After saying our good bys with lots of kisses and hugs, we departed for FT LEWIS just north of Olympia and 25 miles south of Seattle for our 2 night stay at the FAMCAMP. Our 6 hour drive took us up Hwy 97 north to Hwy 26 NW and eventually IH5.
The day was sunshine and the mountains majestic. With the recent rains, all the fields were green..quite a contrast from last fall. To the west we viewed 3 sisters, broken top, Mt Jefferson and to the north as we approached Government Camp, Mt Hood. With the recent mountain snows, they were even more beautiful.
|Mt Hood From GC|
|Crossing Columia River with Mt Hood in Background|
This is our first stay at Ft Lewis and are quite impressed with the campground located among the tall Douglas Firs and other trees on Lake America. Our campsite backs up to lake. No satellite or wi-fi except with our Verizon. They have a fully stocked outdoor store with everything one would need as well as rentals. There are also cabins. A very nice base commissary and several exchanges.
There is a good view of MT RANIER from the commissary.
|Outdoor Rec Store at Campground|
|One of the Cabins|
Ft Lewis is named after Meriwether Lewis and was established in 1917. It is now part of the joint base with MCCHORD AFB just north of here. It is one of the largest and most modern army bases. It is a training and mobilization center for the military. MCCHORD is home to the 62nd Airlift Wing and air mobility command. For more info go to wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Lewis and wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_McChord
Tomorrow we are touring the base museums as well as several other forts in the area.
We depart on the 1st for a month at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station on San Juan de Fuca.