We had planned to take the week off and tour Olympic National Park and then make our way to Victoria BC, but about an hour outside of Portland we realized we forgot our passports – whoops! It was a big bummer because we were really looking forward to the extended break and showing Trevor Miniature World. We considered going back, but there was lots of traffic and it would have put us into Astoria after dark. So we shortened our trip by a few days and went as far as Lake Quinault Lodge.
This is the second time in recent years we have stayed at a historic lodge, the other was The Chateau at the Oregon Caves. While they both have incredible old world charm, they also have steam radiator heaters that cause intermittent loud banging sounds, like someone is banging pipes with a hammer, all night! The sound actually comes from steam picking up droplets of condensed water in pipes and hurling it at pipe fittings. I don’t fully understand all the physics, but the hammering noise is a sign that the system has seen better days.
Will we still visit historic lodges? Sure, but I am not as eager to spend the night if I know I am sacrificing precious vacation sleep. If you are a heavy sleeper, then no worries!
COMING HOME EARLY, PART II
While we were quite frustrated leaving our passports at home, in an interesting twist of fate, the day we got home we received notice that a school we have been considering for Trevor had an opening. The only rub was that we had only two days to make our decision! Had we ventured on to Canada we would have had to blindly accept the spot. But since we came home early, the next day we all toured the school, met his teacher, and knew it had the potential to be a great fit. Strange how things turn out!