Finally, here’s the re-cap of the Olympic Peninsula trip I took with my parents in the first week of September. Words don’t do the sights a lot of justice, so I’ll keep this brief and point you back to all the photos I’ve been posting in the past few weeks (which I’m sure most of you have seen). I’ve also finally gotten through sorting all my pocket camera shots, and added them to this Olympic Peninsula photo set.
The first day, we set out from Seattle and caught the Bainbridge Island ferry across the water, and then drove North to Port Angeles in the morning. From there, we spent the afternoon up Hurricane Ridge taking in the spectacular mountain views.
A night in Port Angeles, then the next morning off to the shore near La Push, where we enjoyed our first taste of the Pacific beaches.
We knew we were heading to more beaches, so we headed inland to the Hoh Rainforest for the afternoon. The bright sun and beautiful weather surprised everyone including the Park Rangers. After our necks got sore from all the looking up at the trees, we headed back out to the shore and a little ways South to Kalaloch.
We spent two nights and days enjoying endless beach walking and photo ops at Kalaloch. It made for a nice break after a couple days of driving.
The final two-night stop on the trip was inland again to Lake Quinalt, and it’s accompanying rainforests, and old lodge (FDR visited there and was so impressed with the surroundings, he helped found the Olympic National Park).
I did my best to plot my photos using Flickr’s map here. You should be able to scroll through the photos by recency to see where everything was taken. If you want to see the full driving route we followed, here’s the route on Google Maps.