Hoh Rain Forest

Olympic National Park

Hoh Rainforest Campground


Do you know what it mostly does in a rainforest? Bingo! We had a short walk in the rain, past the Tolkienesque moss draped trees. It was beautiful but after an hour of constant rain we beat it back to our campsite where we are sitting in the van, eating and reading. Not too bad.

Kim posing under a rain soaked tree

Even in the rain it just doesn’t look quite real. Kinda Tolkeinesque!

Our hope was that it stops raining long enough for us to walk one of the other longer trails, but by nightfall it had been a pretty steady rain. Maybe tomorrow?

Tomorrow appeared and showed us partly sunny, partly foggy skies. Perfect!

Is that blue skies I see?

After hearing that there was 100% chance of rain that next night and all of the next day we made the easy decision to head to the sunny beach.

A lovely warm beach at Ruby Beach on the Olympic Peninsular

Sorry for reposting but we have not had cell service for most of the trip. We had roaming on but Sprint said that we used it too much so the took it away from us till mid October! So we are 1/2 mile off the road in the Rainforest and go figure we have Sprint LTE!

I Really like this Travel Thing!

Mora Campground

Olympia National Park


We just had a wonderful day yesterday of, well, just wandering around. You could just say it was a wanderful day! There is no real sunrise on the west coast so we took our time getting really and made our way to the beach.

That’s some big saw blade art.

We brought breakfast there so we just sat on a huge log, ate and stared at all of the beauty that surrounded us.

After a long walk on the beach photographing all of the artful pieces of driftwood we made our way to the little town of Forks for some groceries and lunch.

Afterwards we drove down to the other end of the beach and repeated the process.

We then walked down to the docks and while I was photographing the boats, Kim met a woman who’s boat had a dentist chair inside. She and her husband took yearly trips ( for almost 50 years) to Alaska to help fix teeth for those who might not otherwise have access to the services.

Kim talking to the dentist boat lady.

Back at home we collected all of the empty campsites unused logs and had a roaring fire complete with rum and hot chocolate.

However, all is not perfect in paradise as it had been raining all night and into the morning.

We are Sleeping just Fine

Mora State Park, WA


Some have been asking just how we are sleeping in our rented Dodge Caravan. Just fine, thanks for asking. It is a simple arrangement but one that have proven to work quite well. At night we have 6 1/2 feet to stretch out in and in the morning we move things around a bit so that we have a back rest. The food is all accessible from the rear. Mostly we are outside except when it rains–which it does quite often.

Kim reading in the back of the van

Our kitchen away from home

I am just lucky to have found a wonderful women who can enjoy the excitement of travel, and mostly ignore some of it challenges.

We are now on the Olympic Peninsula. The weather have turned into a mix of sunny skies followed by rain. We have just started our journey but already it is quite beautiful.

Taking the car ferry over to the Olympic Peninsula .

What a Great Day!

Douglas Fir Campground


Yesterday we had a wonderful walk along the river. After about an hour walking we sat down to eat our breakfast. It was a particularly lovely spot with huge boulders in the middle of the river that made for some great river watching. And then we saw the first Nooksack salmon leaping in the air trying to make it up the waterfalls. Over the next hour we watched as only a few were actually able to make it up, but then many of those we swept to the side and over the falls where they would gather their strength to make another run at it. We had only seen this on TV so we were both throughly impressed.

I know that it is not a great shot, but look close at that beauty going for the gold!

Here is what the Tolkien looking forest looked like as we walked along the rivers edge.

After the walk, and a rest, we thought that we would make another run at Baker Mountain, which was last time completely covered in fog and clouds. Again we were lucky. It was cold, windy and drizzle but there it was in all its glory. Mount Shuksan however had it tip still shrouded in clouds.

Mount Baker in all it glory

Mount Shuksun with only the summit clouded over