to the Olympic Rainforest

to the Olympic Rainforest

After leaving friends in Marrowstone Island, the dogs and I made our way to the north-westernmost point of the continental U.S.; Cape Flattery

The water is an amazing dark turquoise blue. Sully was mesmerized. 

Cape Flattery, and the town of Neah Bay are part of the Makah Reservation. 
Click here: for little bit of information on the Makah People. 

The hike to the point was through lush forests, and is well marked with boardwalks and railings in parts. It’s about 0.75 miles from trailhead to overlook, with some elevation changes, single-file parts, and quite a few people. The trek is definitely worth it though, and this is coming from someone who is pretty cranky about dealing with (other) tourists! 

After our stop at the Point, and a little snack while sitting in the camper doorway people watching, we drove on to the Hoh Rain Forest in the Olympic Peninsula. 

Our campsite had a little walk down to the Hoh River, and we did some hiking around.

Unfortunately, dogs aren’t allowed on the trails inside the park, and it was too warm to leave them in the truck/camper, so we didn’t get to go on the lush Hall of Mosses Trail or the other trails there. We still had a wonderful time inside the rain forest though. 

It’s really interesting to me how different forests feel. The forest I camped in just shy of the Idaho border felt dark and scary, but this rainforest felt comfortably enveloping and welcoming. 

I wanted to stay another day, but my friend in Yachats is a working’ stiff and had to schedule days off, so for one of the first times on this adventure, I had a timeline. It’s a good feeling to want to get back to a place though, so I look forward to my next visit to the Hoh Rain forest. 

We went south on Highway 101 along the coast, and stopped for an overnight at a fellow Wander the West forum camperers’ home outside of Nehalem, Or., where there were many blackberries to pick! 

Their acreage was an old dairy farm, and they gave me a lovely spot to pop-up.

On their property, they have abundant flower gardens, along with some fruit trees and bushes, and have created a “pollinator habitat”

I spent a quick overnight with my gracious hosts, then moved on to visit my friends in Yachats, OR.

6 thoughts on “to the Olympic Rainforest

  1. Looks lovely. I do miss the ripe blackberries of the Pacific Coast – alway a treat on a long bike ride to spot a patch alongside the highway and gobble down the ripe berries.

  2. You are doing well, Ladybug! Travel,exploration, and contemplation suit you. You have found a rythum. It is amazing that the more we explore, we learn so much more about ourselves. Travel safe and best wishes. And thanks for inviting us along.

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