Sunday, July 26, 2015

Forks (part 1)

No, not dinner forks, but Forks, Washington.  Located on the western side of the Olympic Peninsula, Forks is conveniently located for trips to the rain forest of Olympic National Park and the Northwestern cape of the contiguous United States.  We moved with our WIN friends to the Elks there - $20 for hookups and $10 for dry camping.

One of the guys arranged a lumber mill tour with the local visitors center.  At first I wasn't enthused since we've seen quite a few lumber mills during our travels.  It turned out much, much better than expected when we actually got to see the logging operation instead.

Wow!  Those are some big machines.  We had fun watching them move the logs around like toothpicks.

The crew was thinning a steep hillside, which involved a lot of hand work.  Imagine tramping up and down the hill lugging a chain saw.  The logs are dragged up the slope with cables.

One of the guys showed us his 'lumberjack pose.'

This is the nifty machine that quickly strips the branches and some of the bark off the tree.

Take a look at it in action.

Our tour guide told us about a beachcomber museum that just opened a few weeks ago.  We had to see it.

This sculpture of crab pot buoys welcomed us.

Obviously the proprietor had been collecting for years.

He did research on the objects he found.

These slippers have an interesting story.  (You'll probably have to click on it to read it.)

Many cargo containers end up in the ocean and the contents reappear on the beach like these Raggedy Ann doll heads.

Whoa!  I wonder what happened to the rest of the plane.

This is just a small sample of the innumerable objects in this unique and interesting museum.


  1. Interesting about how the slippers were found over a period of time. Not unlike the sailors, many Peruanos we met on our travels in Peru always spill a drop or two of their drinks to Pachamama, the Mother God.

  2. Two things that don't mix well deforesting and steep hillside=landslides
    Amazing story on the slippers and I used to live by the Atlantic it was always amazing to see what Floated to the surface most of time it was YUKKY. Nothing cool like what you saw in that museum.

  3. When I lived at the NJ shore years ago, walking along the beach I found a set of false teeth. No, I didn't pick them up. ;c)