Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Olympic Peninsula Native Americans

From our eastern Washington roots, we lived near large Native American reservations; the closest was the Yakama tribe.  Now, it is interesting to experience much smaller reservations and more numerous tribes near us on the Olympic Peninsula, including the Quinault , Hoh, Quileute, Makah, Elwha Klallam and Jamestown S'Klallam. We rode through the Makah Reservation in Neah Bay a few months ago on our Harley ride to Cape Flattery.  The Jamestown S’Klallam owns the Seven Cedars Casino about five miles out of Sequim, and they have expanded their business endeavors to include medical facilities (our doctor is located in the Jamestown Clinic) and golf courses (Dungeness Golf Course).

IMG_2022La Push is located on the Quileute reservation (of “Twilight” fame) with beautiful beaches (First Beach, Second Beach and Third Beach).  Looked hard for Jacob and the wolf pack, but no luck.  The area is capitalizing as much as possible on visiting Twilight fans, and they seem to be having a fun time doing it—"Dr. Cullen’s parking spot, the treaty line is –>here”.  You have to read the books to understand what I am talking about.  Do it!  They are great reads and the movies are all the talk!  (“New Dawn” is out in cinemas on November 18th!)

IMG_2021We drove the 100 miles this past weekend to visit the beach at La Push and Forks (No Edward nor Bella—maybe they are only out and about at night.  You do know vampires sparkle on sunny days?) on the rainy side of the Peninsula.  Really a colorful time of year to take a drive with all the autumn leaves popping out against blue skies.  Yes, we were fortunate to have blue skies near Forks—does not happen all that often.  In late winter and spring in La Push we plan to return to watch the migrating gray whales.  That is, if we catch a clear day again!

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