Campbell's 2017 Western Trip travel blog

Mt. Rainier Campsite

September 4 – Travel from Olympic NP to Mount Rainier NP

We got up early on Labor Day to be first in line to dump our tanks and then head south into the high temperature of Washington’s interior and Mt. Rainier National Park.

The road to the park, after we exited I-5 were very windy and steep but we had no problems. I manually shift down the transmission to keep the engine RPMs high to have more power.

Our campsite was waiting for us with our name and one-day reservation. Labor Day was the last day that a reservation could be made. The remaining 3 days of reservation procedure is to be in the campsite. We paid for each additional day at a kiosk that printed out a receipt after we paid with a credit card. We attached the receipt to the stake at our site.

After we set up camp, we three drove up the mountain 15 miles to the visitor’s center where the parking lots were full and there were throngs of folks. It was packed.

Mount Rainier was only partially visible due to the forest fire smoke. 3,000 acres of forest was burning to the east of the park.

We returned to our home-on-wheels and started the generator and the A/C to cool down the 88F interior for an hour. Later, with a cooler outside temperature, we turned on the ceiling exhaust fan with the windows open to pull in the outside air.

On our way to Mt. Rainier, we had stopped at a Walmart to get supplies and load photos to the journal. We bought automotive front window reflective sheets that I cut to install in our two RV skylights. The ceiling windows act like greenhouse windows when the sun shines on them and makes the front of the motor home very warm.

In the evening, we attended the last-for-the-season ranger talk at the campground amphitheater but it was lacking in quality especially after we had experienced the very good presentations at Olympic NP.

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