Goldendale Observatory

Trip

Urban Adventure - Goldendale Observatory

This is day 1 of a 2-day trip. Complete route can be found at https://goo.gl/maps/Ny9HqSEbcxm

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9:45am - Green Lake Park & Ride (north parking lot) on 65th St. in Seattle; departing at 10am

10:15am - Eastgate Park & Ride along I-90 in Bellevue; departing at 10:30am.

If you need a ride, be sure to contact somebody on the roster and make arrangements. Since this a car camp trip (1 night), there's not always room for additional tents/gear.

Be sure to make your camping reservation right away...they fill up fast!! Reservations can be made here.

You can sleep in your car/van or bring a tent, sleeping bag, etc. If you don't have gear, it's up to you to borrow some, not the trip leader.

DAY 1 OF SOUTHWEST WA WEEKEND - BE SURE THAT YOU HAVE SIGNED UP FOR DAY 2! 

  • We will caravan from the park & rides at designated times and head east on I-90, stopping at the Indian John Hill rest stop near Cle Elum for a bathroom break.
  • Lunch at Perkins Restaurant in Ellensburg around 12:30pm.
  • Olmstead PlaceAfter we depart Perkins (around 1:30pm), we'll head over to the Olmstead Place State Park to photograph the old barn there (30 minutes).
  • Next, we'll head south on I-82, stopping at the Vista Point viewpoint to photograph the valley and the wind turbine at the site (15 minutes).
  • Teapot DomeOur next stop will be the Teapot Dome Gas Station near Zillah to photograph this unique structure (30 minutes).
  • Backtracking slightly, we'll take US-97 to Maryhill State Park and set up camp. There are plenty of spots left to reserve and only one night is needed. I am in site #66. Reservations can be made here.
  • We will pool our resources and have a potluck dinner at the park. Be sure to bring something to share!
  • NOTE: THE OBSERVATORY IS UNDER REPAIR THROUGH AUGUST, SO WE WILL BE SKIPPING THE EVENING SHOW. 
  • After dinner, we'll drive to Maryhill to get sunset photos with the memorial and Columbia River.

Register for Day 2

Route/Place

Goldendale Observatory


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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • Tent, van, or camper
  • Sleeping bag
  • Potluck item to share for dinner
  • Beverages
  • Camera, tripod, and other photography equipment
  • Insect spray
  • Flashlight/latern
  • Other camping equipment deemed necessary.
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