ōlloClip: The Perfect Photo Accessory for Your Next Adventure

Occasionally, and I do mean occasionally, Christie and I find ourselves aimlessly perusing thru an electronics store. On this trip, we happened to go to Best Buy and were on our way out when Christie was stopped in her tracks by an iPhone 6+ case she had to have. In this very same section we happened to see something interesting, a lens set for an iPhone. Whaaaat???   The product was called the ōlloclip® 4-in-1 photo lens and we saw the set available for iPhones 5/5S, and the 6/6+. Christie and I both have the iPhone 6+ so I will be speaking of our experience with this specific lens set.

The set is offered in silver/black or the white/gold option. We (and by “we”, I mean “I”) opted for the manlier silver/black option. The set (at Best Buy) retails at about $80 plus tax, which isn’t too bad considering the capabilities that the lens set offers. The 4-in-1 set offers a fisheye lens, wide-angle lens, as well as 10x and 15x macro lenses all packed into a convenient clip that attaches to the top of your phone. To make it even more compact, the 10x and 15x lenses are located beneath the removable fisheye and wide-angle lenses.

For those of you with other devices who are currently wondering if you can get this product – we found out from their website that they offer the ōlloclip for iPhone 4/4s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5/5s and iPhone 6/6+ as well as for iPad and Samsung Galaxy S series!

The ōlloclip.

The ōlloclip box.

The set provides you 3 color options (ours came with green, blue, and black) for your lens to clip to and then attach to a sleek lanyard.

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Clip color options

Also included are two clear rubber lens covers, which come in a nice little lens-friendly bag (which can also be used to clean the lenses). All together I think it’s a nice compact and convenient little set that allows me to expand my capabilities as a photographer without lugging around any heavy equipment. Let me tell you about my experience with the ōlloclip® so far.

The unpackaged set.

The unpackaged set.

Upon opening the package, I chose the black clip because, well, I’m manly and black is a manly color. I attached the sleek gray lanyard and noticed lumps in the lens-friendly bag. This is when I found the convenient clear rubber lens covers and a small piece of black plastic. “Odd” I thought to myself. I’m glad I didn’t pull the normal man move and toss it, because it happened to be the adapter insert for the iPhone 6+. The clip came standard with the iPhone 6 insert already affixed.

6+ adapter

6+ adapter

A quick swap of the inserts (ensure you install the insert properly, i.e. side 2 to side 2; it does matter) and I was ready to roll. This brings me to my first con of the ōlloclip®: it does not work with the case on my iPhone. I’m a dude, and kind of a mongo. I drop my phone a lot. Thank goodness I put a sturdy Pelican case on my phone otherwise I think I would be on my fifth iPhone 6+ by. But I digress. I was disappointed that I would have to remove my case every time I want to use my “clip”, but once again, a trade I’m willing to make. Upon further investigation as I am writing this post, I found out that you can buy cases specifically made by ōllo® to work with the “clip”… check some out here.

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The ōlloclip attached to the iPhone 6+

The ōlloclip attached to the iPhone 6+

With a little finagling and adjusting I finally fit the wide-angle lens over the forward facing camera. This brings me to my second “con”; the “clip” actually cracked my glass screen protector.  This may have been due to my aforementioned mongo-ness or not. I don’t know how it would react to other types of screen covers, but the glass cover crunched under the pressure of the clip. I plan to invest in one of the ōlloClip-specific cases and possibly try out a non-glass screen protector.

My cracked glass.

My cracked glass.

So the first lens I played with is the wide-angle lens. I didn’t notice much of a difference until I actually removed the “clip” and was surprised at the difference in the field of view.

Without the wide-angle lens.

Fountain in the Alamo Courtyard – Without the wide-angle lens.

 

With the wide-angle lens.

From the same spot with the wide-angle lens.

The wide-angle lens also did wonders for taking selfies by allowing so much more background into the picture.

A selfie without the wide-angle lens.

A selfie taken normally, without the wide-angle lens.

 

A selfie with the wide-angle lens.

A selfie taken with the wide-angle lens.

By removing the silver wide-angle lens, I revealed the 10x macro lens.

The wide-angle lens, once removed reveals the 10x macro lens.

The wide-angle lens, once removed reveals the 10x macro lens underneath.

 

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The removed lens, taken with the 10x macro lens.

I pointed the camera at an object about a foot away, and the image was extremely out of focus. Upon further investigation by my shutterbug of a wife, it turns out the macro lens requires you to hold the camera very close to the object you are photographing in order for it to come into focus. The 10x macro lens provided amazing detail and clarity that the standard iPhone camera just doesn’t capture.

A metal grate table top with the standard 6+ camera.

A metal grate table top with the standard iPhone 6+ camera.

 

The same table top with the 10x macro lens.

The same table top with the 10x macro lens.

 

And with the 15x macro lens.

And now with the 15x macro lens.

I flipped the ōlloClip around and places the fisheye lens over the camera and played with that for a few minutes. Once again I was surprised at how clear and crisp these images are and how well the lenses work.

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The Riverwalk through the Fisheye Lens

 

Playing with the fisheye lens.

Playing with the fisheye lens.

To get to the 15x macro lens I removed the fisheye lens and was awestruck at the magnification and clarity the 15x lens provides. From grains of ground pepper to the metal mesh table top, the 15x lens zooms you into the smallest details.

Ground pepper with the 10x lens.

Ground pepper with the 10x lens.

 

And with the 15x lens.

And with the 15x lens.

Christie also played with the macro lenses and took these photos of her ring for comparison.

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Christie’s ring with the normal iPhone 6″ Camera

 

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Christie’s Ring with the 10x Macro Lens

 

Christie’s Ring through the 15X Macro Lens

While great for comparison purposes, I kinda wish she hadn’t done that, as now she wants a better diamond 😛 Anyway, moving on.

We tried out the macro lenses again on some plantlife near the Alamo. This photo shows the flowers we were photographing and how small they really were.

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Flower Subject, With Size Reference

 

A flower (Christie's hand for perspective) and the same flower with the 10x lens.

Stunning Macro Shot with 10X Lens

Our overall first impression of the ōllocip® is a great one. We like the capabilities that it offers and what it allows us to do with our iPhones. As full-time RVers, we have very limited space and we also find ourselves using our phones more than we would a normal camera. We really don’t have room for camera gear anyway, nor are we the type to want to lug it around. We’ve both wanted to get into photography more and we have even had DSLR cameras and extra lenses… but we just don’t take the stuff with us. We just don’t want to, plain and simple. Not to mention how expensive it is to invest in all of the equipment. With the ŌlloClip, we have everything we need in one small budget-friendly package. We like it so much, we just might have to get another one so we don’t have to share, and we are also interested in trying out the ōlloClip Active, which provides an Ultra Wide-Angle lens and a Telephoto lens. Thanks to its compact nature and easy accessibility, the ŌlloClip is the perfect accessory for these two “phone photographers.”

Fallbrook RV Resort – Houston, Texas

We needed to come to Houston for an extended period – close to three months – and we specifically needed to be near certain people, which led to our choice of Fallbrook RV Resort. There are several parks around the Houston area run by this company – Quality RV Resorts – but this one is closest to everything we needed to be near. We really had no idea what to expect. It is fairly new and only had one mediocre review online that we could find. However, the price was right and we needed to GO.

Well, we have been pleasantly surprised ever since we rolled in! The resort is large, clean and well kept with nice wide, even, paved roads. The office is run by extremely pleasant people, and the amenities are all just wonderful!

Office / Clubouse / Restrooms / Laundry at Fallbrook RV Resort

Let’s start with our site. It’s plenty wide, with a nice FLAT paved pad and picnic table provided. It’s so LONG that we are able to fit out truck, our 32 ft travel trailer AND our Subaru Forester. Pretty awesome!

Our site at Fallbrook RV Resort

Our site at Fallbrook RV Resort

Yes, this is more of a parking-lot style place. Not too many trees, although they have planted some that WILL grow and will provide more shade and privacy later. However, in a big city such as Houston, we aren’t expecting “woodsy”. There are areas further out of the city where you can absolutely have that – but on this trip, our priority was proximity to people.

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Our site from a different view

The main building is where you find the office, personal mailboxes (which are FREE by the way!), clubhouse, 24 hour laundry facility and restro0oms/showers. I haven’t taken photos of everything, but I did cover those areas in my video of the facility:

 

The clubhouse is so nice – very cool in the Houston heat – with vending machines, fresh popcorn and coffee offered daily, an ice/water machine which we have used multiple times a day and have not bought any drinking water… a lounge area with LARGE flat screen TV, a pool table, shuffle board, a few pieces of work out equipment. One amazing feature is the computer room with three computers that are hooked up to high speed internet AND include printers and paper. There are also two separate printers for hooking up your own laptop. The laundry facility is commercial grade and very clean, as well as open 24 hours. For extra convenience, there is no need to lug quarters. You just purchase a laundry card that you can use on all the machines. Near the clubhouse is the trash area with four VERY large dumpsters, and a very nice bonus – a dog washing station!

Dog Washing Station

Dog Washing Station

There are also THREE designated dog walking areas throughout the park! It is a very dog friendly place, while staying nice and clean for everyone’s enjoyment.

Outside, at the back of the clubhouse is a nice patio area with rocking chairs and ceiling fans overlooking the  man made lake.

Rocking chairs on patio behind clubhouse

Rocking chairs on patio behind clubhouse

Looking down the other way, you’ll see the fire pit and bar at the other end:

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This is one of two fire pits on the property – the other is down at the other end of the lake.

Gas fire pit by the lake

Gas fire pit by the lake

Right behind the fire pit is a very nice bar area complete with TV, seating area, ice machine and beverage cooler:

Bar area

Right around the corner from the bar is a grilling area! Two nice BBQ grills each with a set of burners next to it and plenty of prep space. These are for all guests to use!

Grilling area at Fallbrook RV Resort

Next to the clubhouse is the pool area. AHHHH the pool area. It is SUCH a nice pool!

Pool area at Fallbrook RV Resort ... Our Oasis

This has really been an oasis for us since we arrived. It was SO hot when we got here (mid 90’s and HUMID) so this was a great retreat. Surprisingly very few people come to the pool during the day, despite the resort being pretty full and there being a lot of people who ARE around during the day like we are. We’ve had it all to ourselves or maybe shared with 2-3 people at the most. One of the biggest benefits of this pool is that they treat the entire area surrounding the pool 3 times daily in order to maintain a “mosquito free zone”!! So far I can say I have found this to be true!! There is music playing around the pool (so far always country, which is great for us) and there is a very nice hot tub. Brian loves the fact that there are two long benches in the pool to sit on, and we love the shallow end which is not only great for kids but is a nice spot to sit or lay and be in the water without swimming when you just feel like chillin’ out.

The first two weeks here it was VERY hot… but once it cooled down to the upper 70’s, low 80’s the water got kinda chilly. No more swimming for me 🙁 Then, suddenly…. this sign appeared…

Hallelujah!!! :-D

Hallelujah!!! :-D

 

We had been here for 3 weeks now and have nothing but positive things to say. We have been comfortable and well taken care of whenever we need something. We feel this is an excellent place for a long term stay and would be equally comfortable for a short term stay as well. In the North Houston area, this is a great choice. Although not in the safest area, if this is where you need to be, don’t stay anywhere else! They have a security fence around the entire property, and codes are required for both drive in and walk in entry. We have felt very safe and it has generally been very quiet.

The Scotts give this RV Resort 4.5/5 – the only thing lacking for us is a more woodsy atmosphere but that just isn’t possible in this area. So if you take that out of the equation we would give 5/5. To recap, these are the amenities offered:

  • Security
  • Convenient Location in North Houston
  • Free Personal Mailboxes
  • Dog Walks and Dog Washing Station
  • Clubhouse
  • Computer Room and Printers
  • Nice Clean Restrooms and Showers
  • Relaxing Patio
  • Lake
  • Fire Pits
  • BBQ /Cooking / Bar Areas
  • Pool (Heated in Winter) and Hot Tub  in Mosquito Free Area
  • Wide Flat Roads and Sites
  • Clean and Comfortable
  • Helpful and Friendly Managers

 

Road Food: Tacos A Go Go

Tacos A Go Go in Houston, Texas

Tacos A Go Go in Houston, Texas

Tacos A Go Go was recommended to us by Marie of Ardent Camper. We decided to give it a try, oh, pretty much RIGHT when we got into town! It is located in an area of Houston known as The Heights.

It’s a cute little place where the food is served cafe style (order at the counter, they bring out your food). Brightly colored and fun interior, nothing fancy… but you just know you have found the good stuff!

Fat Kids Excited to try New Food :-D

Fat Kids Excited to try New Food :-D

We shared chips and guacamole as an appetizer. The chips were warm and extremely delicious, obviously freshly made and the guacamole was absolutely perfect.

Brian had slow-braised pork tacos that he could not stop raving about as well as an amazing little dish called “Totchos” – Nachos made with tater tots instead of chips!!

Brian about to enjoy his Totchos

 

Totchos and Braised Pork Tacos for Brian, Fried Beef Tacos for Christie

Totchos and Braised Pork Tacos for Brian, Fried Beef Tacos for Christie

had deep fried beef tacos – however I was so full after chips and guac that I didn’t make it very far. We both through the rice was extremely good – to me it tasted exactly how my Mexican BFF Makes it – and the beans were quite tasty too.

Christie's deep fried tacos with rice and black beans

Christie’s deep fried tacos with rice and black beans

We left the place full and happy and already dying to go back. Can’t believe I didn’t get a photo of the chips and guac especially since I can’t stop thinking about them.

In conclusion – The Scotts give Tacos A Go Go 5/5 – go there! The fat kids like it 😀

The Scotts Give Tacos a Go Go 5/5

The Scotts Give Tacos a Go Go 5/5

 

 

Chief Hosa Campground – Golden, Colorado

Our Site at Chief Hosa Campground

Our Site at Chief Hosa Campground

We have stayed two pleasant weeks at Chief Hosa Campground – although their address is Golden, it is actually just a mile outside of Evergreen, Colorado (and a good 10-15 mins to the center of Golden).

This is our favorite kind of place – woodsy and quiet. Although not super convenient to where we really needed to be (North Denver), but then, convenient and quiet rarely come in the same package, right? We didn’t have much of a choice anyway since our time in Colorado was not really planned ahead of time. When my dad passed away we knew we were going to have to come back to Colorado for a while after summer break with the kids was over. I made reservations as soon as we knew that, but already it was too late to get anything in town for Colorado in August/September. It just wasn’t going to happen! So we ended up out near Evergreen.

We had a good 45 min to 1 hour drive every day up to the area where my dad’s two properties are… but we really didn’t mind too much. The peaceful, quiet campground was a super nice place for us and we would stay again for sure.

Our Full Hookup Site Near Showers

Our Full Hookup Site Near Showers

There are only 3 sites here with FULL hookups – others have electric and water but not sewer.  The camp hosts get one of the 3 full hookup sites, so really only 2 of them are available to campers. We did manage to get one of the full hookup sites, and it is also right next to the showers. Showers, though, are coin operated to the tune of 25 cents per 2 minutes, just as an FYI. We did finally start using our own shower in the RV because this was getting expensive. There is no laundry. While not officially a state park, this is quite similar to one. There is a two week maximum stay there.

We were very comfortable there. The weather has been amazing and we have enjoyed lots of time sitting outside our trailer while cooking or reading. Of course, a lot of our time has been spent in town working on my dad’s properties… but if we had more downtime, I am sure we would have enjoyed a lot of it at the campground.

Daily Hikes along the Chief Hosa Loop

Daily Hikes along the Chief Hosa Loop

We made a habit of daily hikes as well on the trail that comes right from the campground, which is called Chief Hosa Loop. We would take Lucy with us and enjoy this as a nice daily hike (I won’t call it a walk because it has quite the little uphill climb to it). Great exercise in a beautiful location – we definitely consider this a plus to the campground!

Lucy LOVED our daily hikes in the woods!

Lucy LOVED our daily hikes in the woods!

Overall we give it a 4/5 just because of the paid showers and lack of laundry – but we love it and would absolutely stay again. Also, the staff was very friendly. We have another week to stay in Golden but this park has a two week maximum. We wish we could stay and we are sorry to leave!

Bye Bye Chief Hosa Campground :(

Bye Bye Chief Hosa Campground :(

Sea & Sand RV Park – Depoe Bay, Oregon

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Just let that soak in for a minute….. does it get much better than this? We can’t believe we got so lucky. I guess it being November has a lot to do with it… but WOW this PLACE!

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Sea & Sand RV Park in Depoe Bay, Oregon. The office looks like a cute little house. You drive down the road and see all the RV’s overlooking the ocean. Such an awesome location! There are lots of forest spots too, up farther from the ocean, but with the time of year we were able to get an ocean view!

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Here’s our spot!! Some seriously good digs, right?

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We had so much fun here. We would cook outside pretty much every meal enjoying the view, set out our chairs and look at the ocean. When we were inside, our dining table (which doubled as our bed!) looked right at the water! This might be the only time during the trip we bothered to make our bed back into a table EVERY day, so we could enjoy this view! LOL

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A SUPER short walk down to the beach which was AMAZING. Even though it was a little cold, we hung around for hours. Took a lot of walks on the beach. Enjoyed quality time as a newly married couple!

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An absolutely beautiful spot. The prices were so reasonable, too. We are going back this summer and bringing the kids – we won’t have an ocean view spot this time, we’ll be up in the forest (didn’t get in soon enough), but it’s still just a short walk to this amazing beach. We can’t wait to see the kids enjoy it!

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Ocean Breeze RV Resort – Ocean City, WA

We woke up wet, cold, with a leaky trailer and in a muddy/dirty RV park we were NOT happy with.

We decided we needed a new place to stay so we drove around checking places out and settled on Ocean Breeze RV Resort in Ocean City, WA.

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I see that the reviews are not great, but we had a very nice experience. Our site was huge, private and pretty much AWESOME.

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We even had a creek running right at the back of our campsite which looked lovely and sounded even better.

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We were only there one night, and we might have rose colored glasses on because our previous campground was so bad, but we were happy here. The only downside I remember is it was already dark when we pulled in and there are no lights, but this is common in a more nature-esque setting. I played human flashlight and had both cell phones in my hand shining their flashlights on the bushes so he could see the line of bushes as he was backing the trailer in.

They had a nice community area with a couple different reading and tv areas, tables, pool game, etc.

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The Scotts would definitely stay here again. It made us much less crabby 🙂

Tsunami Bar & Grill – Wheeler, Oregon

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We stopped at this little place with one goal – EAT. FRIED. SEAFOOD. It had a lovely view of the river and we enjoyed watching our sunset through the meal. Brian could NOT have been more excited to look over the menu!!

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Brian ordered Salmon Fish and  Chips with tater tots…. fried shrimp and fries for me!

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Everything was delicious and I loved their tartar sauce. We had a super pleasant meal with  VERY good service (which is almost more important to us than the meal itself, usually.) We stayed until the sun was almost down. We give this place four thumbs up! LOL

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Just a little bit down the road we caught the rest of the sunset 🙂

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Road Rave: Gilgal Oasis RV Park (Sequim, WA)

Gilgal Oasis RV Park Sequim, WA

We stayed here for 3 nights and were perfectly happy. It’s a small park, extremely well kept and very friendly management. Paved roads and pads, full hookups.

Gilgal Oasis RV Park Sequim, WA

The bathrooms are very clean and nice, as well as secure. Only downside is that there is only one shower in women’s, one in men’s. The park is small though so it works. They have a nice laundry room and it’s only $1.50 per load each for wash and dry.

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The little clubhouse has a rec room with a pool table, ping pong, kitchen area, tables, and even a couple sewing stations set up with sewing machines you can use. There’s a small park area with a firepit, swing and picnic table and also a dog walking area.

Gilgal Oasis RV Park Sequim, WA

Gilgal Oasis RV Park Sequim, WA

We have a 20ft trailer but there were plenty of biiiiig rigs in the park so I know it can accommodate them. They gave us the Passport America discount for the first night and our Good Sam Discount for the other two nights. We paid roughly $80 for the 3 nights.

Gilgal Oasis RV Park Sequim, WA

This park was a great home base for checking out Olympic National Park and the Dungeness Bay Recreation Are? The hike out to the lighthouse is a don’t-miss. We had dinner in Port Angeles at The Next Door GastroPub which was incredibly good.

Road Rave: Next Door Gastro Pub – Port Angeles, WA

We were staying in Sequim, Washington when we got that urge to have ourselves a date night 🙂 We went into the biggest nearby town which is Port Angeles and drove around. After consulting Trip Advisor we decided to try this little hole in the wall pub with a great reputation – Next Door Gastro Pub!

This place had a fun & funky vibe with kitschy decor. Big Foot is a big thing in Washington and he also seems to be the inspiration here 🙂

Next Door Gastro Pub

Next Door Gastro Pub

The menu was fun and simple. We both had a really hard time choosing what to order because everything sounded awesome. I also like when drinks are served in fun jars like this.

Next Door Gastro Pub

I settled on fish and chips because that is pretty much my go-to pub food, and Brian got this amazing mac and cheese with jalapenos and buffalo in it. They offer build your own mac and cheese so you can pretty much get anything you want! OMG the food was incredible!

Next Door Gastro Pub

Next Door Gastro Pub

All in all this made for an awesome and relaxing date night. It was one of those nights when you go home in a great mood because it was just a nice time, cool place and yummy food. Next time you are near Port Angeles, WA – GO there! 🙂

Next Door Gastro Pub

Next Door Gastro Pub

Just watch out for Big Foot.

Road Rave: Lake Pleasant RV Park (Bothell, WA)

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If you have ever looked for an RV park anywhere near Seattle, perhaps you know what a feat it is to find a decent one?? We had no idea it would be so difficult until we started looking. Lots of bad reviews out there for the area. I came across a couple posts online of people who had the same problem and they both recommended Lake Pleasant RV Park. We looked up the reviews and it seemed pretty good. A lot of reviewers complained about the “lake” really being a “pond”. Who cares, it’s water and it’s pretty! Especially after being there, I have a hard time understanding what anybody had to complain about!

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This is a large park that accommodates tiny trailers like us all the way on up to the biggest big rigs. They do seem to have a lot of long term residents, but it’s not at all junky. All the roads are paved and it’s quite large so it is very nice for taking walks, walking dogs etc. There are even some small hiking trails right there on the outskirts of the park!

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Extremely nice bathrooms & showers! Big, clean, hot water etc. There are two shower options there – the ones up front in the office building which are the typical large rooms with several shower stalls and bathroom stalls. At the back of the park there is another building with several individual, unisex shower rooms where you have a little room all to yourself with shower sink and toilet. The laundry room was basic, but clean and the price only $1 per load!! Huge bonus!! The staff were also nice and helpful. They squeezed us into this one spot for several days… it probably couldn’t work for many people but it was perfect for our little setup AND had a lake view. (On a side note, some reviewers complain about the ducks making noise. Others complain about road noise. Do you hate cities, or hate nature? Both? Goodness. Get over it!) We didn’t hear much road noise in our spot at all. You’re near large cities/towns and about 16 miles from Seattle. There is bound to be some. As for the ducks, they didn’t bother us one bit. We like the sounds of nature.

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Overall we really liked this park. The cost was about $37/night with our Good Sam discount but well worth it as we felt it was a very nice place to stay. We would recommend this park for checking out the Seattle area. It’s 16 miles out which can be 25 mins or 110+ mins depending on traffic. We also used this as a base for checking out Leavenworth, driving down US 2, easy access to Puget Sound and the Cascades. Bothell, where this park is located, has any store or service you might need. The park is directly across the street from a Safeway which is open 24/7 and has free wi-fi. The park offers free wi-fi but, as usual, we found it somewhat slow and unreliable.

We have a lot more photos of this park, including the bathrooms, in our Flickr album which you can view here.