treme Camping and X
-Ray Eyes! OK, I couldn't think of anything good for X. None of us could. But we went camping again, and compared to our perfect trip last time to the Hood Canal
, this time was X
treme! We drove for a long time, and finally ended up at the Hoh Campground in the Hoh Rainforest
. Our campsite was right on the Hoh river, which was beautiful. The first part of X
treme for us was that it was actually raining the day we got there. The weather forecast was that it would clear up that afternoon/night. They were off by a few hours. We had to spend about an hour in the car at one point. It was misty, and
occasionally rainy the first day. We did get to eat outside, and have a fire for a while. It was pretty chilly though. Our tents do appear to be waterproof. We also remembered to bring all our food (except butter), but forgot to bring any pans. We had one small saucepot, the cookstove, and that's about it. Luckily the Camp Host loaned us a pan for the first night and breakfast. The other Xtreme thing was mosquitoes! The first night wasn't too bad, since it was drizzly. But the next 2 days was really sunny and we got eaten alive. Ilea counted about 29 on her, about 5 on her face, and the rest on her arms and legs. Kipp and I also have a lot, but Kyler seems to have escaped. We took some hikes, the kids got to do some activities and become Junior Rangers
, and we saw X
treme moss in the Hall of Mosses
. The trip wasn't too bad, all in all, but we've had better. It was also X
treme driving. To get there we went the northern route
(214 miles), up Hwy 16, across the Hood Canal bridge, through Sequim, Port
Angeles and around the top of the Olympic National Park. Coming back we drove the southern route
(210 miles), and although we were X
tremely tired (especially of driving), we made a small detour back to the Camp 6 Logging
train. It was open, and I didn't want to make another trip down to Pt Defiance. So we got to take a break and take a ride on the logging train. It was fairly cheap, and you get what you pay for! Gotta say it was shorter than I thought! But as always, the kids liked it.
Then we did some listening to the X-ray Eyes
. The X-ray Eyes are a group that Kipp enjoys. One reason is that his co-worker, Shane Durham
, is the drummer, and even sings on a few tracks. Their music is fun. Simple
is a very catchy tune... give it a listen.
So that's X!