Our first destination was the Hoh temperate rain forest. One of the lower campsites had showers, so for 25 cents, we got a 2 minute shower. What a difference two minutes can make! We then headed to a visitor center up on one of the higher peaks. Again the road followed a river up the mountain, so we stopped couple of times to check it out and rinse out a couple of things.
The river was aqua and also grey due to the "Glacier flour" - powdered rock ground down by the glaciers
The river bed was all pebbles
The tree roots are really shallow and lots of them are actually exposed
The trees grow in lots of funny ways and the deciduous ones all seem good for climbing
Tall tall tall
The view from the top was good, but not quite what we had hoped
|The forest was very dense|
Some of the trees were growing together, either attached at the base like this one or coming up out of a downed tree
Two fallen trees make a tunnel on the trail
High up on the cliffs; there was lots of driftwood on all of the beaches
Not exactly inviting
We kept driving all the way to Lake Willapa, where there were three campsites to choose from. It was a little bit like Goldilocks and the Three Bears, the first site was too crowded, the second site was too far from the lake, but the third site- it was perfect. Only four campsites and directly on the lake. The campsite that we chose was literally feet from he lake, but it was adjoining to another site, with the other two being around the corner and full already. We figured that since it was late, if we were lucky we would basically get two campsites to ourselves. One lady did come check it out, but that was it. It was by far the most private official campsite that we found. Well, except for the random college kids that kept walking through our site to go through a hole in the bushes to get to the non-official campsite that they had found. They were cool though, one of them was from Great Britain and visiting/working in Washington for the summer.
The pebble beach at our campsite overlooking the mountains
Janda strikes a pose with some mountains far off in the distance
Why we chose to stay on Lake Willapa
Our own little beach at our campsite
We made dinner and watched the sun set over the mountains on the other side of the lake. No campfire this evening to keep us up, so we hit the sack (literally) pretty early.
Janda getting dinner ready at our campsite
Day is done
View from the tent