Nice campgrounds in the eastern down-slope foothills of the Washington Cascades
On our recent shakedown cruise, we definitely discovered that Steamboat Rock State Park in late July wasn't one of our more inspired ideas!
We gave up our second night's reservation and went looking for somewhere more palatable.
We found a very pleasant CG just south of the junction of US2 and US97 in Peshastin. It's called "Blu-Shastin RV Park". The directions in the 2007 Trailer Life directory left a little to be desired, but we found the place after some maneuvering in downtown Peshastin.
The park backs up to a shallow river, about 25' across and only 9" or so deep. We got a site on the river bank and our two Labs were very pleased. We were surprised, when checking in, to find that the female half of the ownership couple was from a town in Northern England only 6 miles from where my wife and I grew up.
It's apparent that the park layout pre-dates slide-outs. The sites are a bit close together if both you and your neighbors all have them. Overall, though, worth a visit.
Heading out from home eastwards, we also found a nice CG in Cle Elum, called "Whispering Pines". It's a Good Sam facility, bordering the Yakima River. Our slot was a back-in, directly against the levee. Our Labs were ticked off that they couldn't go swim, but the current was going by at better than 15 knots and the water is about 20' deep. A nice place for a brief stop en-route, and very easy access from I-90.
Although Steamboat Rock was a downer, overall the trip was a success.