Travel to Twilight!!

I am excited about our final beach trip of the summer to La Push, WA.  We visit every year and it is one of our favorite places to visit in Washington.

La Push is a great family destination.  We always go in August for better chances of warm weather.  We continue to stay at Quileute Oceanside Resort and love the proximity to the beach – literally a 20 second walk.  The resort has two sides for RV sites.  The older larger side and the newer side.  We prefer the newer section.   Have friends or family that want to join your time in La Push but they don’t have an RV?  Quileute Oceanside Resort has cabins and a hotel as well!

The beaches around La Push are beautiful.  Directly by La Push is First, Second, and Third Beach.  First Beach is adjacent to the resort.  Second and Third beaches are a short hike through the forest and offer more amazing views.  Plus there is Rialto Beach where I have seen the best [Read More…]

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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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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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La Push, Olympic Peninsula, Washington – Part 1

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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.

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