Archives for September 2013

La Push, Olympic Peninsula, Washington – Part 4

Part 4 – Shi Shi Beach and Sol Duc Hot Springs in Olympic National Park

It’s time to wrap up our road trip to the Olympic Peninsula.  We had a memorable ten day vacation and new exploring opportunities two being Shi Shi Beach and Sol Duc Hot Springs.  Read Part 1, Part2, and Part 3 to experience the whole adventure.

I was so excited to hike to Shi Shi Beach.  I have always heard such great things and I wanted to see the beauty with my own eyes.  It is more out of the way than most other beaches in Washington and we just haven’t spent much time in that part of the peninsula.  We have traveled to Cape Flattery a few times, but never had enough time necessary for Shi Shi Beach.

On our way to the trailhead, we stopped at the Makah Cultural & Research Center to buy a Makah Recreation pass.  Oh. My. Gosh.  Makah MuseumI could have spent all day here imagining life as it once was.  I have a huge fascination with Native American life and culture and this museum features wonderful exhibits and learning opportunities as the nation’s only repository for pre-contact archaeological discoveries.  The museum is filled with archaeological finds from the Ozette dig, which is regarded as one of the most significant archaeological finds of North America.  After 11 years of continual excavation by Washington State University, the Ozette dig was closed in 1981.  Over 55,000 artifacts were recovered from this dig. [Read more…]

Road Trip: Issaquah Salmon Days Festival

Have you checked out the local streams lately?  It’s that time a year again when the persistent and determined salmon return to their birthplace to complete their life cycle.  What a beautiful story and inspiraing demonstration of perserverance.  A salmon, after being at sea, will find the same river it once left behind.  It will swim upstream, fight against the current, fight against it own decaying body to achieve its purpose to spawn.  Unjustly, the salmon quietly dies before its offspring start their own journey.  Despite all the obsticals, these fish can swim hundreds of miles upstream and some swim up thousands of feet in elevation to return to their birthplace.Salmon Hatchery

In honor of the annual return of the salmon, Issaquah, Washington has celebrated with Salmon Days Festival since 1970.  This year Issaquah Salmon Days will be celebrated on October 5-6, 2013.  This fantastic and FREE festival attracts over 180,000 visitors.  We will return again to this festival for our 9th time and I wanted to share a few things I have learned over the [Read more…]

La Push, Olympic Peninsula, Washington – Part 3

Part 3 – Kalaloch, Beach 4, The Big Tree, and Ruby Beach

Where is the best place to watch a Pacific storm blow in?  Kalaloch Lodge, hands down.  From the comfort of your cabin, hotel room, or in our case, the restaurant, Kalaloch Lodge has great views from every direction.

During our trip to the coast, the weather was a roller coaster ride.  To ride out one of the storms, we drove down to Kalaloch Lodge and had a nice long lunch from their great menu and watched the waves crash against the shore.Kalaloch

Kalaloch Campground is just north of the lodge with access to the beach.  Campsites are nestled among a lush coastal forest.  There are 168 dry camping spots to choose from each equipped with a picnic table and fire ring.  A dump station is located at the campground for your convenience for a $5 fee.  You can make your reservations for the campground at  Be sure to reserve early.  Sites, especially with beach views, are reserved quickly.  Several walks surround Kalaloch including The Kalaloch Creek Nature Trail, which is a mile long trail along Kalaloch Creek though the forest.

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Lake Easton State Park, Snoqualmie Tunnel, and the John Wayne Pioneer Trail

One of our favorite close to home locations for a quick getaway is Lake Easton State Park.  This park, located just east of the Snoqualmie Summit ski area, has fantastic facilities, full RV hookups, camp sites, and amenities while also being located close to miles and miles of great hiking trails.  Nestled along the bank of Lake Easton, the park offers a great variety of water activities including fishing, swimming, and boating (although high-speed water activities are not recommended due to under water tree stumps).  The last time we were there, we took our small inflatable raft out on the lake and had a great time with the kids.  In addition, there was a local person renting paddle boards for those interested in getting out on the water.

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Lake Easton State Park is great for those traveling with kids.  There are plenty of nearby grassy areas, a charming sandy beach area with awesome views, and a nearby play-park for the kids to blow off some steam while the parents relax.  In addition, many of the RV sites are located in a forest setting, making you truly forget that you are less than 1 hour away from Seattle.  While most of the sites offer good locations, spots # 31, 33, 35, and 37 offer the best views of the beach area and lake and are among our top choices when they are available.

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In the News: Airstream Anyone??

A new company called Airstream 2 Go launched in May 2013 providing Airstream rentals out of Los Angeles and Las Vegas.  The owner, a former Airstream president and CEO, started Airstream 2 Go to offer a premium vacation experience.  (Photo courtesy of Airstream 2 Go)airstream

Airstream 2 Go has partnered with Off The Beaten Path, a travel planner, to provide you with a custom plan and itinerary to accomplish all your destination and activity goals.

Their fleet includes custom Airstream trailers, the Airstream 28 for a maximum of 6, and the Airstream 23, with a sleeping capacity of 4.  Don’t have a towing vehicle?  No problem.  Your Airstream will come hitched to a custom matched GMC Denali.

So how much does all this cost?  Rentals have a five day minimum and weekly rates range anywhere from $5,300 to $7,500.

Interested?  Check out their website at

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