The Great Outdoors: Washington State

With the first of many epic camping trips on our horizon, J and I decided that a trial run was necessary and made a last-minute decision on the weekend. We packed up the truck and made a run for the border.

International Pup

Jordy’s first camping trip and first cross-border adventure found all three of us headed through Sumas en route to Silver Lake Park in Washington State.


Located in Whatcom County, Silver Lake is a tranquil body of water nestled among meadows within a valley of giant mountains. After quickly popping up our tent and marinating our New York steak, we hit the trails around the park.

Dos Equis My Babe

Hunger brought us back to our campsite and J started the fire while I cracked open a couple of beers for us. Sometimes the best parts of camping involve doing a whole lot of nothing.


I found that “whole lot of nothing” to do in the nearby hammock that J had set up for us…

… and I wasn’t the only one who enjoyed it.

True Love

Following our grilled dinner, we spent the rest of the evening noshing on potato chips, swigging beer, laughing by the crackling fire and feeling awestruck by the sunset over the mountains.

With morning came more sunshine, so wasted time was not part of our schedule. After a quick breakfast of fire-cooked quinoa with cinnamon, raisins and sliced banana, we hopped in the truck and headed out on our day’s adventure.

Cooking Breakfast Breakfast

Nooksack Falls

Heading east on State Route 542, our first stop was Nooksack Falls. These cascading falls plummet more than 170 feet and are fed with ice cold glacier water. Curious as to where the water came from, we continued eastward and climbed the Mount Baker Highway.

Me and Mt. Baker

Few things are as bliss-inducing as rattling through back country roads with sun splashing across the dashboard while Eddie Vedder’s “Hard Sun” crackles through the radio. After a short journey we found ourselves at Mt. Baker, eye-to-eye with Mount Shuksan. The source of Nooksack Falls, Mount Shuksan reaches the sky at over 4,411 feet tall (not including elevation) and is guaranteed to take your breath away.

Mount Shuksan

As is always the case, the weekend ended far sooner than we were ready for. However, crawling along Highway 1 back to Vancouver would have been a great deal more painful if we didn’t know that we’d be sleeping in the great outdoors once again in only a handful of days. You can view all the photos from our camping trip in my Flickr set.

Hopeful that we’ll spend as much time camping as possible this summer, I’m looking for epic spots to spend our weekends.

What’s your favourite part of camping?

Where are your favourite places to go camping in southwestern BC or the northwestern U.S.?

On September 11th I’ll be participating in the BC-SPCA’s Paws For A Cause fundraiser – for the fourth time! Please considering donating to this extremely worthwhile cause and offering support to Jordy and I! Click here to read more.

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5 Comments on “The Great Outdoors: Washington State

  1. I have been itching to go camping and your post has me desperately wanting to escape the city!

    Your trip looked fantastic!

    My favourite part of camping in BC/northwestern U.S., is how unbelievably world class our scenery is! People come from all over the world to see it and we have it at our doorstep!

  2. Looks like you guys did have an awesome time (not that I doubted you).

    did you manage to swing by the Sumas event?

    As for camping, we love Pacific Rim campground in Tofino. The National Park there hsa an awesome campground. Large spots that have plenty of large growth trees giving it a more private feel. They have flushes but no showers though.

    Longbeach is a 15min walk from the campground down to the water. But since that part of the beach is typically campers only, its pretty cool and not as busy as the north side of Long Beach can get.

  3. We stayed along the Oregon coast this past weekend and it was absolutely beautiful. Our campsite was in Nehalem Bay State Park and it was within walking distance of a fantastic beach. Definitely recommended especially because there is so much to do within a short drive.

  4. What beautiful photos! I have yet to snag the opportunity to camp down south of the border, and your experience makes me yearn for it.

    The last couple of years I have camped up in Skookumchuck Hot Springs and just past Ruby Lake on the sunshine Coast.

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