Lochaerie Resort

North Fork Trails: Irely Lake and Wolf Bar

Posted on: July 10th, 2014 by lochaerie

Last week Tom and I decided to hike up to both Irely Lake and Wolf Bar. We had a perfect day with salmon berries, blueberries, and huckleberries all ripe and delicious. It was like a smorgasbord of berries! Sadly, the National Park isn’t doing much to maintain the trails right now, so they’re a bit overgrown with vegetation and in some places the trail has washed out completely, so you’ll want to wear shoes that you don’t mind getting a bit muddy.  Irely Lake was really at it’s best. There were lots of little frogs hopping around in front of us as we hiked. You’ll have to get back in your car and drive farther up to the end of the road to start the hike to Wolf Bar. There is no longer a sign that lets you know when you’ve reached the primitive Wolf Bar campground, so you’ll need to roughly know your hiking pace to judge the 2.5 miles when you turn off to cross the sand bar to get to the river. Some possible landmarks to watch out for: about two miles in, on the right you will see some large log jams in the dry river bed. Then you will turn away from the river a bit and start heading up a hill (which makes you think you’ve gone too far!) You’ll come out to a level area and there will be a small side path heading off to the right. Follow that path and go across the dry sandy area until you get to the water. Take out your lunch (unless you’ve already eaten too many berries!) and enjoy this beautiful serene spot!

Kittens – They’re Just Like US!

Posted on: May 27th, 2014 by lochaerie

Walter and Skyler turn one year old this month. (May 2014) They’ve turned out to be sort of like little puppy cats. They love the activity here at Lochaerie and want to be where the action is! They think our guests are such fun and will hang out around various cabins waiting to see what adventures they can participate in. They especially like guests that go down to the beach to fish or just relax. They help us with our various projects around the resort and have done a fabulous job of reducing our rodent population of mice and moles. Happy birthday you two little sweeties!

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

Posted on: April 30th, 2014 by lochaerie

Tom and I have traveled  back and forth between Lochaerie and Seattle frequently for many years. We’ve always driven by the Nisqually Basin and invariably have said “We need to go there!”, but have never taken the time. Yesterday, we decided to make a special trip and spend the day. What an amazing place this is! The work that has been done to restore this delta is very impressive. The Visitor’s Center and the boardwalks and trails are excellently maintained and allow many opportunities to observe the wildlife and the their habitat in close proximity. This is a good halfway point between Lochaerie and Seattle for travelers to stop and take a break in a beautiful and fascinating setting.

We’re hoping there are some naturalists and birders reading this that can help us identify the pollywog in the one picture ( it was about 4 inches long) as well as the two little birds that we saw.

Fletcher Canyon Trail

Posted on: April 7th, 2014 by lochaerie

The Fletcher Canyon Trial is a great trail if you’re looking for a really good workout in a beautiful area! Even though it’s only two miles to where the trail stops, there are spots that are very steep. Much of the trail is in the Col. Bob Wilderness area so the trail can only be maintained with handsaws. Thus, there are a few trees across the trail that you have to scramble either over or under. But, the canyon is so beautiful that you have excuses to stop and catch your breath while looking at the view.

Winter Reflections

Posted on: March 19th, 2014 by lochaerie

 

With the arrival of spring, it seems like a good time to remember back to some of the things that have happened at Lochaerie over the last few months.  Weather wise, it’s been a relatively mild and dry winter. We did get a couple of hard freezes that lasted for a few days, but almost no snow at all! We had Ken and his ground crew back to continue the job of thinning the trees that they started  last spring. Their work  has opened up the view to the mouth of the river and Col. Bob Wilderness area and gives Cabin Olympus a very nice broad view now of the lake from the back porch. Tom decided it was time for Cabin Olympus to have a new sewer line. Like so many of Tom’s upgrade projects, this one will go unnoticed, for the most part. What you will notice are the new porches Tom’s put on both Cabin Olympus and Cabin Ellinor. Next – Cabin Storm King’s porch gets a big upgrade! Walt and Skyler are now 10 months old and starting to look more like adult cats, but they still play just like kittens! They love to race down to the beach with us and climb up and down every tree along the way!

Beach Hike and Clam Digging

Posted on: March 3rd, 2014 by lochaerie

We’ve been trying to take advantage of some of the low tides we’ve had the last couple of weeks. Last week we parked at Kalaloch campground and headed north on the beach. The tide was low enough for us to get around a headland to an area of the beach we often can’t get to. The huge tilted rocks and the designs created in the sedimentary stone were really amazing!

This last weekend the beaches were open for razor clam digging AND it was a minus tide. We drove to Roosevelt Beach and then turned south. There were quite a few people there, but the weather was perfect and we all were able to dig our limit. What fun! We used clam tubes that Tom’s Uncle Alf made many years ago when he worked at the Bremerton shipyards. They worked great and were certainly the most colorful! The fun job is digging the clams, the not so fun job is cleaning them!

Fun Times at the Beach

Posted on: September 3rd, 2013 by lochaerie

There are a multitude of ways to entertain yourself at the beach! Here are just a few that we noticed this last month. It’s so easy to spend an entire day just enjoying the sounds, smells, and environment of the beach.

Here’s a short list: Bird Watching, Photography, Geology, Driftwood Forts, Chasing birds, Fishing, Rock Cairns, Tide Pools, Walking

Please feel free to add your additional ideas on Facebook.

A Climb Almost to the Top of Col. Bob

Posted on: August 10th, 2013 by lochaerie

Tom and I have been waiting for just the right sunny clear day to climb to the top of Col. Bob. Last Wednesday seemed like the perfect opportunity. Even though the valley has been covered by marine air in the mornings, the afternoons have been sunny and clear. We got an early start and drove over to the Pete’s Creek Trail Head with plenty of water, our lunches, and cameras. This trail is 8.5  miles round trip and most guide books refer to it as a 7 hour round trip hike with an elevation gain of 3500 feet. We were a little bit more than two hours into the hike when I was scrambling over a tree that had fallen across the trail and happened to look down at my boots.  The soles of both of my boots had completely pulled away from the shoe and were only hanging on by the front toe area! I guess I’d been so busy eating the delicious salmon berries along the way that I didn’t even notice! Those boots have been good friends that have taken me through a lot of different wilderness areas in past years. But now I’ve learned, besides the ten essentials for hiking, also check your boots before you go and bring duct tape! This story will be continued . . .

Tips for folks who would like to take this hike: 1. Get an early start, it takes about an hour to get to the trail head from Lochaerie. 2. It is fee based parking. You need either a NW Forest pass or a National Parks pass. 3. This trail is steadily steep and sometimes very rocky. Consider this a vigorous full day hike, not a casual day hike.

 

Annual Cancer Benefit Bike Ride

Posted on: July 7th, 2013 by lochaerie

Beginning with the year 2002, Tom and I have participated in the annual Cancer Fund Bike Ride around Lake Quinault. It’s a great opportunity to get together with our Seattle friends and to support the community. The total mileage around the lake is 31 miles. Along the North Shore, there are two “official” refreshment stops, supported by local residents – at the end of the asphalt and when you get to the bridge. We actually stop a lot more frequently to enjoy the views and to encourage folks up the steep hill. It’s become our tradition to stop on the lawn by the Rain Forest Resort Village on the South Shore and have lunch which is the 20 mile mark. Sometimes our friend Ray will bring along his glider plane to entertain us during lunch. We park a vehicle there so that after lunch, those who want to can load up their bikes and head back to Lochaerie. Those of us who continue the ride often will then stop at the Internet Cafe in Amanda Park for refreshments before the last 5 1/2 miles. Then later in the day it’s pot luck BBQ time! The 2013 ride was one of the best yet! The weather was excellent – clear and warm. Our friends Terry and Susan brought their restored Model T and drove around the lake with us as our sag wagon. The pot luck theme was Mexican with all the trimmings!

Lake Quinault Historical Society And Museum

Posted on: June 23rd, 2013 by lochaerie

In April 2000 the idea for a Lake Quinault Historical Society and Museum came to be. In May 2002, the “Old Quinault Post Office” building became available for ownership to the historical society through the Aramark /Lake Quinault Lodge who owned it and were using it for storage. After considerable work renovating the building and repairing the extreme damage from the 2007 storm, the museum reopened in June of 2009. Numerous volunteer hours have continued to be spent upgrading and expanding the museum. This museum is well worth visiting for folks interested in the history of the Quinault area and the families that homesteaded it. Plan on spending much more time than you expected as you delve into the history and the lovingly arranged displays.