Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Copalis Beach to La Push, Washington

We headed north toward Aberdeen with our destination set at Copalis Beach for the Fourth of July. There is a burn ban in all of Washington State and fireworks will only be allowed on the beaches. We have stayed at Sunrise Resorts in Copalis Beach before and loved it's location on the sand, so we decided it would be perfect for a week or two. From there we will head north to Forks and La Push. Enjoy the pictures.

Traveling north on US 101 we entered the quaint City of South Bend, which borders a small cove.

Stay on US 101 towards Aberdeen and Gray's Harbor. Chehalis is east of here on Washington Route 6. We've stayed at the Thousand Trails park there which was the first TT park and is an excellent destination. However, we wanted to stay on the coast so we continued north.

Considering it was the beginning of July we thought there would be more traffic on US101. It is a beautiful drive.

After passing through Aberdeen and Hoquiam, we turned off US 101 onto Ocean Beach Rd. This takes you through Copalis Crossing and on to Copalis Beach. Again, we encountered very little traffic. A little weird and eerie.

We finally ended up at the Sunrise Resorts facility in Copalis Beach. Lots of room although the grass had died due to the extreme drought that all of the western states have had this year. While the skies were cloudy, there was no rain forecasted.

After spending two weeks in Copalis Beach, (see the following posting for our trip to the rainforest) we headed north again toward the City of Forks and the Olympic Peninsula.

The Olympic National Park was created by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1938. It has four very different regions - the Pacific coastline, Mount Olympus and it's ski areas, the west side temperate rainforests and the forest areas on the drier east side.  It encompasses almost 1 million acres. We plan on visiting all four areas.

We arrived in Forks, Washington. A small city on US101 it thrived on the timber industry. Decline in foresting almost led to the city's demise. Fortunately for the city, the movie industry discovered it and filmed many episodes of Twilight there. Tourism has kept the city alive. While we kept an eye out for vampires, we never encountered any. 

Leaving Forks, we headed west on Wa. 110 toward the town of La Push. This area is known for it's salmon fishing and serene isolated beaches. Our destination was the Quileute RV Resort in La Push.

Several small islands surround the coves in La Push.

We finally arrived at our destination. There are cabins, a hotel and an RV resort all connected on the grounds. All have ocean views and a beautiful beach.  Just a heads up with this area though, it's an Indian reservation and as such fireworks are in demand here and are sold everywhere. They are allowed on the beach with restrictions and are sold very cheaply. Think sky rockets over the ocean...a lot...

The grounds were excellent and the sites were roomy. The beach was a short stroll behind the coach. We weren't able to secure one of the sites on the front beach row as the park was booked solid. Still, we were close enough to enjoy ourselves. Fires and fireworks were allowed on the beach with some restrictions.

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