Olympic NP, Washington

 

Mt Olympus and the Cascade Range

Mt Olympus and the Olympic Range

Wow,  4000 miles of driving and we have finally made it to the northwestern tip of the lower 48.    Only by leaving from Key West instead of Orlando could the trip have been longer.    We’ve spent the last 4 nights at a campground just outside Olympic NP and it has been fabulous.  The weather has cleared and we’ve thoroughly enjoyed exploring this wild and rugged area.  

Mt Baker as seen from Hurricane Ridge

Mt Baker seen from Hurricane Ridge

This little guy was lying 10 ft off a hiking trail

This little guy was lying 10 ft off a hiking trail

Our picnic visitors

Our picnic visitor

Hole in the Rock which is only accessable at low tide

Hole in the Rock which is only accessible at low tide

Sea stacks

Sea stacks

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Typical west coast scene

Now that's a massive piece of driftwood

Now that’s a massive piece of driftwood

The cristal clear waters of  glacier fed Lake Crescent

The crystal clear waters of glacier fed Lake Crescent

Lake Crescent Lodge

Lake Crescent Lodge

Part of the dining room of Lake Crescent Lodge

Part of the dining room of Lake Crescent Lodge

Wall sconce in the Lodge

Wall sconce in the Lodge

We spent one day up on Hurricane Ridge where the views included everything from Mt Olympus and the Cascade Range to the Strait of Juan De Fuca and Victoria in the distance.  We even saw Mt Baker, a mountain easily seen from my hometown.

 

While walking on one of the trails we came upon a small fawn only about 10 ft off the trail.  It did not move as people took photos and the mother grazed contentedly not far away.     Then when we were eating a picnic lunch we were visited by 2 other deer, one with velvet on his antlers.    What a great experience.

 

Yesterday we went to the coast and walked on the beach to a spot that can only be accessed at low tide.   It’s a wild, beautiful coast with rock formations called sea stacks located all along it.  In the evening we enjoyed an amazing dinner at the beautiful Lake Crescent Lodge.  Definitely one of the highlights of our trip.

 

Today we catch the ferry from Port Angeles to Victoria.  The ride is about 1.5 hrs and will us take us directly into downtown Victoria, disembarking by the famous Empress Hotel.   From there we will drive north, up to Nanaimo to visit with my father.   Then this category to the blog which is labelled  ‘British Columbia’  will finally be appropriately named.

 

8 responses to “Olympic NP, Washington

  1. Absolutely beautiful… it is as though I were there again. I wish I were! Wasn’t Crescent Lake Lodge great?

    • sunandsandtravelers

      We loved Crescent Lake Lodge and the chef there was incredible. What a wonderful surprise.

  2. Thanks so much for the fabulous pix. Wishing we were ther with you!

  3. Recalling our wonderful week in Comox.

  4. Matthew John Fields

    Hellooooooo there Catons! I am just now getting caught up with you kids. The PNW looks amazing with the blue skies. I totally dig the Sea Stacks. You guys are loving it and that’s great because you friggen deserve it!!!! Keep them narratives and pic a coming!

  5. So beautiful when the weather is good.

  6. I’m loving your trip….

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