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Yurtastic Weekend at Seaquest

Everything's more magical if located in a forest right? Dates glamped: April 8-9, 2017
Location: Castle Rock,WA Seaquest State Park (about 2.5 hrs south of Seattle)
Rented: 2 Yurts (sleeps 5 each)
Off-season cost: $74/night

Just a quick write up about my birthday weekend.

I had been eyeing booking yurts in Washington since January. There's actually a number of state parks that offer yurts, cabins, and what they like to call "rustic shelters" for rent (tipis and what not). They have off season and peak season prices. Having been unsure how fast yurts book up during off season, I started looking early just in case. I ended up settling booking yurts at Seaquest State Park. They have a total of 5 yurts here. All of them were booked last weekend, but it didn't seem they went too fast because it looked like there was still availability 2 weeks prior (I had booked the yurts by mid-February).

Anyways, our yurts included heat and electricity, a futon that slept two, and …

Repeat: Ancient Lakes

A little bushwhacking in the canyon Ryan lugging out wood!
 Easy 2 mile hike out to the lakes Tent Views Tent shots are my favorite!
Location: Ancient Lakes in Quincy, WA (Central Washington)
Dates backpacked: April 1-2, 2017
Miles hiked: 7 miles
Difficulty: Easy
Permits: no permits needed, only need a Discovery Pass
Water: you have to carry it out, the lakes are not drinkable (for a 1 nighter, I carried out 4-5 liters)

We did the same backpacking trip around this time last year. We had such fond memories of the good weather and unique terrain, we headed back out there again this year! The weather is a lot better east of the mountains this time of the year, with Seattle still being in full gloom, we wanted some sunshine in our life!

We headed out with a larger group this year, last year was a head count of 4, this year was a head count of 8 people + 3 pups! We also learned our lesson last year, there wasn't much to forage for a decent fire, which had only last us 30 min. So this …