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Old 06-24-2006, 12:37 AM   #1
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Yakama Nation RV Resort

Yes, that's Yakama with an "a", not Yakima as in Yakima Sportsman State Park or Yakima the city. That's a little something we learned by visiting the Heritage Museum attached to the RV facility.

We're new to "trailer camping". From our experience with motels I've come to expect the actual facility to be a far cry from how it looks in the pictures. This was NOT the case for the Yakama Nation RV Resort. Everything they say or show is 100 "honest Ingine"... sorry, that's politically incorrect, insensitive, etc. etc. but I have nothing but admireation for what the tribe has done.

The area is clean with a capital K . The drop dead view of Mtn Adams (Páhto) from the site and peak-a-view glimse of Ranier (Tahoma) are awe inspiring. The town, Toppinish, is a real gem. All the years I've lived in Washington and all the times I've driven by on the freeway I had no idea what a piece of Americana lay hidden here. We definitely want to go back and visit the Hop Museum and Northern Pacific R.R. Museum. Our trip out to Fort Simcoe (never knew it was there) was worth the drive and if you've never been through the area a trip west via White Pass is quite scenic.

If casino gambling is your thing (not ours) the Legends Casino is just a block away. I think a large portion of the folks were there for that purpose and judging from the number of Class A diesel pushers I think most of them had some "small change" to drop at the tables . Man, we felt like "trailer trash" with our (somewhat bias opinion) nice looking '78 Argosy. There were a two older Class C's in our price range but even the 5'ers were Poe Folk in this community. I'm guessing median price for the RV's was 1/4 million! Of course we happened to hit it on a Bounder Rendesveau weekend. But even our neighbors in the gold plated Boundry Bay smiled and were nice to us. I guess they felt sorry of the "young kids" trying to get by on a budget .

A/S sightings: none in the park but across the way, tantalizingly close but not quite able to figure out how to get there our son spotted an aluminum trailer parked next to an aluminum shed (imagine that). I'm very new to all this but my guess from a very poor viewpoint and even less knowledge is it was an early 1950's vintage A/S and the dry air over in Eastern Washington tends to preserve things very well. Worth the trip to investigate all by itself


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Old 06-24-2006, 07:36 AM   #2
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Wow! This sounds interesting. We often drive through this area on the way to something else. Good to know there may be a place to stop half way to the Oregon coast for us. Hope to see you at a forum rally in the area. We get together 3-4 times a year.


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How do you get o it?

We also use this route to visit our kids in Bellevue, Wa. I can"t remember
seeing it advertised...Is it in Toppenish? It sounds like a place we would
want to stop. Thanks for the info and Happy Trails..Betty
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