Scott's Casa Grande Wheelio travel blog

Elk right outside our door at Dosewallips State Park

Guess they can't read the "Area Closed" sign

With the Minders at Hurricane Ridge in Olympic Nat'l Park

Doe resting in the bushes near the visitor's center at Hurricane Ridge

Almost close enough to pet

Mid-September and still a few patches of snow remain from last winter

Beautiful view from the Neah Bay trail

Caves under the point. We could actually feel the vibration under our...

Behind us is the northwesternmost point in the U.S. (Cape Flattery Light...

Our current front yard at Belfair State Park


We spent September at Dosewallips State Park on the west side of the Hood Canal. This was our first time here and, except for the fact that it was 45 miles from the nearest major supermarket, we loved it. We just had to do a better job of meal-planning because we couldn't make any last minute runs to the grocery store. We enjoyed beautiful fall weather the entire month.

In addition to a pretty steady flow of campers, we had a herd of about 60 elk come through the park on a regular basis...3-4 visits during the month. The rangers had told us upon arrival that one of our duties might be to keep visitors away from them. Fortunately we didn't have any issues with elk vs. human encounters during our stay.

Our friends, Robin and George, visited for a few days as they were making their way from northwest Washington back to California/Arizona for the winter. Unlike us, most full-time RVers don't spend the winter up here. It's always fun to meet up with friends and family from "home". Unfortunately for them, but lucky for us, they were having problems with their refrigerator/freezer and we were forced to help them eat up filet steaks, salmon, and chicken before it spoiled. Needless to say, we had several great meals courtesy of the Minders. The four of us spent one day out at Hurricane Ridge in Olympic Nat'l Park. What a beautiful place! The mountain peaks have several glaciers that remain year round. We have had a few chilly days lately and by now the Olympic Mountain tops are covered with a dusting of new snow.

On another one of our days off Scotty and I drove out to Neah Bay, located on Makah Indian Resrvation property, to see Cape Flattery Light which is located on Tatoosh Island, the northwesternmost point in the U.S. We stopped at the Tribal Cultural Center/Museum to have our U.S. Lighthouse Society Passport Book stamped before driving to a parking lot out on the point and walking a trail (approx. 3/4 mi. DOWN HILL) to view the lighthouse. It was a typical cool, rainy day and I lost my footing and fell when I stepped on a wet slippery log. Although Scotty says I looked like a cartoon character when both feet flew into the air and I came down on my butt in the mud, he did refrain from laughing until he made sure that I wasn't seriously injured...just bruised and sore for a week or so. Anyway, the views from the point were magnificent and well worth the trek back UP HILL....which seemed a whole lot farther than 3/4 mi.

The last photo I've attached is of our current "homesite" at Belfair State Park. We moved here on October 1st. It is one of our favorite parks and although we had originally planned to spend only two months here, our itinerary has changed slightly due to a double-booking at our next host site so we will now be staying at Belfair until the end of January. More about Belfair next time.

Until next year, take care and a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.

Love,

Scotty & Kris

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