Camp at the hoko river mouth and ocean retr… – vrbo electricity experiments for preschoolers


If your group (8 or more including kids) wants a special private and isolated ocean and river mouth beach tent camping experience, including a fully equipped kitchen canopy (hot-cold water stainless steel sink, refrigerator, propane stove with four burners, pots and pans, paperware, table covers and plasticware), fire pit with two large grills and lots of firewood (and a large tarp cover if it rains), three large picnic tables, lots of camping chairs, hot and cold water shower building, outhouse with lights and all needed supplies, this would be the ideal location for medium or large groups of tent campers (as many of 50 tents can be set up on the beachfront). You are on the mouth of the Hoko River where it comes out into the Pacific Ocean/Straits against a beautiful ocean cliff, Kydaka Point. The ocean surf at Hoko is well known to West Coast surfers. From this well outfitted camping location you can take excursions to tour the spectacular Makah Museum 15 miles west in Neah Bay, WA and hikes to Cape Flattery, Sooes and Shi Shi beaches, and/or drive 15 miles to Lake Ozette and hike to the famous Ozette Archaeological Site at Cape Flattery (7 mile round trip hike on USNP plank trails). There are several hiking opportunities at Hoko, especially the miles long beach on the spit across from the site (small row boat and life preservers available) or the long rocky beach reached in a short hike to the other side of Kydaka Point. The retreat has exclusive privacy, not found at State/Federal campgrounds, and parking at the end of a mile long private gravel road.

If you would like an educational group package, the property owner, a regionally well known archaeologist, can provide a salmon bake, tour of area, replication workshop on ancient artifacts, and trips/tours of the Makah Museum and Cape Flattery. See web site for more information on this opportunity beyond camping on your own by googling Hoko River Mouth Retreat.

I specialize in waterlogged/wet archaeological site with acceptionally good preservation of wood and fiber artifacts (boxes, baskets, nets, cordage, etc.). I got my degrees working at the Ozette Village wet site–the spectacular artifacts on display at the Makah Museum in Neah Bay.

I am multi-cultural, with Dutch (Croes), English, Native (Tennessee Valley Cherokee, removed to Oklahoma (Trail of Tears) where my Grandmother still resided until moving to Texas, Colorado and eventually California, where I was born through her son, my Dad.

I live in Olympia with my wife, Mary, who works for Department of Health and Social Services, and our sons, Jaered, (who is running an online education company, TextFugu–a Japanese language online textbook–I am taking the Portland, OR), Kevin (finished his Culinary Arts degree at SPSCC and working at Fish Bowl restaurant), and Trevor who recently returned from a tour in Iraq in the Army and trying to re-adjust back and just got a great job with Puget Sound Energy. We also have two cats, Lucy and Ringo (just got this 5 mo. old cat).

When I am not teaching (currently part-time at The Evergreen State College), I like to go to the Coast to an old cabin on the Hoko River and, when possible at home, I work on my 1940 Hudson 2-door sedan (If you saw the movie Cars, the old race car (voice of Paul Newman) was a 1951 Hudson!–not in Cars 2….).

We get as many as we can of our 27 children and grandchildren together for a "Family Camp" every two or three years. We had 19 campers this year. My wife and I provide the campsite and each family provides breakfast and dinner for the camp for one day. We provide the makings for do-it-yourself sack lunches for each day. We research attractions at the campsites and in the nearby areas to suggest to group members. We usually plan a group campfire with "smores" or such. Not all our campers are rugged outdoors persons, but as long as we manage to have good food in camp and hot showers available nearby, and we make reservations well in advance we can get most of our group together each time.

My wife and I were able to arrange to inspect the camp about a year in advance and make our reservation for 2017 shortly thereafter. The kitchen facility provided by the camp greatly eases and facilitates cooking for such a large group and eliminates the need for hauling one large dining fly. The four large propane burners with accompanying pans and pots are very satisfactory. The campfire/eating area is covered by a large awning next to a well-stocked wood supply, again greatly facilitating eating arrangements and campfire activities. Abundant seating was provided by the camp. Though no flush toilets are provided, the two out-houses were satisfactory for the camp. Each out-house was provided with sufficient toilet paper, lime for treating each toilet, and hand sanitizer. The stand-alone shower stall near the kitchen appears to share the hot water from the water heater for the kitchen sink, so shower duration needs to be minimal to facilitate the needs of large groups. Towels and wash-cloths are provided, though many of our campers used their own. Electric lighting is provided for the toilets, shower, etc. The Hoko river next to the camp is very calm and not as cold as the adjacent open ocean. We didn’t have much luck fishing on the river, but we did use the two camp rowboats in the ocean outside the river mouth with some success. We brought our own kayaks and most campers enjoyed exploring the river by kayak for a couple of miles upstream. The campsite itself is a beautiful, private location with short trails and a delightful eagle nest. Outstanding activities nearby included the Hoh Rain Forest Trail, the amazing trails to Cape Flattery and Shi Shi Beach. Many of our campers enjoyed taking in the hot springs at Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort one day.