Sunday, July 21, 2019

Neah Bay, Washington Hobuck Beach Resort 7/15 - 7/18

Tim and Linda Bunyan

From Forks, WA to North West Coast to Hobuck Beach Resort to go to Cape Flattery, the most Northwest Point in the U.S.  

This is a pleasant and worthwhile journey as it is State Route 112, one of the American Scenic Byways in Washington.

 Sol Duc River flows west 78 miles and is one of 4 tributary rivers that drain the largest watershed of the northern Olympic Peninsula; the mouth is the Quillayute River on the Pacific at La Push.

On the way out to the furthermost place on the Olympic Pennisula is a fuel stop at Clallam Bay. 

 The start of roadside view of the Strait of 

Juan de Fuca, known as the "Whale Trail".....haven't seen any yet!  This is when we exit U.S. Hwy 101 to State Route 112, heading West to the far reaches of the Olympic Pennisula.

The Straight is so calm one could dream to water sking upon it today.  The sun is shining and it is 70 degrees.

 This rock along the State Route 112 resembles a carved Indian Head looking out to the Straight of Juan de Fuca with Canada in the background.  A reminder we will be entering the Makah Indian Tribe Reservation.

We near a quaint town called Sekiu with an ample, filled marina where it appears to be a retirement village enjoying the view of Juan de Fuca and do some Whale Watching.

Passing by Sekiu Boat Marina, and Coho Estates 

Although remote, the utility company PUD does maintain a Substation all the near 100 miles to Cape Flattery, the furthermost Northwest point in the U.S.

we come upon the Makah Tribe sign announcing our entry to their territory at Neah Bay.  

We visit the Cultural Center Museum which showcased real artifacts of the Makah.  Their Village along the Pacific Ocean had been buried by a mudslide for many years.  When unearthed many of the tools and houses were preserved.  

followed by the Warm House Restaurant on the Bay, and the Makah Tribe Community Gym.

  Of course, besides the Washburn Grocery, there is a mini-mart here at Neah Bay.

 The Makah Senior Center building located in Neah Bay

 Bait and Tackle, Seafood Restaurant, and Fishing Excursions.

We situated our site at one of the open picnic tables on a long stretch of grass separated from the ocean seashore by sand dunes. Here is paddle boarding, kayaking, and beach access for 4-wheeling whizzing by our campsite.

Hobuck Beach Resort is 5 miles south (along the Pacific Ocean) of the town of Neah Bay.

The Front Desk at Hobuck Campground and RV Park.

 "Looking Out Our Back Door"
 Library at the Beach Resort.  Lift the cover for any choice of book.
 Electric Car Charging Station.....out here on the furthermost point of the U.S.!!!

With beautiful, sunny, and warm weather (high of 70) we set out to Cape Flattery.  This featured spec of heaven is part of the Makah Indian Tribe lands.

It is laid out with parking and easy access with an impressive mile-long trail.



Tim and I ease ourselves out by taking side paths to view each side to view the northern boundary of the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary.  Tim spotted an eagle and it is never a dull moment to watch an eagle as they sit....and that is what this one did.....for longer than we could stare at him.  

Vancouver Island in the distance.

Tatoosh Island and Cape Flattery Light with Sitka Spruce in the foreground.  Cape Flattery is the oldest permanently named feature in Washington state, described and named by James Cook in 1778.


 The Pacific Ocean to the West side of the Cape; the Strait of Juan de Fuca to our North, heading east along the south of Vancouver Island... to reach the San Juan Islands and the 'mouth' of Puget Sound, Washington.

Next day we drove about 3 miles into the town of Neah Bay from Hobuck RV Beach Resort.  We had lunch at Calvin's CrabHouse, a Seafood, ocean view cafe.
We were able to obtain internet service, so we spent a couple of resting hours on the shore of the bay. 

Next stop is to Sequim, Washington.  Heading East (all along the Strait of de Fuca) from the Olympic Pennisula thru Port Angeles into the Lavender Festival. 

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Olympia National Park, WA Kalaloch Campground 7/7 - 7/12 2019

Tim and Linda Bunyan
We continue our 2019 North Pacific Travel Tour north of my cousin's beach house in Ocean Shores.  We also had a meet up with SYC Bruce and Susan Moneymaker and Jim & Kay Montgomery, and Sam & Kathy, and Monique & Matt, and Stacy, and Bob & Nancy, friends on the Puget Sound, Pennisula Key at Longbranch Marina.

We have arrived at Kalaloch Campground in the Olympic National Park located on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

"Looking Out Our Back Door"
 View of our Campground Beach!
 Unique, assorted means of travel vehicles 'in our 'Hood'.

We set off on the neighbor trail {Bear Country??: No, Campground...Dog.]  
We cross over Kalaloch River Bridge (constructed in 1930) to explore the Campground to find a 'mini-mart', restaurant, and the Kalaloch Lodge....for those utilizing another unique overnight accommodation travel option.

 Welcoming Entrance to Kalaloch Lodge.  

There are many Beach Access areas along this portion of the Pacific Ocean in Olympic National Park.  We choose two of the six beach access points to hiking the beaches, each with their own offering.

Beach 4 is Olympia's best locations for exploring tide pools.  A short trail and a bridge made from driftwood lead to this marine wildlife preserve part of the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary.

Destruction Island Lighthouse built in 1889, now its Fresnel Lens is housed at the 
Westport Maritime Museum.
 We walked for miles in this sanctuary of sandy beach for as far as one can see.   
 A worthwhile and pleasant afternoon.

Next day we visited the famous Ruby Beach.  A favorite for those who come to observe.

The access is from a bluff with a trail that leads to driftwood that has been washed ashore at a high tide

Notice visitors get their feet wet at this beach.  

The tidepools call for those to remove their shoes to explore.   Hiking shoes removed, this is a place flip-flops are optional where water shoes or old tennis shoes that can get wet.
Although Ruby Beach is a rocky beach, we notice shoes an option exploring the shoreline.


Tim and I enjoy the tranquility of the beach walk.  We are destined for the mysterious, outcropping at the far end of the beach, where there is no one else.

As the fog blows in it adds a texture of a floating pathway along with the
 sound of the surf.

 We set out and make our own 'life circle' in the sand several miles to the rocky cliff.
 It is clear the rock stands to the pounding Pacific Ocean winter storms.

 We have met with great accomplishment; now head back several miles and several hours of being.

The Quinault Rain Forrest  Nature Trail: Road Trail Tour.
From the Ranger Station, we drove Northeast on South Shore Road to see the open view of Quinault River.
  We enjoyed this unique area driving the rainforest.  The Scenic Loop Drive provides excellent opportunities to see a wide variety of features within a short period of time through the temperate rain forest.
Western Red-cedar.  the bark is too acidic for lichen, fungi or moss growth.  Indigenous peoples referred to this as the "tree of life".  Lewis & Clark found the cedar canoes excellent crafts.
Quinault River
 Sunny and warm at Quinault River.  We drove down the dirt, sloped boat launch onto the gravel river bar.
Cedar Tree branches and foliage where the sword ferns are abundant on the nature trail here in Quinault.  Elk eat the tips of the fern leaves.
 Western Cedar alongside a Western Hemlock is a common understory tree. 
 The Hemlock is Washington's state tree.
Merriman Falls Creek.
Quinault Valley Homesteaders remain.

Red Alder, lichen grows on the bark.  Alder fixes nitrogen in its roots and adds nutrients to the poor soil it initially invades.
Douglas Fir

Large Cedar Tree near our Kalaloch Campground. 

Drive back to Ranger Station in Quinault 
Fuel Station

Items we found most interesting (had to narrow) inside the Quinault Museum
 Sears Robuck Catalog (First Mail Order Retail)
 My grandma Alwood (Hilda, born in England, came to Canada and met my Grandpa Harry Alwood) wore an apron as this.....everyday around her house kitchen.

Grand Lodges of the National Parks
Grand and Rustic Quinault Lodge built in 1926.

 Cozy antique ambiance                                                  It is alright to play this upright piano in the alcove.

Home Away From Home Comfort.  President Franklin D. Roosevelt dined at the lodge in 1937 while touring the peninsula.

 Robert Reamer, Architect of Quinault Lodge; Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Frank McNeil dine at the Roosevelt Dining Room here at the Quinault Lodge built in 1926

The cozy charm of the 1920 era. 

Quinault Lodge Boathouse, handmade details.

Lakeside view

Quinault Lake

Lakeside view with lawn sports; croquet anyone??

Lake Quinault

 Patio at Quinault Lodge

 Front entrance from the road.
 At the front entrance, these trees are even more famous here than the Lodge: Sitka Spruce, Douglas Fir, and the Western Cedar!

California Redwood Trees are grown in the front Valet Garden.

Time to rest.  We are moving on the north to the 'city' of Forks to provision prior to our travel out to the Northwesternmost Point in the contiguous U.S,: Cape Flattery.