Two places that have been on my Washington must-do list for the past several years are Hurricane Ridge and Kalaloch. And guess what? I just returned from a spectacular trip where I experienced both of them in one shot! Are you ready for this?
We took the Edmonds – Kingston ferry, and proceeded to Port Angeles by car, of which, might I add, was packed full of camping gear…for THREE days. Oops. Andrew & I are both a little bit concerned how we will ever fit 10-months-worth of our belongings and camping gear into my little Civic for a cross-country road trip. We’ll save that challenge for another day ((which is now just less than two weeks away eeeeeee!)).
^^ferry ride fuel, courtesy of Mighty-O Donuts NOM NOM
From a somewhat-cloudy late morning in Port Angeles, we headed up to the mountains, until we reached THIS…
The views up here are incredible, to say the least. It was a gorgeous sunny day up at the top, where there is a visitor center and a few different trails which give you a near 360 degree view of the surrounding mountains. They also have tables and benches so you can have yourself the best picnic lunch ever. The thing that I loved most up here was the fresh, crisp, woodsy mountainous scent. I am obsessed with it, and therefore I would like to bottle it up and take with me everywhere.
After walks on the trail & a picnic lunch admiring the spectacular views, we headed back down the windy mountain road and towards the coast for our next stop, Kalaloch.
Arriving at site #33 in the A loop of Kalaloch Campground, we quickly set up our tent and headed down to the beach. Hubs knows how to win me over…a site right near the beach trail AND a bathroom ((with flush toilets, ok ok so not quite roughing it)).
The rest of our time at Kalaloch was unfortunately cooler, rainy and wet, but we made the best of it by doing wordsearch puzzles, building first-class camp fires, reading, listening to the rain hit the tent, and napping ((that’s right, retired people take naps)). We also walked around the entire campground to seek out the best sites, in the event we ever return ((D loop, the sites in the 30s with incredible oceanfront views)). The campground was clean and well cared for. Even in the pesky Northwest rain, we loved it here.
We packed up the gear ((any Portlandia fans? We got the gear, we got the gear)), and headed North on 101 for the journey back home to Seattle. Just when I thought the best of our time here was behind us, we came across Old Man Cedar. OH…MY…GOODNESS. Trip complete.
Below are some additional photos from our Hurricane Ridge & Kalaloch adventure, and you can follow me on Instagram @marydarbyshire for real-time photo viewing