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NorthWesty Trip :: Part 2

August 9, 2012

Day 8: We packed up the van with clean clothes and tons of food and made our way to the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. The dunes are amazing! We ran up and down them for ages. The boys had so much fun.

We also visited the Umpqua Lighthouse. Oregon in known for its many picturesque lighthouses and their little museum was quite informative.

We camped in a walk-in tent site at the Carl G. Washburne State Park where you take your gear to your site by wheelbarrow. Good thing we brought our tent.

Lesson Learned: Four people can fit into a three person tent.

Day 9: After a slightly uncomfortable night squished into our tent, we walked through a goblin forest to the beach and later did some tide pooling.

At the Oregon Coast Aquarium we saw lots of interesting coastal critters. Walking through the Passages of the Deep exhibit, where sharks swim over your head, was one of the highlights. Oliver took the photo of the shark!

We camped at Cape Lookout State Park. The campground is right next to the beach and we spent lots of time there.

Lesson learned: Camping next to the beach is also hard on the dry clothes.

Day 10: We woke up and realized that someone had stolen the booze we left out over night. Not a big deal, but kind of a bummer. We visited another lighthouse, this one at Cape Meares where you can also see Three Arch Rocks and the Octopus Tree.

The highlight of our day was visiting the Lewis and Clark National Historic Park. There we used flint and steel to make a fire and explored the reconstructed Fort Clatsop (more photos by Oliver).

We made it to Washington and stayed at Cape Disappointment.

Lesson learned: Don’t leave your booze out at night.

Day 11: Our campsite was near the beach and there were tons of huge pieces of driftwood. The boys did some serious fort building.

We also had a quick stop at the lighthouse (North Head) that overlooks Cape Disappointment. Oliver suffered acute disappointment when he learned that he couldn’t climb to the top, maybe that’s why its called Cape Disappointment.

Later we drove into Olympic National Park and stayed at South Beach campground. This undeveloped campground is right on a cute little beach with lots of drift wood. The boys played ‘worker man’ for a while. This basically entails lugging logs around, hitting things with sticks, and talking in low, gruff voices.

Lesson learned: If you leave Henry in the back seat with markers for too long, he’ll end up with marker all over him.

Day 12:

Ruby beach was a great little stop off before driving up to the Hoh Rainforest. We took the Hall of Moss hike and loved exploring the moss covered logs and trunks.

After avoiding Vampires in Forks and Werwolves in La Push, we camped at the Mora Campground where I channeled my dad and made fried oysters to go with dinner. Yum!

Lesson learned: When you have the ingredients for fried oysters, do it.

Day 13: We took a walk on Rialto Beach out to the Hole in the Wall.

The Hole in the Wall is a headland where you can walk through a passage way that has eroded through the rock. There are tide pools on the way out and at the site of the hole as well. We saw lots of sea stars, whelks, limpets, and even a bald eagle.

Although we had planned on camping one more night in the Olympics, the weather took a turn for the worse. It started to rain and that, in combination with a problem with the Westy where the power in the dash would alternatively work or not (including the windshield wipers) meant that we drove to Seattle for the night. The ferry was a fun adventure!

Lesson learned: If the car doesn’t work, turning it off and on again sometimes does the trick.

Day 14: We arrived in Seattle and stayed with our friends. There was a lot of laundry and mucking out the Westy, but between those things we got to spend some good quality time with our friends and bask in living in a house. The boys loved playing with toys and exploring a few local parks. We didn’t really see much of Seattle, but it felt so nice just to sit and talk and use a dish washer.

Lesson learned: Thank goodness for German car salvage yards.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 9, 2012 10:50 PM

    This post is AMAZING D! Every single photo is gorgeous – and what a trip! Now I want a Westy!! Love it! Your boys (and you and S) will have such memories! Beautiful.

    • ducklingsinarow permalink*
      August 10, 2012 7:30 AM

      Thanks Hannah! It really was a most amazing trip!

  2. Sarah permalink
    August 10, 2012 3:27 AM

    There’s a westy in just your color in our neighborhood – does part 12 of your series take place in massachusetts??

    • ducklingsinarow permalink*
      August 10, 2012 7:32 AM

      Ha! We are secretly hiding out on your block!

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