July 30, 2014 South Beach, Washington

Impossibly blue hydrangeas
Impossibly blue hydrangeas

Lake Quinault North Shore Road and a new Campsite at South Beach

After enjoying the drive out South Shore Road around Lake Quinault the other day, I figured I would return and explore the North Shore Road. Other than the incredibly dark blue hydrangeas pictured above

Red cedars
Red cedars

and a short drive through some pretty impressive red cedars, some of which appeared to be almost as tall as some of the California redwoods I visited earlier this year, the North Shore Road was a little disappointing, no waterfalls, no river views, and no wildlife.

As always, just click on any image for a larger, sharper version.

Moss covered branches
Moss covered branches

Moss covered branches, in fact, moss covers almost everything in the forest here.

Rain forest falls
Rain forest falls

The Reason for the Lack of Recent Posts

Hard at work
Hard at work

This image pretty much says it all, I have found a great spot to sit back, relax, and escape the heat inland. Notice I am actually wearing a long sleeve flannel shirt while sitting in the sun… and this is at noon! The temps are in the low 60’s and the wind is tooling down the coast from the north at 10 mph or so. To me, these are ideal conditions, while inland it is sweltering in the 90’s .I have been spending most days lately doing nothing, have read 4 books since I arrived here, have taken nice morning walks on the beach every day lately, and am just been reluctant to leave home, so there just isn’t a lot to show nor to talk about.

Sunbathers
Sunbathers

The girls, relaxing in the sun while recuperating from their 2 mile beach walk, that’s a lot of steps for six inch legs!

View at South Beach
View at South Beach

This is my view while enjoying my morning coffee.

South Beach view from the door
South Beach view from the door

The view I have to endure every time I step out the door. I suppose folks can most likely understand why I am feeling no need to go anywhere when this is right outside the door. Having been full timing now for a little over a year, I am just now getting used to just plopping down and doing nothing when happening on a spot such as this. It is just setting in that I don’t have to always be on the move. Those unknown spots down the road will still be there next week, or next month, and it would be hard to beat the spot I am at right now, so I have finally learned to just sit back and enjoy the moment.

As of this coming Sunday, I will have been here two weeks, and that is the normal stay limit at most National Park and state campgrounds, but I can’t find anything about a stay limit posted on the bulletin board here or online that specifies two weeks here at South Beach. I have noticed several rigs that have been here since before I arrived that are still here, so I am going to try staying put and see if they kick me out after Sunday. The site and the weather make it very difficult to to want to move on.

 


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July 25, 2014 Quinault Rain Forest

Floating the Quinault River
Floating the Quinault River

I did a walk around the campground loop this morning, and since the back is starting to feel a little stronger, continued with a walk down the beach.

Late morning, I took off down Route 101 south to Lake Quinault and South Shore Road that follows along the shore of the lake and ventures about 10 miles up into the Quinault Rain Forest.

Blue Hydrangeas and day lilies
Blue Hydrangeas and day lilies

As a former fairly avid gardener, I have been fascinated by the all the gorgeous flower beds and flowering shrubbery I have encountered almost everywhere this summer on the Olympic Peninsula.

As always, click on any image for a larger, sharper version.

Hydrangeas
Hydrangeas
Blue Hydrangeas
Blue Hydrangeas
Blue Hydrangeas
Blue Hydrangeas

Once again, I found an abundance of beautiful gardens along this road, but the blue hydrangeas really stood out.

Thomas Kincaid Cottage
Thomas Kincaid Cottage

Couldn’t help but think of the late artist (?) Thomas Kincaid when I ran across this cottage set back from the road.

Floating the Quinault River
Floating the Quinault River
Floating the Quinault River
Floating the Quinault River
Quinault rain forest
Quinault rain forest
Floating the Quinault River
Floating the Quinault River

 

 

 

 

I did run into this guide taking a couple down the river and the gentleman in one of the pontoon boats was making a few casts every once in a while, but he was only fishing, not catching. The Quinalt River is a crystal clear shallow stream that hosts several salmon runs plus a steelhead run, although I wasn’t fortunate enough to be here during one of these runs. Check out some of the catches on this river.    quinault river fishing

Quinault rain forest
Quinault rain forest
Quinault rain forest
Quinault rain forest
Quinault rainforest
Quinault rainforest

Quinault rainforestQuinault rainforest

The Quinault Rain Forest is a temperate rain forest. Moss and lichens cover almost every surface  in the forest.

Rust in Peace
Rust in Peace
Rust in Peace
Rust in Peace

And that would include abandoned vehicles.

Quinault rainforest waterfall
Quinault rainforest waterfall

There are several small waterfalls along this road and a few more accessible by a short hike into the rain forest. I apologize for getting a little carried away with these but it has been a while since I have been able to get out and do some photography!

Quinault rainforest waterfall
Quinault rainforest waterfall
Quinault rainforest waterfall
Quinault rainforest waterfall
Quinault rainforest waterfall
Quinault rainforest waterfall
Quinault rainforest waterfall
Quinault rainforest waterfall
Quinault rainforest waterfall
Quinault rainforest waterfall
Quinault rainforest waterfall
Quinault rainforest waterfall
Quinault rainforest waterfall
Quinault rainforest waterfall
Quinault rainforest waterfall
Quinault rainforest waterfall
Quinault rainforest waterfall
Quinault rainforest waterfall
Quinault rainforest waterfall
Quinault rainforest waterfall
Quinault rainforest waterfall
Quinault rainforest waterfall


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