2013 Western Road Trip Day 11, June 9th

Today we took a little time to catch up on some sleep. Babs has had a cold and has not been feeling well. Now it appears Jane has caught it also. We left Chehalis at around 9:25 am heading for the Oceanside Resort at La Push, WA.

After a while we stopped for a short break we stopped on Donkey Cache Road in the town of Hump Tulip. Now that’s a mouth full!

On the way we stop to hike in the Olympic National Park’s rainforest. The last time were here two years ago with my daughter Katy and her husband Jason, it was pouring down rain and we got soaked to the bone. Today it was sunny and dry giving the rainforest a different perspective.  It is difficult to describe this magnificent place. Sitka Pines, Douglas fir trees, and Hemlocks tower 100 to 250 feet above your head. There are Maple trees draped in moss that are so tall that it is hard to recognize them until you read the information sign. Streams and bogs crisscross the area and ferns are everywhere.

Roots of giant Sitka pine tree

Roots of giant Sitka pine tree

These are Maple Trees that are moss covered and so tall that you would not immediately recognize them as Maple trees.

The trees Denny & Jane are standing in front of are Maple Trees that are moss covered and so tall that you would not immediately recognize them as Maple trees.

Maple Trees

Maple Trees

Large firns and moss is everywhere

Large firns and moss is everywhere

Tops of giant Hemlock trees

Tops of giant Hemlock trees

This is the size of the average young tree in the rainforrest

This is the size of the average young tree in the rainforrest

Denny & Babs at fallen trees

Denny & Babs at fallen trees

Firns

Firns

Streams are everywhere

Streams are everywhere

Waterfalls in the rainforrest

Waterfalls in the rainforrest

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Leaving the rainforest we set course for La push, WA. But first we had to stop in Forks, WA the setting for the books and movies of the Twilight series. The whole perception that the series was filmed here is maybe the biggest fraud ever perpetrated on movie goers. According to the towns’ people, the film was shot mostly in Oregon and the author of the Twilight series didn’t visit Forks until after the first book was published.  None the less, we did take a shot of the high school where all the drama seems to emanate from, and these cheesy photos of Vampire nonsense.

Forks High School for you Twilight fans

Forks High School for you Twilight fans

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Vampire "treaty" line

Vampire “treaty” line

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The Oceanside Resort is located on the Quileute Indian Reservation.  As a matter of information, the Quileute believe that they evolved from wolves. The two bedroom cabin that we are staying in is about 75 yards from the Pacific Ocean. Here are some views from our deck.

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The day is beautiful and the surf is big. Babs and Denny climbed up the gigantic driftwood tree on the beach so that I could get the same photo that I took of Katy and Babs. Coming down Babs almost fell and broke her neck, so I make her walk “crab style” using her hands and butt to get down.

Babs & Denny on gigantic driftwood

Babs & Denny on gigantic driftwood

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The sunset was beautiful and the end of a nearly perfect day.

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Tomorrow we are driving around Crescent Lake, a beautiful crystal clear lake which is 600 to 1,000 feet deep and do the 1.6 mile round trip hike to the falls of the Sol Duc River.

Babs Says:  No matter the time, the rainforest is sublime. But rain and mist make it magical.

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