We had a wonderful last day at South Beach, with sunny skies and very little fog.
After breakfast at the Kalaloch Lodge we took a walk on Beach 4 and then went back to Ruby Beach, since Jim had missed the ranger walk the previous day.
Trail to Kalaloch Beach 4.
Perfect round holes in the rock make by piddock clams.
Jim even got to see what he missed on the Ranger walk.
And what a great ending to what might be our last beach campsite for the year.
Yesterday we moved 50 miles north to Mora, another Olympic National Park campground just west of Forks, WA. We got an early start since our friend Suzanne (Take To The Highway) arrived there the night before and was told by the camp host they would most likely fill up by the end of the day. Kim beat us there and they managed to scope out and find sites we could all fit in on the same loop.
Our generators will be getting a good workout here.
While Suzanne ran off to the Hoh Rainforest, the rest of us drove a few miles to Rialto Beach to hike about 1.5 miles to Hole-In-The-Wall. We didn’t realize it was nearing high tide, so it was tough walking over many small rocks and driftwood. That’s Chuck leaning on the tree.
Chuck, Carla, Debbie and Kim at the end of the road. At low tide you can walk through the hole.
We would have had to swim through it.
The ranger told us you could continue on and climb up the hill to get a view to the other side, so Jim and I decided to check it out. Lots of steep steps and overgrown vegetation but we made it.
The other side of the hole.
After our hike Debbie and I drove 13 miles back to Forks to do laundry and pick up some groceries. For a small town they have quite a nice store, Forks Outfitters, a combination of grocery, sporting goods, clothing, shoes, and hardware. Just about anything you might need while visiting Olympic National Park.
When we got back we had a visit from Karen, of The Back Porch View blog. She arrived at Mora late in the day and snagged one of the last two remaining sites, which just so happened to be in our loop. We have quite a crew here now!
Elvis is enjoying the quiet forest and Sophie is having fun climbing trees. What a life.