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.
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.