Twilight on the West Coast – Olympic National Park, WA

Port Angeles, WA - back in the USA!

Port Angeles, WA – back in the USA!

We boarded a ferry from Victoria, BC, to Port Angeles, Washington, and made it to our campground around dinner time. We picked this particular destination for a few reasons. I won’t try and pretend I didn’t want to come to Forks, WA – home of Bella and the rest of the gang from the “Twilight” novels and movies. I blame my friend, Anne. She introduced me to Harry Potter, and told me I would love Twilight, too. She was right, darn her. Harry Potter is one thing. Twilight is totally cheesy and way too young a storyline for me to love, but in spite of the ridiculousness I can’t help myself. I’m not so bad as to book a Twilight Tour or anything while we are here, but we did stop to see a replica of Bella’s 1963 Chevy truck in front of the Chamber of Commerce and take pictures.

Bella's truck from the Twilight movies at the Forks Chamber of Commerce

Bella’s truck from the Twilight movies at the Forks Chamber of Commerce

The other main reason we wanted to come to the Olympic Peninsula was for Olympic National Park. It rains up here a lot and there are some temperate rain forests in the park that we’d read about. We drove to Hoh rain forest and hiked a few trails. There was the Hall of Mosses, right off the Visitor Center in the park. Chris kept calling it the “Hall of Moses.” That was a cool, quick and easy hike through some of the craziest looking trees I’ve ever seen. Then we did the Hoh River Trail, which was a six-mile in-and-out hike. It was fairly easy, but Chris had Zeph on his back the whole time and we hadn’t done anything that long since Montana so we definitely got a fair work out that day. There was a waterfall about three miles in on the trail that was our goal. It was really pretty, very tropical feeling, like something you’d see in Hawaii.

Six mile hike through the Hoh Rainforest in Olympic National Park

Six mile hike through the Hoh Rainforest in Olympic National Park

We also did a mile hike down to Second Beach in La Push, just up from our campground. This hike was not too hard, considering half of it was down stairs or up stairs on the way back. It went through some pretty dense forest and we saw all kinds of mushrooms and fungi growing. It was probably my favorite hike we did while we were here. And at the bottom was Second Beach, which was a cool place to walk around.
The sun is not out too much here (hence a perfect place for VAMPIRES who glitter in the sunlight) and most of our trip was surrounded by fog. The temperature was a pretty steady 65 degrees and we really enjoyed our campground (Quileute Oceanside Resort) and having campfires and walking on the beach. We even got some fresh wild coho salmon from a warehouse just outside of the Quileute Marina.

Running around on First Beach on the Quileute Reservation in La Push, WA

Running around on First Beach on the Quileute Reservation in La Push, WA

According to me, this is one of our new favorite places because of the beautiful natural scenery. It was also fun to check out Forks, but I wouldn’t come back to see it again. I’d come back for the beaches and the salmon. And now that we are on the west coast, we are pretty much a straight shot down the coast to home, but we are going to take as long as we can to get there. There’s a lot of magic between here and home… we want to see as much as we can! (After note: this was written before we left the state of Washington in early August. We had no idea that we’d be home in less than two weeks from this point.)

We made it back to the West Coast

We made it back to the West Coast