Lochaerie Resort

Home Improvements – The Never Ending Story!

Posted on: February 17th, 2017 by lochaerie

This winter we’ve focused on Cabins Ellinor and Olympus for some major structural work and upgrading. Each are getting new posts and beams. In addition, Cabin Ellinor is also getting a new furnace, a new hearth, and additional outlets. As the person that supposedly gets the cabins ready for check ins, I was a bit taken aback to see that basically all of Ellinor’s floors had been removed to be able to do the structural and electrical work!

As for Cabin Olympus, besides the new post and beams, we’re completely redoing the screened porch and creating new stairs that lead down from the water side. Olympus also is getting a new heater in the main sitting area.

Cabin Christie has a new bedroom! Tom tore the bedroom down to the “studs”, put in insulation, and raised the ceiling. Richard and I have once again basically been painting everything in site! Richard calls all the painting here at Lochaerie “Job Security”.

 

 

 

Fall In the Rain Forest

Posted on: September 20th, 2016 by lochaerie

What a great summer we’ve had this year – but now it feels like fall has arrived! We’ve had 5.22 inches of rain since the beginning of September with most of that falling within the last week and a half. Leaves are starting to color up and fall, the apples are ripe to the delight of the deer and bears who have been feasting away, and soon there will be water again in all the creeks that flow to the river and the lake. The park just finished putting a new deck on Finley Creek bridge and this week they’ll start repairing washouts on the road to Graves Creek Campground, Pony Bridge, and Enchanted Valley.

 

R.I.P. Largest Western Red Cedar

Posted on: July 19th, 2016 by lochaerie

For generations, folks have been hiking up to see the North Shore Western Red Cedar which has been one of the world record trees (63.5 ft circumference, 19.5ft diameter, 174ft tall) in the Quinault Valley.  Well, sadly, a couple of weeks ago during a wind and rain storm, it split and fell. It will be greatly missed by local residents and visitors to Lake Quinault.

Fun With Friends

Posted on: June 27th, 2016 by lochaerie

This last weekend was the annual Lake Quinault Cancer Fund Bike Ride around the lake.  This is the 27th year that this event has been taking place. Tom and I have been participating in this ride since 2005.  This year we had one friend that biked to the first refreshment stand (obviously, the most important part of the ride!) and another friend that biked the entire 30 miles with us. The weather was perfect – cool in the morning and warming as the day continued. We saw eagles, elk, and deer as we biked around the lake. Our friend Terry brought an old Neptune motor that he had recently restored. We put it on our little row boat Betty and all took turns tooling around the lake. What fun! There’s really nothing better than sitting down at the beach and enjoying the view with friends and little Walter!

 

Col. Bob – Almost the Top of the World! June 2016

Posted on: June 10th, 2016 by lochaerie

Climbing to the top of Col. Bob is a challenging enough hike that you want a day where you can take advantage of the tremendous views once you get there! Last Tuesday was one of those days. We had heard from a couple of our guests that enough of the snow had melted so that the trail was now passable even though there were still a number of snow patches that we found we needed to navigate. We decided to take the Pete’s Creek Trail which is steeper, but shorter. I think one of the things we enjoy the most about this hike is the variety of ecosystems as you ascend the trail. The trail begins in a lowland forest of Douglas Fir and Western Red Cedar. Then we passed onto slopes of mountain scrub with Vine Maple, Salmon Berry, and Columbine.  Next we hiked through a sub alpine area with Mountain Hemlock, true fir, and Avalanche Lilies. Lastly, at the top we saw lichen, pink heather, and sedum among the rocks.  Sadly, this trail has not been maintained in the last few years so there is lots of rock on the path and fallen trees to circumvent. Sometimes you feel like you’re going to be swallowed up in the salmon berries. However, the salmon berry bushes rewarded us with ample picking as we hiked along! We were the only ones there when we reached the top and we really did feel like we were on top of the world with a 360 degree view! We could see west to the coast, north to Mt. Olympus, and east to Mt. Rainier.

It takes about an hour to drive to the Pete’s Creek trail head from Lochaerie and you should allow a minimum of 6 hours for the hike with additional time spent at the top.

 

 

Home Improvements – February 2016

Posted on: February 25th, 2016 by lochaerie

There’s been lots of activity here at Lochaerie these last few months. We have a couple of great guys from the Harbor that have been working diligently on jacking up Cabins Angeles and Storm King and re-shaking the exterior waterside walls. All the rain we’ve had in January and February hasn’t made their job easy! While they’ve been working on the exteriors, Tom and Richard have been working industriously on cabin interiors. Tom redid the interior of Storm King, wiring for more outlets and insulating the walls. He also has been putting in wall heaters in the bathrooms of cabins and replaced the hot water tank in the bedroom of Olympus with a new on demand water heater. Richard meanwhile has basically been painting everything in site! During all of these projects Little Walter has been dedicated to supervising at the highest level both inside and out! Cabin Christie is next on the list! To be continued . . .

 

2015 Cabin Journal Reflections

Posted on: January 21st, 2016 by lochaerie

We love to read what our guests write in the cabin journals as they share life events and their experiences here at Lochaerie and as they explore the Olympic Peninsula. Here are just a few of the journal entries folks have written this last year.

Angeles:   July 27 – We came here for our honeymoon and loved it beyond words could tell. After the wedding it is easy to get caught up on what needs to be done and what we need to buy for our new home. This cabin was a great reminder that we only need each other and some nature to be truly happy. (Erik and Grace)  August 3rd – For those checking in we suggest you spend some time down at the lake walking around an hour or so before dusk. The wildlife, otters, eagles are magnificent. (Christine and Jack)   September – Twenty-six years ago, my then boyfriend Robert and I backpacked through this rain forest, taking a needed break from out graduate studies. A week ago, my now husband, Robert and I dropped off our only child for her first quarter of college. Sigh. What better place to feel the excitement and the heartache than the ONP. (Pamela and Robert)

Christie: May 8 – 1st time at Lochaerie Resort and I feel so at home. We saw seals and whales at Kalaloch Beach #4, a hummingbird right outside the window, hiked Hoh Rain forest trails, Gatton Creek trail, and kayaked Lake Quinault. Ventured down the rocky road toward the Big Cedar tree only to find it partially knocked over, yet still impressive. (Brynne)  August 11 – All the things we love to see off the porch of Cabin Christie: 8 otters, 2 bald eagles, heron, mergansers, king fishers, cross bill, people enjoying being on the water. We could sit still and watch forever. (MerryJo and Doug)  October 16 – Here on our honeymoon – what a treat! The views are spectacular. Hiking in the rain forest, canoeing on the lake and evenings by the fire. Perfect stop for R & R on our PNW adventure! (The Campbells)

Col. Bob: June 4 – This trip was for Mom . . . 93 3/4 years young. Normally, Christie is the cabin of choice, but Colonel Bob DEFINITELY did not disappoint. The wonder of this lake captivated her . . . otters, geese, steller’s, hummers, balds, we got to see it all. (The Martins)  June 13 – We’ve been here for six days and let me tell you it’s been a blast. We’ve done everything around from kayaking to going to Beach 4. (Highly recommended) The view is amazing and watching everyone fall getting in and out of the kayak is a hoot! We saw a herd of elk going to Irely Lake. ( J.S.)  September 3 – So happy to have stumbled on this reservation – which was available due to a cancellation! I booked right away just to get back to the lake in the rain forest! Huzzah!!! The biggest cabin with the best kitchen and porch & VIEW!!! So MAGICAL. Feels like we’ve found our place! (Colleen & Scott)  September 15 – It took us – three of four of us, anyway – to figure out what the date is today. That’s how lost in time this tranquil forest and no wifi world leaves us. (Marlene, Tamara, Janette & Michael)

Ellinor: May 29 – My boyfriend and I came here looking for a relaxing spot to get away from the noise in the city and relax. Ellinor did not disappoint. I think this is the cutest cabin I’ve seen. So welcoming, it feels like home. Also, Michael is super excited to find out that Pearl Jam was in the exact cabin we find ourselves in today. (Courtney and Michael )  June 6 – It has been cool to read through these journals and get a sense of what this little cabin has been for people – a place to heal after the end of a relationship, a place where folks have gotten engaged, celebrated anniversaries, reconnected with family, with themselves, with nature. For me and Derek, even though we’ve only spent a few days here, this place has felt like our first home together. (Emily)  November 15 – A few weeks ago I asked my friend Katie for recommendations of places to stay when weather is iffy and she recommended the Lochaerie. We hiked the Homestead trail (by the Quinault Ranger Station). There we saw some huge salmon in the shallow stream. We watched for a long time. (Christy & Dave)

Olympus: June 23 – I don’t really have anything riveting to write, but here goes. While we were here, we hiked about and saw waterfalls and trees and an oddly dry cedar bog. We kayaked in the mornings, and my brother and I swam a bit in the lake. We’ve been having astonishingly dry weather, so the the rain forest has a sort of washed out feeling. Still beautiful though. I love the screened porch and we spent our evenings sitting out there playing cards. The lake is lovely, the cabin is cozy, and the light is good. Who knows, someday someone might read this. (Mindy)  September 24 – What a great spot to wind up a 12 day trip through western Washington State. Cabin Olympus gave us a wonderful jumping off place for stunning hikes in the mountains and equally stunning paddling on the lake. It also provided a quiet refuge for reading, relaxation, and reflection. Loved seeing the otter family, bald eagles, and the loons. And it was so cool to see the blood super moon rise over the mountains our last night!! (Stacy and Ruth Ann)

Storm King: September 24 – What a glorious week we have had at Storm King. So comfortable, warm, and charming. My favorite day was the day it rained and we stayed in. We enjoyed our drive up the coast past Kalaloch and Ruby Beach, enjoying our picnic lunch on a large driftwood tree trunk at Ruby Beach. We then drove up past Forks and on to Rialto  to see the sea stacks there. We also stopped by the Hoh Rain Forest and did a short hike which was beautiful, but we all felt that was just too much driving for one day. (Pam and Jim)  October 4 – We came here on our honeymoon. It was our first visit to this area. We could not be happier! The cabin is perfect, quaint, and romantic. The first day we hiked just about 6 miles between three different trails. I highly recommend Kestner Homestead trail. It’s surreal! Easy and so pretty. We then hiked to Irely Lake and had lunch, then went to Cascade Creek trail. We also kayaked and canoed each morning. We saw otters while kayaking. On the trail we saw bald eagle, banana slug, squirrels, snakes, waterfalls, and elk. I can’t say enough . . . it was the perfect honeymoon. We also went to Ruby Beach and Beach #4. A must see. (Lisa and Garrick)

 

November 2015 – What A Month!

Posted on: December 7th, 2015 by lochaerie

In the first half of November we had almost 23 inches of rain here at Lochaerie. There was so much water flowing through the creeks and streams that there were many washouts up and down the North Shore Road and around the Visitor’s Center as well as many trees that fell across power lines and the road. Even though we’ve seen it before, it’s always amazing to see how high the lake can get in a short time and to see the debris that is floating on it. And then, just like that, it was over and the second half of the month was crispy cold in the morning, and sunny and clear in the afternoons. You don’t think of stargazing being much of an activity here in the rain forest, but with so little moisture in the air and the clear nights, the stars and planets were gorgeous! We also got a beautiful full moon during this time to top off the month.

Now it’s December and we’ve already had 8 inches of rain, numerous power outages, and yet another heavy rain and wind storm predicted for tomorrow! I wonder what the second half of December will be like.

 

Fun With Boats

Posted on: August 21st, 2014 by lochaerie

Here are a few pictures of folks enjoying  boats on  Lake Quinault.

Summertime 2014

Posted on: July 22nd, 2014 by lochaerie

Just a few pictures of Lochaerie and the grounds in the middle of July. We’ve had a warmer and drier summer than usual, so there’s been plenty of  time to be outside and just appreciate the beauty of the Quinault area.