Month: September 2022 (Page 1 of 4)

Castle Rock, WA

On Wednesday we drove 77 miles to Toutle River RV Resort in Castle Rock, WA. This is a huge resort that is very well done and well run. It sits between the interstate and active train tracks, so there is some noise which did not bother us.

The weather was rainy and cloudy most of the time, so we did not get many pictures.

On Thursday, we drove up to Mount Saint Helens. Again, no real good pictures, but it was fascinating. We stopped at the Forest Learning Center on the way up to the Johnson Ridge Observation Center which normally has a great view of the mountain – not the cover photo is what it can look like.

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Raymond, Washington

On Monday, we travelled 148 miles to Riverfront Park in Raymond, WA. This is not a campground, but a city park where they have 20amp outlets for vendors. We stayed here for 2 nights.

Monday night, the group we had dinner at the Willapa Brewing Company. The local beer was good, and the pizza was great. So great, we had dinner there again the next night.

On Tuesday, we started out our day at the White Pines Coffee Company inside the shops at Adler & Co. Very cute place with very good coffee and snacks. All there are 70 different local businesses selling stuff there.

Next, we visited the Willapa Seaport Museum and got a tour from Captain Pete. He can really spin a tail and he tries to stump you with questions on what things are. Kelly won a special prize – a brass button!

After the Seaport Museum, we went next door to the Northwest Carriage Museum. Sounds kinda sleepy, but it was wonderful. The tour by Jerry was outstanding and the the history was great. Gotta go if you are in town. Cheri impressed us all when she played the trumpet.

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La Push, Washington

On Friday, we drove 64 miles to Quileute Oceanside Resort in La Push, Washington. We have a full hook-up site right on the ocean. Great views and sunsets. Very nice.

Friday night, Pam and I went looking for a place to watch football on Saturday and Sunday. First up: Blakeslees Bar and Grill. Good beer selection and the food was good. Next up: Westend Tap and Sip. A cute place run by a very nice couple: MIke and Glenda.

On Saturday, the group drove the Hoh Rainforest National Park. We hiked the Hoh Hall of Moss Trail where we watched a huge Roosevelt Elk walk past us twice! We then had a nice ranger talk on the history and workings of the temperate rainforest.

Then, a small group of us hiked the Hoh River Trail to Mineral Creek Falls. This was a 5.6-mile hike.

On Sunday, another small group of us headed out at 7:00am to for the Hole-in-the-Wall from Rialto Beach hike a 3.3-Mile hike. We needed to get there and back during low tide.

We also visited the Folks Timber Museum. Lots of history from the logging industry in Folks.

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Port Angeles, Washington

On Tuesday, we drove 54 miles to Elwha Dam RV Park in Port Angeles, Washington. This is a very tight RV park where we once again did not have sewer hookups in site B1.

On Wednesday, we took a couple of hikes near Cresent Lake. The short lodge trail, and then the Marymere Falls Trail which was 2.1 miles and very nice. after the hike, we had lunch at the Lodge. A few of us then went to the Barhop Brewery for beer and food and then finished with a walk in the area.

On Thursday morning, 4 of us drove “Dear Park Road” to the top of Blue Mountain (6010 feet) for some great views of the mountain. In the afternoon, we rented eBikes and rode the Spruce Railroad trail @ Lake Crescent. We rode 10 miles along the north shore and then returned.

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Volunteer Project

On Monday, September 19th, the group volunteered to do a cleanup project at Fort Worden, Stoddard Battery. We removed debris, weeds, grass and moss from 2 bunders / battery stations. They plan to use these stations for educational purposes. The before and after pictures are amazing. It is fun to see what 18 volunteers and 2 rangers can accomplish is 2 hours.

Thanks to everyone who participated: Ellen Arechavala, Kirk Atkinson, Al & Betty Moody, Molly & Brian Bopp, Mike & Gina McGinn, Mark & Connie Miller, Kelly & Pam Meer, Diana & Craig McHenry, Mike & Charlotte Henry, Chuck & Joyce Gregory,

And our Rangers: Elliot & Wayne!

Volunteer Cleanup Project @ Fort Worden

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