Blogs from Olympic National Park, Washington, United States, North America


Woke up in Hoodsport pretty early, as we got to bed early last evening. The RV Park, Glen Ayr, was pretty nice. Had full hookups and decent WIFI. It’s located right on the Hood Canal, and has access to a marina. After a nice breakfast, we departed for Quinault, WA via the Olympic National Park. This trip allows us to visit three National Parks that we’ve not before seen: Mt. Ranier NP, Olympic NP, and Crater Lake NP. We passed Lewis and Clark NP, but didn’t stop. As we headed north on US101, we intended to make stops at the Light House in Dungeness, WA, as well as 4-5 stops within the National Park. We soon discovered that the signage to these places was very poor, or not existent at all. We could find no signs ... read more
Oyster Farms in Hood Canal
The Cat Herder

7/30 Fog hugged the lake on this chilly, foggy morning so I enjoyed our fireplace as long as possible before we bundled up and began the day with breakfast in the glassed in Roosevelt Room overlooking the lake and the Quinault resort. We had a window table with a lovely view. Dave watched as a Douglas squirrel perched himself on the windowsill lusting after his breakfast. As I sat eating my amazing pancake breakfast I wondered if President Franklin D. Roosevelt enjoyed the same experience as he sat eating his meal in this very room. Apparently he did because nine months later President Roosevelt signed legislation that created the Olympic National Park. I had reserved an early morning guided tour of the lake but on this chilly morning I wondered if I had done the right ... read more
Breakfast in the Roosevelt Room at Lake Quinault Lodge
Foggy morning at Lake Quinault Lodge
Judy, our captain, points out landmarks on the lake

7/28 Cape Flattery, the furthest northwestern-most point in the continental US was our next destination on this chilly 48 degree morning. I drove along on a very curvy and hilly, beautiful winding road through tall green forests. The fog broke around the tiny coastal town of Sekiu, a world famous recreational fishing destination. When the shoreline poked through we could see Vancouver Island draped in the low hanging clouds. Pillar Point was our first coastal stop where the eye popping scenery was sadly despoiled by the sign that read Danger Toxic Shellfish. We continued on the Strait of Juan de Fuca National Scenic Byway, 50 miles west of Port Angeles on Highway 112 stopping frequently to photograph the beautiful viewpoints along the road. We stopped at beautiful Clallam Bay, considered the twin city of Sekiu, where ... read more
Eagles soar at Clallam Bay
The beach at the Log Cabin Resort at Crescent Lake, ONP
Entrance to Huckleberry Lodge

7/29 It was 46 degrees when we woke but quite comfortable on our cabin, although our neighbors were very noisy moving furniture with crying children late at night and early in the morning. Smells and sounds from the campfire lured us out of our warm cabin to the outdoor bonfire kitchen. True to Bill’s word we enjoyed a terrific Cowboy Breakfast including a generous-sized healthy pancake with a fried egg breakfast cooked by chef Tammy, outdoors by the fire under the wooden mortice and tenon gazebo. Bill built the gazebo, cabins and most of what was around here. He was a font of information explaining the local history, telling stories about the Spanish invasion on the Nikali ship around Neah Bay in 1792. Bill built a monument to the history of this interaction in Neah Bah ... read more
Dave and I with Mic Dodge and his Hoh tree
Hall of Mosses
Roosevelt elk soaking up sun on the Hoh River

We drove to Seattle via the Cascade Mountains which were pretty impressive, albeit extremely foggy and rainy in places, especially every time we got near a viewpoint! After a stop in Leavenworth on Monday night – a very strange experience as after going out of business as a lumber town, the place decided to make itself German to lure in tourists! Everything is Bavarian themed, from the buildings to the food. Anyway, we made it to Seattle and headed straight for Pike Place Market. The market was very cool, it is right on the waterfront and there is a serious amount of fish for sale! Having found ourselves some takeaway curry for lunch – delicious – and huddling under cover from the rain to eat it, we came across the first ever Starbucks… we looked at ... read more
Century Link stadium
Moore Theater for Martin!
Mount Rainier NP

Von den schroffen Bergen der North Cascades sind wir auf die Olympic Peninsula gefahren. Olympic hat alles, was das Herz begehrt: mystischen Regenwald, idyllische Seen, schneebedeckte Berge und wild-romantische Küstenlandschaften. Außerdem gibt es hier normalerweise Millionen von Blutsaugern (erstens: Mücken, aber für die ist es schon weitgehend zu spät; zweitens: Vampire, denn die Twilight-Vampirfilme spielen hier in Forks - aber wir haben keine gesehen) und literweise Regen, aber wir hatten riesiges Glück und wurden verschont. Wir haben am Lake Quinault begonnen und dort den beeindruckenden Regenwald des Enchanted Valley erkundet. Im Hoh Valley haben wir damit mit einer 2-tägigen Wandertour mit Zelten in der Wilderness weitergemacht. Highlight: wir haben 2 imposante Roosevelt-Hirsche bei ihren Revierstreitigkeiten beobachten können. Für Fotos waren sie zu sehr vom Gebüsch verdeckt, ... read more
Kueste bei La Push
Enchanted Valley - der Name ist Programm
Grosse Zeder

Day 31- We decided we wanted to explore some more of the area. We checked out Hurricane Ridge and then jetted over to the coast and played at Rialto Beach and camped not far away at Mora campgrounds just outside the Quileute Indian Reservation. After dinner, we tried the magnificent Reese's S'more! (putting Reese's cup in place of the chocolate) OMG. IT. WAS. AMAZING. Unfortunately, the idea must be credited to the pregnant checker at Safeway in Sequim, WA. Day 32- Hiked about 9miles round trip through the Hoh Rainforest. Saw the Giant Cedars and a few slugs. It was actually dry and warm but it was very beautiful with moss everywhere you looked. We stopped in Forks, WA on our way back to the campsite to gather a few supplies for ... read more
Stephen with Stephen's Peak
Hurricane Ridge

Day 28 and 29- We loaded up and met up with Sareena-another nutrition gal and her boyfriend for brunch downtown Portland,OR. It was great to catch up and discuss life as a registered dietitian with another friend. It's so close yet so far for me! After, we headed north to the Olympic national forest in Washington. We didn't really know what campsites we were looking for or which area to start with so we decided to take a gamble on a side road noting the entrance to the national park. Hamma Hamma, It ended up being one of our favorite spots! The next day I was feeling a little rundown so we went driving on some dirt roads in the back country that led us to this beautiful little lake with only a small hike to ... read more

I got distracted by New York City. For ten months. What passes for normal here is a virulent and contagious form of attention deficit disorder. It is both debilitatingly productive and productively debilitating. It could also be diagnosed as collective madness; the emperor-wears-no-clothes variety. Whatever it is, I haven’t learned how to navigate it or how to corral it with words. So this isn’t about New York City. It’s about getting out. In mid August, carly and I flew west. Annually, brother Frank moans, bellyaches, and bitches, before dragging a stage into his front yard and hosting a two day music and camping bender called the Hootenanny. During daylight hours, kids run about screaming, parent brag about the latest greatest accomplishments of their respective drooling prodigies, meats grill, neighbors visit, and music fills the farm. Nine ... read more
Seastacks on the Pacific coast
Daybreak on the Quinault
Pyramid Lake

August 22 – 23th, 2013 The Olympic Peninsular is home to, I’m assuming, some wonderful scenic forests and mountains. It can’t be that dissimilar to British Columbia after all and we have in the past explored a little of it. And this visit we‘ve travelled over beautiful glacier blue rivers en route to the coast and have been tempted by forest trails and waterfalls but the truth is we only have 4 whole days here and the coast, like a giant thunderous magnet, draws us every time. On Thursday we travelled the same stretch as the day before, taking us back through Forks to reach Ruby Beach a bit lower down on the Pacific Coast. Another glorious day of sun so we eat lunch on yet another idyllic beach and stay a few hours, lounging in ... read more
Ruby Beach
More uses for driftwood

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