Our first set of visitors were the Freeman Family - my sister Donna, her husband Rick and two of their four children, Sarah and Mark. They are a very active group so we were kept busy showing them our favorite local sites. We hiked in the Hoh Rain Forest, hiked along Rialto Beach to "Hole-in-the-Wall" and drove to Cape Flattery, the Northwest point of the United States.
|Hiking on the Spruce Trail in the Hoh Rain Forest|
|Mark has no fear of heights|
|Mary, Donna, and Sarah at the "Hoh"|
|Hmmmm, a new home?|
|Donna scrambling over rocks to get to Hole-in-the Wall|
|Mary, Donna, and Sarah at Cape Flattery|
|Marty at Cape Flattery|
If you'd like to see more of the Freeman's on the Olympic Peninsula, here's a link to a YouTube video that Marty made:
They left on Wednesday morning, June 8th and a few hours later we were in on our truck headed south to Olympia (about 3 hours away) to pick up Marty's sister, Jan. She took the train up along the Pacific Coast from Oceanside, CA to Olympia, WA - what an adventure that was! 36 hours on a train with crying babies and partying passengers and even a 6 foot tall male passenger wearing heels!
The weather for Jan wasn't quite as nice as it had been for the Freeman's but we still got in a lot of sight-seeing. We drove up to Hurricane Ridge to see mountains (and even snow), drove to Rialto Beach to see the ocean and, of course, drove thru some of the rain forest.
|Hanging out at the Big Red Cedar|
|Marty and Jan at Rialto Beach|
|Jan and Mary on "our" rain forest trail|
|We were lucky enough to see this eagle at LaPush|
|Mick and Jan|
|Marty, Mary, Leo and Mary at Rialto Beach|
|High up in the Big Red Cedar|
|The Museum had a booth at "Moonlight Madness" on July 2nd|
|Joe and Linda showed us a different (easier) way to hike the "big" trail|
|Loggers Memorial is finished!|
We've also kept busy in the museum; Marty has added a few photos to the walls and we've also done some research and added a few descriptions for various items. I'm still working on entering items in the database, we are up to about 2300 objects! I've just started entering information from the 6300 +/- photo cards (only 6000 more until I'm finished). My favorite job is interacting with our visitors; we had a visitor from Myanmar (formerly Burma) who explained that her country was about 90% forest (Teak) and she recognized many of our older tools because they still use them in her country. We've also had people from almost every state in the union; I think we're up to about 35 states since May. We've also met quite a few full time rv'r's, it's always fun to compare notes with them.
|Logging Truck on HWY 101 after a rainstorm|
|Road Trip: Forks to Umatilla to Walla Walla to Pateros - to Forks|
"It's a beautiful day for a ball game, a ball game today
The fans are out to get a ticket or two
from Walla Walla, Washington to Kalamazoo"
|Multnomah Falls - 620' (in Oregon)|
After leaving the falls, we continued our drive along I-84 along the river and ended up in the town of Umatilla, OR for the night. In the morning we continued east about an hour until we made it to our destination.
|from Walla-Walla Washington|
|As close as we could find in Washington, too bad they didn't have a ZOO!|
On Wednesday morning we grabbed a quick coffee and bakery treat and headed thru the mountains back to Forks. It was a beautiful drive along Hwy 20 which we took to Coupeville, WA where we ended up on the ferry to Port Townsend. Port Townsend is only about two hours from Forks so after a couple of quick stops in Sequim and Port Angeles we were home by 9:00.
It was nice to go away for a few days but it's even nicer to be back in Forks where the temperatures are in the 60's and 70's and the skies are sunny!
|Ferry Ride from Coupeville to Pt. Townsend|