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Oct 5, 2019 - Forks - Mt. St. Helens & Rialto Beach

Leaving Portland behind, we donned our adventurer's metal and boldly invaded the state of Washington. Somewhat to our surprise, it was really easy! Our first stop was Mt. St. Helens, the volcano that blew its top. We wound up only stopping at the Visitor's Center since the mountain was completely covered in fog. Looking at the camera some 50+ miles away at the mountain, one could not see anything except fog. Wisely, we decided to forego driving 100 and some miles to see fog. However, we did see a very good, short movie about the before and...

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Jun 28, 2018 - Coos Bay and Sunset Beach State Park, OR June 23-25

Before I write up the Coos Bay entry, picture this: Tom and I have a subscription to MLB through T-Mobile so we are able to enjoy the Dodgers pretty regularly. For reasons to be told later we have been deprived. So right now we are sitting in the truck looking over the harbor at Trinidad, CA with a phone and a Bluetooth speaker – listening to the Dodger vs. Cubs game and I am finally making this entry for Coos Bay. The entries for this journal are sometimes hard to get motivated about. It is a little like waiting too long to start the term...

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Jun 22, 2018 - Olympic Peninsula and Olympic National Park June 19-22, 2018

We were in no hurry to leave Seattle/Tacoma because we had a relatively short drive. But, due to some advice, we got a little twisted up getting to I-5 and then I asked if we could take the scenic route which was about 45 minutes longer and then then there was “traffic” in Olympia and then US 101 is not a 4 lane road and then we had to stop for oxygen in Port Angeles and then we still had 60 miles to go and then there was a construction delay. Scenic is a very good way to go but the road was such that Tom did not get much chance to enjoy –...

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Aug 6, 2017 - Rialto beach

We woke up to total mist in Port Angeles at the Walmart and we're on the road by 9:30. It cleared somewhat as we drove west on 101 towards the Washington but there's still smoke from the BC fires. We found a campsite at Mora, a national park site which costs $10 with our senior access pass.We hiked on the Rialto beach for about 2 miles. The beach has huge beached trees and lots of smooth stones scattered along it. We also went to First beach on the Quileute Indian reservation and walked a small ways. It's about 60 degrees on the beach so...

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May 25, 2017 - Cruzin’

We left Fidalgo Bay and drove south to Coupeville Ferry Terminal on Whidbey Island today. We’ll drive Winnie and the Fit onto the Coupeville-Port Townsend Ferry to cross the Admiralty Inlet. We were scheduled for the 2:00PM ferry, but got there early and I unhooked the Fit so it cold be driven on board separately from Winnie. Traffic was light so we were able to board early. The trip to Port Townsend only took about 20 minutes and cost about $60, but saved over 3 hours of driving if we had to go south again and circle Seattle. The weather...

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Sep 22, 2016 - Forks WA

First a word about Forks. The town is the setting of the TV show "Twilight". First thing we were asked at the chamber of commerce: "Are you twilighters?" We had no idea what the woman was talking about. "Twilight" is a vampire show. There were signs all over town; "No vampires allowed" or "Vampire-style motel rooms" or "Vampire Free Zone". Who knew? But the chamber advertises: "Travel to Forks, Washington to see the actual town where author Stephenie Meyer based her Twilight saga novels. Discover the magic of the rainiest town in the...

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Aug 18, 2016 - Leaving Forks headed to Cathlamet, WA

It is late so I will make this brief tonight. Our trip from Forks to our campground on the Columbia River was a little over 250 mi. We made several stops along the way to view the beaches and lighthouses. The first lighthouse was pretty far out on an island so was obviously not accessible to the public. The name of it was the Destruction Island Light. The second one was Grays Harbor located at Westport. It is open to the public except it was closed on Tue., Wed., and Thurs. Of course today it Thursday. It is the tallest lighthouse in WA and...

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Aug 17, 2016 - Stranded and Hiking

When I say we are stranded, not really but we have extended out stay at Forks for two days waiting for work or repair on Doug and Mildred's truck. They are still in Sequim and we didn't want to go on south in case it was going to take longer than expected. So we are still in Forks Riverview RV Park, even though I stated last night that it would be our last night here. After much discussion about what to do today, Jeff and Marcella decided to drive back up the peninsula and go on the 1.7+ mi. hike to Shi-Shi Beach. I knew from the...

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Aug 16, 2016 - Hoh Rainforest and Ruby Beach

Another day, another adventure: This one was about 50 miles to drive to the Hoh Rain Forest in Olympic National Park. The trees are amazingly big with moss hanging from them. However, today it was hot and dry. I was way over dressed so it gave me a reason to buy another t-shirt. While there, I hiked the "Moss Trail" with Jeff and Marcella. It was an easy hike and even though the information said it was 3/4 mi. , Jeff said his tracker said over a mile. I was surprised how the dusty the trail was since it was a rain forest. It has been an...

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Aug 15, 2016 - Lighthouse, caves, and beaches

We headed north and west this morning toward Cape Flattery, which is the northwestern most point in the lower 48. There were several stops along at beaches to do some admiring and exploring. We reached Neah Bay about noon, bought a permit to explore the areas around and on the Makah Indian Reservation, had lunch, and went to the trail head of the path that leads to the view of the Cape Flattery Lighthouse and that point I mentioned earlier. Gary even did the 1/2 mile trail which had many steps, rocks, and roots along the way. The view was...

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Aug 15, 2016 - August 14

I didn't post yesterday because, although we are staying in one of the nicer campgrounds, we do not have (AT&T) cell signal, tv, or wifi. Glen and Gayla graciously offered to let me use their hot spot (Verizon). Yesterday we drove the 70+ miles south from Sequim to Forks. Our route was highway 101 which took us on a winding scenic drive on the north side of Olympic National Park (how cool to be at Olympic mountains during the olympics) and along the shore of beautiful Lake Crescent to the small town of Forks. If you are familiar with the...

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Aug 5, 2016 - Forks Forest

Forks has proved to be a decent little town. It is more than fifty miles from the nearest full-sized grocery store and hospital facilities. But the folks here are friendly and seem to like the place. In addition, there is a nice little pizza/Italian restaurant across the street from the RV park. Annie is not permitted to walk the trails of the federal rain forests in the area. So we decided to take a short hike on a path in a second growth forest area within the town limits. Last night we went to the local high school campus to participate...

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