Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Susan's sister Mary has wanted to return to La Push to experience Thanksgiving as their family had done in the past. There were several Thanksgivings that mom and dad brought them here to the ocean and rented a cabin at the beach. The family would romp on the sand, dodge the waves (often not dodging quickly enough), play games and enjoy the rugged coast. This year Mary has gotten her wish fulfilled, and we would all gather here for this holiday.
With Susan having the day off from school today, we would be the first to arrive, which was a good thing as I do believe we had the MOST to unload and store. We all know that Susan does not pack light! But we were only half unpacked when brother Bill and Darlene arrived with almost as much stuff as we had, and in a MUCH smaller car. Is not traveling light a genetic trait in this family?!
One of our first hightlights was to see the herd of Elk watching us, and the other traffic, as we watched them lying in the field in Sequim. This is a home for Elk but we don't always see them when we drive through here. Lucky day today.
Once in Port Angeles we had to hit all our haunts -- Brown's outdoor store, Waters West Fly shop, Bike and Kayak shop. Each store person was bubbly, nice, friendly, and informative, and of course Susan conversaton with each one. We got a suggestion from the Fly shop guy to take a little detour up to the de-construction site of the Elwha dam. This was another highlight for our day.
|What was once Lake Mills (see map below)|
|Part of the dam in partial de-struction.|
|Looking from the other side of the dam toward Lake Mills|
|The slough from the dam heading to Elwha River|
|Fast moving Elwha below us|
|See former Lake Mills|
|Here is a photo of the dam from a book Susan has. The lake is no longer there.|
We enjoyed the drive to the dam and seeing all the moss laden trees as part of this Olympic National Park.
|Indeed, proof we are in the rain forest, and...|
|...that Olympic Rain Forest is one of three temperant rain forests in the world. Chile and New Zealand (I think) are the other two.|
The removal of the dam helps the natural salmon run, but now there is a rock quarry being dug that will potentially (and probably) interfere with the good that the dam destruction has done. There are signs around town urging the stop of the quarry proceedings.
Bill had brought two boxes of reel tape movies from family childhood and young adult years, and right away set up the projector for some home entertainment. Mary and Phil (and son Jim) had not arrived yet but there were enough movies for them to view when they got here a few hours later (and enough to continue the entertainment tomorrow, and a few more days!). Jenny and Larurent and baby Etienn arrived in the night sometime, so we were all here at the Quileute Oceanside Resort and RV Park on the beach of the Olympic's wild coast.
The question of the day became -- how is everyone going to survive not being able to see the Seahawks play the Forty Niners on Thanksgiving Day!!???? No tv, no phones (nor cell coverage for most of us), and wifi only in the the computer room across the yard. Ah, the struggles in life! The search will be on to see if there is any place to go to watch the game. Any coverage somewhere? Any bar open on Thanksgiving? We shall see.