I do love my boats, my friends, and sun and warm weather. I had a great time camping this past weekend at the Spring Canyon Campgrounds on Lake Roosevelt in Grand Coulee, WA with nine of my good friends. We stayed Friday night through Sunday afternoon and got plenty of sun and dry 90 degree weather. Friday night was basic camp set up and road tripping. The four hour drive went very smoothly and we got our unreserved campsites without a problem.
Saturday we picked up our boat at a nice and early 8am, though the whole group was pretty much up by 7 am and the first beer can popped at 6 am. We decided to return to Banks Lake for the calm water, low speed winds, and warmer water. Good choice! We tooled around the lake from 8am until 8pm with our only stops being for a picnic lunch break in the form of sandwiches at a great park where we could beach our boat. This is also where the non-riding group congregated during their idle time to play Frisbee, read, sun, snack, etc. I was the driver for the first three shifts (meaning for a full 8 hours) and got to pull my friends wakeboarding, skiing, tubing, and kneeboarding. With most of them this being their first time trying these activities it was not a ho-hum task but so much fun nonetheless. Amy pulled me skiing for my first shift and I had Bryan pull me on my 2nd time out.
After we were all completely exhausted and sore and returned the boat we headed back to our campsite for a grill fest of burgers and watermelon soaked with vodka once we got the fire started. Most everyone was calling it an early night after such a long day.
Sunday morning was again early (hard not to when the sun is up by 5 am) and after donuts and a game of dominoes one group headed back while the other two cars headed for the Lake Roosevelt beach at our campground. It was nice and relaxing to read and layout on the sand. We grilled up hotdogs to fuel up before the long car ride back to Seattle. Our car made a nice and easy trip back stopping first at the Grand Coulee Dam, which was very massive, and then our second pit stop was at the Dry Falls, also very interesting. We got into some traffic at Snoqualmie Pass for who-knows-what-reason and were all done with driving by the time we got back. Bryan and I picked up Bahn Thai (our favorite) (phad kee mao 4 stars, extra veggies for me and phad kee mao 3 stars for him, we are soooo original), and tuned out to the Olympics before unpacking, showering and getting ready for the week.
We are already considering doing this again in late September…