First time to post on the ONP forum and I'll say thanks in advance b/c TA folks are the best for answering questions!
We are staying in Seattle (actually, with friends in Redmond) and will rent a car for a couple of days/nights to travel to see the ONP. Our friends recommended the Kalaloch Lodge and it appears to be just what we want. So here's our questions:
1. How long can we reasonably expect it to take us by car from Seattle to the Kalaloch Lodge?
and could we ask some driving advice?......
2. from Seattle, it appears that we must catch a ferry...is this correct? probably to Bremerton? if that is correct, what's the best way to catch 101 from Bremerton? I'm assuming we would want to go through Port Angeles and not south through Olympia (that looks like a much longer route) to reach Kalaloch Lodge? I love ferries but I know that timing can be everything. By the way, if we go by Hurricane Ridge, we would stop, but it's not a "must see" of our trip.
3. While at Kalaloch Lodge, we want to visit the Hall of Mosses in the Hoh Rainforest and probably check out Rialto Beach. Are both these locations close enough to Kalaloch that we can go for just a short amount of time, or do we have to plan a 1/2 day for each?
We mostly want to relax and enjoy the mellow surroundings so we would like to find out how rushed we would be if we included these side trips. In addition, our daughter has motion illness so the least amount of driving, the better. Any help or suggestions y'all have would be most appreciated!