It’s not too late to camp!

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Early October camping

Last year around this time, we covered the joy of fall backpacking as well as the joy of Larch marching. These are great activities we look forward to every year! However, it’s important to not overlook the joys of fall car camping.

The joys of fall car camping abound: no bugs, rarely do you need reservations (or to plan ahead), beautiful fall color and long campfire evenings. The weather can be unpredictable and wetter and colder, so it’s important to check the weather where you are thinking of going and bring more warmer clothes than you would in the summer.

The east side of the mountains will often (not always!) have drier and warmers days but also much colder nights.

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October camping at Lake Wenatchee state park

Washington State parks are great for camping this time of year, they usually have plenty of room, and often have hot showers and heated hand dryers for unexpectedly chilly times! Some of our favorites this time of year include Lake Wenatchee State park (Leavenworth), Larrabee State park (Bellingham), Pearrygin Lake State Park (Winthrop), and Cape Disappointment State Park (mouth of the Columbia River). Bundle up, bring that warm sleeping bag and woolly hat, and have fun!

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Jennie Thwing Flaming, Chief Adventure Officer: Jennie's life has been a continual quest for adventure (of the non-adrenalin inducing kind) from birth till now. Professionally, she pursues adventures in teaching, counseling and working to obliterate institutional racism for students in our region's public schools and also works as a tour and hiking guide. Previous professional adventures include working in schools in Seattle and Alaska, leading tours and managing tour guides and traveling science shows and lessons with Pacific Science Center. She is working to earn a living outside and by sharing her beautiful and unique Pacific Northwest home with visitors. She likes to be outdoors and spend time with the people she loves. Jennie is born and raised in Seattle and has also lived in Alaska and the Netherlands.