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The last time I had camped at Walupt Lake was in the late ’70s when I was still in Jr High. It was a campout with my Dad’s co-workers. At the time, we camped in an old canvas tent. The thing I remembered most about that trip is that it poured down rain relentlessly. It rained so hard that getting a fire started was impossible. One night was enough of that, and everybody packed up and headed for sunny skies in the Cle Elum area.
Thirty-five or so years later, I’m taking my daughter on the last camping trip before school starts. Thunderstorms were forecast (deja vu?), but only a 30 percent chance, not enough to deter a Pacific Northwest camper.
We had two nights before us. Instead of our normal overland camping (a new location each night), we decided to base camp and stay in one location and “relax”.
On our final night of camping on the Olympic Peninsula, after a very peaceful night, we awoke to the sound of a very loud Jake Brake from a Logging Truck (I assume) on US 101.
On that note, I got up and built a nice fire with the remaining wood from the night before. Then, after picking up camp, we made the short walk on a level trail to the overlook of the waterfalls (hence the name Falls View Campground).
“Waterfalls, Falls View Campground, Washington, 2013″
After viewing the waterfalls, we made the short, but steep hike down into the canyon to see the Big Quilcene River. Continue reading
We had a late start to our third day camping on the Olympic Peninsula. The “singing waters” of the Lyre River must had been very soothing for my 15 year old daughter because she slept 12 hours in the roof top tent on top of my Land Cruiser.
I took advantage of the time and captured photos of the Lyre River and some of the surrounding foliage.
We didn’t get onto the road until well after 10:30 AM. Our first stop was in Port Angeles, Washington for gas (at 10 mpg, the land Cruiser drinks a lot) and a few supplies that we realized that we needed for the final night.
From Port Angeles, we drove up to Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic National Park. I was hoping to get there earlier in the day, but our timing worked out well. There were plenty of parking spots and the area wasn’t too crowded.
“Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park, Washington, 2013″
We ended up spending a few hours at Hurricane Ridge, shooting photos and walking around on the paved “hiking” trails. There were deer everywhere. The deer have become very accustomed to humans in this area of the park. We also spotted a black bear in the brush off the trail. Continue reading
On Tuesday morning, after camping at the Kalaloch Beach Campground in the Olympic National Park along the Washington State Coast, we got picked up camp up early and were on the road by 7:30 AM. We had no destination in mind, only that we had to be home in Ellensburg, Washington by Thursday.
Our first stop of the day was to see the “Big Cedar Tree” just off of US 101 in the Olympic National Park. I ended up spending almost an hour photographing abstract images of the tree and it’s exposed root system. The big cedar tree kind of reminded my of “The Tree of Souls” from the movie Avatar.
“Driftwood, Ruby Beach, Washington 2013″
After visiting the Big Cedar Tree, it wasn’t much further drive until we reached Ruby Beach in the Olympic National Park.
Since earlier in the year, I had time set aside to make a multi-day camping trip with my daughter right after the July 4th holiday weekend (and two days after her 15th birthday). As usual, I try to avoid holiday weekend traffic as much as possible, it’s one of those things I love about shift work.
About a week before our planned departure date, we made reservations at the Kalaloch Beach Campground along the Washington Coast. Only the first night was planned, the remaining nights we would camp wherever we ended up at the end of the day.
After checking over the Land Cruiser and getting things loaded up on Sunday, we left early on Monday morning from our home in Ellensburg, Washington.
After making quick stop for groceries on the Westside, we headed South to Olympia and then West on Highway 8 towards Aberdeen.
“Satsop Nuclear Plant, Washington, 2013″
Out of curiosity and the desire to get a close up photo, we made a quick run up to the old Satsop Nuclear Plant. I’ve always seen it from the highway and was hoping we could get a little closer. From the highway, we followed the signs to the Satsop Business Park which ended up sitting in between the two cooling towers that are visible from the valley below.