It was grueling 128 miles from Elma to Forks, WA. The grueling part of it was the never-ending below speed limit curves, some without much warning, requiring constant braking and lots of steering wheel action. About half-way though the trip we stopped at the Quinault Rainforest area of the Olympic National Park to walk the Quinault Lake Trail and the Rainforest Nature Trail. It was about 2.7 miles total and a very nice work-out with beautiful views of the lake and then through the rainforest with large Douglas Firs and Red Cedars towering above us.
We are staying at the Forks 101 RV Park and have a 50 amp, full hookup, back-in site near the front of the park so that we would have no trouble getting the WiFi whose antenna is about a 100 feet from us! They have some real nice, grassy, pull-throughs in the back of the park which we would have chosen had we known that our Verizon would give us 4G like it does.
Wednesday we headed back down south a little ways and into the Hoh Rainforest, another National Park section close to the West Coast and full of towering trees. These were mostly Sitka spruce and hemlock trees. We did a couple of trails there and enjoyed the workout. Then we went to coast and visited Rialto Beach (also known as Mora) and the La Push tribe reservation. Rialto Beach was interesting for the massive amounts of driftwood on its shores and the fact that there is little sand on the beach since it consists mostly of small, worn pebbles.
Thursday we set out for Cape Flattery which is the northwest most point in the lower 48 United States. We have been to the NE corner (West Quoddy, ME), the SE corner (Key West, FL) and still need to go to Point Lomas, CA (the SW corner) in order to become members of the Four Corner Society. Anyhow, on the way to Cape Flattery Trail we entered the Makah Nation and visited their wonderful museum in Neah Bay before taking the road out to the trail. The trail itself was something else. It is only about ¾ of mile but it changes elevation about 150 feet in that short length. About half of the trail is a slightly elevated boardwalk with half a million steps! Doris did really well and actually was able to come back up the stairs faster than we went down. Our biggest problem was the boardwalk is fairly narrow and we had to stop numerous times to let people pass (in both directions) as we took our time and made sure she didn't fall going down the steps. The views from the end of the trail were great except the fog completely obscured Tatoosh Island where the Cape Flattery Lighthouse is located just offshore of Cape Flattery. The sea caves and other prominent sea stacks made up for it though. We were able to see a Bald Eagle on the way down the trail, our first one of this trip.
Today we just stayed around the Mothership and caught up on a few things and RESTED after three hard days of hiking. Tomorrow, we head for Sequim, WA for four nights where will attempt to see more of the Olympic National Park as well as others things around Sequim and Port Angeles.