Friday, July 28, 2017

Summer Camp! - #Olympic Peninsula, WA - #SaturdaySnapshots

Did you ever go to summer camp when you were a kid? If you did (and if you enjoyed it), you would have a great time at NatureBridge on beautiful Lake Crescent. Nestled in the northern portion of Olympic National Park (near historic Lake Crescent Lodge), the camp offers cabins in a beautiful setting. The organization's mission: "At NatureBridge, we foster environmental literacy to sustain our planet." The facility is open to youth groups, families, and others. (More info here: NatureBridge-Olympic

Along with members of the hiking group from the Auburn Senior Activity Center, I spent three days and two nights at this lovely facility.
Entrance to NatureBridge-Olympic facility

Crescent Lake

The cabin assigned to me ("Raccoon") had four bedrooms, each one containing three bunk beds. I shared my room with a friend. Other people reserved private rooms.

Me, ready to go hiking on a chilly July morning.
(My belly isn't quite as big as it looks in this photo. 
I'm wearing a fanny pack in front under my coat
to hold my camera!)

We shared breakfast and dinner in a "mess hall" with a group of teens visiting from New York. Most of them seemed to be having fun, but a couple of girls confessed that they weren't all that comfortable in the great outdoors! (Limited cell phone coverage.) Our senior group assembled our own sack lunches to take with us on hikes. (More about our hikes in future posts.) 

After a day of hiking, the NatureBridge dock was a great place to relax.

Other views around the camp:

I'll post more photos from our getaway and hikes at Hurricane Ridge, Dungeness Spit, and other areas in Olympic National Park in the coming weeks.

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Laurel-Rain Snow said...

What a lovely getaway! I would so enjoy that camp, I'm sure, especially since it looks a lot cooler than it is here.

As a kid, I often camped in Yosemite, but I like the look of your mountains better. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

Jackie Mc Guinness said...

Only camping I did as a kid was Girl Guides.

Rain Trueax said...

Looks like a great break.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I camped with Girl Scouts. Also, my parents loved camping - in a tent, "pop-up" trailer, and later in a huge RV. Great memories from childhood.
Thanks for stopping by, Jackie.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

We were lucky and had perfect weather for our getaway -- cool nights and sunny days with temps in the 70s.
Thanks for visiting my blog today, Laurel-Rain.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

It was so much fun! I'm ready to go again.
Thank you for visiting my blog, Rain.

Anne Bennett said...

I've never heard of Nature Bridge before. What a fun idea to go with another friend and acquaintances. I am going to look into going there some day, too. My Sanpshot Saturday

Sandra Nachlinger said...

The getaway was arranged by the Auburn (WA) Senior Activity Center. They provided transportation and organized our schedule, too. The hikers are a great bunch of people.

Poem fanatic said...

I'm looking forward to hearing more about your camping trip! It must have been fun to revisit childhood memories with friends!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Everybody had a great time. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

Melinda Ott said...

What a great place! I think it would be a great place for a family reunion (especially if we could get private rooms!)

Lynne Spreen said...

Beautiful, and you're right, it looks like summer camp from childhood! Thanks for sharing. I always enjoy your photo-logues.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

That would be worth looking into. It's a beautiful, peaceful place.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Summer camp for seniors! I wonder what the teens from New York thought about us "older adults" sharing meals with them. I bet they'd be surprised if they knew how many miles we hiked in those three days.
I'm glad you enjoyed the photos.

carol said...

Looks like a wonderful getaway!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

It was! I'm lucky to be able to "escape" every once in a while, aren't I?