Holiday in Centralia

The Cheapest Sleep of All

by Lauren Braden on April 3, 2009

in Camping and Outdoors

Waterfront property for $17 a night!


Behold, an MSR Hubba Hubba backpacking tent along the Bumping River at Cougar Flat Campground, just east of Mount Rainier National Park. (update 2013: this campground is sadly closed because of storm damage).

Reserve your summer campsites soon. According to the Outdoor Industry Association, camping reservations for campsites on federal lands are up 21% in the past two months. And CNN reports that REI’s tent and sleeping bag sales are up this season, particularly when it comes to larger tents designed for three- and four-person families.

Never been camping before? Here’s a good checklist of basic camping equipment.

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

marina villatoro April 3, 2009 at 3:57 pm

can’t beat the view or the price!!!

Photo Friday, 2000 Crocodiles… Where?


Jen April 3, 2009 at 3:58 pm

What a great place to stop! It seems like you were the only one out there. We love camping and are looking to head out in the next week or two!


Bridget Smith April 3, 2009 at 9:46 pm

Brings back memories of being a newlywed camping by a lake in Oregon. Nowadays our son is a Cubscout and we have found our local Boyscout Camps Family Weekends to be a very fun and cheap sleep.


Lauren April 5, 2009 at 7:59 am

We were the only people at the campground! It was mid-September, a perfect month to hit backcountry trails and campgrounds if you want solitude. And there are so many hiking trails in that area that lead into the William O. Douglas Wilderness that are worth exploring.


Dominique April 6, 2009 at 10:53 am

Loved the caption…waterfront property!

Mid-September is a great time to travel. I know I’ll miss that as Tim goes back to school this fall…


Mack April 8, 2009 at 12:12 pm

Thanks for the checklist!


lora April 9, 2009 at 5:04 pm

Wanna warm up? I just heard about a great lodging deal in Death Valley.


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