Our best camp site yet

Trip Start May 02, 2012
Trip End Jul 31, 2014

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Salt Creek County Park

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Had a lovely 2 days exploring the North Olympic Peninsula.

Went into Seattle today by ferry to meet up with my nephew Jamie and his girlfriend, Rebecca. Glad that we managed to see them as they were away for Memorial week, and are going to Florida this weekend to spend time with her family. But they fitted us in between meetings today.... We had a quick lunch with them at the Seattle waterfront.. It is an impressive sight coming into Seattle by ferry.... And even nicer to be met by a nephew as we disembarked, looking so smart in his business suit!

Yesterday we drove from Port Angeles along the coast through the Olympic National Forest and on to the most westerly part of the peninsula, Neah Bay. Saw on the map that there is a tribal reservation there, so thought that it could be interesting... But it was awful - a bit like a Cape Flats scene! The road, although through beautiful trees, and then alongside the Straits of Juan de Fuca, was twisty and narrow, with big logging trucks hurtling along. 
We have certainly not seen the glitz of America! What we have seen by taking back roads is lots of boarded up houses and businesses, collapsing houses, and houses with so much junk around... Rusting cars ( as in really rusted brown with the grass growing high around them!) One rusted old tractor in the field even had a plastic skeleton in it!!! 
The signs along the road at Neah Bay were interesting - done by school kids - all about drugs and drinking. This is obviously a big problem in the area. (Lots of references to ravens, Cass... )
Passed a beautiful glacial lake on the way back - Lake Crescent. The water was teal-colored... 600ft deep.  Waterfalls all the way along coming steeply and strongly off the mountains... 
We took the main road back to our campsite at Salt Creek County Park and the site was just so beautiful. Overlooking the sea, with Vancouver Island in the distance, in a big park area, with deer, little squirrels, cute little mice, ravens and raccoons in the camp. By far our best find... So well maintained and peaceful.. Only 4 other campers in that huge park.  We saw a bald eagle on the beach close by.

But we ran out of time for our intended route through Forks to La Push.  Forks is the "epicenter of the vampire territory"  This is where the Twilight movies are set. Die-hard Twilight fans flock to see Forks High School where the characters attended school. They have their photos taken at the visitors centre with Bella's red truck etc etc. And La Push is where Bella visited her werewolf friend, Jacob.... And there is a Quileute reservation where Jacob lived.... This would probably been a better bet for us to visit, even though I only saw one Twilight movie, and didn't really like it....! 

Driving here is just so good.  Everybody obeys the speed limit, they dont overtake on solid lines, they go slowly around schools, and stop if anyone is crossing the road. Such a pleasure.... Just makes you realize how horrific the driving is in South Africa... 
Getting an early start tomorrow to cross with our vehicle into Canada and Vancouver Island...
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John on

Hi Ann, I've been reading your lovely blogs more and more; what a great way to keep in touch with family & friends. So pleased you managed to see Jamie & Rebecca for lunch and I'm glad they dressed up for you; looking good eh. I assume Andy is in charge of all photography and great shot of the bald eagle...

Andrew lonsdale on

Hi Ann and Andy
I have been trying to read the blog on my phone, but it is a waste of time, so since it is a friday evening, I decided to read it wrom begining to end and enjoyed it. I wish i Could print out pages, but i cant seem to find where to print, it only alows me to read. Sounds great and reminds me of when Mandy and i traveled arround USA camping for 3 months. A great experience. i remember the big cities are the worst as they are busy and full of trafic and noise. The small towns are best. We are busy planning our 2 week holiday in USA in September so nice to hear your stories.

Andrew Lonsdale ( Again ) on

were you alright with your South African drivers licences, or did you need international licences. i have SA and Australia so hoping that is ok for car hire.

Also can you give some examples of food costs along the route ??

Gus on

Hi Andy and Anne,
Only just started picking up your notes. Did you see Andy Butt in Vancouver?
Pierre and Kate had another boy (Jake). Will see them next week. Marc and Sonet due mid August.
Have a blast! sounds like fun

siyaya on

Hi Gus, replied to yr comments earlier, but can't find a record of it! So if you get 2 replies, just disregard one....! Great news about your latest grandchild.... Exciting times for you. Look forward to seeing you in Cape Town soon, when we are back there... X

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