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The good that came out of this painful game of chess was meeting a homeschooling mom. As soon as I said we’re home schoolers too, we connected. She friended me on facebook that second and invited us to a field trip at a farm located in our city. We’ll be keeping in touch.
Our trailer is tucked in for the winter at a local RV storage. She was our home for 3 months and I had mixed feelings tucking her in for hibernation. Before locking her up, I reminisce.
Owen’s bunk bed is folded away and not a Lego piece is in sight. He spent his mornings in his room building away. Our couch looks empty without my floral cover and throw pillows. Our kitchen looks bare without the dirty dishes. Our bedroom is stripped. Our mattress top cover is going with us as well as our pillows and beddings. Out of habit, I adjust the teal and white curtain by the door.
I gaze at the welcoming yellow-painted walls and cheerful lime green kitchen. I recall the warm days at our first RV campsite at Bridgeport, CA painting away. We created lots of happy memories here and not knowing if we’ll continue to travel in our trailer in Spring makes me a little sad. Will we keep her stored away or sell her to a family? Whatever we decide, I’m sure it will be for the best. But for now, we fondly lock her up and say thank you and have a good nap… see you in Spring…
She sleeps next to a boat and a mini trailer. If you want to see her interior, there are pictures posted on the tab “Our Travel Trailer”. Scroll down for the makeover pictures.
“In the state of Washington, under a near constant cover of clouds and rain, there is a small town named Forks. Population: 3,120 people. This is where I’m moving.” – Bella Swan (Twilight Movie)
My new friend Ashley G. told me about Forks and La Push Beach where the movie Twilight was filmed. I’m not a big fan but I was curious to see it. Please note: we have no plans to move to Forks, WA. We were at Port Angeles and decided to take the drive. What I found was a beautiful beach and fascinating marina at first beach.
La Push Beach is a series of beach chains called First Beach, Second Beach and Third Beach. one, two, and three. The beach’s most prominent natural growth is the Sitka, Spruce, and Evergreen trees that populate the shore. We mainly explored First Beach because it’s where they filmed the movie.
Quileute Oceanside Resort
The Oceanside Resort has a range of lodges for all budgets along First Beach. The tourist attractions most popular are surfing and fishing in the spring, tourists can hike in the summer, and storm watching in the winter and fall.
The First Beach of La Push, Washington is located 14 miles from the town of Forks. It is the only beach of La Push that can be accessed with a vehicle. The crescent shape beach brings in driftwood that slows down the waves and makes it dangerous to stand in the water. Within walking distance are a few homes of members of the Quileute Indian Tribe which is where the beach is located; The Quileute Indian Reservation.
To explore in the near future…
Trails to Second beach start at the Quileute Indian Reservation, and span a mile before you reach the coast. Second Beach is the longest and flattest of the three beaches and is the most populated. Though within a mile of First and Third beach in each direction, north or south; they are inaccessible due to the protruding headlands and steep bluffs. Half a mile offshore is an archipelago. Sea stacks are mixed throughout the small islands and are known as the Quileute Needle. They are part of a wildlife preserve called; Quillayute Needles National Wildlife Refuge. The wildlife protects coastal creatures including but not limited too; seabirds, oystercatchers, and gulls.
Third Beach is a 1.6 mile hike from the road with views of Strawberry Bay. The hike is mostly level but can sometimes be slippery and somewhat dangerous due to the harsh coast weather. Third Beach is one of the Olympic Peninsula beaches which tend to consist of seastacks and driftwood. In the isolated non-developed cove at Taylor Point, there is a waterfall that falls directly onto the beach where tide pools are also featured on the north end. It is located on Olympic National Park‘s Pacific Ocean coastline, reached by a trail through the forest from near the Quileute Indian Reservation town of La Push. Being the Third Beach down the La Push, Washington coastline, it is the most secluded. However, there are multiple camp sites that put campers within 5 minutes’ walk of the ocean where Teahwhit Head blocks the way to Second Beach. There is also a boiler in the swamp by the one-and-a-half mile trail to the beach from an abortive oil exploration in 1902.
We explored North Washington yesterday and had a great time! We educated ourselves on the Olympic rain shadow. Our family has a thirst for knowledge and here’s some really fascinating information on the subject.
The Climate in the area
Spring arrives early and lasts long. We notice distinct changes in the month of February; usually we mow the lawn twice during this month, and there are significant stretches of clear weather. By the arrival of months more typically associated with spring, say April, mornings are often in the 40’s and clear, and afternoons can easily be in the mid 50’s. Sunny stretches and beautiful, partly sunny days are common, with stormy periods frequent, but usually brief, a day or two at a time. Overcast, gray weather is possible, but not common.
By early summer, for example Memorial day, the length of the day, and increased sunshine have often already started to dry out the lawns, but other vegetation is growing in full force. Often we are surprised by a cold and windy storm in late May to late June, dropping new snow on the crest of the Olympics.
High summer, which includes July, August, and September, rarely have precipitation at all. There is allot of sun during this period, but it is not hot. High temperatures average in the 70’s with some days in 60’s and some in the 80’s. Evenings and nights are cool, with temperatures in the 50’s. The maritime location has a major influence during this period. The first effect is wind. Afternoon wind is quite common, and over the offshore waters of eastern strait it is often very strong. The next maritime influence is occasional AM fog, or late AM clouds. The days seem to come in three varieties: clear all day; clear sunrise with some clouds late morning followed by sun; and maritime fog till mid morning, then clear onward.
Fall is a relatively brief transitional period in October and part of November, with variable weather. Usually there will be a brief cold storm in early to mid October, which delivers the first blanket of snow to the higher Olympic mountains, followed by a clear night or two with temperatures close to freezing.
Winter includes late November, December, and January in rain shadow areas. The sun is lower in the horizon, and storms are common, but periods of sunshine are common too. There are frequent crisp clear periods following the storms, and sometimes sunny periods during extended periods of high pressure in January. Storms can be very strong and windy in this period. There can also be periods of gray weather which can go on for multiple days at this time of year. This seems to happen during times with multiple weaker storms with less defined fronts. Snow and cold periods also arrive, more frequently than in the greater Seattle area, perhaps once or twice a year. But as most areas are right at sea level, the sun or a warmer storm usually melts things off in a day or so.
We explored 3 of the 7 region that is in the rain shadow.
First stop: PORT TOWNSEND
Second stop: SEQUIM
We didn’t spend a lot of time here except for a quick lunch. We took notice of the weather. It’s very much like California. The sun was so strong that it was burning my ear. It was a lot warmer here.
Third stop: PORT ANGELES
We decided to walk around town for an hour. We found an 80 yr-old stationery store, my favorite place in the world besides Target. It had art supplies, books, craft and scrapbook items.
Later, we found a corner bookstore inside this beautiful building.