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Wednesday, August 5, 2009


Site 6 Hoquiam Elks Our Opinion: Neutral.  Suitable as an overnight when traveling Hwy 101.  Private; you must be an Elk to stay here.

Date of Stay: August 4, 2009 (our second stay in three years).

Weather During Stay:  Cool and overcast.

Sites: Six very narrow, level sites on gravel/grass.  Big rigs will find plenty of length, but not much width; with slides out, you will barely be able to open your door in your site.  No room for an awning; these seriously narrow sites are suited for parking only!  Each site has 30 amp E and W.  Both the electric box and water pipe are locked; keys available in office.  There is an awkwardly placed dump station (locked; the key is on the key ring with your site’s utility box keys) right next to a wooden fence on one side of the lot.  No picnic tables.

Rate: $13 per night, 30 amp E and W. 

6 narrow sites at Hoquiam WA Elks Lodge Phone/radio/TV: Strong Verizon phones and aircard signal.  No TV stations using the TV antenna.  Local NPR on 100.9.  No obstructions for TV satellite.

Elevation/Landscape/Terrain: Flat, level parking on gravel and brown grass in a lot behind the lodge.  This is a mixed residential/commercial neighborhood, rather poorly kept. Elevation is near sea level.  Views are of other rigs, brown grass, and the unappealing surrounding neighborhood. 

Lighting/Noise:  Typical residential noise and lighting.  

Favorite Sites: Either Site 1 (closest to the fence) or site 6 (which we had) on the other end of the row of 6 sites.  These sites have a little more width since they have a neighbor on only one side and space to move beyond the site of the utility box.

Dump station near end of fence (above DL) Hiking/Walking:  Not much. Hwy 101 runs through downtown a few blocks north, with sidewalks.

Comments: We use this lodge as a reasonably convenient, safe, inexpensive overnight stop when traveling Hwy 101.  The folks at the lodge are friendly, but the overall feeling of Hoquiam is rather dismal - it’s charms are not readily apparent.  This does not appear to be a good choice as a base camp for sightseeing, but works for us as an overnight.

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