Olympic National Park

On Thursday night Ryan, my husband, and I, along with our friend Jeremiah, headed to the Olympic Peninsula, the land of mountains on the other side of Puget Sound. After a long day, quick packing and a frantic car ride, we barely made the 9:20 Edmonds to Kingston ferry ride.

Once on the other side, we hunted for a campsite. Unable to make reservations for an Olympic National Park campsite, we assumed, wrongly as it turns out, that on Thursday night we would find a campsite no problem. Just outside the park at 2:30 a.m., we set up camp with large, fallen trees skirting our spot!

Eager to use our legs after the endless driving the night before, we set out to hike Mt. Storm King the next day. After a 2000 ft elevation gain in 2 miles, Lake Crescent, a calm, largely uninhabited 12 mile-long lake, greeted our view. The hazy Straight of Juan de Fuca lurked just beyond the lake. After a quick descent, we made a stop at a Marymere falls, a 90 foot crop, and then visited an old inn on the lake and went swimming. Later we returned to the same spot, to watch the sun set.

Saturday we headed to Hurricane  Ridge where we could 
see mountains upon mountains for miles and miles. There were lots of black tail deer near by, and we were able to watch a tourist father send his 3 year old son after the deer while he took photos.
As you can tell from the photo, it was quite the sight! We hiked up a shorter climb to the top of Hurricane Ridge and then drove down a dirt road until we found ourselves in another world again–one with snow, brown dirt, and different terrain. 
On Sunday, we were shocked back to reality as we sat in traffic for an hour or so and in the ferry line for another hour. Back to the city we came, but the trip was well worth the effort. Beautiful sights. Great company. Challenging climbs. What a great way to celebrate our independence.

One thought on “Olympic National Park

  1. I just wanted to let you know that your photographs are amazing. Many blogged photos have meaning to the writer, but yours are incredibly artful and well composed!Thanks for sharing your experiences!GreggPark Ranger at Olympic National Park

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