We Arrive at the Pacific Ocean

by William Mclaughlin May. 06, 2012 2728 views

We arrived at La Push, Washington on Monday, April 30th and are leaving tomorrow, Sunday, May 6th.

The scenes above have thrilled us for almost a week. The weather has been cloudy, rainy, sunny…over and over every day. The phrase, if you don't like the weather it'll change in 15 minutes, must have been coined here.

Tomorrow, May 6th we will go to the Hoh River in the Olympic National Park. It'll be great and it is a rainforest…it is guaranteed to rain;-) They get 140+ inches of rain a year there.

We may not have cell phone/internet connectivity while at the Hoh, but we'll be out in 1-3 days and will be back in contact. Until then, seeya…

View out our motorhome living room window upon arrival. It was raining and very windy with lots of good surf.

View out the same window as above the next moring. The rain stopped and the view was great. Our campsite is definitly view property!

Here's how excited Mandy is about the whole thing:)

Looking over some low dunes right in front of our campsite.

Surf close up after a windy night.

This day we drove from our campsite in La Push, Washington, home of the Quiluette Tribe, to Neah Bay, home of the Makah Tribe. It rained the entire time there but we spent 90 percent of our time in their museum looking at tribal artifacts discovered and unearthed over an eleven year period in the 1960s-70s. Fascinating stuff!!! Photo above is the harbor at Neah Bay.

Much of the road to Neah Bay runs parallel with the Strait of Juan de Fuca. This is a picture taken in the rain from a viewpoint along the road.

We found a place for a massage and a soaking in some natural hot springs. This is the Sol Duc Hot Springs Lodge on National Park land. Everything was great. And it rained most of the time…except it was snowing on the tree tops up the mountains overlooking our soaking pools:)

This is a salmon cascade on the Sol Duc River near the hot springs.

Back to La Push and the beach…here's our girl Tara standing in front of a piece of driftwood. By the size of this tree, it was easily in the 1,500 year old range when it fell into a river somewhere…made it to the ocean and washed up on the La Push Beach. The tree trunk is now hollow as you can see.

I am posting this picture just to show you that we did get some blue sky from time to time.

Today there were surf and body boarders on the beach. One dresses warmly for that sport up here in Washington.

Last but not least, today we made a second trip to nearby Rialto Beach. Our campgrounds are just below where you see the rain falling from the coulds in the left center of the photo above. This provides a perfect illustration of why there is rain one moment and sun the next. These clouds just keep rolling in off the Pacific at this time of the year.

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Neiwil 5 years, 5 months ago

Some very British weather :-) Outstanding scenery, and some impressive wave formations. Love the 'drift wood' , may take a while to whittle that down to a walking stick ! Do they get bears at the salmon cascade when the fish are 'running' ? that could be an interesting photo ( from a distance with telephoto ).
Olympic NP sounds fun.....140 inches of rain....hope you packed your wellies....catch you when you emerge from the wilderness, take care....

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Astrid 5 years, 5 months ago

Nice set... Love THE dog.

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Felecia 5 years, 5 months ago

Wonderful set. Love the huge driftwood/tree. I posted one a few days ago [url=http://www.photoblog.com/liveandletlive/2012/04/23/big-wood.html][b]Here[/b][/url]

The Hoh is beautiful. We tent camped there last summer. Can't wait to see your pictures. I'm really enjoying them.

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