October 2, 2020

August 2020, part 2 - Olympic National Park & the Hoh

We'd heard about a good dry camping spot outside of the Olympic National Park so we made our way around the peninsula and over toward the Hoh Rainforest to see what we thought.  We loved it!  It's actually privately owned land so there is a daily fee...and you absolutely must be fully self-contained (no tents, no outdoor showers, etc.) and respect the land.  It seems silly to state those things but more and more dry camping spots are being disrespected and misused...and I'd hate to see this one go away.

Anyway, we found ourselves a couple of spots along the river...my drone pictures make it seem as we were all alone, but of course we were not...but it wasn't crowded, at least not on weekdays...and having the river right out the window was pretty amazing.

There is a lot to explore from here...Forks is a funky little town...used to be the mania headquarters for the series Twilight...and having wandered through the forests a bit, it's an appropriate place for the setting!  The Hoh Rainforest is awesome and there are lots of hiking opportunities, short and long, that begin right at the Visitors Center.  We were tree huggers at the "Tree of Life" near Kalaloch campground, drove up to the "big Cedar tree" and drove a bit south to check out the "biggest Sitka Spruce".  The enormity of the trees individually is astounding...and the density of the forests are amazing.  We paddleboarded down the Hoh a couple of times and went to the mouth of the Hoh River as well.  Beautiful waters!  

A particularly interesting profile on the big cedar tree...

the Tree of Life

The largest Sitka Spruce

One particularly overcast evening a gentleman from another trailer (he looked to be a summer resident!) came knocking on our door to suggest to us that we move to higher ground.  It'd been drizzling a bit that day but no real accumulation...but, he told us, it'd been raining pretty hard in the Hoh Rainforest and when the river rises, it rises quickly.  So, we hitched up and moved to higher ground, afraid we might wake up in the water!

Dave decided to wait it out.  We checked on him late in the evening and he thought he'd be fine overnight, though the river had already crept up to his doorway...and in the morning he'd reassess...

Early in the morning, he hitched up in knee deep water...!  All was well...the sun came out and the river receded, but we stayed put on the higher ground, having learned our lesson!  (Dave didn't!  He went even farther down the bar and waited out another tenuous night of watching the river rise!)

We enjoyed the heck out of our time here and knew upon leaving that we'd be back again someday!

The View from our Loo!

Hot stone therapy!

Our house-boat!

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