Back to nature in Olympic National Park
Day 2 – Port Angeles to Kalaloch
After a cold but good nights sleep we were up early to head back into Port Angeles for our sea kayaking tour with Adventures Through Kayaking. We were given wetsuits, life jackets and everything you would need along with a double kayak. We were taken to Fresh Water Bay. It was our first time sea kayaking and we loved it, you get to see so much wildlife being close to the water and it was fun trying out our new skills after practicing a while in the bay. The tour lasted 4 hours, around 3 hours on the water where we paddled west down the coast in and out of various coves. We seen a family of river otters, cormorants, puffins, blue herons as well as a seal pup. I’d love to do more sea kayaking and would definitely seek out other tours like this one on our future travels.
The tour was a good length and finished at 1pm leaving us the rest of the day to further explore. After leaving Port Angeles we continued on highway 101 around the peninsula stopping and Granny’s Cafe. This place was like being in someone’s house, really quirky decor and friendly staff. Basic cafe menu items, I had a grilled cheese and Richard had a chicken sandwich and both were very good, we would visit again.
After a quick photo stop at Lake Crescent our next stop at around 3pm was Rialto Beach which has the biggest driftwood we’ve ever seen, surely the biggest driftwood most people have seen. It was some sight to see large trees littering the beach bleached by the sea but a great place for photos and it was our first time seeing the Pacific Ocean. We stayed here a while taking pictures with the driftwood and watching the pelicans and dolphins.
We drove through Forks on our way to our next stop. I’ve read all the Twilight books and seen the films, it was good to see the area making the most out of the publicity. We saw a house claiming to be Jacob Black’s house with motorbikes outside, no sparkly vampires around though.
There are trees over 1000 years old here, they’re very tall and covered in moss it feels like walking through a fairytale world.
Our next stop was the Hoh Rainforest where we arrived around 5pm. We only had a short time here where we hiked the Hall of Mosses. There are trees over 1000 years old here, they’re very tall and covered in moss it feels like walking through a fairy-tale world. We needed more time here but we could really only spare an hour. It was enough time to get a taster of the place and that was enough to make us want to return to see more.
We arrived at Kalaloch Campground, where we would be spending the night, at 7pm. It was getting late and we put our tent up in a hurry so we could head off to Kalaloch Lodge for something for dinner. What a disappointment it was! The location can’t be beaten, you would get a great view during the day of the coast and the beach from the dining room. We were unimpressed with the service here though and the food was just ok.
“We just wanted something to eat before collapsing for the night, it had been a very long day, and the server was just too weird for us to deal with. Plus the food was just ok, all adding up to quite a disappointing experience.”