06 December 2011

{06dec2011: Kalaloch Lodge}

This year for Thanksgiving we stayed in town so we decided to use one of the Groupon/Living Social/one of those sites we bought for a cabin at the Kalaloch Lodge out on the Washington coast. We had grand plans to drive out there early and get a hike or two in before check-on (at 4pm) and then hike a bit more on the way back to Seattle. Our total hike count at the of the road trip = 0. That's right we got none in. hahaha.
Thanksgiving day was very rainy, when we drove out to one hiking spot Jason had printed out, the roads were closed. So we tried looking for another spot, and instead we got caught in snow!

We drove for a bit but got worried since we hadn't stumbled upon the hike we thought we were headed to so we turned around and decided to just keep driving to Kalaloch.
We had already been driving a couple hours at this point so we stopped at a park along the Hood Canal and let Darwin out to stretch her legs. We walked along the beach and ran into this:

A dead fish! I was the one who spotted it, Darwin didn't even notice it at first til I pointed it out to her.

After a few sniffs she did try to pick it up, by its mouth, but a quick "uh uh" and she walked away. We ran down the beach and ran around the park a bit before loading back up and heading west.
We did get Thanksgiving lunch on the way... Jack in the Box! Darwin got her own cheeseburger and some fries.
After a long drive we made it to the Lodge where we were able to check in early. Darwin settled onto a bed while we unloaded the car.

Then we went to check out the beach while the sun was still out.

Beaches in Washington (and Oregon) are nothing like beaches I'm used to in Hawaii, but I love how wide and flat the beaches are here. 

Wide beaches are great for spreading out and making Darwin run between us!
Though we realized it's best to do that without a bright red coat on your dog at areas where off leash dogs aren't allowed (we walked far down the beach away from people and the lodge).

Getting down to the beach was pretty easy, getting back over the logs to the stairs, not as easy. It was starting to drizzle again by this point, and Darwin was a bit nervous crossing over the slippery logs. It took some time to find the route with the widest logs and the most sand, but we did it.

We headed back to our cabin and had some relaxing down time.

(This is a really good book btw for those of you who like to read: The Man in the Rockefeller Suit)
We had a 2 burner stove in our cabin so this was our Thanksgiving meal:
While Darwin had this:
And that was our Thanksgiving!
Stay tuned for day 2!


  1. Hi B and Darwin, very nice. Thanks for "taking us along". Great photo of your mom and dad Darwin. Looks like a great dinner for everyone - not bad for a two burner stove! Ah where's the wine.

  2. Wow! Snow, a dead fish, hiking, your own cheeseburger... this is sounding mighty awesome, Darwin!!!
    Play bows,

  3. looks like a great thanksgiving! :)

    love the beach photos!

  4. I think you guys should be the ad for Groupon getaways. At first I thought that fish was tiny, then I realized it was really Darwin sized!

  5. It looks like it could not have been a better getaway
    Benny & Lily

  6. It's pretty cool that you were able to bring your dog along for your Thanksgiving getaway -- it's an advantage of staying in a cabin that I hadn't really thought of before.

  7. Looks like it was a great Thanksgiving get away.
    Maybe not exactly what you had in mind to start but from the pics, it looked awesome!!
    Ernie,Sasha,Chica,Lucas & mom Barb

  8. It looks like a brilliant Thanksgiving adventure!

    Darwin looks like she had a great time.

    Big nose Pokes
    The Thugletsx

  9. Hi Darwin, great beach photos. Sorry you didn't get your hike in. Those logs looks pretty strange on the beach. Its so cool you get to stay with your mum and dad in a cabin too. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

  10. what a fun outing

    Stop on by for a visit

  11. Darwin you lucky girl! What a fun adventure. That Thanksgiving dinner looks yummy. I really like your quilt did Brooke make that for you?

    Your cabin is really nice and it's awesome they allow pets....that's the best kind.

    Do all the beaches in Washington have large logs on them? Do they wash up from the ocean? It's a good thing you have long legs. Is that a waterfall in the background...COOL!

  12. Don't you love Kalaloch!! The self portarit of you & Jason is very cute...glad you all had a good time. I love the Halloween pics...you are an ear of corn but that's all I can figure out. :) Give Darwin a kiss for us...sorry she had to endure a tail shut in the card door too. :( NO fun!

    Happy Holidays!

    Amber & Nala