As we mentioned in our last update Saturday (8/4) rolled around and it was time to roll once again so we lifted our jacks and made a move 65 miles east to the Spokane RV & Golf Resort in Deer Park Washington about 25 miles straight north of Spokane.
Because we had such a short travel day and because we like the backroads we took sort of an odd path that was ok but one we might not do again if in the area.
We drove hwy 25 north from the park until we reached the town of Hunters where we jumped on Springdale Hunters road and drove it to Loon Lake. Then we took HWY 395 south to Deer Park where by following the GPS directions had us wind through a neighborhood before reaching the Spokane Golf & RV Resort. Apparently our GPS had no idea there was a better route once we reached Deer park other than taking us though the residential area LOL!!
The route between point A and B was fine and like I said we prefer the backroads but this route had us on some roads that make you think, Hmmm, if we had an issue here we would just be in the road with no possible way to park to the side. And it was that way for most of the route.
Because of the short travel day we rolled into our destination shortly after 11 but had no problem getting into our site, and a nice site it was. We had a big nose in site facing the gold course.
Spokane RV & Golf Resort is separated into 2 areas, a area that is more, well, campground (ish) with sites much closer together and a section of much larger sites that can be purchased and customized which is where we were.
A bare site in the owners area would cost you $52,000 (list price, we have no idea what you could actually negotiate) and some people have really done a nice job with landscaping and adding outbuilding’s and pergola’s which created a comfortable looking living areas.
From what we were told after purchase the cost was very low per month, I actually forgot exactly but it was something like $150 per month. Very affordable living but there just wasn’t enough in the area to attract us. They had a nice golf course, driving range, chipping area and practice putting green, and a nice little restaurant with a full bar attached to the golf course but he RV park clubhouse even though it looked nice really had very little other than a pool to offer.
They had 1 pool table and a couple pieces of gym equipment just sat in a corner, enough to be able to advertise a gym I guess but not anything that was appealing at all. And no Pickleball at all in the area of Deer Park, the closest courts would be over a 20 mile drive LOL!! We had to toss that in.
If you are an avid golfer it would be a great spot to hang out but it was a pretty busy coarse course during the mornings and we are hackers so we opted to not play and just spent a little time at the driving range even though the course became pretty open during the late afternoons and the evening rates dropped drastically which was appealing.
The first few days at this stop were pretty mellow, we took a number of walks, did some bike riding in the surrounding neighborhoods, I washed the truck and coach, we hit some balls at the driving range and we drove into Spokane to visit Trader Joes and do some other putzing around and we took one day and drove to Nine Mile Falls to hike some of the Centennial Trail.
There really are no falls at Nine Mile Falls any longer, it was replaced by the Nine Mile Dam in 1908 but the community is still called Nine Mile Falls that located about 9 miles outside of Spokane.
After checking out the dam and the row of houses once occupied by workers we took off walking thinking we would get maybe a nice 5 or so mile’s in and even though it was a great well maintained trail this particular portion of the trail petered out and ended after just shy of 2 miles. We were glad we didn’t load up the bikes and bring them with thinking we would get a longer ride because we would have been disappointed, at least we got a little more exercise by walking it.
We were having a pretty good time over the first few days of our stay but Wednesday (8/8) it got much better, our friends Bob & Karen rolled in for a short visit and stayed the last 3 nights at the park with us and it’s always fun to see them.
We knew they were coming so we planned a Mexican chicken dinner so they wouldn’t have to cook on their travel day and to kick off our time together and took advantage of the time to plan our adventures together for the next 2 days which we knew would evolve around bike rides, something we all like to do.
On Thursday we loaded the bikes and got an early start to the day (it was supposed to be close to 100 degrees and we wanted to get our ride in early) and drove into Spokane to ride some of the Spokane River Centennial trail.
We found a (pay for) parking lot and ventured out for what ended up not being that long of a ride (just at 20 miles if I remember correctly) but it was a nice trail with some good scenery and of course being with friends made it even that much better.
After our ride we found a little spot that we could order sandwiches and eat out on the patio (Bob & Karen brought their dog Buddy along) before making our way back to our rigs, loaded up and started towards home with a short stop at a outdoor type store to check it out.
When we returned home Bob & Karen realized that the AC in their new Class C wasn’t cutting the mustard keeping things cooled down against the 100 plus degree temps so Bob spent some Time toying with that little issue while Karen was smart enough to come over to or place and take advantage of the coolness in our rig until we all finally gathered outside for an evening of visiting.
Friday we once again got an early start to the day to beat the heat and drove 50 miles to Coeur d’Alene Idaho to ride some of the Trail of the Coeur d’Alene bike trail.
Again we rode roughly 20 miles before we finally made our way back to the rigs so we could head to the Daft Brewery to meet up with Dale & Ruth (another couple of friends and fulltime RVers we bump into now and again on the road) for a late lunch.
It was great catching up with Dale & Ruth again and we all sat around at a outside patio table until I think we all started getting a little warm and, well, maybe just maybe our rumps were getting tired of the hard seats LOL!!
After saying our see ya down the roads we all headed back to our homes. Another great day.
That brings us to Saturday and with it another travel day for us and Bob & Karen. So after a short visit in the morning and a stroll around the park we all lifted our jacks and headed off to our next destinations. As always it was great spending time with Bob & Karen and I’m sure we will see them down south this winter at some point.
Bob & Karen were headed to Lewiston Idaho to do a Jet Boat Excursion and we had a short 30 mile travel day to the Stoneridge Motor Coach Village in Blanchard Idaho.
At the time of this update we have pretty much finished our stay at the Stoneridge Resort and just to get a jump on it let us say OH MY, what a great spot!! It’s a little far from any real towns but the resort is just the type of place we could hunker down at with just the outside setups we have always said we would want in a Home Base park with the outdoor living areas, sheds and covered patios with great mountain views and plenty of activities like golf, nice pools and hot tubs, a couple nice gym’s and yes Pickleball.
But we will save all of that for our next update and we will say now that we will once again fall behind on the blog because we have decided to take a little side trip (well not little) and will be moving fast part way across the country and back to the west coast over a 2 ½ week period covering well over 3000 miles so we won’t have time to keep up on the blog I’m sure, but we will be back!!
Any suspense built up on what might be going on??? If the answer is yes,,, good LOL!! Be assured that nothing is wrong and that this is a side trip we elected to do even though right now it almost seems crazy to some degree.