Refreshing Rain

Trip Start Mar 30, 2012
Trip End Oct 12, 2012

Flag of United States  , Washington
Wednesday, August 22, 2012

We were back on highway 101, we had driven almost every mile of this highway starting in southern California, and it was another nice scenic drive up the Olympic Peninsula. We eventually made it to Port Angeles (where you could look over the Strait of Juan de Fuca and see Victoria, Canada), and the Olympic National Park visitors center. We learned that the first campground that would most likely still have availability was on Lake Crescent. So we headed that way. 

When we pulled into the campground, we found it to be cool and wet, well we did just arrive in a rainforest. It was also full of mosquitos. Thankfully we had our new bug tent. We decided on campsite 30 in loop B, after we set up camp we decided that since we wanted to do so much, only had two nights, and this park covered a large area, that we would start immediately by driving to the Sol Duc Hot Springs. We decided that we would do the hot springs and eat dinner out, since it would be dark by the time we got back, and wouldn’t want to fiddle with cooking in the dark. So on our way we went.

When we arrived at the Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort we learned that we could wait 30 minutes and get the twilight hot springs price, which was half price, score. So we wandered around the gift shop and the grounds outside passing the time. Once it was 7pm, we bought our tickets and headed in. We threw on our bathing suits and headed to the pools. There were 3 hot spring pools, each at different temperatures. It felt so incredible to lounge in these warm pools. We relaxed for about 45 minutes transferring from pool to pool. Then we headed to the locker rooms to shower (first shower since we left Martha’s) which was great, and then to dinner. The small restaurant in the resort was quaint and a perfect way to end the day. We shared some macaroni and cheese, and then I ordered the fish special and Gabe had their meatloaf. Both were fabulous. After dinner, we headed back to camp. It was completely dark, so we grabbed our bathroom stuff, washed our faces, brushed our teeth, and then jumped in the tent for the night.

The next morning, we woke up to the sound of water hitting the tent. I couldn’t believe that it was raining. We hadn’t had rain since...well I couldn’t remember when, but I think it was the hail storm in Texas. It was a nice refreshing way to wake up. But then it hit me, oh no if it’s raining, then is going to rain all day? Nope, it didn’t. Whew! We got up, made breakfast and headed out for the day

Our first stop was the Hoh Rainforest. When we arrived we took a small tour of the visitors center, and then decided to go on the Hall of Mosses hike. It was a short hike that would give us a feel for the rainforest habitat. It was beautiful. All the trees were covered in different types of mosses. We saw dead decaying trees on the floor being used by new healthy trees, giving them life. It was magical, even the creepy black and green slugs. After our hike we headed out of the rainforest and on to the beach.

Our next stop was Rialto Beach. But before we got to the beach we went through Forks. Twilight capital. It was amazing the signs for vampires and werewolf's. After we had a few laughs and took some pictures on our way to the coast. It was our first Washington coast beach, and the furthest northwest we made it to on our trip. The sun was out, it was warmer than in the rainforest, but still cool. And of course the water was freezing. We took a nice slow long walk on the beach, taking breaks to soak in the sun and the ocean waves, and searching for interesting rocks. It was perfect.

We headed back to camp with enough time for Gabe to grab his fishing pole and walk down to the lake to do some fishing. He fished, and I watched for about an hour. Then it was starting to get cold, and we were hungry, so we headed back to our site to fix dinner. We made turkey spaghetti, it wasn’t great, but it was food. We made s’mores that night, which made up for the lacking dinner. Another campfire to relax by, however we had to sit a little further away from it inside our bug tent. 

In the morning we packed up shop, and had one last stop in the park. We headed east to Hurricane Ridge Road to wind our way up to see Mount Olympus. We were surprised to see a large range of mountains, and could barely see the peak of Olympus, as it was nestled within all these other beautiful peaks covered in glaciers. It was spectacular. We went into the visitors center and the gift shop. Then outside on the balcony to take pictures of the beautiful landscape. It was a cold day up there, but beautiful blue skies, which made for great views. Then we drove back down and made our way back through Port Angeles, down 101 and into Southworth to catch the ferry to Vashon Island to see my great aunt Mary.
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Vicky on

This is beautiful,

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