Friday, September 11, 2020

Smoked!

 8:16 am - Friday - September 10th - Forks, WA - 56° F, 84% humidity, wind 6 mph out of the south by southeast.......foggy this morning with a forecast high today of 70° F.  On this day in 2017 we were visiting my sister and brother-in-law at the Grand Tetons......↴


Our purpose for spending a couple of days in Forks, WA was to drive out to Cape Flattery, the western most point in the Continental U.S.  We left the Elks Lodge a little after 10 am for the 1+ hour one way drive.  The first town we came to was Clallam Bay......


....then Sekiu.......



....we stopped a few times to take shots of the rock formations along the Puget Sound coastline......






.....then we came to this unfortunate sign......Neah Bay is a few miles east of Cape Flattery, and is apparently located on Indian land along with Cape Flattery.  The COVID restrictions are much more severe on any Indian land, and this was no exception......


.....so we had to abort our plans and turn around.  We knew there was a possibility the road past Neah Bay might be closed, but did not know Neah Bay itself would be closed to outside traffic.....doh!  

The road out to Neah Bay is quite narrow, windy, twisty, uneven, and rough.  I could never see us driving the Newell out to Neah Bay......


....TLE took the following video to show how narrow, windy, twisty, and rough this road is.....


.....we drove back to Clallam Bay to get a cup of coffee and figure out the rest of our day.  The only coffee place was drive through only, and we really wanted to get out of the car and drink our coffee outside.  The local fuel station had a coffee shop inside with benches outside so we both settled for two Americanos with two shots and sat outside talking and sipping the surprisingly good beverages.  We decided to drive back into Forks, visit the local ACE Hardware store to get a few things, then head back to a food truck we had see in town (4.5 stars on Yelp) called FYABES.  We both ordered their 4 taco plate....mine with carne asada, and TLE's with pollo asado.  Since they offered no adult beverages (beer) we opted to do 'takeout' and head home where we have a more than ample supply of brews.  I set up the table, and brought out a couple of chairs so we could watch the rest of the 12th Stage of Le Tour we had begun to watch that morning.......

FYABES (Yelp picture)




.....these were some of the best street tacos I have had.....top 10 for sure....maybe even top 5.

Thursday was also the second day of the heatwave with temps in the high 80's, and by 3 pm it was time to head inside to the air conditioned confines of the Newell for the rest of the afternoon.

Our Jello plan today (Friday) was to head south to Raymond, WA (124 miles south of Forks) for a few days, but I just called the RV park we were going to stay in while there and found out the smoke from the Oregon fires is terrible there, so as things stand right now we will probably be staying a few more days here at the Elks Lodge in Forks where there is very little smoke right now.  We heard yesterday US-101 is closed south of Lincoln City in Oregon.  Our winter work destination is south of that, so will need to wait for that to reopen, also.

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1 comment:

  1. Well that's a bummer you could not get out to Cape Flattery or Mesh Bay. Is the Job Rain Forest open....it's got a few good little hiking trails and I love the rainforest. Is The Twilight Exhibit open. We were all out there in December 2019....it's in town, small but has several if the costumes and props used in the movie. Outside of Forks is the Visitor Center...they have Bells truck....we also got a map from them that shows you some of the local places used in the movie like Forks High School and a couple homes. Stay safe and sorry to hear the fires are delaying your travels. My son who lives in Oregon now shut down work yesterday because of air quality and the friends he lives with they are in level 2 evucation so the friends went to stay with the wife's brother and my son came on up here to WA..... he'll be here a few days for sure so got him working on my car for me 😁😁

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