We left Anacortes around 11:00 AM. Made a short stop at Safeway for provisions and then headed out. It rained last night and was sort of off-and-on this morning. Our plan today was to go to Early Winters Campground (USFS) on Highway 20, about 10 miles or so this side of Winthrop, Washington. We stopped in Sedro-Wooley for propane. Our 7.5 gallon tank took 5.1 gallons. I think this is the first time we’ve filled the tank since we left for San Carlos last February. Granted, Flipper sat idle for 2 months of that time and we also didn’t use any propane while parked at Cody’s for 3 months, but that still seems pretty good. Five gallons for 3.5 month’s use seems pretty good to me. Less than $3.00/month. And we’ve been running the fridge, the hot water heater, the furnace (as needed) as well as cooking with it. I don’t know if this consumption level is good or not but, as far as we’re concerned it is.
Our trip would be entirely on Highway 20, Washington’s North Cascades Scenic Highway, and, after leaving Sedro-Wooley, would all be new territory for us.
The road follows the Skagit River most of the way. Not sure what’s causing the milky aqua color in the river. Normally I’d think snowmelt but I’m pretty sure all the snow has pretty much melted by now. But then again, what do I know? It’s too bad the clouds were so low because I’m sure the tops of the peaks would have been really spectacular, had we been able to see them.
We stopped for lunch along the way at the Buffalo Run Restaurant in Marblemount. Among the other things on the menu were hamburgers made from any of the following: beef, buffalo, alligator, wild boar, camel, ostrich, elk, venison, and salmon. Lulu opted for an elk burger and I chose a buffalo burger. Both were okay but kind of dry. Pretty hard to beat beef for making burgers. The other meats just don’t have enough fat for taste and juiciness. Lesson learned.
After miles and miles of 2nd and 3rd gear driving, we finally pulled in to the Early Winters Campground about 4:00 PM. It’s pretty bare bones and only had about 5 campsites open on this side of the road. I think it’s about the same on the other side. We snagged one and were pleasantly surprised to find that, because of my “America The beautiful” senior discount card, it’d only cost us $4.00 for the night. Sure there aren’t any services except a pit toilet (that doesn’t stink at all and is quite clean), but the site is clean and level and we have a place to poop (w/o tainting our holding tank) and a place to deposit our garbage. Took a little walk this afternoon and we are just about to tuck into some dinner, a few brews, and a couple of shows. Ah, nothing like roughing it.
Anacortes to Early Winters CG: 139 miles
Total so far: 1009 miles, 44 miles/day