R Pod at Silver Springs

What’s that you say?  A travel trailer that’s what!   After months of debating we concluded our camping days were not behind us yet and so we got ourselves a trailer – specifically an R Pod.

Light and compact, complete with small kitchen, bed, and bath, it seemed the perfect fit for camping in the Great Northwest and we took it for its maiden voyage this week.   A shakedown of sorts and I will tell you later how it (and we ) fared.  But first let me show you the wonderful sights at Silver Springs Campground, an easy 2 hour drive south just outside the Sunrise entrance to Mt Rainier National Park.

First, the trees!   Wonderful old growth forest of Douglas-fir, cedar and western hemlock provided the setting, as fragrant as they are beautiful, and that my friend is why we camp.

A River and a Spring

The campground sits along the milky White River,  the source of which is Emmons Glacier on Mt. Rainier nearby. Some sites are next to the river, ours was not.

But it didn’t matter for we found a smaller, bubbly stream behind our site that flowed throughout the campground.

We discovered  its source, ‘Silver Springs’ (hence the name of the campground)  on our evening walk just after sunset.

Isn’t it charming?  We thought so.  But that’s enough about the campground for now.  The next question is:  how did we do??

The takeaways!

  1. My husband is a natural at driving and maneuvering the R Pod.  I’m here to direct and assist as much as I can (which is to say, very little.) It’s okay;  he loves to drive,  I love to passenger.  He’s the mechanic, I am not.  We make a good pair.
  2. Silver Springs is a great campground with endless opportunities to fish, hike, and gaze at nearby Mt Rainier’s beauty from every possible angle.
  3. Campfires are awesome and worth the price of admission alone.
  4. Never underestimate the power of pillows!  Really, I’m not kidding.  Let’s just say we forgot ours and tried all manner of lumpy objects to use instead, unsuccessfully I might add.
  5. Make a list, check it twice and perhaps you won’t forget your pillows (or toothbrush) ever again.

Oh sure, we learned lots of other things about operating the trailer but I won’t bore you with them.  The bottom line is that we’re happy to have it and look forward to more trips this summer.  I’ll share more pictures from our adventure at Mt Rainier in my next post.  Stay tuned.

~  Susanne

9 Comments on “R Pod at Silver Springs

  1. I have never wanted to have to tow a caravan. Small back lanes and country roads in Britain leave me imagining nightmares of navigation.problems. But I like the look of your tiny caravan, and wouldn’t mind sleeping in it for a couple of nights, if it was ‘already there’.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Thanks Pete. I understand that. I wouldnt want to drive it on narrow or crowded streets either. Fortunately we still have some wide open spaces here in the west, away from the city. We had a truck camper for many years but this is our first pull trailer. It offers the benefit of unhitching at the campground so you can make side trips without it. I think it’s going to work well for us. 🙂

  2. Your trailer is sooooo cute! I love it! I agree about the pillows though 😬 I can see that would be uncomfortable to be without them. But what fun!😀👍

  3. There is a part of me which has always loved tiny houses like that trailer. Unfortunately, my husband and I need more space than that to happily coexist, so we will stick to hotels. Have a great time with it.

    • Thank you! 😊 I still enjoy a good hotel too, but this will work well for camping, as we love to be out in the woods and close to nature.

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