Monday, September 6, 2010

Catching Up

Posted pictures yesterday but didn't have enough time to type notes.

On Saturday we were set to go to Olympic National Park in Northwest Washington. I wanted to stay overnight in Forks (where the Twilight series was set) because I was to do some shopping for the Twilight fanatics. Unfortunately it was Labor Day and everything was full. I did find a cabin for $219 a night which I would have taken *gulp* but she couldn't reserve it for me until the people checked out about 12. Olympic National Park is a HUGE park - no interstates, no national hotels. Did try to get a room in Port Angeles - larger city but they were full, too. So I called a town on the other side of the park, Hoquiam and got a room for the night. That meant we needed to "do the park" in one day. After Ranier, other mountains pale, so we passed on Hurricane Ridge. We've seen waterfalls and will see more, so passed on Marymere Fallas.

The one thing I did want to do was Cape Flattery. This point is the most Northwest point of the lower 48 states. So we drove along the upper coast of the park to Neah Bay where we got a "parking pass" for $10 for Cape Flattery. After about 10 miles of winding roads, we reached the parking lot and then walked about a mile through the forest. The point was pretty and I was happy. :-)

Along the way, we had seen signs "If flashing, go to 1530 for alerts". So, on the way to Forks, we saw a flashing sign. Turned to 1530 and learned there was a bridge repair on 101 at Hoquiam. This was where our hotel was! Nothing to do but drive on.

Stopped in Forks. Got a few souvenirs. Grabbed some bread and cheese at the grocery store and headed for Hoquiam. Did get the number to let them know we'd be there a little later than expected.

To be continued.....tomorrow in another post.

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