Monday, September 28, 2009

Fairchild AFB, Spokane WA

Stay Date:  Numerous – Last Stay September 2009
Our Rating:  Good – 8
A nice place to stay.  Nothing fancy, just good level sites, solid hookups, and a small patch of grass, some even have shade.  Hosts here have always been friendly, and $17 daily/$100 Weekly cost is well worth it.  Nice commissary and BX, and not a very active/noisy place.  Verizon cell and Aircard worked well, and there’s broadcast TV and free WiFi.  The only drawback is that the base is in an industrial area without much in the area, and Spokane is a 30-minute drive.  Military or DoD ID required.  Fairchild AFB Famcamp

Fort Lewis Travel Camp

Stay Date:  September 2009
Our Rating:  GOOD – 7
We enjoyed our two-week stay at this beautiful travel camp. A word of caution; DO NOT use the North Fort Lewis exit if you don't have a valid DoD sticker on your vehicles - you'll be turned around at the gate. The visitor center is on the other side of the exit, on the Fort Lewis exit. Signage is good except for the turn-in to the park, just look for the first left turn after the Travel Camp sign. Check in was fast and easy, but don't expect much if you get the bored-looking young man who talks in monosyllables. Sites are a mixed bag of 30 and 50A, we had a large site, but it had 30A (but worked well). Most of the back-ins are sloped, so bring blocks for leveling. The sites are generally well shielded from one another, and have tables and grills. The MWR building where check-in is located also has a good-sized store with RV supplies and equipment rentals. The sites are quiet and dark at night, and Verizon cell and Aircard worked very well. Cable TV is provided; however, because of the cable company's requirement to have a digital box, you'll only get 20 or so channels. A good place to stay, albeit a bit pricey for military location, with excellent on-post support facilities.  Military or DoD ID required.  Fort Lewis Travel Camp

Monday, September 14, 2009

Sun Country Golf Resort & RV Park, Cle Elum WA

Stay Date:  September 2009
Our Rating:  GOOD – 7
This is an interesting setting; outside of town, down a narrow, twisting 8% or more grade, to sites surrounding the golf course parking lot. Sites 1 through 3 are long (we were in site 1) but highly sloped and even with a multitude of blocks, it was impossible to level the coach. Sites are adequate in space with green grass; hookups are spaced between each site so odd sites will need a long water hose. Verizon Aircard and cell phone signals were strong. Free cable TV is provided and there is ample clearance for a satellite dish. It was quiet at night, but during the day there was a fair amount of traffic, and on the weekends quite a bit. We were treated to drunken karaoke singing at blasting volume after a weekend tournament, but fortunately they tired out shortly after 9:00 PM. Be careful on the entrance road; golf carts and construction vehicles make the trip a bit sporty. It's a beautiful setting but next time we'll probably try another park if in the area.  Sun Country Golf Resort & RV Park