Weekend Adventures: Olympic National Park

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This weekend, Nick and I went camping in Olympic National Park, close to Washington’s coast. After a couple weeks of nonstop hustling, it felt so good to disconnect from everything: work, technology, chores. The weather was perfect and the scenery was gorgeous. I thought it’d be fun to share some pictures from our trip. If you’re ever in the area, the Olympics are a must stop.


The view of Lake Quinault from our campsite at Willaby Campground.


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We were situated right in the middle of the Quinault Rainforest, which I had never been to before. I originally thought we were going to be in the Hoh Rainforest, which is further north. On Saturday, we took a long hike starting with this trail. Apparently we missed seeing a black bear by a 1/2 mile. Thank goodness we missed it. I probably would have hyperventilated and done everything you’re not supposed to do.



The old-growth trees were incredible. I loved trying to identify the trees by their bark. I’m a nerd, but that should be no surprise by now.


dogs in river

Hanging out in Falls Creek with the doggies. Saturday’s 8-mile hike wore them out.


lake quinault

The best part of the trip was hanging out lakeside, soaking in the sun and reading our books.



On the way home we drove out to Pacific Beach State Park. Even in the afternoon, the fog was so thick it was hard to see the water’s edge.

Do you ever take camping trips or are you more of a city traveler? I used to always gravitate towards exploring cities, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve found that camping and exploring rural areas is more relaxing to me.

13 responses

  1. Looks like you guys had a lot of fun! We just returned from a camping trip at Kalaloch Beach in the Olympic National Forest. It is so beautiful there. I’ve yet to visit the Hoh Rainforest, but it’s definitely on my list. ~Veronica

  2. This looks amazing! I will have to add it to my list of areas to check out. I also find myself being more interested in exploring nature nowadays than cities, my husband teases me that I am turning into an old lady!

  3. Girl, can you believe I’ve never gone camping? I just can’t get over not having a bathroom lol. Don’t laugh at me. I will, however, go camping if I could have a winni with me to use a bathroom lol. I would definitely do that. Great post and photos. You look so happy and so relaxed.

    Kia / The House of KTS

  4. The Olympic National Park looks stunning. I haven’t been camping since I was a kid. I’m kinda tempted to give it another go.

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