I feel the need for a road trip to happen soon and realized I never finished posting from our big trip. My excuse is Im now one of the working…. a fulltime job really puts a damper on fun! But here’s some shots of Ocean City, WA!
But first I had to get over The Bridge, The Astoria Megler Bridge. Ugh. As we learned from me holding my breath on the PCH, Im not nuts about driving on tall, narrow things, especially over rough water. The bridge is the longest continuous truss bridge in the US and is 200 ft above the water. AND, about half way over it turns into a terrible rollar coaster-like ride:
I wasn’t crazy about this, but we made it.
We slowly made our way for about 3 hours or so up 101, just enjoying the ride, but the weather was getting pretty miserable, so we decided to stay at Ocean City State Park (I kept calling it OCMD as an homage to my Senior Week trip in’90) which was 20 minutes west of Hoquiam, right on the ocean. The park is huge, and every spot is really spaced out, plus it was just about empty. We grabbed a nice paved, pull-through by the beach and walked (what seemed like a mile) to the Park Host to buy some wood. The campsite was $21 and right next to our spot was a path to the beach.
The path goes over some grass covered dunes
After a few days here, we headed to the Olympic National Forest, which we were really looking forward to. Our chosen path (not that there were many paths to chose from) was to hit Lake Quinault (an hour away from Ocean City), by way of Humptulips. For you nerds out there, Humptulips is Terry Prachett’s favorite place on Earth (he said so in a talk), and is the home base for a group of assassin monkeys in Tom Robbin’s Another Roadside Attraction. For a town of 250, it’s famous!
My friend Kiersten told me about Lake Quinault, and said the lodge was one of her favorite places to go, and I can see why. It’s a beautiful town and the lodge looked fantastic. We parked and walked around a bit, just taking in the scenery.
From the lake, we went to Queets, and the only thing we saw on the way was this:
The only thing in Queets is a gas station, please stop there, because you won’t see another one for a long, long time. In the gas station is also the Post Office, the town bus stop and possibly the only grocery store for miles. We bought a bag of popcorn.
Right up the road is Kalaloch which is definitely worth a stop. The beach has a large campground but they recommend a 21ft limit on RVs, although they have a few spaces that can fit larger models.
I’ve seen photos of Kalaloch in the summer, and it looks totally different — and apparently it books up fast! Next stop, the Hoh Rainforest!