La Push, Olympic Peninsula, Washington – Part 1

Part 1:
Our road trip started out on Thursday, August 22nd. We didn’t leave our home outside of Seattle until after lunch, so we arrived to La Push to have a late dinner, meet up with our friends, and set up.

The Quileute Oceanside Resort and RV park is the perfect base camp. This is our third time back to this RV park and I am still very happy here. We have site 4 on the newer side which is roomier and less crowded versus the original section. The best feature of this RV park is the proximity to the beach. It is literally a 20 second walk to the beach from our site. New to the site this year is the addition of a fire pit at each site. You can still opt to watch the sunset on the beach and have a fire, but remember to purchase a beach fire permit for $5 at the resort office. As a side note, wifi is only available at the office – which is making updating my website interesting.

Friday was a beach day for our family. We built a giant sand mountain and watched to see if high tide could destroy it.

We decided that Saturday would be a great day to spend hiking in the forest since rain was in the forecast. After eating breakfast, we pack lunches and waters in our backpacks and drove to the Hoh Rain Forest.

Once inside the rain forest, time stands still. We chose to walk the Hoh River Trail for a few miles and found a quiet spot along the Hoh River to have snacks and eat some lunch. The Hoh River is a beautiful color of steel blue which contrasts vividly against the lush green of the forest. The river is feed by a glacier and as the glacier moves it grinds rocks into an ash like sediment. The sediment flows down the Hoh River contributing to its milky, slate blue color.

We were hoping to spy Roosevelt Elk while hiking this time, but the only wildlife we came across was a baby garter snake.

Back at the visitor’s center, I wanted to visit a small stream that I am sure hundreds of people overlook as they head to the Hall of Mosses hike. This was our fifth time to the Hoh Rain Forest and even though this small stream is a minor detail, it has left an impact on me. To check it out, start out from the visitors center on the Hall of Mosses trail. When you cross the second wooden bridge look down. Below you will find the clearest, freshest water. Spend some time here enjoying the untainted waters lost to so many who cross over them.

We returned to the campsite to a nice hot dinner of pot roast which was slow cooking all day.

After dinner was s’more time on the beach and we watched as the sun set over James Island splashing color across the sky. James Island is sacred to the Quileute Nation and closed to the public. As the sun sets, you can quietly imagine why chiefs have been buried here for thousands of years. After the ink black sky takes over, gaze at the millions of stars that dot the night.

Below are images from the start of our road trip. Stay tuned for part 2…

 

Hoh Rain Forest, Olympic National Park, Washington

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Sunset over James Island, First Beach, La Push, Olympic Peninsula, Washington

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