Banjo's and Beauty

Trip Start Nov 28, 2011
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Trip End Dec 18, 2012


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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Well after a bus, a ferry and 2 rather interesting bus journeys which really brough home the fact that we were in hickville with the locals seeming a little erm lets just say they seemed to have a small gene pool and were probably on their way to play their banjos and jew tobacco and the smell was one of tobacco and petrol coming off each and everyone of them.  We arrived at our campsite in the rain forest in Olympia National Park by the beach and it wasn't very sunny, whoever heard of going to the beach when the sun isn't out??  We arrived late afternoon so just set up camp, made some lunch and headed off to the only local shop to buy some firewood and check out supplies for tomorrow.  We walked along the beach which was beautiful with more driftwood than I have ever seen in my life and we are talking whole huge trees which we used as our sofa on the beach while we enjoyed the sunshine peaking through the cloud whilst reading and watching a group who were rather bravely body boarding in the freezing water.  The area is famous for the driftwood which are referred to as 'the bones of the forest picked clean by the ocean' because the winds and tides can be immense and they erode the coastline which is ancient rain forest causing trees to slip into the ocean.  Whilst we were walking along the beach there is a river which has driftwood logs as makeshift bridges to get across, which were tricky to cross, we heard a rustling in the bushes and 2 little deer popped out looking a little confused but made their way up the grassy bank back towards the forest but it was strange seeing deer on the beach!

After collecting our firewood a couple of beers and a bottle of wine, prices have dropped now we are back in the US, we headed back to camp and got talking to a school teacher on a trip from New York.  It was really good talking to an American, who has traveled in Europe, around 80% of Americans don't have passports because they never leave the States.  He was Hispanic and it was interesting discussing the politics of the States and Europe, economy and religion  We lit a fire, cooked our pesto pasta and had a glass of wine before having an earlier night with our books.  We had to set our alarm as we only had our camping pitch for one night as they were fully booked with when we reserved but they had a couple of walk in pitches which cannot be reserved and are allocated each morning on a first come first served basis.  Even though we were already there and explained we wanted one we still had to get up and queue for a pitch!!

After our early rise we secured a pitch about 8 along from us, not as private but it was only for one night, so we rather annoyingly had to move all our camp and kit for one night.  We had a breakfast of muffins and jam and hot tea before heading off to the beach.  It was even more overcast than yesterday with the fog rolling in on the beach.  So we headed to the lodge where they have a patio and restaurant where we nursed a coffee for a few hours whilst I tried my hand at the crossword and sudoko in the local paper without much success.  When we walked along the beach back to camp via the bridges made of driftwood there were so many birds on the beach it looked like a bird reserve with lots of gulls, birds we didn't know and pelicans.

Back at base camp we had a sort out of all our kit, managed to condense it a little, cooked up some camp fare of soup and tuna muffins by the fire.  The rest of the evening was spent reading before heading to bed before our early start in the morning.

I woke before the alarm at 6.30am the next morning and packed up to catch our buses to Seattle, with the first one at 9.30 half a mile away.
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