Brinnon, WA to Hammond, OR
Distance: 175 miles
Campground: Fort Stevens State Park
Cost per Night: $38
Duration: 1 night
Departure Weather: 55 degrees and sunny
We left Dosewallips a little after 11:00. As we were preparing the trailer for departure, we met a nice family at the site next to ours (they had arrived the night before) and they gave us a few recommendations for some of their favorite Oregon state parks. It would have been nice to spend more time with them, but it was time to hit the road. We walked to the recycling area, enjoying our final minutes in the campground, both of us commenting on how much we enjoyed our stay, with hopes to return in the near future. The park was much more crowded than when we first arrived, so we now know it's a popular place on the weekends (and most likely during the summer). The elk had left, too. They probably don't like crowds, either.
We had an easy drive back to Oregon. It took a little over four hours (45-60 mph on a one-lane road for most of the drive) and was leisurely enough to enjoy the gorgeous fall colors as we drove through the little towns along Hwy. 101.
We arrived at Fort Stevens and after setting up camp, heading to the grocery store for dinner supplies. Rod built a nice fire and started grilling our hamburgers on the BBQ when it started to rain. It rained the first time we stayed in Fort Stevens, so I guess this is par for the course. At least our food was finished cooking and we had a nice dry trailer to keep us warm while we ate. Unfortunately, our fire went out.
The campground was pretty full, which wasn't surprising since it was the weekend. Our pull-thru sight was easy to get into, but it lacked the privacy that the back-in sites had. The sites felt closer together after being in Dosewallips, which has a lot more space between sites. And, with the rain, ours was pretty muddy.
That's it for pictures for this day. It was too wet!