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Old 04-26-2016, 01:02 PM   #1
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Olympic NP

4 weeks until we go to Olympic NP. Can't wait.

We've hiked Hurricane Ridge. This time we're going to Sol Duc and Hoh Rain Forrest.

We're staying at Elwah Dam RV Park - nice site, FHU, good people.

Suggestions for can't miss activities welcome!

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Old 04-26-2016, 01:40 PM   #2
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There are awe-inspiring hikes out of Sol Duc. Here's one ambitious one:

Take a day trip on a ferry to Victoria BC.

Visit the vampires and werewolves in Forks. Better yet, drive on a little more and explore one of the last stretches of wilderness oceanfront in the US.

Salt Creek Recreation Area is near your RV Park (by the way, they need to change their name because

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Old 04-26-2016, 04:32 PM   #3
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Strongly suggest you allow several days in Hoh Rain Forest area; it's beautiful:

Hoh Rain Forest Campground & Visitor Center (Olympic National Park, WA)
Located approximately 31 miles south of Forks, off of Highway 101
Phone: 360-374-6925

GPS: 47 51.651'N 123 56.088'W

Campground is in cleared area of forest, along the Hoh River. Paved interior roads & pads. Concrete picnic tables and fire rings in mowed lawn portion of campsites. Most sites would be in full or partial sun (if it's not raining). Lots of space between most sites, but not much privacy.

No hookups; generators allowed, except during quiet hours. Flush toilets, no showers, heaters in restrooms. Fresh water and dump station (see below).

Rate: $12/night, $6 with senior pass. Additional charge for use of dump station, which is NOT included in camping fee: $5/use, $2.50 with senior pass.

Small visitors center has displays on the rain forest. This area looks like "Jurassic Park without the dinosaurs!" The Hoh Rain Forest averages 12-14 FEET of rain per year, with record years topping 17 feet!

NOTE: Campground is beautiful. Lots of photo ops on easy hiking trails. We will be back!



Additional attractions in Seattle area:

Museum of Flight
9404 East Marginal Way South, Seattle, WA

IMPORTANT NOTE: Admission is FREE from 5:00-9:00 PM on the FIRST THURSDAY of each month!


Future of Flight & Boeing Tour
8415 Paine Field Blvd, Mukilteo, WA 98275
Phone: 425-438-8100

Ticket reservations & info: 800-464-1476


Klondyke Goldrush National Historic Park - Seattle Unit (Museum)
319 Second Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98104


Washington Land Yacht Harbor RV Park
9101 Steilacoom Road S.E., Olympia, WA 98513
Reservations: 360-491-3750 | Office: 360-459-0198

The main part of the campground is a gravel parking lot. However, all sites have full hookups; and they are very wide and long, and will easily accommodate even the largest rigs. There are a few "premium" sites up front next to the office, which have shade, a picnic table and a concrete island that acts as a mini-patio. That is where we parked.

The morning after we arrived, Good Sam hosted a rally for all Good Sam units in Washington, and we were surrounded by huge motorhomes and SOBs. That's when the office suggested that we move to a first-row, premium site (same price, $18).

One key feature of this campground is the hidden park area, and extensive dog run with off-leash enclosure. A long grassy, tree bordered, dog run follows below the western edge of the gravel parking lot; and if you follow the path towards the meeting hall, it drops down through an arched tunnel of trees and greenery to a huge park, similar in size to most local city parks in Phoenix. This area also has a big picnic area in a grove of trees, and the off-leash dog enclosure. This entire portion of the campground makes it a hidden gem for dog owners, and I suspect most overnight campers are completely unaware of this back area, which comprises about half of the campground.

160 RV sites, full hookups, 30 amp service, water, sewer, free WiFi. Cable TV provides limited channels. Antenna improves reception slightly, but major broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, etc.) are not available. FOX is the only major network received, but the signal is clear. Excellent cell and 4G broadband service. Costco, WalMart and lots of shopping & restaurants within a few blocks of campground.

Rates: $27/nite - non-WBCCI members ($18 for members).
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Old 04-27-2016, 08:48 PM   #4
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I would echo NW Getaways suggestions on Salt Creek - a favorite spot and a hop over to Victoria, but have to say Sol Duc is not one of our favorite spot. I would encourage a day trip to Neah Bay, a hike (or mountain bike) the Spruce Railroad trail on the north side of Lake Crescent and our great little town of Port Townsend.
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Old 04-29-2016, 11:24 AM   #5
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Port Townsend Wooden Boat Center

Having recently moved from boating to 'streamin in the Pacific Northwest, I would recommend a visit to Port Townsend and the Wooden Boat Center...
The town is picturesque with good eateries and museums.

We also stayed at Salt Creek Campground....a nice central place.

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