We had another one of those "wowser" days today. We drove to the top of Mount Spokane State Park. The park is nearly 14,000-acres, 5,000 plus feet high, it has a small camping park and is the largest park owned by Washington State Parks.
The park is home to wildlife such as moose, cougars, coyotes, deer, black bear and more. We had a fawn run across the road in front of us and saw several deer in the field. We also saw a Golden Eagle flying high over the area. This is one of the most beautiful parks we have seen in Washington. It climbs up about a mile high with streams running on the side of the road and huge, beautiful mountains and tons of wild flowers.
It felt like we were in the Smoky Mountains. Once we got to the top, we could see parts of Montana, Idaho, Washington and Canada. Incredible!
This is a very popular skiing area with five double-chair lifts. It is also the perfect place for weddings. We saw a lady carrying boxes to the top setting up for a wedding later on in the afternoon. At the very top is a rocky viewing area called the Vista House.
The very summit of the mountain has two distinct high areas: the slightly lower southern end, where the road ends in a circle near a forest of radio towers; and the higher northern end, crowned by the 1930s-era Vista House structure. The highest remaining natural rocks are just outside the front door of the Vista House. This is the area where the wedding was to be held. It was breathtaking with the incredible views, what a great place for a wedding!
Mount Spokane is the only county high point peak in the United States with the same name as its county, as well as the largest city in its county. So it is not surprising that this forested dome is an important local landmark and the centerpiece of a large and popular state park. We enjoyed our visit much and highly recommend it to anyone in the area.
We will be taking our RV in for service in a few days for the annual oil and filter changes, check the batteries etc. etc. Afterwards, we will be heading to Montana for a couple of weeks for our annual doctor's appointments.
We have finally decided where we will be spending most of our winter, this year it's going to be in Missouri. We have driven through the state but have never camped there. We are looking forward to exploring more of Missouri and the surrounding states. Check back later for more from our next stop in Montana.