Huge moss covered trees in the Hall of Mosses, Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park

Exploring Olympic National Park


Day 2 of our West Coast Road Trip – Port Angeles to Kalaloch

Sea Kayaking from Fresh Water Bay

After a cold but good nights sleep at Heart O’ the Hills Campground we were up early to start exploring Olympic National Park. We headed 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. Our kayaks launched from 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.

Sea kayaking in Fresh Water Bay near Port Angeles, Washington a tour with Adventures Through Kayaking
Sea kayaking for the first time. Touring with Adventures through kayaking out of Fresh Water Bay, Washington State

Lunch Stop on Highway 101

The tour is a good length and finishes around 1pm which left us the rest of the day to continue exploring Olympic National Park. After leaving Port Angeles we continued on highway 101 around the peninsula stopping and Granny’s Cafe. This cafe is 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.

Lake Crescent and Rialto Beach

View of Lake Crescent on a sunny day on the Olympic Peninsula Washington State

After a quick photo stop at Lake Crescent our next stop at around 3pm was Rialto Beach. Rialto Beach has the biggest driftwood we’ve ever seen, surely the biggest driftwood most people have seen. It is an awesome sight to see such large trees littering the beach bleached by the sea therefore a great place for photos. It was also our first time seeing the Pacific Ocean. We stayed here a while taking pictures with the driftwood and watching the pelicans and dolphins.

Hoh Rainforest

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.

Richard says;

“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.”

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