Hwy 101, as it meanders around and occasionally hugs the Washington coastline takes us to our last stop during our road trip through the Olympic Peninsula not too long ago. I have shared our OP trips on GoRVing’s blog up until this one. This one, I’ve been saving for J5MM.
Here is a map I designed detailing our road trip in visual detail with our three stops:
My first post for GoRVing shared our experiences at the Waterfront at Potlatch . . .
and then we continued on to: Grayland Beach State Park . . .
Today, I share with you a story about our adventures and explorations at Kalaloch Beach State Park.
We arrived at our campsite at Kalaloch in the late-ish morning. The clouds rolled in overnight and hung around all day. Occasionally they would transform and allow a bit of blue to peek through, but we took the weather as it was. If you have ever visited the Olympic Peninsula along the coast, you know that the weather can change in the blink of an eye. One moment it’s nothing but blue skies and before you know it, the dark grey clouds creep in over the ocean’s horizon. You can see it coming.
After we found our site and set up camp, we did what we usually do when arriving in a new spot. We explored! Down to the beach we headed.
We also took a walk around the campground in general. There are some really nice spots with sweeping ocean views in the D loop as you can see.
But we weren’t complaining about our site at all and were very grateful for it. Here is a shot of my silver girl in her happy spot :)
And here is a view from the inside looking out, to where I was standing when I took the shot prior :)
The boys were still out exploring and I came back inside to fix something to eat. I whipped up some easy chocolate crepes for a late breakfast and while I was cooking those up, I had in the oven some savory drop biscuits we would enjoy later in the day while we were away.
We packed up the truck and headed down the road. What is really wonderful about visiting Kalaloch Beach State Park is the close proximity to all the beaches. The beaches here are numbered in sequence from south to north — Beach 1 – Beach 6. South Beach is at the far south end, Ruby Beach is at the far north, and Kalaloch Beach, where we are, is located between Beaches 2 and 3. So if you come, start at South Beach and work your way up the road. It can take a full day and will be one your most memorable days ever, I can guarantee it.
Beach 1Beach 2
Beach 4 — this was our favorite. So much in fact, we returned in the early morning the next day to explore the tide pools (more to come in Part 2)
When we came back to camp, we noticed that a few spots down from us, the previous occupants had left! It was a beautiful ocean view site so we quickly packed up our silver girl and moved her on over. After we were settled, I made a delicious smoked salmon spread that we enjoyed before embarking on another trip down to the Kalaloch Beach.
If you have been following me along here on J5MM, you know how much my little dog means to me. I love him so much and with all my heart. He is always — ALWAYS on his harness because I fear losing him. Not that he would take off running and leave me intentionally but if he does happen to see something that catches his eye, I can see his instinct to chase. The thrill of the chase lives deep inside of this little dog and it comes out unexpectedly when we are walking along and a little bird decides to pop out of a nearby bush, or a chipmunk, or anything — even a leaf could buzz by and Oliver would be off. Maybe it’s the terrier in him. I don’t know. He even tries to chase B’s school bus as it drives away. So, with all that said, this little dog has lived on a harness his entire little life so far until this day.
This day, hubby convinced me, that for once, to let this little dog off his leash and let him run free. He begged me to do it. I could tell he felt sorry for Oliver. All this big open space surrounding him, beckoning him to come and run and be free.
I looked around, analyzed the entire beach for as many miles as I could see. No one was around. No animal was around. It was beach and ocean. That was it.
So I did it. I let him free . . . and held my breath . . .
I kept my eye on Oliver like a hawk and eventually, as we drew closer to camp, back went on his harness. What a feeling of happiness it was to let his little legs free and to allow him to run like that. We were all happy for Oliver :)
Back at camp, we started a fire — or should I say, B started a fire. He is getting very adept at building campfires. Hubby has been teaching him how since we started this Airstreaming adventure back in 2010. I am so proud of my boy and he, proud of himself!
And for dinner? Toas-tites! Melted ham and cheese Toas-tites are the best as are the sliced strawberry and chocolate chip variety. The combinations are endless and I couldn’t imagine being without this campfire treat from now on. The boys agree too.
Even Oliver enjoyed a smidge of a ham and cheese Toas-tite thanks to B :)
Day one of our visit to Kalaloch Beach State Park was full of memories we will cherish forever. The weather today was chilly, cloudy and sometimes drizzly, but here on the Olympic Peninsula you take each day as it comes. When the weather was as it was today, it creates a very romantic and cozy experience. We loved it.
When B and Ollie were safely tucked into their beds in the late evening, hubby and I had some alone time, outside, just the two of us. We chatted about our day and what to expect tomorrow. We watched the storm clouds roll in over the ocean ahead and we were mesmerized. What a beautiful day and even more beautiful night.
Tomorrow is a new day with new surprises I can wait to share with you — stay tuned for Part 2 coming very soon! I know you will love it.
Thank you for being here,
with all my heart,
:: Postus Scriptus ::
Recipes coming soon :) !!