Our best camp site yet
Trip Start May 02, 2012
64Trip End Jul 31, 2014
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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..
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
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...