Now, imagine a vertical (north-south) line dividing the state roughly into 1/3 on the left (west) and 2/3 on the right (east). That would be the Cascade Mountains. The western side, along the ocean, is WET. We are the reason Washington is called the Evergreen State. And that's mostly nice because summer usually looks like this.
But camping is another story. Let me show you a couple of typical campsites.
Notice the beautiful greenery... which prevents almost all sunlight from actually reaching the campsite, and collects moisture from any mist or morning fog and causes it to drip down onto the campsite.
Notice also that the ground is a gritty, sandy dirt, packed down to the consistency of concrete. Just try poking a tent stake into that. Or sleeping (comfortably) on it.
And listen to yourself saying, I told you a hundred times, no shoes in the tent! as you try to remove the wet grit from the floor of the tent, your clothes, and your sleeping bag.
So imagine my joy, my rapture when I googled up the campground and saw sites that looked like this!
Let's see... sunshine? Check. Shade? Check. Gorgeous view? Check. Clean water, warm enough to swim in? Check. Soft, luxurious, green grass - comfortable for sleeping and handy for keeping the tent clean? Triple check!
It did not once enter my overworked pea brain that green grass is not natural in countryside that normally looks like this.
The only green spot in that photo is the corner of an orchard, kept green and growing through the wonder of irrigation.
So the first time we camped here, we were in for a surprise.
Oh yes, you see the campground is also kept green and lush through the wonder of
Did you notice the little orange cones in some of the pictures? Look to the right of Tate.
This time we came prepared. The first order of business in setting up the camp was a grid search for sprinkler heads, reminiscent of a FOD-walk on a flight deck. All sprinklers that could impact our de-luxe accommodations must be marked and neutralized!
Next, at about ten minutes before sprinkler-deployment, we went into a count-down sequence, moving coolers, lawn chairs, boogie boards, and tarps into position to deflect the water.
The result? Camping success! Dry tents, green grass, and happy campers.