Olympic National Forest/Park

August 10-22, 2017

 

  Visiting the Olympic peninsula was something David and I were both very excited about before we set off on this trip - it was also the end of our planned summer. Since our summer route consisted of many popular destinations, we booked a lot of our campsite spots well in advance, making sure we had plenty of wiggle room for travel days or if we wanted to extend our time at certain destinations. So far everything has worked out great and we have loved every moment of it...but it was time to slow down. Six weeks of being on the road, we have covered 9 states, over 4,000 miles and goodness knows how many gas stations! The longest we have camped in one spot is probably 3 or 4 nights and that’s why Olympic was so exciting (amongst many more factors)!

Visiting the Olympic peninsula was something David and I were both very excited about before we set off on this trip - it was also the end of our planned summer. Since our summer route consisted of many popular destinations, we booked a lot of our campsite spots well in advance, making sure we had plenty of wiggle room for travel days or if we wanted to extend our time at certain destinations. So far everything has worked out great and we have loved every moment of it...but it was time to slow down. Six weeks of being on the road, we have covered 9 states, over 4,000 miles and goodness knows how many gas stations! The longest we have camped in one spot is probably 3 or 4 nights and that’s why Olympic was so exciting (amongst many more factors)!

  First stop: Lake Wenatchee, Coho Campground, for 5 nights in the National Forest. Our camping spot was in the perfect location, a sneaky view of the lake through the rainforest, with direct access to a 16 mile trail along the lake, we were ready to move and get back out there for a serious hike. When we arrived at the campground the host told us that part of that trail was washed out and he wouldn’t recommend it, but after being on the trail walking Moose we knew some of it was at least doable. The next day we got up and set off on a hike through the rainforest and partially around the lake. The rainforest it simply amazing. The green luscuious trees, the rivers, streams, waterfalls and bridges are just a few of the sights we got to see on this trek. We walked 6 miles out before turning around and heading back to the campground. On the way back we stopped and had lunch on a bridge, it was so peaceful and dreamy! We never take this trip or our time on the road for granted, everyday we are grateful. In the words of Uncle D (a very wise man), “a bad day at the lake is better than a good day at work” and that’s how we feel about this life. Over the next few days we managed a good strenuous bike ride through other parts of the forest, stumbling upon a great spot with another waterfall. Then we hiked up Colonel Bob, which was a steep 4 mile and 4,000 ft climb to the top for some spectacular views….so we were told, unfortunately we did it on a really really really cloudy day - can’t win them all! At the top of the mountain we did meet 3 unbelievably inspiring women, 2 of them in their 70’s and one in her 60’s. I was in awe of what they just did, this mountain was no joke and David and I really struggled at moments because it was so steep. We spent about 45 minutes visiting with our new friends and it turns out this is just what they do and have been hiking all of their lives. I hope that I am in just as good shape and spirits at their age - thank you for the inspiration to keep winning at life!

First stop: Lake Wenatchee, Coho Campground, for 5 nights in the National Forest. Our camping spot was in the perfect location, a sneaky view of the lake through the rainforest, with direct access to a 16 mile trail along the lake, we were ready to move and get back out there for a serious hike. When we arrived at the campground the host told us that part of that trail was washed out and he wouldn’t recommend it, but after being on the trail walking Moose we knew some of it was at least doable. The next day we got up and set off on a hike through the rainforest and partially around the lake. The rainforest it simply amazing. The green luscuious trees, the rivers, streams, waterfalls and bridges are just a few of the sights we got to see on this trek. We walked 6 miles out before turning around and heading back to the campground. On the way back we stopped and had lunch on a bridge, it was so peaceful and dreamy! We never take this trip or our time on the road for granted, everyday we are grateful. In the words of Uncle D (a very wise man), “a bad day at the lake is better than a good day at work” and that’s how we feel about this life. Over the next few days we managed a good strenuous bike ride through other parts of the forest, stumbling upon a great spot with another waterfall. Then we hiked up Colonel Bob, which was a steep 4 mile and 4,000 ft climb to the top for some spectacular views….so we were told, unfortunately we did it on a really really really cloudy day - can’t win them all! At the top of the mountain we did meet 3 unbelievably inspiring women, 2 of them in their 70’s and one in her 60’s. I was in awe of what they just did, this mountain was no joke and David and I really struggled at moments because it was so steep. We spent about 45 minutes visiting with our new friends and it turns out this is just what they do and have been hiking all of their lives. I hope that I am in just as good shape and spirits at their age - thank you for the inspiration to keep winning at life!

 
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Next stop: Kalalock Beach Campground for 7 nights in the National Park.

The ocean! I was more than excited to not only see the Pacific Ocean, but to see it from our campsite every day for SEVEN days! I could go on and on for pages about the beauty of this location but I will let the pictures do that and all I will say is, if you have never been here, GO! The only thing that we couldn’t capture very well on the camera was the whales. EVERYDAY we saw whales just casually playing around in the ocean, right in front of us.

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Our friends Dan and Jenny made the trek up from San Francisco, we were so happy and grateful for their presence, and we got to host our first house guests in our tiny house - ha! It was a blast and as always, it’s great to have awesome friends join us on our adventure. We explored the tidal pools at Ruby beach, hiked through more of the rainforest and canoed on Lake Crescent, who knew our canoe comfortably (that’s questionable) sat 4 adults! Thank you Dan and Jenny for coming to hang out with us :)