REEL Lifestyle perused the Pacific Northwest to find the best camping spots. These are our top four locations we thought our REEL Lifestyle tribe would love.
Also, did you know that it’s National Trail Mix Day today, August 31, 2017? We know, it's a bit of a funky "holiday" but seems quite appropriate with Labor Day upon us, and trail mix does go hand-in-hand with hiking, camping and outdoor life in general. Recipe at the bottom for you to make your own.
Deciding on these top picks was a tough task as narrowing down camping spots is hard when you can find a tremendous amount of gorgeous locations to camp out in the PNW. We took some different things into consideration and ultimately focused on these top four locations so that you can easily scope them out for yourself and each location has something unique the others do not.
First stop is the lovely state of Washington to the town of Zillah. This option is more “glamping” than camping, but we like to mix it up a bit. We found a very unique spot called Cherry Wood Bed, Breakfast and Barn. They offer horseback and winery rides (being in the Yakima Valley’s Wine Country doesn’t hurt either), and you can stay in teepees or even go on a cowboy limo winery tour (this includes a wagon tow through wineries by their "cowboy" guides). The teepee lodging experience is a mix of roughing it and luxury so you can get the best of both worlds. Click here for more info. Location: 3271 Roza Dr, Zillah, WA 98953.
Next, let’s get over to the breathtaking area that makes up the Point Reyes National Seashore so that we can do some beach camping. This is a fantastic area of coastline just north of San Francisco, CA in Marin County. The beaches here are to-die-for and the Point Reyes Lighthouse is a viewpoint where you can see migrating gray whales to-boot.
The Point Reyes National Seashore offers backcountry camping, where you can hike, ride bikes or ride a horse into the campgrounds. You can even do boat-in camping which means you must arrive by boat, kayak, canoe or some other type of watercraft. Tomales Bay is the area that allows this to be done and there is a fee and permit for overnight camping. You can make reservations here and explore all it has to have offer here.
Desert scenery can be astounding, especially when you go into areas that put you directly into scenes from Wild West movies. We’re jumping over to the Atlatl Rock Campground which is in the Valley of Fire State Park located in Southern Nevada about 50 miles from Las Vegas. You’ll be able to see red rocks, petroglyphs (you remember learning about those in school, right?!), and you can take a hiking adventure through red rock pinnacles. You can explore their 44 campsites and the area of the Valley of Fire here.
Now we’re swooping over to Idaho where we’ve found a massive national forest that has lakes and streams all over so you can REEL Lifestyle it up easily here. Located in the Idaho Panhandle National Forests is the Avery Creek Cabin, which is 20 miles northeast of Kingston, Idaho. The cabin was built in the 1920’s but has been renovated and can be rented. It’s right by the Coeur d’Alene River so you have access by car and you can hike, fish for cutthroat or rainbow trout in the river, and bring a group as the cabin can fit up to 6. For more information, go here.
Source: USDA Forest Service
And, lastly, since it’s National Trail Mix Day, here’s a trail mix recipe you can make at home for your next hike or camping trip. These are Trail Mix Balls so they’re super easy to eat on your feet. From EatingWell.com:
- ⅓ cup honey
- 2 tablespoons water
- ⅓ cup peanut butter
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- ¾ cup crisp rice cereal
- ¾ cup rolled oats, toasted (see Tip)
- ⅓ cup dried fruit bits
- ¼ cup salted sunflower kernels
- ¼ cup lightly salted peanuts
- ¼ cup unsweetened large flake coconut
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- In a small saucepan, combine honey and the water; cook and stir over low heat until the honey liquefies. Remove from heat. Add peanut butter and vanilla, whisking until peanut butter is melted and mixture is smooth.
- Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine rice cereal, toasted rolled oats, fruit bits, sunflower seed kernels, peanuts, coconut, and sesame seeds. Pour honey mixture over cereal mixture; stir to coat. Cover and chill for 1 to 2 hours or just until firm.
- Using your damp hands, shape mixture into 30 balls, each about 1- ¼ inches in diameter. Chill balls until ready to serve. Store in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Makes 30 balls (2 balls per serving)
- Test Kitchen Tip: To toast oats, place them in a dry medium skillet; cook over medium-high heat until lightly golden and fragrant, stirring frequently to prevent scorching.