The South Coast: Part 2

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Camping at Scott Creek Beach, Olympic National Park

We had an amazing, clear evening for our night on the beach at Olympic National Park (see our backpacking adventure to get this point on the beach here). The warm sun slowly set and our beach world turned orange and charcoal. Gradually the orange faded, the moon rose, and the the stars twinkled to life little by little. I woke up around 3 a.m. (because who sleeps soundly in a tent?) and opened my eyes to millions of bright stars above me and the lullaby of the ocean waves.  Continue reading

Deer Park

Deer Park Campground, Olympic National Park

On Thursday we headed to the Olympic peninsula and found our way to Deer Park, an amazing National Park campsite, situated at 5400 feet in the Olympic mountains. If you can brave an unpaved mountain road for about 8 miles, this experience is car camping at its best!

^serenity^

^breathtaking mountain scenery!^

^not a bad spot for some afternoon reading^

^Deer Park is an appropriate name for this spot…the deer weren’t shy about wandering right up to our campsite^

^I brought my tripod along and got some star photos. As you can see they are blurry so I need to work on my technique. There is a shooting star in this photo, which I can’t believe I managed to capture! The stars here were AMAZING. So happy we had a clear night for stargazing.^

Deer Park is a first-come-first-served area with only 14 campsites so I recommend arriving as early as you can to get a good spot. The fee for the night is $10, which you leave in a lock box near the entrance. We’d love to come back to this campsite again when we have more time and check out some of the nearby trails. It is such a gorgeous area.

We had such an amazing weekend at Olympic National Park! Stay tuned on the blog this week for some details about the next phase of our trip, backpacking on the coast.

Olympic National Park

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Olympic National Park

Hurricane Hill Hike

We started our day in Olympic National Park with a misty hike to Hurricane Hill—if it had been a clear day we could’ve seen British Columbia across the water, but it was quite a foggy morning!

Olympic National Park | Road Trips and Skymiles Blog

Olympic National Park | Road Trips and Skymiles Blog

The above shows what we should’ve seen vs. what we actually saw 🙂

Rialto Beach

After our morning hike we spontaneously decided to drive to the Pacific coast, another three hours away. It was my first time seeing the Pacific Ocean! We stopped at Rialto Beach, one of the most accessible and popular areas. It wasn’t too crowded when we arrived.

This part of the Pacific Coast was packed with personality and drama, and satisfied my summer ocean cravings in a different way than the calm warm waters I’m used to.

Olympic National Park | Road Trips and Skymiles Blog

Olympic National Park | Road Trips and Skymiles Blog

Olympic National Park | Road Trips and Skymiles Blog

Olympic National Park | Road Trips and Skymiles Blog

Olympic National Park | Road Trips and Skymiles Blog

By the we got to the coast we didn’t have much time to explore, but it was fun to hop out of the car and wander the beach for a short while.