Portland to Quinault
Trip Start Apr 09, 2010
13Trip End Jul 13, 2010
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A pretty drive to Raymond where we refuelled and later stopped for lunch at the family diner - the locals were colourful and very hick but thoroughly entertaining. H had deep fried cod and hash browns - not sure what's happening to her.
On to Aberdeen. We suffered a 30 minute wait while the drawbridge went up and down and no ships went through - we did wonder about the point of this but who are we to question such things. Had a nice glass of icecream in the car while we waited - thanks to the polystyrene cooler from the Creekside Apartments at Guerneville.
From there to Lake Quinault - the lodge is sublime - built in 1926 in 9 weeks (a seemingly impossible task) drenched in old world charm and the indescribable beauty of the lake and the mountains. Checked in at 3:00, the R upgraded to a Lakeview room. Went for a 4 mile walk along the lake past week-enders with lake views to kill for, then back to the lodge through the rain forest - a fabulous trail - many photos. Met a couple from Seattle on the walk - Randy and Rosie - and invited them home if ever they were in Melbourne.Further up the hill it rained and then hailed - thanks to the REI boots and raincoats we were impervious. R has serious wet weather gear too so he didn't care either. The forest was littered with fallen trees, some that appeared to have been torn from their bases by a cyclone. Trees, wild flowers and water everywhere.
Then a great meal in the Rooseveldt Restaurant in the Lodge featuring a sensational lake view as the sun set beyond the water and the rain squawls played about the hills generating a changing lightscape every few minutes, and the humming birds darted then froze in midair to feed from the feeders hanging just outside the windows. A magical evening - the best place we have been so far was R's opinion.