Archives for August 2013

Whale Watching in Washington

I came across a website last night and I just had to share The Whale Trail.  This non-profit organization is dedicated to educating the public about whale watching sites across the Northwest to view orcas, other marine mammals plus wildlife.  What an amazing resource! Orcas Currently, 32 sites are listed on The Whale Trail and welcomes new whale watching site nominations.  The website explains how to spot whales from shore, and describes where and when to see whales.  Another page provides information on the most common mammals you might see along the trail.  The best part of this website is the Home page and the huge map of all the sites.  You can click each location to get details about the site.  Love it!

I am so glad I stumbled upon this website and plan to keep it in my back pocket.  Seeing whales in their natural habitat is an exciting experience.

Olympic Peninsula in Two Days

I LOVE the Olympic Peninsula.  There are so many beautiful places to explore that I could spend all summer camping there and never get bored.  So how, you might ask, am I going to squeeze all that into two full days?  It was hard to choose, but I have narrowed it down to my favorite places.  There is some driving involved, but the reward is worth it.

When visiting my most favorite places on the peninsula, Shadow Mountain RV Park is a good base camp.  It is located about 15 miles west of Port Angeles and has a small general store and a gas station.  You won’t be spending much time at the RV park, but it does have a play park and a home made miniature golf course for the kids.

Day One

  • Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic National Park – Hurricane Ridge offers spectacular views of the Olympic Mountains and of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.  Hiking is abundant and offers many kid-friendly trails.  You can even find snow as late as July on some of the trails.  On our last visit there wildlife was everywhere and we saw plenty of deer and even a bear!  Obstruction Point Road (weather and snow permitting, open from July 4 through October 15) is a gravel road branching off from the parking area that offers access to more hiking trails and even more amazing views.  The visitor center has lots of info, snacks, and maps to get you started.  Winter activities can be enjoyed weather permitting.  To access Hurricane Ridge, take Hurricane Ridge Road 17 miles south of Port Angeles (Click here for directions).  There is a $15 per car load fee to enter Olympic National Park, but stays valid for 7 days.  So when you go to visit the Marymere FallsHoh Rain Forest tomorrow, you won’t have to pay the entrance fee.  Check out the Hurricane Ridge webcam here.
  • Marymere Falls – A gentle waterfall cascading 90 feet into a small pool.  This one mile trail is well traveled and well groomed perfect for families.  Along the trail you will walk among old growth trees.  The steepest part of the trail is at the waterfall where you can get up close.  Plenty of photo opportunities and places to stop to throw a few rocks in the creek.   You can find Marymere Falls about 5 miles west of Shadow Mountain RV Park.

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Next Trip – La Push, Washington

I am excited about our final trip of the summer to La Push, WA.  This is our third time back and it is one of our favorite places to visit in Washington.  This year we are staying for ten nights at Quileute Oceanside Resort.

La Push is a great family destination.  We always go in August for better chances of warm weather.  We have always stayed at Quileute Oceanside Resort and love the proximity to the beach.  The resort has two sides for RV sites.  The older larger side and the newer side.  We prefer the newer section.  Tent camping is also allowed on the beach, but I don’t know if you have to have a permit, but I have seen tents peppered on the beach among the drift wood.

The beaches around La Push are beautiful.  Directly by La Push is First, Second, and Third Beach.  First Beach is adjacent to the resort.  Check out the beach webcam here.  Second and Third beaches are a short hike Hole in the Wallthrough the forest and offer more amazing views.  My personal favorite beach is a drive over to Rialto Beach.  I have seen the best tide pools here at Hole in the Wall.

To help you plan your stay, here are a few suggestions:

1.  Plan to bring warm clothes!  I know this sounds crazy, but the Pacific Ocean is a natural air conditioner and it gets chilly once the sun goes down and in the mornings until the marine layer moves out.  I always bring warm hats, fleeces, rain jackets, and pants for the evenings with the kids.  Hiking shoes, flip flops and water shoes are packed as well.

2.  Please purchase a fire permit to roast those s’mores on the beach.  If I remember correctly, the permits are $5.

3. Wi-Fi was only good around the office/check in building.

4.  Gravel sites in the RV park.  When bringing gear for the kids here, I leave their scooters at home and only bring their bikes on this trip.  Since we have boys, I include football and baseball gear.  Kites and sand toys are a must.

5.  As a word of caution, please don’t play in or around the drift wood floating in the water.  Despite the wood floating, it is very heavy and can injure you.

Thanks for reading and we welcome your comments.

First Beach

 

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David, Carley, and their three boys

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