Wednesday, October 17, 2018

LaPush and a Hike on Rialto Beach

Elwha Dam RV park
Port Angeles, WA
July 2018

No, we are not back in Washington, but I do have pictures that I haven't posted from our wonderful time on the Olympic Peninsula.   

My very favorite day during our stay was the visit we made to LaPush and Rialto Beach.  LaPush is the largest community within the Quileute Indian Reservation.  It is situated on the south side of the mouth of the Quillayute River on the west coast.  In fact, it has the westernmost zip code in the contiguous U.S. 

The climate in LaPush is wet, wet and more wet with an average of over 100 inches of rain a year.  Even though July has the lowest amount of recorded rainfall, it was foggy and damp when we were there. 

Tsunami evacuation-route signs were a constant reminder of how vulnerable these small communities are. 

Rialto Beach offers one of the three distinct ecosystems visitors are able to explore as part of Olympic National Park...a rugged Pacific shore.  

It is located on the northern side of the Quillayute River.


This was our first visit to the Northern Olympic Peninsula coastline.  I was immediately captivated by the rocky beaches...

enormous drift logs...
pounding waves...

the ocean forest... 

and views of rock islands called sea stacks.    

There is nothing quite like hiking on the scenic Olympic Coast.  We chose to take the 4 mile (round trip) hike to Hole-in-the-Wall.  The trail is the beach itself...walking over sand, rock, driftwood and even a creek.  When we reached Hole-in-the-Wall, the tide was coming in so we couldn't walk through the rocky arch.  Instead we climbed an overland trail above the arch and enjoyed sweeping views.

The trail back to the parking lot from Hole-in-the-Wall...

I'll close with a few more of my favorite pictures from the day.

One of nature's planters at the marina in LaPush'

Tent camping is a big thing at Rialto Beach...


Misty droplets on the flowers at the Lonesome Creek Store in LaPush

The ocean forest at the kiosk where we began our hike on Rialto Beach

Rialto Beach

Sea stacks as we hiked along Rialto Beach

The first view of Hole-in-the-Wall

 Until next time...


Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Back in Moab

Gopher Flats
Aug 9 - Sept 2. 2018
Moan, UT

I haven't finished posting our trip to the Olympic Peninsula in July, but wanted to do a "real time" post on what we have been doing .  Since our refuge to the Olympic Penninsula, it has been hot here, but the temps are creeping back into the 80s and soon we will relish in the fall weather we love. 

So what have we been up to?

Lets begin at home...

Life at Gopher Flats can be quite lazy and peaceful.  Early mornings and puppy play time go hand in hand.   

Some mornings, Dover rides to town with Joe to do errands.  She loves riding...anywhere...anytime !

Evenings are spent relaxing and sometimes enjoying colorful sunsets.  One evening, though, we had the most delightful visitors...hummingbird moths.  Sometimes referred to as hawk moths, these unique insects hover in midair, hum and drink nectar from the same flowers just like hummingbirds.

A couple of weekends ago, our friends Jeff and Susan who live a couple of houses down the street were out of town.  Guess what I did?
The rooster is black and white.
I fed the chickens !  I've never fed chickens before.  What a funny bunch they are.  One of Susan's chickens turned out to be a rooster.  In the mornings when I let them out of the hen house,  he immediately announced to the world "get the day started". 


Next up, trails...

Life in Moab can be exhilarating and adventurous.  In between appointments here and in Grand Junction, we have managed to get in 6 trails which includes a sunset run on Hells Revenge.  Friends from Saskatchewan arrived the second week in August.  We first met these enthusiastic and relentless trail warriors in Aug 2017 and are already looking forward to their return in 2019.
Dee followed by Marc and Janelle, Kelsie and Scott, and us.
Joe and WileE have some "flexy" going on in The Pickle.

Janelle snapped a photo of us climbing out of the Gravy Boat on Mashed Potatoes Trail. 
Dee caught us climbing Escalator on Hells Revenge.  Thank you Rory for the spot!

Sunset on Hells Revenge

And last, the area...

The area around Moab offers lots of opportunities for exploring.  I love exploring !  One morning Scott and Chris invited us to follow along to scout out the Abajo Mountains...locally known as the Blue Mountains.  It's a small mountain range west of Monticello and north of Blanding.  The highest point is Abajo Peak at 11,362 ft was our destination.   We hooked up to a trail in Monticello rode the peak and came out in Blanding...a very delightful 55 to 60 miles.  It was a wonderfully clear day with blue skies and  a good 10 to 15 degrees cooler than Moab.

One morning on the way to City Market, we took the long way through Arches NP.  It's such a nice we never tire of.

Moab Friends For Wheeling planned a rock art tour for Labor Day.  Our first stop was The Grotto.  The Moab Grotto Pictographs are a collection of rock art hidden inside a slot canyon.  
Melissa, Joe and Ginny in The Grotto

Grotto pictographs

It is a short walk from the parking area to The Grotto.  On the way back we stopped at another panel located nearby.  The art is on the under side of an overhang.

Ginny and Dee

 We took Rainbow Terrace back to Hwy 313. 

There are a lot of manganese outcroppings on Rainbow Terrace.  Due to wind and rain, the desert sand shifts to expose these tubes.  

Most manganese ores come from extensive manganese-rich sediment rocks that formed in ancient oceans.  So cool !

We also saw a section of a cliff wall that recently had rocks sheared off.  

 Back on Hwy 313, we made a quick stop to see Intestine Man.

I see a story of a man mauled by a bear and dies...notice the wings.  The bottom picture shows a large bear claw.

Next, we made a turn off Hwy 313 into a canyon.  We stopped at a few more sites.  

At the bottom of the pour off is a panel of petroglyphs.

At another stop, there was a really clear and well preserved pictograph under an overhang...

 ...along with some others that were more faded.

Melissa points out a very skinny animal (we think a dog) next to a rather round figure.

There were a couple more panels in the canyon... each had a single figure.    

This turned out to be a longer post than I had planned.  I didn't realize we have been so busy.  So, until next time...