Thursday, November 21, 2013

Moved to the Beach - November 2013

After a week in the Upper Forest Campground, the Ranger asked us if we would like to move to the Beach Campground.  Apparently the Camp Host never showed up on November 1st, and they need a Camp Host.  They also asked us if we would be willing to stay for a few more months, so we committed to staying here until February 1st.  We really loved the Upper Forest Campground because it was very quiet and picturesque with all the big trees and the daily deer visits.  But the Beach is also very nice with the wide open views, though it often gets windier at the beach....The only problem is that the park will be shutting off all the fresh water to the campgrounds in December...So we will have to fill our water tank on a regular basis.  I guess that's a small price to pay for being able to live in a place surrounded by such beauty.

Since last week we managed to see and do a few things.  Linda & I took a drive through Sequim (pronounced skwim) and Port Angeles.  These are nice coastal towns with plenty of shopping.  Sequim has Walmart and Costco, and some other major chain retailers.  Port Angeles has more local retailers.  We still prefer Port Townsend for it's quaint downtown charm and historical Victorian architecture.  We also went to a place called Lake Crescent.  It's located within the Olympic National Park.  We visited the Lake Crescent Lodge for a nice lunch and went on a great hike to Marymere Falls.  On another day, Linda took the Kingston Ferry to Edmonds, where her friend Rebecca met her.  They enjoyed the afternoon shopping at some real nice places.  While she was visiting, I stayed in the Olympic Peninsula and explored some of the coastal towns nearby.  I stumbled upon the Naval UnderSea Museum in a town called Keyport.  It was really cool to see the evolution of the submarine, Navy Scuba gear, mines and torpedoes.  Later that day, I took the Bainbridge Ferry to Seattle where Linda and I met Rebecca and Russ for dinner at Ivar's Acres of Clams.  It was great seeing them again!

Sunrise outside our front window...Yeah, Sunrise on the West Coast...We're actually on a peninsula.  The sun rises on one side, and sets on the other.

This is the beach across from the campground.  Point Wilson Lighthouse is in the background

One of the walking bridges on the way to Marymere Falls

Climbing the steps to the Falls

Marymere Falls near Lake Crescent.  It's located in the Olympic National Park

View of Lake Crescent from the restaurant inside the Lake Crescent Lodge

Seattle skyline view from the Ferry


Terry said...

What a fabulous way to camp! The photos are gorgeous and those views breathtaking! Enjoy the next few months and if no posting before Thanksgiving, have a great one and say "howdy" to that pretty wife of yours!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

OK, now I really want to leave Vegas!!!!!!