Weekend Getaways – Olympic Peninsula Washington

Weekend Getaways – Olympic Peninsula Washington

Weekend Getaways:

Olympic Peninsula

Just returned from a lovely long weekend away. It was our Family Day stat this past Monday and I fortunately had the whole weekend off!

Now it may seem a little crazy to be heading down to the US with the Canadian dollar doing so poorly. We did have our reasons though:

1. I do not have snow tires for my car yet and

2. it was a BC holiday, so everyone else in BC had plans to head up to the mountains.

We originally planned to head down to Portland on the train, but accommodation was roughly $200 a night, plus train costs, so we decided to take the car and head to the coast.

Olympic Peninsula had been on our list since we drove down the Oregon Coast. We really enjoyed stopping where we wanted, particularly random State Parks and beaches. On our way home we ventured into the Long Beach area but did not have time to stay, so we added the Washington coast to our list for future trips.

The Route Down

We took the ferry from Coupeville to Port Townsend, which saved us a few hours of driving. It was a short ferry ride, and we saw some porpoises jumping alongside the boat.

Drove along the 101 through Port Angeles towards Forks. We stayed at a lodge between Forks and La Push called Manitou Lodge. We had a lovely room in a cabin which included free breakfast, tea and coffee.

Now I knew of Forks because of the Twilight series, so we couldn’t help but be nerdy and indulge in the Twilight sights.

The Sights and Activities

Sadly many of the trailheads were closed due to winter weather, so we missed out on some of the major hikes and sights such as Hurricane Ridge, Sol Duc Falls and Hot Springs, Deer Park. We did however venture into Hoh Rain Forest and explored the Hall of Mosses.

The sun came out halfway through our walk, illuminating the hanging moss, making it a very eerie but beautiful experience. I was getting a little trigger happy with my camera.

Next we headed to Ruby Beach. Much like the Oregon Coast, you could see “Haystack” rocks in the middle of the ocean. Being the middle of winter, the waves were a little wild, roaring and crashing against these rocks.

We wandered down to Rialto beach next, which was about a 10 minute drive from the Manitou Lodge. Sunset was just around the corner and there were many people on the beach waiting for the orange and pink skies. It was the perfect setting for a great sunset, just the right amount of cloud to bounce the colours around.

Completely forgot that is was Superbowl Sunday this weekend. I am not a football fan, but I don’t mind watching a sporting event occasionally. We headed to a local bar in Forks, which was full of locals. I am sure we stuck out like sore thumbs, but we enjoyed a few beers and some food while we watched the game.

En Route Home

Sadly all weekends must come to an end. It is Monday and we have to make the trek home. We planned to stop at a few places along the way, such as Hurricane Ridge and Deer Park, however it was as we were trying to access them that we realized they were closed. Instead, we decided to head to Port Townsend a few hours earlier than our ferry to wander around and explore. We headed to Fort Worden, as we saw there was a lighthouse, and we are both fans of lighthouses. It was a great walk along the beach, the sun was shining, I was even about to feel the warmth of it on my back. Port Townsend itself, had a cute historic waterfront with many unique shops.

Made it home in good time, thanks to the handy Nexus pass; this was the first time Frans and I had used them! The border line at Peace Arch was over 70 minutes long, but we literally drove right on through!

Look out for some Hawaii posts in the next few weeks, cause we are leaving soon!

 


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