Up Next : Six States in Three Weeks

Follow our RV camping road tripUS Map through six states!  In April 2013, we took the kids out of school and took the best RV trip we’ve had to date.  I will start a weekly series about the journey, the places we stayed, any tips, and much more.  Subscribe to the blog with your email to keep up-to-date with the experience.  Thank you and Happy Travels!

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…]

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 Recreation.gov.  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.

Lake Easton View 2

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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La Push, Olympic Peninsula, Washington – Part 2

The Olympic Peninsula is a wild, unpredictable, remote environment.  That is what makes it so amazing.  As we continued our vacation on the peninsula, we experienced a glimpse of the powerful weather that supports the many ecosystems.  It was a wild ride in our little trailer as it was battered by the rain and rocked in the wind.  It almost felt as if I was in a boat rather that parked on land!

Following our beach days and time in the Hoh Rainforest, we decided to stay close to La Push and hike to Second Beach. The hike to Second Beach is short and easy most of the way.  There is one section when hiking out from the beach up stairs that will cause your thighs to burn a little.  Roundtrip the hike is about 1.5 miles.  Overnight camping is permitted, but you must obtain a Wilderness Camping Permit.  Be sure to time your arrival to Second Beach at low tide.

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