Monday, September 29, 2014

Washington day 5

After the rain forest, we headed to the beach. We heard about the beautiful beaches along Kalaloch... and they were beautiful!

Another good thing about Kalaloch is that there are a lot of sticks!

A bad thing is that it was cold and windy. So, we headed back inland to Queets Valley, and found a great camp site... along another river.

No swimming for the Jena-girl. The river was too deep, fast, and it is starting to get colder. Here is a view of the river from the camp site:

And here is a view of the campsite from the river:

So, instead of swimming, we went hiking... the Olympic National Park really is BEAUTIFUL!

One more note about our campsite... it came with neighbors...

Yes... it's a flying squirrel! The squirrels are so funny. They love to tease the dogs, and Jena loves squirrels!
Tomorrow we get our first day of rain.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Washington day 4

Today we headed to my favorite spot on the trip, Hoh Rain Forest. We found another nice camp spot along a river:

And you know what that means... more swimming...

... and more sticks....

There was a purpose to all that swimming and stick fetching... We planned to go for an hour hike along one of the most popular trails in Hoh Rain Forest... the Hall of Moss, but no dogs are allowed on the trail. We tired Jena out and let her take a nap in the trailer while we went on our hike. It was really beautiful! Just like how I pictured the Olympic Peninsula would look like"

By the time we got back, it was time to cook dinner...

Have a little wine...

And relax by the fire...

Oops... Jena wants dinner...

Now it's time to relax... ahhh....

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Washington Day 3

This is our first night in the Olympic National Forest. There is no road that goes through the forest, so we planned to camp around the entire peninsula. We stopped in Port Angeles to get our feet wet in the Sound.

We skipped Hurricane Ridge. We heard that they had a bear problem out there. So, our first night is in Sol Duc. Sol Duc is known of its hot springs. We couldn't visit the hot springs because the National Forest Service has a very strict policy about dogs. We got a great camp spot along a little creek.

Ah... Now this looks like what I pictured the Olympic Pennisula would look like:

The place was very beautiful. Jena was allowed on the trails that ran between the campgrounds and the hot springs resort.

Jena loves the hiking, but what she loves even more... swimming!!!

She's just daring someone to take the stick from her, haha!

That's it for today... stay tuned for tomorrow!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Washington - day1 & day2

Here is the start of out trip recap... like I said, Jim and Jena left over a week before me. They camped up 395 into Oregon and Washington. Jim found an RV park not too far from SEATAC (Seattle-Tacoma airport). Chris took me to John Wayne after I got off work on Friday, and Jim picked me up on Friday night. He drove me back to the RV park where he had already setup camp. The following morning was bright, warm and sunny.

An RV Park is a large parking lot with RV and trailers all pulled in side by side. This is a very pretty park, even with a lake... hence the name Pleasant Lake, in Bothell, WA.

The following morning we met my long time online friend, BethieJ, and her lovely family. They found us a great little restaurant, Jantee Bistro and Bottle, with an outside patio so Jena could sit out with us. The food the great, as was the company :oD

After breakfast, we set out for Whidbey Island. I don't have any pictures of our first day on Whidbey Island... :o(
Anyway after that we headed for the Coupville-Port Townsend (Beth's son helped us make reservations on his smart phone).

Jena wasn't so sure about the Ferry. She preferred to stay in the car...
Tomorrow I''ll start sharing photos of the Olympic Penninsula!

But for today... Cheryl is going stir crazy, so look what we got into:

The rest might have to wait until next weekend... it's back to work tomorrow!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Long time no blog...

I just got back from a week long vacation. Jim and Jena left a few weeks ago pulling the trailer up the coast. I flew to Seattle last week and he picked me up at SEATAC. We spent the week touring the Olympic National Park. It was wonderful! I'll post some pics of our trip in a while.

Look what Cheryl got into when we were away:

She also has a small cut on the bridge of her nose where she got hit by another surfboard. The cut isn't bad it was more of a result of the impact. She has a little bruising below her eyes, but it's very slight. She wouldn't let me take a picture.

So Cheryl is fine... watch for trip pictures coming soon!!!