Day 20 – Back Roads

Alta, Pearrygin Lake, Conconully, and Bridgeport

June 5, 2015 by Rob

Day 20 was probably the most ambitious day of our parks adventure. We had four parks scheduled and 220 miles to travel on small highways and rural roads. We stopped in Chelan for a coffee and WiFi break in the morning and then started our journey to Alta Lake. Even after suffering a forest fire, this park was still very beautiful.

Alta Lake Bridgeport Conconully Pearrygin lake
Alta Lake Bridgeport Conconully Pearrygin lake
Alta Lake Bridgeport Conconully Pearrygin lake
Alta Lake Bridgeport Conconully Pearrygin lake

Next, we stopped at Pearrygin Lake State Park. This might be the coolest campground we’ve seen. You can get a grassy campsite right on the water!

Alta Lake Bridgeport Conconully Pearrygin lake

Just yesterday we were sold on having a big campout at Twenty Five Mile Creek in the near future with all our friends, but Pearrygin is simply amazing. We just need to decide if it is worth the extra hour on the road past Lake Chelan. Hmm…

Alta Lake Bridgeport Conconully Pearrygin lake
Alta Lake Bridgeport Conconully Pearrygin lake
Alta Lake Bridgeport Conconully Pearrygin lake
Alta Lake Bridgeport Conconully Pearrygin lake
Alta Lake Bridgeport Conconully Pearrygin lake

Next, we moved on to Conconully State Park, which took a little longer than expected. I should have looked closer at the route in Google maps: any road that has a naming convention of NF-number should probably not be on your route if you’re driving a Winnebago. NF denotes a road maintained by the National Forest Service, which are typically single lane, dirt, and very washed out. We passed a few 4 wheel drive trucks on the skinny mountain roads and got some odd looks as we squeaked through in our 27ft coach. But we made it!

Conconully, our 3rd park of the day, is another State Park that seems to be used mostly by the locals. It was like a quaint little county park with a lot of wildlife.

Alta Lake Bridgeport Conconully Pearrygin lake
Alta Lake Bridgeport Conconully Pearrygin lake
Alta Lake Bridgeport Conconully Pearrygin lake
Alta Lake Bridgeport Conconully Pearrygin lake

It was getting late, probably around 6pm, and I was considering staying the night here, but Megan felt we had enough daylight to finish our last park. She was right, and we were able to capture Bridgeport State Park before the light failed! I can’t believe how long these summer days are. We’ve been starting at 6 am each day when the sun has already climbed well beyond the horizon, and are going until 9 pm when there is still a little fleeting light after sunset. These long summer days are just one more thing I love about living in Washington.

Alta Lake Bridgeport Conconully Pearrygin lake
Alta Lake Bridgeport Conconully Pearrygin lake
Alta Lake Bridgeport Conconully Pearrygin lake
Alta Lake Bridgeport Conconully Pearrygin lake

There weren’t any camp sites left at Bridgeport so we pushed on to Steamboat Rock before turning in, and there we will start Day 21 tomorrow, photographing one of our last parks left in Central Washington!


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