided to wait, held our breath, and came up with a plan B.
The day before we left, we got lucky. The weather forecast cleared up some.. It was still a bit of a gamble but we strapped the paddleboards onto the Denali Terrain GMC loaned us and headed for the mountains anyway.
This was our first camping trip of the year and, boy, was it a glorious way to kick of the season. I can’t think of one way it could have been better.
When we got there, we checked out the north campground first. We were ready to randomly pick one of the look-alike camp sites but I insisted on checking out the south campground to see if we could get closer to the lake.
I am so glad we did! We found a camping spot with a partial view. In two more weeks this popular campground would be totally nuts and over-run with kids, people, and dogs but we practically had the whole thing to ourselves. It was so peaceful and quiet. I absolutely could not believe how lucky we were. I would count this as one of the best car camping experiences ever.
The lake view was amazing when we got there but the sunset was particularly spectacular (you’ll see the sunset one in our next post). There were a few other people on the beach and I overheard one woman with a serious camera say that it was unusual for the water to be so glassy. In fact, one of my hubby’s friends said there were gale-force winds at the lake just the day before. Apparently there is usually enough wind there in the afternoons for people to go kiteboarding. Again, we were amazingly lucky.
It rained a little that night but only enough to help break the silence and make it easier to sleep.
It’s funny but one of my favorite things about camping with Chester and Gretel is taking photos of them inside the tent in the morning. The nylon walls soften the bright light and they always look so snuggly. I also love the idea of waking up with them next to me “in the wild”.
Read about the rest of our trip (and see that sunset) here: Paddleboarding The Day Away on Lake Wenatchee.