Jul 032021

Note: This is a repost of a blog about our travels in the Pacific Northwest when we were fulltime RVers.

We woke to a gray foggy morning yesterday, and I would have loved to roll over and go back to sleep, but we had a lot of miles to cover. The shortest route between the Escapees Evergreen Co-op in Chimacum to Oceana Resort in Ocean City is south down U.S. Highway 101 along the eastern side of the Olympic Peninsula and then west to the coast, a distance of 137 miles. But what fun would that be?

Instead we took U.S.101 west across the top of the Olympic Peninsula, skirting the edge of Olympic National Park, and then followed it south to Humptulips, where we took local roads a few miles out to the beach and to Ocean City. It was 198 miles, and a pretty darned slow 198 miles at that.

As I said, it was a foggy day when we started out, but it burned off after an hour or so.

Foggy road

One of the slowest parts of the trip was the ten miles or so where the highway clings to the south shore of Crescent Lake. Narrow, no shoulders, lots of curves, and some dips in the pavement that added to the fun. At 1,000 feet deep, the lake’s sparkling blue water is amazing. In tomorrow’s blog, I’ll tell you a couple of mystery stories about the lake.

Curvy US 101 2

Crescent Lake curve

Crescent Lake

Crescent Lake 2

The highway turned south near the logging town of Forks and continued through heavy forest as it jogged out to the coast. This is a land of trees, mountains, and water, and we crossed a number of bridges, most of them narrow.

Crossing US 101 bridge

Terry always likes to take my picture as I drive across bridges or through tight construction zones. What, you never saw a guy concentrate before?

NIck driving

Our first view of the Pacific Ocean was breathtaking. Terry and I love being around water, from the Florida Keys to the Great Lakes to the wild Pacific Northwest coast.

First beach view

That’s Destruction Island, and the lighthouse went into service in 1891 and was manned until it became automated in 1968.

Soon the view gave way to a heavy fog bank and the road turned back inland.

Fog bank over ocean

We saw a lot of logging trucks all the way around the Peninsula. I know from my newspaper days in this part of the country that a lot of these guys can be pretty aggressive drivers and won’t hesitate to bully slower vehicles.

Logging truck US 101

In Washington it is against the law to have a backlog of five vehicles behind you and pullouts are provided to move over to let traffic pass. Unfortunately, not all of the pullouts will fit a large RV.

US 101 pullout

It wasn’t always a fast or necessarily easy trip, but every mile of it is scenic.

Mountain view

Olympic Peninsula valley

This is logging country and we passed many sections of tree farms that had been clear cut. But in this wet climate, regrowth is amazingly fast.


Eventually we made our way to Oceana RV Resort and got parked in our full hookup 50 amp site, where we have good satellite TV reception, decent Verizon internet service, and are close enough to the beach to hear the sound of the surf.

Winnie at Oceana

Well, we could if it weren’t so cold that we had to close the windows! It’s only going to be cloudy and in the low 60s for most of the next week. But that’s typical weather here on the coast. There’s a reason they call this a rain forest.

Once we were parked and settled in we followed a path out to the beach and went for a long walk, enjoying being there even if it was a gray, chilly day. Who needs sunshine and blue sky to have fun?

Be sure to enter our latest Free Drawing. This week’s prize for an RV camping journal donated by Barbara House. Barbara makes several variations of these, and they all have pages where you can list the date, weather, where you traveled to and from that day, beginning and ending mileage, campground information including amenities at R.V. sites, a place for campground reviews, room to record activities, people met along the way, reminders of places to see and things to do the next time you’re in the area, and a page for notes for each day. To enter, click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name (first and last) in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening. Note: Due to the high shipping cost of printed books and Amazon restrictions on e-books to foreign countries, only entries with U.S. addresses and e-mail addresses are allowed.

Thought for The Day – If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll end up someplace else. – Yogi Berra

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

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