I really enjoyed this story about kids on a choir trip. It stuck with me.
This was homework watching due to the upcoming release of the remake, but I was happy to find it was enjoyable homework. I enjoyed Brynner & McQueen’s chemistry and the gradual change of both the townspeople and the hired guns was a pleasure to watch. It’s rare to find a movie this old that kept me interested for the entire run time* but this was one!
Cost: free from library
Where watched: at home
poster from: http://www.impawards.com/1960/magnificent_seven_ver2.html
*I often am bored during older movies, so much so that I recalibrate my expectations regarding pacing for films made prior to 1980.
Someone marked on the door “I need a Hurricane and a warm biscuit! Please reopen.”
Sadly, this person’s plea went unheeded. The location is now the home of the Pearl Tavern, which is owned by a local football star.
One last picture of our cabin. I liked our cabin and the resort. I did find it weird our cabin had no access to a water spigot. It wasn’t a big deal for us, because we used a spigot from a nearby unoccupied campground, but were the resort full, it would have been weird to walk to the bathroom for water every time we needed it. Also, the showers were pay showers, which was annoying. And there was no place to do dishes. Usually there is a water dump station. When I asked at the lodge, they said to do them in the bathroom. As the women’s bathroom did not have a faucet that worked properly, Matt was in charge of the dishes. So there were some problems. But overall, it was a nice, affordable place to stay.
Here’s what I learned about Olympic National Park on this trip. It’s BIG. We were already staying in the park and the drive to the Ozette area was very long. More than an hour. Thank goodness we had Game of Thrones for Matt to read while I drove.
This blurry photo is to remind me we were at Point of Arches. Anchoring photos are my favorite thing about digital photography. Since I’m not worried about wasting film, I can always take pictures of signs. In the future I will never have to wonder where the heck that pretty vista is from.
We were hiking the triangle. Three miles of boardwalk trail to the beach, three miles of beach, three miles of boardwalk trail back. Matt poses at the beginning. I love how the sign has two different graphics saying that dogs are not allowed. Dogs facing to the right? Nope. Dogs facing to the left? Nuh-uh.
Matt on the beach. You can see how rocky and remote it is. Looking at Google Maps, it seems that Cape Alava, where our first section of trail ends, is in the southern part of the Ozette Indian Reservation. Interestingly, google maps shows the trail to Sand Point, but not the trail to Cape Alava. It also marks Wedding Rocks, which were the petroglyphs that we missed. This person saw them, though.
Here’s the thing about this hike. In our hiking book, it was a level 1 hike. I chose it, because the hike from the day before was really exhausting. (It was a level 3 hike). This was not a level 1 hike! Three miles of walking on sand, picking your way across rocks and over driftwood is not easy. And three miles of not easy does not equal a level 1 hike.
I was glad the tide was out for this part, because we would have had to climb a very steep incline to get over this point if the tide had been in. Looking at the post from that person who did see the petroglyphs, I think this is the location.
Before we began our hike we wandered down to see the lake. Though waiting until after Labor Day to visit meant a little too cold for swimming, it was nice to visit with relatively few people around. It was mostly just us and old cheery retired hikers.
Our hike took us through Sol Duck campground. I liked their way of visually depicting how many campsites were available, and for how many nights. I think a red tag meant reserved for two or more nights. Yellow maybe meant reserved for one night.
There are no pictures apparently, but we stopped at Soulduck Hot Springs. It was nice. They had three separate pools (hot, hotter and shallow for kids). There was also a full-sized unheated pool. Matt and I did hot/cold plunges. Matt was not enamored of the smell.
Logging truck. Also, I was interested in this construction zone, which was operating without a flagging crew. There were two temporary stoplights which were programmed to let alternating lanes of cars go.
Instead of the normal I-5 drive to Seattle, we took a turn toward our destination: the Olympic Peninsula. It took us through Aberdeen, not only the hometown of one Kurt Cobain, but also the Gateway to the Olympics. I’m giving those quotation marks the side-eye.
We had to stop at this site, because a regular feature of the drive to the beach in Oregon is the World’s Largest Sitka Spruce. Oregon’s specimen has suffered and is more of a stump now. So let’s see what Washington’s has for us.
It was mostly empty too, with the exception of this couple, whose primary reason to visit the beach seems to have been so the woman could pose in a variety of places while having her picture taken. Matt and I were there for 20 minutes or so, and the photo taking was nonstop.
At the Log Cabin Resort, an interior view of our cabin. It came with bedding which I wasn’t expecting.