Thousand Trails Frustrations
Our stay in the Chehalis area was at Chehalis RV & Camping Resort. When we arrived here we went through the usual frustration we have experienced in the majority of our Thousand Trails Campgrounds. That frustration is the hunt and search for a site. As we normally find at these campgrounds, a large number of sites were not operational fro one reasonn or another. This campground had a huge number of sites where the electrical was not operational. Added to that is the limited number of full hookup sites, which seems to be the norm for Thousand Trails. Compounding the frustration is the fact that many of the full hookup sites are being used as full time residences.
After pulling our trailer around the many loops in search of a site with electrical that would accommodate the size of our trailer we settled in Site E8. The site itself was not in any way resembling level so it took a while to get situated.
Once we got setup we were able to take a breath and realize that it was really a nice quiet spot that is in a very woodsy setting. We enjoyed a couple of very quiet nights in the woods before the weekend crowd came in.
Oh boy, did they come in. Trailers and tents coming in everywhere! and the roads through the campground became the play area for the children, riding bikes, playing football, whatever. It was interesting to realize the difference between ‘Camping’ and ‘Traveling’. It is clear that we are in the ‘Traveling’ criteria. We reflected on this a bit and realized that we like to experience the areas we go through and do not spend any significant time at the campsites (or in most cases RV sites) as we are generally away doing activities. We tend not to be ‘Campers’ who hang out around the campsites as we see in this campground. Lots of families enjoying a weekend in the woods. It is fun to watch them and reflect on the different ways people enjoy their outings.
We enjoyed out time in this campground. The amenities that are operational are good including pool, restrooms, showers, clubhouse (not being used during Covid.) There is a hiking trail that goes around the entire campground, and the heavily wooded area is nice.