My friend Francie and I went on a Road Trip to the Olympic Peninsula for the week of September 9 thru 13. It was wet. But that’s what one expects when they go to the rain forest, right?
Here is the link to all the pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/myake/albums/72157710857378583
And so, inspired by books such as “Backroads of Washington” and “Weird Washington” we set off to explore. And we were not disappointed. First off, after two ferry rides, we ate lunch at Fat Smitty’s. Decorated in dollar bills from ceiling to floor it fit in nicely with our aspirations for the trip.
We visited Marymere Falls in the rain and dropped by the Lake Crescent Lodge, ending that day in Sekiu in a very cheesy motel room. This became somewhat of a theme for us.
The next day we headed to Neah Bay for the Makah Museum and the not to be missed walk out to Cape Flattery. It did not rain on us on this day. After stopping in Clallam Bay, Forks, and Kalaloch we made it to Lake Quinault that night.
The next day we walked the 3 mile Forest Loop at Quinault and then headed to Raymond to my friends Brent and Kathy’s house. We made arrangements to see Kate O’Neal’s art work and visit the gallery in South Bend. That night in keeping with our theme we slept in a whimsically decorated room at the Pitchwood Inn and Ale House. https://www.pitchwoodalehouse.com/pitchwoodinn
On Thursday we made our way to Ruby Beach and in a chance, serendipitous, coincidental moment ran into my sister-in-law Brenda and her hiking buddies on the trail coming up from the beach. Amazing.
Then it really started raining and we made our way to the Hoh. We saw a Roosevelt Elk on the path. Then made our way to Sol Duc Hot Springs which I had not been to since I was a child. It has changed. We had a nice soak in the rain. Wish we could have stayed there but no room in the inn and we made our way to Port Angeles. And there on our last day we discovered a fabulous five acre sculpture park called Webster’s Woods at the Fine Arts Center. http://www.pafac.org/
What else has been happening in my world? Well, Maggie graduated from Lucky Fido Puppy Class, she is 17 weeks old now and 23.4 pounds. Our skylights arrived. Roger put a porch on the cottage while I was gone, but I wish the roof was further along now that it has started raining in earnest. Then there is the tyranny of the harvest. Pears are all picked, not all the apples are ready. The hazelnuts rescued from the raccoons. And don’t even talk to me about tomatoes!
Oh, and visitors! Lots of visitors. Roger’s cousins came over from Lopez and my friend Karen from Portland and brother Marc and his wife Nancy stopped in on their way to Vancouver Island. And more are coming!
Check out the rest of the pix–and Happy Trails to you until we meet again.