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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Big Sur, California – RV Road Trip: Six States in Three Weeks Series

Our first destination in California to explore was the Big Sur area.  What better way is there to start off exploring through California than on the coast?!  This was my first time exploring this state, so in my mind’s eye, California is all beaches, blonde hair and tan lines.  I could not be more wrong.  California is so diverse and so beautiful.

We left San Jose in the morning and headed down the curvy and Big Surscenic Highway 1 to our campground, Kirk Creek Campground.  When planning for this trip, I knew if we were staying on the coast, I was going to STAY on the coast.  Kirk Creek Campground is practically falling into the Pacific Ocean.  It was perfect.

This was our shortest stay during our three week road trip for only two nights because Kirk Creek is dry camping. View from Kirk Creek Campground If our fresh water tanks and holding tanks were bigger, then I would have enjoyed a longer stay.  Kirk Creek is located on the west side on Highway 1 perched on a hundred foot bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean.  The views of the ocean and the jagged California coast are indescribable.  Kirk Creek is truly a unique camping experience and a must stay location.  A bonus for Kirk Creek [Read more…]

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 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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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.

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