Exploring Yakima Lower Valley Road Trip (Part 3 of 3): Fort Simcoe

Exploring Yakima Lower Valley Road Trip (Part 3 of 3): Fort Simcoe
By Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

On the morning of Monday August 22nd, 2011 we left Wanapum State Park campground from our Eastern Washington Adventures Exploring Vantage Road Trip and headed down the Columbia River exploring. Next we headed down to the Lower Yakima Valley to see some sites. Our third of three places to see was the Fort Simcoe, Washington.

Fort Simcoe is a Washington State Park and requires a Discover Pass.

Just for your info:
We had a great time seeing the history at Fort Simcoe State Park. As we were walking to the last building to look at, we saw a bear in the park. My wife and I kept sight of the bear as we took turns looking in the last building (Interpretive Center). The Park Aid came up and I showed him the bear. He said that she had been hanging around the park for two years and had her cubs there too. The bears were hard in the fruit trees. The Park Aid said the bear was use to people being around. We walked way around the bear to get back to the truck.

This was a very fun time for my family at Fort Simcoe State Park.

Here are a few pictures of our time there:

Most of these pictures tell the story.

The kids broke Odo out of Jail.

99 spotted a bear walking across the park.

We headed on to the Interpretive Center keeping an eye on the bear.

The bear is over there somewhere.

The bear watching us.

Us watching the bear as we head to the truck.

We are getting closer to the truck and the bear is around the corner.

You know you don’t have to outrun a bear, you just have to be faster than the the slowest person. LOL

What a great time. We plan to go back again to show others the history.


About Clay Graham

Photojournalist at Selah Sweets / Eastern Washington Adventures - Our mission is to help communities on the east side of the Cascades in Washington State by promoting responsible outdoor recreation, promoting tourism, and community involvement. Our vision is to see Eastern Washington as a destination point to do bring more things to do.
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