It is pretty easy for us to spend a whole day at the beach and stay entertained the entire time. The kids love to play in the waves and dig in the sand. And all 5 of us can spend hours looking for cool little treasures to collect. I wish I had done a better job recording our finds on film because we have been to many beaches. We’ve been to Mustang Island, Galveston Island, Dauphin Island, St. Andrews and St. George beaches.
Back in Three Forks Montana Steph and I spent some time making more reservations for our trip. She put me in charge of the Olympic Peninsula and I found the Hard Rain Cafe. It was one of the few places in the area that had reviews on Campendium, confirmed Verizon 4G coverage and was centrally located to both the beaches and the Hoh rainforest. And they had room for us. And it was a bargain at $25 per night!! On the phone the lady assured me they had plenty of room for our 38 foot 5th wheel and some Google reviews agreed with that while others said it was super tight quarters and big rigs should avoid. While they took a one night deposit I sort of got the feeling the reservation was only taken in the receptionist’s head or maybe a sticky note at best. I called to confirm the reservation the day before and I could almost hear her searching through a stack of post it notes to find the one with my name on it. I was a little nervous about what the place would be like and being so close to the 4th of July I was worried that there would be no backup options.
It’s the 4th of July and to celebrate our independence we’re going to the town of Forks Washington for their old fashioned 4th of July festivities. Everyone we talked to said the parade was something not to miss and that we just HAD to enjoy lunch from the traditional salmon bake. We pulled into town only about 10 minutes before the parade started so thought for sure all the parking would be gone. But we easily found a spot just across the street from the city park where the parade ends and the salmon bake begins.
Today we went to Rialto Beach, our most northwest point on this trip. Some 2826.77 miles as the crow flies from the other corner of the United States we visited last year! If you drive directly between the two it is 3,640 miles. We have covered a lot of ground!!
It was pretty thrilling to stand at this edge of the US and recall all of our time along the south and east edges of the US. We have made so many memories between the coasts and there are many more to be had. I hope that these travels will inspire the kids to explore the world on their own someday. Whether it is exploring new places near home or in some distant land I pray that they remain curious about the diversity of the land, animals, weather, people and experiences that await them around the next corner.
Ok, enough of the deep thoughts from Jack Handy…let’s get on with the beach!
Our neighbors at the campground are from Washington and visit the Olympic Peninsula regularly. According to them there is no beach better than Ruby Beach which was already on our short list. So after our morning in the Hoh Rainforest and a late lunch back at the rig we added Sheba to our party and headed to the beach. All the beaches in Kalaloch, including Ruby Beach, allow leashed dogs! We were anxious to see how Sheba would react to the sand and waves!
As we had descended from the campground to the coast we entered some low lying clouds that presented more of that misty Pacific Northwest feel. We knew we had missed low tide by a couple of hours but thought this would help us avoid some of the crowds who come just to explore the tide pools. Wrong! Parking lot was packed and cars lined the road all the way into the lot. But after one lap we found a spot big enough for the Beast and we hopped out to explore. We were all a bit surprised at the difference in weather and temperature down on the beach compared to 20 miles away from the coast!
That’s right, we did not get to see the Hoh thing, only part of it. Oh man, we got a lot of mileage out of that joke that Caden came up with.
Ranger: On this trail you will get to see the Hoh River
Caden: That’s great! I thought we only got to see a part of the river.