Back on the Road Again (Day 27)

After a wonderful week-and-a-half at my aunt and uncle’s, it was time to get back on the road.  We quite a late start, but that didn’t stop of from pulling over at a number of absolutely stunning areas in and around Olympia State Park.

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The first place we detoured was at Madison Falls, a beautiful little 25 foot falls that empties down into the Elwha River. There was a beautiful little paved trail out to the falls, which was only a 3 minute walk from the parking area. The woods were absolutely gorgeous.

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One of my favorite things about this area is the trees — they are HUGE and they are absolutely stunning. Also, if they fall down, you can climb inside them.

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Once Rebecca finally made me get out of my new favorite fort, we moved along down the 101 coastal highway. We drove right through Forks, of Twilight infamy, and I was proud that I managed to distract Rebecca enough that she missed the signs, and therefore didn’t ask me to stop for some sparkly picture-taking.*

[*Rebecca’s Edit: Such a betrayal!]

Some of the most beautiful sights we didn’t even need to take detours for — we just pulled over to the side of the road. The best was Lake Crescent, which was overlooked the coolest-named mountain of all time: Mount Storm King.  The lake was stunning, as was the sun over the mountains, and we spent about 15 minutes just turning round in circles and admiring everything.

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We eventually got back in the car, and moved on. The 101 followed the lake for miles, and the views were nonstop.  About 45 minutes later, I saw signs for Ruby Beach, and immediately pulled off, which is one of my favorite things about doing the majority of the driving. And man, that beach was awesome.

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We wandered up and down the beach for a while, then realized we were going to be getting to our campground for the night after dark, so we moseyed along, feeling happy to be back on the road!


I grew up in New Jersey, went to college in Virginia, and married a girl from New Hampshire, so I can drive the East Coast in my sleep. I love exploring, jumping out of airplanes, whitewater rafting, fast cars, comic books, and generally refusing to act my age. More practically, I love budgeting and financial planning, renovating and updating older homes (and now campers), and learning to make our family as self-sustaining as possible.


  1. Just checked this out for the first time, and I have to admit, the first thing I thought was, “Oh boy, Ryan, what have you done now?” But after reading the story, now I’m actually jealous. Good for you guys! Live it up! Shawna and I will try to follow suit when we can. 🙂

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