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Sep 2, 2017 - Travel to Kalaloch Campground on Pacific Ocean Beach

September 2 – Travel to Kalaloch Campground on Pacific Ocean Beach We left behind quickly the one-star rating, Hard Rain Café + campground to head for the Pacific Coast via Forks, Washington. Olympic NP includes 60 miles of ocean front property from the Neah Bay to the north to south of Kalahoch Campground. The beach is strewn with huge logs that have floated down a river and been tossed on the beach by winter storms. We missed the low tide part of the month so were not able to see the tide pool’s animals which are in pools 1/4-mile out...

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Sep 1, 2017 - Travel to Hoh Rain Forest in Olympic National Park

September 1 – Travel to Hoh Rain Forest in Olympic National Park We started our travel day early in anticipation of long delays on Rt. 101 where a landslide cleanup yielded 30 minute delays. We were also going to pass through Forks, WA and thought that there would be some points of vampire interest – there were not. We wanted to arrive at our campground in time to set up and have time to travel another 12 miles to the Olympic NP Hoh Rain Forest for a 2 PM ranger walk and talk. So, there was a delay, but not due to boulders on the road. We...

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Aug 29, 2013 - Largest Western Red Cedar, Kalaloch Lodge, Ruby Beach

We went back to Lake Quinault to see the largest Wester Red Cedar in the World (63.5' in circumference, 19.5' in diameter and 174' high). We have now seen the two largest trees in the Quinault valley. It was a very rainy day, the hike to this tree is half a mile up hill all the way, very stressful, it really showed how out of shape we are. The trail had roots, steps, mud, large water puddles, etc. However, the effort was worth it. It is amazing how such a large tree is hollow inside. The vegetation that we encounter is amazing. We then...

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Feb 24, 2010 - Forks, Hoh Rain Forest and the Ocean

We made it back into Forks this morning and found a place that was able to remove and fix our trailer tire. Not bad actually, 1 nail and we’ve done somewhere around 11,000 miles now. After the tire was repaired, we did find and stop at the Visitor’s Center in Forks and take a picture of “Bella’s Truck”. After a quick lunch, we were on our way again. We made a quick stop at the Olympic National Park, Hoh Rain Forest today, and what an awesome place. Again, you would really have to see it for yourself, but we can only hope that our pictures...

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Sep 19, 2009 - An Evening Walk at Beach 4

Nancy and I joined Ray and Arlene for an evening walk on Beach 4, which is about 6 miles north of South Beach. Arlene works with Nancy's daughter Nicole, and just by chance we ended up camping right next to them at South Beach campground. Small world! We've been hanging out with them some of the time since they told us about the whales. Fun people. Lots of great tide pools just crammed full of sea life. Nancy was in hog heaven with the little Canon as evidenced by the numerous close up pictures of the sea life. We stayed in the area for...

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Sep 19, 2009 - A Morning Walk on the Beach

Come join me on my 4 miles walk this morning. We had a storm blow through last night and woke to a beautiful morning. I was just going to take a quick power walk, but was drawn into the beauty of the morning and all the little treasures I was discovering. I walked from South Beach, where we are camped to up north to Kalaloch Lodge. Enjoy!

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Sep 18, 2009 - Whale Watching from South Beach Campground

It was brought to our attention by Ray and Arlene who are camped next to us that there are whales right out in front of the campground, so out came the camera and telephoto lense. We took a bunch of pictures, only a few of which showed much of anything. There were two of them from what we could tell and they hung around most of the day not that far off shore. No great head or tail shots, but lots of shots of them spouting and a few with some of the whales actually showing. They come by here each year, I'm told, on the way to Baja for the...

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Sep 17, 2009 - Ruby Beach

Ruby Beach is the first place that you can actually see the Pacific Ocean when heading south on Rt 101 from Forks. It's about 10 miles north of South Beach campground and was quite dramatic with all of the sea stacks. We spent about an hour checking it out with our new friends Don and Eileen. We had met and spent some time with them at Salt Creek campground, and by some fluke ran into them again at Ruby Beach. They're from the Boston area and are fulltimers, having sold their house in Mass. Very nice people who both Nancy and I enjoy...

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Sep 17, 2009 - Morning at South Beach Campground

The sounds of the crashing waves is like no other! What a way to go to sleep and wake up, not to mention all the rest of the time that we're here at the campground. Today we're about to head back in to Forks after which we'll check out Ruby Beach which is between here and there as well as Bogachiel State Park and campground which is about 5 miles south of Forks. How about that sunset shot by Nancy!

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Sep 16, 2009 - South Beach Campground on the Pacific Ocean

WOW!! Nancy and I are right at this very moment sitting in chairs beside the Dutch Star looking out at the Pacific Ocean from a bluff maybe 30 ft above the ocean, at South Beach campground. We arrived here about 3:30 pm and first went to Kalaloch campground. We found a nice site there with a view of the ocean, but decided to check out South Beach campground before committing. Good decision! We found this site right on the ocean that would be hard to improve on. I'm including pictures so that you can get a sense of what I'm talking about....

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Jul 14, 2008 - Ocean Pacific

Today, I reached the Pacific Ocean...a happy day, indeed. My first stop was the Kalaloch Lodge, where I had my first meal over looking the ocean since Panama City. Kalaloch Lodge is famous for being the site of the ribbon cutting ceremony for Hwy 101. After breakfast, I drove up to Beach 4, which is a part of Olympic Park. I think it was beautiful, though I haven't seen an ocean in so long, I'm not sure how my judgment is in that regard. I walked the beach for awhile and then got back on the road headed south. I think I understand now why I...

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Oct 3, 2007 - Pacific Ocean Campsite

Well ... we've finally made it as far west as you can go in the continental U.S. Arrived at Kalaloch Beach area on the famous Hwy 101 for our first campsite perched right on the open ocean. It was windy when we arrived, so the wave action was pretty significant. We love to listen to the ocean ... so this first night was wonderful to experience in our private ocean view setting. Visited another rain forest area today on the way here, including a giant old cedar tree. The old growth forests ... and rain forests ... have been one of the more...

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