Saturday, June 21, 2014

Olympic National Park - From the Road

This post is out of sequence / intertwined with the last post. We really enjoyed our travel day between Tulalip and the peninsula. Skies were clear and the mountains were out.

There were lots of logging trucks on the road between Port Angeles and Forks. Based on what we've seen in the rest of the state, they clearly should be considered an endangered species.
We considered staying at a National Park campground at the west end of Lake Crescent, but decided we'd had enough shade. Like most of the campgrounds in western Washington, Fairholme was located in thick timber.

As we started to see the ocean, we spotted our first (now decommissioned) lighthouse of the trip on Destruction Island.

South Beach Campground is the southern most of the many campgrounds in the Olympic National Park. All but one of the campgrounds are first come, first served. This one has no shade, and reminds me of some southern California beach camping. There is no drinking water available but there are flush toilets. About 20% of the sites were taken when we arrived on Wednesday.

The weather isn't always nice, but even after a day of mostly rain, the sunset was spectacular.


  1. Now, that's a real log truck. Thought they were big in our part of the country, but haven't seen one with the booster axles. Beautiful sunset.

    1. It just happened to be the luck of the draw. I decided I needed a logging truck picture and it was the next one in line. Lots of them were running a full length standard semi log bunk with a 25ish ft tag trailer as a set of doubles

      The sunsets have been beautiful. I'm hopng we'll actually be able to see today's sunset all the way to the horizon.

  2. Beautiful photos -- especially the first and last one.

    It seems odd to me that a campground would have flush toilets, but no drinking water. Interesting!

    1. It's beautiful around here. The photos don't really do it justice.

      Looks like they have a well that doesn't meet drinking water standards.