We filled up the water tank of the trailer and charged up the battery before we left Bayview State Park. We also bought enough food yesterday. Vegetables, fruits, rice, bread, ham, frozen meatballs, eggs, water, canned soup, etc. A problem of the trailer occurred this morning when we were still in Bayview State Park. I noticed the water leaked from the water valve outside of the trailer. Stephen tried to fix it but couldn’t. The only thing we could do was to empty the faucet after stopping the pump. It seemed to stop the leakage somehow.
Our adventure started when we crossed the iron bridge and drove into the North Cascade Range. There was road work on the road to the mountains and only one lane was open. A guy got off his truck ahead of us and walked to us.
“What kinda mileage you get?” He asked.
“We haven’t had it long. About 20 miles per gallon towing and 30 not towing.” Said Stephen.
Then we kept driving up into the mountains. As we were approaching the campground, Stephen suddenly called out, “Dead End!” I didn’t see it but I noticed there was a big sign we just passed. Stephen stopped the truck and went out to check the sign. It said that the road ends in 18 miles. We saw a couple of trucks passing us and heading that way. So we kept going on the one lane road. It seems like we drove for a long long way but we still haven’t seen any signs of campgrounds. It was kind of scary driving into the unknown territory. A lot of what if went through my mind. I just hoped there were no vehicles coming from the opposite direction. We came to a scenic view point and pulled over. The view of the snow capped peaks rising above the dense forest and a rapid river running in the deep valley was gorgeous.
We finally arrived at the Marble Creek campground by the Cascade River. And we saw a big RV was leaving. Thank goodness that we didn’t meet that monster on our way to the campground. We were going to spend three nights here. This campground is run by Forest service, and there is no water nor power supply. When we got to our campsite number 17, we were surprised to see it was occupied by a woman. It was 1:50. The checkout time is 2 p.m. So we were a bit early. Stephen got out and talked to the lady. She said she was about to leave and then she left immediately.
Stephen successfully backed up the trailer again. And the trailer was pretty much leveled. We only added a few blocks to make it even more level. The site was under soaring Douglas firs, hemlocks and red cedars. A picnic table was made of thick wood. A couple of big rocks were at the end of the trailer. The sun shown through the trees.
We took a walk around the campground. We were in the Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. Moss covered the branches of trees and made this place eerie. The campground was full. There were about 20 campsites and filled with RVs, trailers, and tents. The camp host gave us the direction to the beach. Through a narrow trail under dense vegetation, we reached the pebble covered beach by the Cascade River. The snow capped peak looked so close. It might be the Lookout Mountain. The glacial water was crystal clear with a hue of greenish blue. There were rapid currents and swirls in the river. Stephen waded into the river. I only touched the water and it was freezing cold.
The campground is in the valley surrounded by high mountains. We found out that there are no cellphone services nor radio and TV signals here. So we couldn’t get connected with the outside world.
Because of the water valve leakage that we found out this morning, we were on extreme water management. We only turned on the water when we need it and collected the water left in the faucet after turning off the water pump. We used paper plates and bowls for eating to reduce the usage of water. By bedtime, we were astonished to find out only 1/3 tank of fresh water was left!!! But we only used a little bit of water for washing pots and hands and flushing the toilet. Where did the water go?