Portland to Quinault

Trip Start Apr 09, 2010
Trip End Jul 13, 2010

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Flag of United States  , Washington
Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Left a pristine flat for Ashish to inspect with the hope of recovering our deposit and headed coastward through pretty but often heavily logged country. First town we hit was Seaside, strange bleak poorish looking holiday resort town, presumably for Portlanders. THen up the coast along the commercially developed Hwy 101 to Astoria. Over the very high bridge and across the causeway - thanks for the photos Rick - and into Washington. Washington, the everygreen state.

A pretty drive to Raymond where we refuelled and later stopped for lunch at the family diner - the locals were colourful and very hick but thoroughly entertaining. H had deep fried cod and hash browns - not sure what's happening to her.

On to Aberdeen. We suffered a 30 minute wait while the drawbridge went up and down and no ships went through - we did wonder about the point of this but who are we to question such things. Had a nice glass of icecream in the car while we waited - thanks to the polystyrene cooler from the Creekside Apartments at Guerneville.

From there to Lake Quinault - the lodge is sublime - built in 1926 in 9 weeks (a seemingly impossible task) drenched in old world charm and the indescribable beauty of the lake and the mountains.  Checked in at 3:00, the R upgraded to a Lakeview room. Went for a 4 mile walk along the lake past week-enders with lake views to kill for, then back to the lodge through the rain forest - a fabulous trail - many photos. Met a couple from Seattle on the walk - Randy and Rosie - and invited them home if ever they were in Melbourne.Further up the hill it rained and then hailed - thanks to the REI boots and raincoats we were impervious. R has serious wet weather gear too so he didn't care either. The forest was littered with fallen trees, some that appeared to have been torn from their bases by a cyclone. Trees, wild flowers and water everywhere.

Then a great meal in the Rooseveldt Restaurant in the Lodge featuring a sensational lake view as the sun set beyond the water and the rain squawls played about the hills generating a changing lightscape every few minutes, and the humming birds darted then froze in midair to feed from the feeders hanging just outside the windows. A magical evening - the best place we have been so far was R's opinion.
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