The first annual SEAPAX campout was a great success! 22 RPCVs, spouses, children, and canines met at the newly-renovated Middle Fork Snoqualmie National Forest, about 75 minutes outside of Seattle. The attendees, however, came from as far away as Eugene and Idaho (thanks, Sam!) for two days of hiking, catching up and swapping stories around the campfire. The laid-back atmosphere allowed for plenty of relaxation, and although meals were prepared separately, most were shared from table to table — just as the babies were passed from lap to lap!
The Middle Fork campground was only opened this season and offers beautiful views of the Garfield mountain group and the Snoqualmie river. Although the 10-mile graveled road leading to the park makes it seem remote, it is close enough to Seattle for a convenient trip and already seems quite popular for fishing, hiking and camping. For the most part, the weather cooperated too. While Sunday brought rain, Friday and Saturday were sunny and fairly clear, and most folks were able to do some hiking and exploring.
All in all, the weekend was a lot of fun and a chance to reconnect with fellow RPCVs from the Seattle area. Thanks to Michael Le and Annette Clothier for organizing the event; we are looking forward to the second installment next year!