Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Back to the Beach

Getting caught up after five days without internet.
 


Our timing has been incredible this summer. While other areas of the country (including our "launch site"), have had scorching temperatures, excessive rains, tornadoes, humidity, and high winds, we have enjoyed near perfect weather every day.

The day we left Dungeness it was heating up to 82 degrees. Not miserable, but hotter than we've seen other than a day in Ukiah several weeks ago. When we arrived two hours later in La Push, WA, it was 67 degrees with a nice breeze. Perfect.

Having the ocean and James Island right out the window was pretty sweet as well. The beach was about 40 yards from our front door.


From our dining room window
Five days at Quilete Oceanside RV Resort was the very first reservation I made back in March, and the reason we headed west knowing we'd be going east again the following week. Nina's review covers all the important details of this basic-but-fabulous park, and is a must-read if you plan to stay.

At first I was disappointed that we were in Site 2, when 3-11 are facing the ocean, and appear to have the better view. But once we were set up it was clear that we had a prime location. Because it sits higher than the others, Site 2 has a great view of the water, looking over the small dune. It is also back farther from the parking area for day-use (until 11 PM).

The park is on the Quilete Reservation, and like everything here it is owned and run by the tribe. They have a nice general store a block away with everything from propane and diesel fuel to bread and ice cream. The office has a small store as well, with a nice selection of books and quality souvenirs. A tiny coffee kiosk and a small bathhouse round out the "amenities". There is a lodge and several cabins on site as well.

You come here for the beach. It is a very popular surfing spot during the day, and on weekend nights the sky is lit up by fireworks. Big fireworks! Beautiful but really loud until after 10 PM. The Quillayute River flows into the ocean here, and fishing boats pass in and out all day.

Steps from our site



Popular for surfers
And fishermen (probably fisherwomen too)
And cute little girls
 
James Island
Driftwood along the jetty and on the beach

Some "pieces" larger than others.....
We spent a day and a half just enjoying the beach, and then we were off on more adventures! With no internet and no cell service at our site, we needed to check in as well as check out more beautiful places!



10 comments:

  1. I am such an oceanoholic and really really missing those waves and beaches so your post is a delight to my eyes and a balm for my soul. All your pictures are just wonderful but I think I'd pick your opening one if I was forced to. What a spot you are in. You sure know how to pick them.

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  2. I grew up near the beach and have always loved it dearly...I do miss it sometimes when we spend months inland...though having other water sources around such as streams and lakes is a decent substitute.

    Have you ever tried surfing? I have only done boogie boarding and body surfing myself.

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    1. Same here, boogie and body. There was a place to rent boards in the park - surf and boogie - but since they also came with wet suits I figured it was waaaay too cold for me! I love to watch surfing though :-)

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    2. Oh yeah, water is waaaay too cold! Hans and I have a 70 degree water temperature limit...needless to say we don't get in the ocean too often. In San Diego that only happens a couple of times most summers.

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  3. We drove down from the Elks in Forks to check La Push out. I had been there as a child but that was about it. Once we explored the area by car, we quickly checked for availability for our motorhome and ended up staying several nights. We loved it. It's definitely a gorgeous are and well worth a few nights stay.

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    1. So glad you got to stay here too - we just loved it!

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  4. I love your view from your window:) Sounds like a wonderful site. Thanks for the tip:) Jodee, you photos of the ocean are wonderful!!! I especially love your first one. The wave motion and color is so cool:) That is one huge piece of drift wood!!!

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    1. Thanks Pam! Water is my favorite thing to photograph so far. The drift-tree was also about 40 feet long!

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  5. I know and love that view and beach. A friend used to live just north of the park and I visited frequently. If you do get a storm all the beach "furniture" will be rearranged.

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    1. A very good friend to have! I keep telling all mine they should retire in these places - and put in a pad of course! I can only imagine the storms that must move those huge logs to the top of the jetty!

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