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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-09-2004, 09:14 PM Thread Starter
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Thought I would share a TR about a beach camping trip down to ONP this past weekend (Fri thru Sunday).

It started out at a reasonably early time at 6am when HikerBoy picked me up at my house. We then made our way to the truck crossing border. After some driving, we cut off and made our way through Deception Pass.


We then continued on until we got to the Keystone Ferry that takes us across to Port Townsend.


On the road again... What the heck?


Oh look, a Costco. Time to stock up. [:0]


Onwards to the park HQ


We got our permits and then we were all set. The weather just couldn't make up its mind.


Look! The Hungry Bear. The home of the truly hungry!


We soon left the paved roads and took our adventure to the logging roads. Its subi time!


At the trailhead by around noon. Time to pack up and head out.


The inland trail was generally pretty good except for a few boggy parts


At last - the beach is in sight!


First views


Some left a little driftwood fence to the campsite. (It ended up being Otter who did this).


Checkin out the tarp cookery


Time to set up


The views from the area we camped


Back over to Strider's tarped lounge


mmmm chicken


Marmot and Strider getting a bbq chicken all set


HB and I had steak. I had two big ass steaks. oh baby. Sorry, no photos. LOL

Time to enjoy the sunset


Strider and Old Timer head out for a better look


HB and Otter


The day draws to a close


That night we went for a night hike to the "big tree" and the memorial. It was a nice night. Definitely want to check it out end of the beach in the daylight as well.

Day 2 coming next....



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wow.... beautiful pictures jim !!

*almost* makes up for the lack of snow

cheers ! C Wall
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Good to see you guys made it down to the beach

Nice pics Jim. Can't wait to see the rest....

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I awoke first in the camp this morning at about 6:30 or so. I needed to take care of some business. As I arose from my tent I was pleasantly surprised to see the moon out in full. I was taken by the way it glistened on the ocean and couldn't resist making a stop to enjoy the view.


Okay, enough mooning. Time to get down to business. Here's a view that some might recognize.


Heheh gotta love a toilet with a view


I made my way over to the tarped area and got the fire going.


Is that a pole dancing frog?


Great campsites. Here's Old Timer's setup as well as HB's and mine.


Time to fix some breakfast. Who thought trail breakfast could be this good?


Breakfast's done. Time to head out and enjoy some views!


Enough viewing. Heading out for a hike down the beach.


High tide, have to take the headland


And down the other side


Big surprise. Its gorgeous here too!


We scoped out an old donkey engine that is hidden inland. The steam donkey was used for logging operations just after the turn of the century. It ran spools, pulleys, and cables that hauled logs out of the woods, so the logs could be floated out and towed to sawmills in Pt. Angeles.



We also stumbled across two does with two fawns... So cute!


Found some more old machinery. These photos were taken at the Starbucks' mine site. The big pulley used in the mine effort managed the cables used to drag the buckets of sand off the beach. The sand was then run thru the sluiceboxes to extract gold, but supposedly it was never a prodictive mine. They used that small 4 cylinder gas engine to power the operation.


Just a view I enjoyed after coming from the creek


HB sitting on some driftwood relaxing while I go photo crazy on the deer


Heading back and over the headlands


Pass by camp and head the other way... Check out this stump!


Even bigger, check out this beached tree! People refer to it as "big tree".


Here are some shots of me on it to show scale


We kick back for a few and take in the sea air


A little further past big tree is the Norwegian Memorial site


I find this amazing the way the forest just stops


The tentsites of Eric and friends


Don't ask


Otter poses by her handiwork


The sun is falling as some of the guys come back from the hike that HB and I did earlier


HB and Strider enjoy a little crown on the beach


Strider's son Eric (top left) and some of Eric's friends


Who went and put that float up the tree. Someone go retrieve it!


Strider begins a round of applause for a feat accomplished


Time for dinner. HB and I are having chicken breast and stove top tonight


And mustn't forget the cooked banana and caramilk bar


mmmm more roasted bird


I was already pretty full from the chicken breast, but Strider and Eric were determined to make me say matte. Here, have a chicken, you look hungry!


We went for another night hike. This time in the other direction going around the headland as the tide was out. It was another stellar night. After the hike, we relaxed by the fire for a while before retiring for the night.

Day 3 coming....



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Oh yes. Almost forgot a beach pano!





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Yep, that's a beach!

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HikerBoy and I were the first up this morning. I woke up at 6, but it was dark! Get some more shuteye. Wow! Already 7:30. I was awoken by the sounds of a crowing chicken by my tent. HikerBoy decided to get the ol rubber chicken going as a wake up call. heheheh nice one!

We hung out by the fire for a bit and had some breakfast and coffee, then headed to our tents. Before packing up, I went out to take a few more shots. The day was shaping up to be quite nice.


Strider makes one last trip out to the beach with his coffee.


Closing time.. HB & Old Timer


Do I get style points for having a full size pillow?


Marmot and otter all packed up and heading over for breakfast.


Our departure photo


More muck on the way out


At least my pack was a little bit lighter? heheh


The little hiker boy beer gnome delivers gifts to all our friends so they can enjoy a trailhead beer once they make their way out


Off the gravel and back on pavement. Oh no. Say it isn't so. Yes. It's Hungry Bear for lunch.

What's that old saying, "go big or go home"? What the hell, give me one of the hungry bear burgers! NOTE: that is a full size ketchup bottle next to it!!!!


We took off towards the ferry. A slight wait so why not take in a little bit of Port Townsend.


And book ***** of course. heheh.. hey, I only bought 2 books!


Good bye Port Townsend


It was a great trip. We were treated to some great weather and enjoyable times. I want to thank Strider for his genuine hospitality and good nature. Great trip!



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It was a great workout!

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Great pictures I never get tired of beach/ocean shots.
That is a big tree Jim not often you see those.

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Outstanding trip & report guys! Wow! Thanks so much for sharing it. Jim, you need a mule or two for all that gear and food you trucked in! This is visual story-telling at it's best. Report of the year (so far)
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Like the Huge "Big Tree", beach sunset, beach moonlit, fawn and.... okay I give up, too may good ones to mention them all here.

Looks like a great beach campout, and you had stellar weather for it! Always loved the area around Deception Pass, brings back memories.

I Notice your pack shrank but ~ sheesh! all that great food! I wonder if you weighed relatively the same hiking out anyways! LOL
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Jim,outstanding stuff!Enough photos for me to start thinking I was there.I've spent lots of time on those beaches and you can never get enough pics,it seems.Nice to see you enjoying yourself,as I understand you've been working plenty lately.
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Looks like a wicked cool weekend Jim, HB, et al! Great pics too. did you take any HB?

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Great report. It seems so strange to see colours instead of just white and green grass!
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After trips down there for four years and with taking big Jim along, I figure I was pretty safe with leaving the camera at home.

...seriously thinking of hiking the whole Oly coastline this year.

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