I haven't read the very popular young adult books, nor have I seen the movies - but I haven't been living under a rock, so I know the Twilight series takes place in the lovely northwestern town of Forks, Washington. If I hadn't known this before our first visit here four years ago, I would have learned it quickly with all the references throughout the area! Businesses, signs, posters, street names, etc.
Before the vampires and werewolves took over, Sasquatch (Big Foot) was king. And in the four years since we last visited, he has reasserted himself as the dominant "mascot". Far less sign of those "other guys" these days.
Although he is often depicted as a friendly "wookie-like" dude, apparently he has scared off the vampires and werewolves, or maybe eaten them!! The scarier interpretations of Sasquatch as a forest monster make that possibility very real :-)
A no-frills park with dirt and grass sites, it's a good spot for making our planned day trips. The satellite connects, although their WiFi doesn't work for us. But we are able to use our MiFi and our cell phones, which we couldn't do at Quileute. As it's also the only Forks park, it's the best in town!
Our drive from Grays Harbor is the last section of "new" Hwy 101 for the motorhome. Much of it is narrow, and most of it is cut through a thick forest of ten-year growth trees. It gets a bit claustrophobic after awhile, and I'm very happy to stretch my eyes a bit when we get to Forks.
The Hoh Rainforest to the south is a lovely area along the Hoh River. With rain in the forecast on Saturday we make the short 35 minute drive. Seeing it last time in bright sunshine, it didn't feel very "rain-foresty". Definitely better with the clouds and moisture, but also not something that everyone else didn't think of! There's a line to get through the kiosk where they're only letting in a car for every one that exits. At the visitor center the interpretive hikes are all full, lines at the restrooms....you get the idea.
|Waiting our turn.|
It is a Saturday, summer vacations are wrapping up, families out in nature is great; I'm grateful that not only access but education is available to so many. We're not fans of places with hordes of others, but can't begrudge that we aren't alone. Fortunately the Jeep gives us more options for exploring, and we quickly head out of the crowd.
|Enough sun to catch reflections on the ponds.|
|We didn't find any ham.|
|Although soft and quiet today, the huge tree stump far from the forest line reminds us this river can get very big and very strong.|
|The creamy turquoise of glacier flour.|
|Wild life sighting!|
|Tessa looking for rocks for Linda to paint :-)|
|No crowds here - yay.|
This is reservation land in the Olympic National Forest. As expected, lots of vacationers are already here.
No parking in the lots for Third or Second Beach and no overflow available nearby. We find a spot at First Beach where families, dog-walkers, surfers and sun-bathers enjoy the natural beauty and perfect weather. Before leaving, we visit Rialto Beach which is just as amazing. The large basalt rock formations add so much character.
|Little silhouettes up front, large ones in the distance.|
|James Island at the river jetty. The back of the island has a small cove, popular with kayakers.|
|Searching for treasures.|
|Little James Island|
|Stacks of driftwood aid the small dunes in providing protection from storm surge.|
|And offer unlimited building sources!|
|A different view of James Island from Rialto.|
|Quillayute River (spelled differently from the tribe)|
|A trail of sunlight in the center of a green corridor.|
A recreation pass is required to access the area, $10 and good through December. We pick one up at the little grocery store. Another reservation town, there are very few businesses here. The day we visit there's a recall election on the tribal council, and the voter turnout at the community center is hopping.
I really want to make the hike out to the viewpoint on Cape Flattery, but the steep decline that continues as far as we can see means a steep incline coming back. We've gotten "de-conditioned", as my BFF calls it, so we opt out of the hike this trip.
Hobuck RV Resort has an unbeatable location, but is unfortunately first come-first serve. At the end of a 30 mile, narrow and winding road with few other options nearby, taking a chance at a spot in the middle of peak season isn't something I'm yet ready to try. So of course when we get there in the Jeep, there's one open site. Oh well....maybe someday.
|I so want to spend a week right here!|
|Makah Bay. View from the RV park.|
|Cape Flattery in the distance - the most northwestern point in the contiguous United States.|
|Sea Serpent skeleton.|
|On the fly.|
|Above changing the color of the below.|
|The good life.|
|Lunch on the marina at the Warmhouse is great - locally caught fresh fish.|
|The Strait of San Juan de Fuca with Vancouver Island in the distance. And this cool rock.......|
Fortunately we have a few more days in pretty little Sequim, just 90 minutes east.