Growing up in the Midwest, I developed a love for all things stormy. Thunderclaps so strong the house would shake; lightning that would make us start counting “one Mississippi, two Mississippi” to see how far away the storm was. (Each “Mississippi” between lighting and thunder translates to a mile, or so I remember being told). On rare occasions, the tv would advise us to take shelter.
Now I live in the Pacific Northwest, and thunderstorms are rare. However…
Last January, I took a winter trip to the Washington coast, spending a night at Kalaloch Lodge. While booking that trip, I noticed they welcome “storm watchers,” and was intrigued by that. I thought I was being ingenious for visiting the beach in January, when surely not many others would schedule a beach vacation.
But apparently enough folks are drawn by prospect of ocean storms that the Olympic National Park offers a Storm Watchers Package, complete with rain ponchos for two.
I’ve mulled it over a bit in the last few weeks. Should I go again? Should I go alone? One of my goals would be to photograph a storm if possible. Perhaps a friend would be bored by tagging along and witnessing me burn through a billion rolls of film. Although there would free demonstrations of photography gymnastics. 🙂
I looked up the rates this morning for late January, and it’s considerably cheaper than what I spent last year (then justified in my mind as a splurge and a much-needed mental vacation). For 1 or 2 people in an ocean view cabin, it would be $299 for two weekday nights (weekends are more expensive).
I’ve decided to go. And I’m going to try going alone again. I am quite shy, so solo travel is a challenge… more on that topic later.
I’m excited. Something to look forward to! Look for my post and pics in February.
The cabins have their own kitchenettes, so I will be packing in all my own food (though I see breakfast is included in the Storm Watchers Package). Considering the airfare and hotel costs of a traditional beach getaway vacation, I think my dark ‘n stormy mini-vacation will be much less expensive, and much more unique.
There is also the side bonus of a storm rendering the road tree-strewn and inaccessible, making it difficult to return to my day job in a timely way. How can I go wrong? Sign me up for all of that.