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Sunday, August 13, 2006

 

Family Road Trip: Days 3 & 4

The next few days of our stay at Kalaloch Lodge were spent exploring the miles and miles of beaches. In particular, the kids loved one stretch, cleverly named Beach #4, that had rocks to climb on and tide pools to study. We also spent an entire afternoon and evening on Kalaloch Beach just lounging around a driftwood bonfire. There were other families on the beach, but not within 200 yards of us. Total peace and tranquility.

One morning we drove into the Hoh Rain Forest to hike among the towering moss-covered Sitka spruce and western hemlock, some of which grow to heights of 300 feet. Even though this area averages 150 inches of rain a year, we saw nothing but dry weather and blue skies. Well, we couldn't actually see the sky from the trails of the rain forest, but we knew it was up there somewhere.

If you're ever visiting the Hoh Rain Forest, be sure to stop at the Hard Rain Cafe for a salmonburger!

Here are some photos from Days 3 & 4 of our Road Trip... As always, click on the picture for a larger view:


My wife and kids check out the tide pools on Beach #4.


In my constant quest to get the perfect photo, I scamper to the far reaches of the tide pools. Luckily, I didn't slip on some barnacles and plummet headfirst into the crashing waves to be slammed repeatedly against the rocks before the riptide pulled my lifeless body miles out to sea where it might be torn apart by a pod of killer whales.


The starfish pose politely.


Like a scene out of CSI, there were crab body parts scattered everywhere. I don't know why. My son felt bad for them, so he built this Crab Memorial.


Along the Hall of Mosses Trail in the Hoh Rain Forest. It's a good thing we didn't dress my daughter in green that day, we never would've found her!


These two massive trees reminded me of something right out of Jurassic Park. I half expected to look up and see a brontosaurus.


My son took a lot of tree pictures in the rain forest. There wasn't much else to photograph!


The driftwood fire burns hot while my daughter does her fire dance down by the waves.


There's nothing quite like hot dogs roasted over a beach fire. We had all the condiments: mustard, sand, ketchup, sand, relish, sand...


A creature made out of driftwood. This is almost as much fun as making sand castles.


The kids get ready for 'Smores as the sun sets over Kalaloch Beach.

Next post... Days 5 & 6: Crescent Lake and Leavenworth


6 Comments:

Blogger jb3ll3 said...

seriously. I want to go next time.

12:36 PM  
Blogger BX_boy said...

wow. so pretty. kinda jealous.

1:12 PM  
Blogger anne said...

Happy family days, make the most of these times. Our daughters got to about 12yo and then learned from their friends that computers and shopping were more cool than the great outdoors.

2:24 PM  
Anonymous brettdl said...

I just loved the Hoh rain forest.

4:59 PM  
Blogger Hannelie said...

What a memory you'll all share for ever!

5:11 AM  
Blogger Jeff - OWTK said...

Phil, awesome photos! The driftwood sculpture is terrific...I would say that would be much more fun (and cleaner) than sandcastle building!

Thanks for sharing your road trip.

Jeff

12:59 PM  

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