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Living the Journey... That's what it's all about! We ditched the stressful commutes and uber-high cost of living in Seattle, where we were working to live, and moved into a RV. Now we're living the full time rv life, exploring the country in our Class A motorhome! Brian's the science and tech geek. Julie's the tree-hugging nature lover. Wandering the country with our three cats, we're discovering new places and cool things to do.
Date of Stay:
April, 2019 -
Diamond Caverns Thousand Trails is just inside Mammoth Cave National Park about 10-15 minutes from the main visitor center. We stayed there March 30th - April 4th and the weather ranged from the high 20's and 30s overnight to rain and lightning storms to warm and sunny in the high 60s. It's your typical early spring weather mix. The spaces are far enough apart for comfort, though still fairly close. The spaces along the side where we were at (space A-2) had grassy areas behind them with fire pits and picnic tables. We were also diagonal enough that most of our patio side windows faced grass and trees instead of someone else's RV. Other spaces around the park also had decent grassy areas. What I really liked about the park is that the spaces were in clusters throughout the hills, so it felt more like you were in a smaller park. Instead of RVs as far as the eye could see, you were able to see more trees and grass. Cell service was good on Verizon and AT&T, with 3 to 4 bars each throughout the week. Of course there were slow-downs during the evening hours, but they were minimal. The utilities at our site were fine at 50amp with full hookups. Some sites are only 30 amp and some are only partial hookups. The odd thing is that the map shows certain sites as being full hookup with 30 amps, but there is only one water spigot between two sites. Diamond Caverns has your typical Thousand Trails amenities: laundry, bathrooms with showers, pool, playground with basketball court, mini golf, horseshoe pits, a lounge, and event room. The pool wasn't open while we were there because it was still early in the year and there was no store, but they do have ice and firewood for sale. We felt very safe there and had no concerns leaving our RV when venturing out. We camped at Diamond Caverns RV Resort and Golf in a Motorhome.
We suggest reserving any tours you want to go on at least a few days ahead of time, maybe even a few weeks in the summer.
Date of Stay:
June, 2018 -
We stayed at Andersen's RV Park in our class A motorhome. Although it's a simple, typical gravel parking lot-style park with a small laundry room and bathrooms, the stay was wonderful. The sites are very level and the gravel is nicely compacted. They do have a small playground for kids and a room for group gatherings. They're just north of Long Beach (WA) in the grassy dunes above the beach and the drive to town is maybe 3-5 minutes. The owners were very welcoming and Miles gave us some places to go check out. The park was completely full at times, and the sites are close together; but we never felt cramped or encroached upon. Their Internet was slow much of the time, but we have our own (Verizon) and were okay. Most of the other RV parks in the area are well off the beach, but it was just a short walk for us from our RV site. There was no view of the beach from our RV, but it's just right there over the dunes. Our fellow RVers would gather their chairs and drinks and head out each night to watch the sunset. The vibe there was great and we seriously contemplated extending our stay for another week. We camped at Andersen's RV Park in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay:
May, 2018 -
Columbia Sun was a great place to stay! The staff were very friendly and most seemed to live on site. The guests we saw were all very friendly, waving and stopping to chat. The park really was super clean, except for a puffy hair band and a few cigarette butts at our site. They blended into the gravel a bit, so were probably hard to see. The pool was open even in late April (most in Washington don't open until Memorial Day) and there was karaoke, ice cream socials, free pancakes on Saturday mornings, and wine and food pairing potlucks. Even though it's right off the freeway, and there's a train track down the road, the noise was very low from both. There's one small tree in each site and I bet they'll provide some decent shade in a few more years. The gravel pads are well kept and fairly level, and we are now completely spoiled for water pressure. The location is in a semi-rural scrub/semi-commercial area with nice views of the hills and evergreen trees planted all around the perimeter of the park. Richland and Kennewick are short 10-15 minute drives away and Pasco, with its planetarium and observatory, is about a 25 minute drive. We camped at Columbia Sun RV Resort in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay:
April, 2018 -
We only stayed one night at the Ellensburg KOA, but were very impressed. The grounds were beautiful and clean. The staff was friendly and attentive. Loves, Fred Meyer, Safeway and several good restaurants were all just a few minutes away yet we felt removed from the town and the park was quiet. There were no real amenities at the park itself (it's a Journey.) We would definitely stay here again - and longer! We camped at Ellensburg KOA in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay:
April, 2018 -
We stayed at this park in mid-September 2017 for a long weekend as well as two weeks in April 2018. The big differences were that the NAS jets don't fly on the weekends - or at least not as much - and the water pressure was not as strong in April. We thought at first maybe it was us, but the cold water pressure was good sometimes and a trickle other times, usually somewhere in between - and we've had great pressure at the next two parks. I felt like the jets weren't a big deal except that we both work and trying to have a conference call with jets flying 500 feet above you is difficult at best. Luckily, we have very good noise-cancelling headphones that helped. Other than those two issues, we think the park is lovely and well-kept. We were able to work using either our internet or the park's - we did use our WeBoost and were only able to use our Verizon phones with WiFi. Texting was fine. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. If you can be patient with the water pressure and don't have to work or have noise-cancelling headphones for phone calls, give it a try! We camped at North Whidbey RV Park in a Motorhome.
You're right across the street from Deception Pass State Park, down the road from the bridge and a short walk to Seabolt's famous and awesome fish and chips. Oak Harbor is a short 15 minutes away for groceries and restaurants. We highly recommend the Island Cafe for breakfast.