There is something therapeutic about gathering up two of your best friends, finding a camping spot, and spending the night. We all have very busy schedules with career, family, and life in general, so the ability to make a weekend work is a miracle. Coming from our triangular locations, we decided on Paradise Point State Park. It is a small Washington State Park on the Lewis River and right off from I-5. We stayed in the more primitive group of sites, packing in our comforts (and by comforts- I mean food…lots of camping fare). It was quiet, mellow, and exactly what we needed to get reconnected.
After what seemed like a Pacific Northwest Spring to last forever, we finally had an opportunity to get out of the Suburban Life and get back to Nature. After what seemed like a comedy gone awry-6 disappointing hours of searching for an open camp site in the Mt. St. Helens Area Gifford Pinchot National Forrest, we stumbled upon the gem that is Lake Merrill. It is a small day use area with 7 small pack in campsites. No motorized boats, fly fishing catch and release heaven. We got set up, managed to have our friends meet up and we had an excellent weekend of relaxation, laughs, and getting back to each other without being plugged in. It easily raised the question, “Why did we wait this long?”