We did some exploring of the Olympic National Park. It is a bit of a challenge without strapping on a backpack and hiking many miles. There are only a few roads that penetrate the park, and there were really only 2 near us. One to Hurricane Ridge, and one to the Sol Duc Hot Springs. By the way Port Angeles is quite a busy port, lots of boat traffic, ferries, huge cargo ships, shipyards, and a much bigger town than we had expected. Up to Hurricane Ridge we went. It is a 17 mile winding twisting, climbing road to the viewpoint at 5242'. It was beautiful driving up and we saw few vehicles, but when we crested the mountain and turned the corner, there were what seemed to be hundreds of cars and people everywhere! It is a popular spot. Many hiking trails in the area and the views are spectacular.
|Lots of snow still on the mountains|
|And along the path|
That's the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Vancouver Island in the distance
|Some big trees|
|And beautiful water|
|How's that for clear water??|
|Quiet and peaceful|
|A really nice trail|
So we had a nice although rainy drive down along the coast yesterday and are going to be here for a few days, and hope if the weather will cooperate, to go back up and see Mt St Helens again.
|The rainy, although beautiful Pacific coast|
|Do you think the wind ever blows here???|