It so reminded my of my childhood trip to Glacier Park and visiting the massive lodge.
This lodge is not nearly as large or Grand, but it was a beautiful spot and people enjoying the simple pleasures of the quiet place.
I getting the trailer ready for a move down the road a bit to another Olympic National Park Campground, Heart O' the Hills. It sits perched high ridge overlooking Sequim, Wa. It is again sheltered in a canopy of trees letting in very little sunlight.
I love the early morning. The quiet (and coffee) gently allowing my brain to catch up with the day. It doesn't take long to get things put away and begin the count down to departure. I enjoy the quiet so much that I let Hailey sleep through most of the camp breakdown and she Loves her sleep! It takes a full half hour to roust her out of bed and only then does she finally roll out as my last nerve is frying.
As I finish getting the camper ready, she disapears for 1/2 hour and came back with with these pics.....
While she was off capturing nature in action....I watched as the last campers are taking off leaving for the day or like us moving on to another campground and we are finally ready for take off. Only try to start the truck, do to excessive charging of electronics in the truck overnight..... the battery won't turn over! GRRRRRR
Sweet little Hailey goes in search of a camper willing to jump start the truck (I am sooooo glad I brought those jump cables!! Thanks Auntie!) One quick jump and we are off.
We pass through the towns of Port Angeles and Sequim before heading up, up, up into the mountains again. After we pass through the ranger station entry we pass several signs on the right, and one on the left. Of course I didn't get all of them read....missing the one that said Heart O' the Hills campground. We keep going farther and farther up the mountain. By the time I realized that we had passed the entrance I could not find a turnaround big enough for us to go back down. This is a long grade of 7 - 8 % and very curvy in many spots. I counting the mile markers one after another.....(with a small X%@*>&/ under my breath with each marker) as I tow the entire 17 miles up the mountain towing the trailer.
One lesson I learned on this trip is to arrive as close to check in time as possible to ensure getting a vacating spot. Waiting until late in the afternoon is foolhardy if you want a place to lay your head down at night.