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Lake Pleasant RV Park, near Bothell, Washington

Lake Pleasant RV Park, near Bothell, Washington

A Stop on the Phoenix's Grand Fossil Tour

By Jim Fulton

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I spent the winter and early spring of 2019 at Lake Pleasant RV Park, near Bothell, Washington. I took this hiatus in the the Grand Fossil Tour in order to spend more time with family, and to make some major improvements in this web site, improvements that I finally realized were impossible when I was moving every week.

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Id Flights_GFT_2018_1201
Title Lake Pleasant RV Park, near Bothell, Washington
Subtitle A Stop on the Phoenix's Grand Fossil Tour
Keywords Lake Pleasant RV Park, Bothell, Washington
Author Jim Fulton
Author's URL https://fenixnest/Phoenix/
Copyright 2018
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Last Revised 2019-01-03

It was time to settle down for the winter. Rather than spend another holiday season in solitude, I returned to the Seattle area for a few months, in order to visit with family, attend to some minor medical issues, and get some real work done on my web site, without the constant intrusion of traveling, visiting fossil sites and museums, and processing huge batches of new photographs. Western Washington can be gloomy in the winter time,Phoenix Note but it is rarely so cold and stormy as much of the South already was, as I wrote this in early December. Apparently, the weather down there doesn't realize that climate change is a hoax! Florida last winter was much warmer than Washington had become, but Florida is not my kind of place.

Arrival Day of Tour Nights Stayed Departure Mileage
Map Actual Odometer Accumulated
2018/12/1 497 140 2019/5/1 68 1,230 48,580 30,063
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Bothell, Washington

Coming to Bothell was almost like coming home. We lived for more than a decade in nearby Woodinville, and Bothell was in our range of frequent travel. And since then I have returned occasionally for visits.

But my familiarity has its limits. Bothell is also in the umbra of Seattle's intense population explosion. Hills and fields now bristle with houses instead of the trees that I remember. Housing prices now put the whole area out of reach of a retiree on a fixed income. Of course, had I stayed in that nice little house in Cottage Lake, my mortgage would be paid off, and I'd be sitting pretty. Ah well! Choices are made and life happens.

Despite the changes and hefty population, the Bothell-Woodinville area remains beautiful. Tall hills, covered with trees, nestle around the northeast corner of Lake Washington, and half an hour's drive will get you into the countryside. Drive for an hour, and you can be on ski slopes, or across the sound on the Olympic Peninsula. With mild, if gray, weather year round, it is a wonderful place to live.

The Journey to Bothell

For me, getting to Bothell from Nisqually was like you driving to your local grocery store. Every road from Nisqually to I-5, to State Route 512, to SR 167, to I-405, to the Bothell-Everett highway, I had driven before hundreds of times. The only difference was that I was pulling a trailer. Fortunately, my move was on a Saturday, mid-day, and I didn't have to contend with the horrendous commuter traffic that Seattle has evolved.

If you look beyond the traffic and the sprawl of business and light industry, it's actually a pretty drive: fir-covered rolling hills, some quite steep. Along 512 between Tacoma and Puyallup, you get a glorious, unobstructed, front-row view of Mt. Rainier. I-405 runs just east of Lake Washington, across which you can see the hills of Seattle, covered wall-to-wall with houses. It's easy, after many years of driving these corridors, to forget just how beautiful this region is.

Maps of Journey

Maps of the Phoenix's journey to Bothell.Phoenix

Bothell, Washington

Previous Location: Riverside Campground, Olympia, Washington
Route of Journey to Bothell, Washington, from Olympia, Washington
Route of Journey to Bothell, Washington, from Olympia, Washington
Current Location: Lake Pleasant RV Park, Bothell, Washington

Lake Pleasant RV Park

Unlike most of the campgrounds I have visited on this Tour, I remember Lake Pleasant from before I became a traveler. I used to drive the Bothell-Everett highway on occasion, when I lived in Woodinville, and I thought to myself how pretty a park it was, and how relaxed it must be to live there. Then, of course, that part of Bothell was rural, just hills and trees with a few houses and occasional shops here and there.

Now the bustle of metropolitan Seattle has grown up around it, the available land has been, or is being, filled in with buildings, and what constitutes "available" is being redefined.

The park remains beautiful, if somewhat tightly packed. The camping sites are all on a loop around the eponymous Lake Pleasant. Just as Lake Washington obstructs and slows traffic between the east and west sides of the Seattle region, so Lake Pleasant slows getting in and out of your camp site.

Management has ceased handling mail for monthly guests, so I had to rent a mail box at the Bothell post office, an inconvenience. On the flip side, my cell service and hence my wifi was the best of anywhere on my trip, one of the advantages of being in an urban campground.

This is justifiably a popular place. Reservations are hard to get. So plan well in advance.

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Address 24025 Bothell Everett Hwy SE
Bothell WA 98021
Home Page http://www.goodsamcamping.com.s3.amazonaws.com/
gsparks/LakePleasant/LakePleasant.html
Phone ‭(425) 487-1785
Associations
  • none
Rate (net US$) $20 + Electricity
Features
Amenities
Sewer Fire-Ring
Picnic Table   Paved Patio
Pull-through   Back-in
Paved   Gravel
 
Site Type
Lane Surface
Site Surface
Paved   Gravel   Grass    
50   30   20
Playground   Swimming   Golf
  Tennis Waterfront   Other
Power
Play Areas
 
Reviews (as of 2018/10/25)
Reviewer
 
Rating Out of
RV Park Reviews 8.2 Good 10
Good Sam 9 10
KOA n/a 5
Tripadvisor 4.5 5
Phoenix 8 10
Attractiveness 10 10
Friendliness 10 10
Tree Cover 7 10: Dense - 1: Treeless
Site Length 10 10
Site Width 6 10
Ease of Access 6 10
WiFiPhoenix 10 10
Pros
  • Beautiful location
  • Convenient to services and to greater Seattle
Cons
  • Tightly packed
  • Campground doesn't handle mail

Onward

My next stop after leaving Bothell is unknown at the time of this writing. I still have a long list of fossil sites, museums, and states yet unvisited. I'm scheduled to leave Lake Pleasant RV Park the first of May, and I suspect I will head towards Idaho and Montana. I tell myself that I can both save money and get more work done if I slow down and change camp sites once a month instead of once a week, but my detail scheduling has yet to be done. I will let you know here when my plans crystalize.

Comments and Conversation

Readers of the Phoenix Nest have sent me comments about this page, which I include below, arranged by topic, along with any replies I have made.

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I have always embedded Google Maps™ of my routes from place to place. These maps not only gave you a general overview of where I was, they allowed you to open that route in Google Maps itself, to zoom in and out as you willed, in order to look more closely at the geography of my travels.

I am sad to report that I can no longer show you Google Maps™ of my routes. Google, in its infinite corporate wisdom, now charges a fee to embed such "advanced" features, a cost which a pro bono site like this cannot endure.

From now on, I will only show you Google Maps™ of the previous, current, and next locations where I stay (at least until Google gets even greedier, and puts a price on those too). In addition, I will show you non-interactive images (screen shots) of maps of my routes. All maps will be included in the Journey section of the blog (rather than having the next destination map at the end).

Nonetheless, you can still view my route, in Google Maps™, at no cost to either of us (yet). On either the Current Location or the Next Destination map:

  1. Click on "View larger map" to open the map in Google Maps™.
  2. Click on the "Directions" button.
  3. If you opened the Current Location map, replace "Your location" with "Olympia, Washington".
  4. If you opened the Next Destination map, replace "Your location" with "Bothell, Washington".
  5. Hit Return.

Of course this procedure doesn't show you which among alternative routes I took, or what side trips I ventured on, or what strange adventures my phone's GPS might have sent me down, but I will give you an approximation of my route.

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