Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Destination.......

6:55 am - Tuesday - August 11th - Coulee City, WA - 67° F, 27% humidity, wind 8 mph out of the northwest.....clear, blue skies today with a forecast high of 87° F.  We roll our wheels in 2 hours.  On this day in 2013 we were in Polson, MT watching the sunset......↴


When you travel and live full time in your RV you seek out cool places  with the 'It Factor' to drop anchor.....I call these destination places.....places where you go just to enjoy the ambiance of that particular place.  When we are in this mode we rarely go sightseeing, but just stay put at the destination to soak in what it has to offer.  This is not everyone's style, for sure.  Many people we know, and I do not say this in criticism, spend every waking moment sightseeing.....that is their style.  Take Coulee City Community Park Campground for an example.....we passed through here back in 2015 and took a rest stop in the parking lot, because we needed a break, but also to check out the campground.  We decided then that if we ever found ourselves in this area again that we would stay a couple of days.  They offer over 50 full hookup sites, as well as a lot of dry camping spots......if we were here in cooler weather we would definitely have been dry camping out of the peninsula......↴


Monday morning we took our chairs down to the sandy beach, found a nice spot still covered in shade, and read for over two hours, occasionally glancing up to take in the big view......


......Banks Lake is 27 miles long with an average depth of 41'.....its surface elevation is 1,571' above sea level.  It is an irrigation reservoir, and part of the Columbia Basin Project built back in the 1930's, which created Grand Coulee Dam, Lake Roosevelt (behind the dam), and Banks Lake (held in place by two earthen dams).  

Around 11:30 am the shade began to disappear, and it was time to get dressed an go to lunch at a local culinary institution called Banks Lake Brews and Bistro, upon which Yelp bestows a rather remarkable 4.5 stars on 32 reviews.....we would be at 5 stars, and, in fact we left a 5 star review.  The bistro is part of the Conoco fuel station, and is just a 5 minute walk from our site.  If you read the reviews, of which most are 5 stars, you feel compelled to check this place out to see if everything written is even remotely true.  Based on the name we thought this was a brew pub, but it is really a coffee house with amazing specialty drinks, and wonderful, rustic, fresh food.......


......I chose their Bacon Cheeseburger with a side of potato salad, and TLE their Breakfast sandwich with bacon.  For a beverage I ordered their 20 oz chocoloate shake, and TLE their iced tea.   I had eaten 1/2 of the burger before I remembered to take a picture of it.....this is one of the top 5 burgers I have ever had in 70 years of living, and the chocolate shake was just as amazing.  They are only open until 3 pm, and serve breakfast all day long, and lunch all day long, and brunch all day long.  I hadn't eaten breakfast, so this served as two meals....lol.  I was still full at dinner time so TLE just made vegetable plate for each of us.

We took a walk around the park (our second in as many days) around 7:30 pm, and I was able to get this cool long distant shot of our coach from a little peninsula across from the swimming area.......




......our two night stay at Coulee City Community Park Campground exceeded our expectations, and we thoroughly enjoyed just hanging out for parts of two days.....time to roll our wheels once again...where are we headed next?

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