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Dec 26, 2019 - Fun In The Snow

We drove to Hurrican Ridge today and had a ball. :-) Hurricane Ridge is a mountainous area in Washington's Olympic National Park. Approximately 18 miles by road from Port Angeles, the ridge is open to hiking, skiing, and snowboarding and is one of the two most visited sites in the national park. At an elevation of 5,242 feet (1,598 m), Hurricane Ridge is a year-round destination. In summer, visitors come for views of the Olympic Mountains, as well as for hiking. During the winter months the small, family oriented Hurricane Ridge Ski and...

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Aug 12, 2018 - Olympic Peninsula

Left the "house" at 7:30 AM, traveled 410 miles, and returned home at 8 PM. Packed a lunch and had my Senior Pass with me, so I didn't spend much except two tanks of gas and a pin for my collection. Oh yea, a hot chocolate because it was cooler than I expected. the sun was supposed to come out in the afternoon, and it did try, but it didn't work. Olympic National Park is mostly surrounded by the Olympic National Forest so a lot of the park is declared a wilderness where roads won't be built. The road to Hurricane Ridge is paved and because...

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Aug 31, 2017 - Visit Marymere Falls and Sol Duc Falls

August 31 – Visit Marymere Falls and Sol Duc Falls We like waterfalls so today was waterfall day – one 90’ and the other a low triplet. Each required some driving and about a one mile hike but today our hikes were dry on wide mostly smooth paths. The future weather is becoming an issue. There is a high pressure system that will bring unseasonably hot weather to Washington State with temperatures in the upper 90’s next week. We will be camping at Mt. Rainier National Park and will seek a well shaded campsite.

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Aug 30, 2017 - Visit to Neah Bay – Farthest West in Lower 48

August 30 – Visit to Neah Bay – Farthest West in Lower 48 This morning, we headed west to the furthest west point in the lower 48 states – Neah Bay – on the Macah Indian reservation. We traveled 60 miles west on a very windy road that only a motorcyclist would enjoy. We stopped at the Macah Museum to purchase a $10 pass and were informed that the Neah Bay point was often foggy – yep, it was foggy and it rained. The 3/4-mile trail to the point had many plank board walks that were wet and slippery as were the tree roots on the trail. We also...

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Aug 29, 2017 - Visit Olympic National Park – Hurricane Ridge

August 29 – Visit Olympic National Park – Hurricane Ridge We traveled 17 miles up a mountain in the park to the Hurricane Ridge Visitor’s Center at a 8,000’ elevation and took an hour-long walk and talk with a ranger. She told us about how the Olympic Mountains were formed, that the mountains were growing upwards but erosions was keeping the tops at the same height and that there were 30% fewer glaciers than decades ago as shown in photos that she showed us. She shared with us that she was told to not talk about global warming during her...

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May 29, 2017 - Happy Memorial Day

We hope everyone had a nice Memorial Day and took some time to remember why we celebrate this holiday. I never forget that those that get the "last full measure of devotion" for our country have allowed us to have the opportunity to visit all of the wonderful places this country has to offer. We stayed around Winnie for the holiday and grilled hamburgers and brats. Tomorrow is our last day in Olympic National Park. We'll begin to move south along the coast of Washington on Wednesday.

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May 27, 2017 - Hoh Rain Forest

Today I drove the 60 or so miles to the Hoh Rain Forest. Sue stayed in Winnie again as she is not feeling much better. I’m just hoping I don’t get what she brought back. So far so good. Hoh is part of the Pacific temperate rain forest that lies along the western side of the Pacific Coast mountain ranges that stretche from the Prince William Sound in Alaska to Northern California. It is one of three temperate rain forest regions in the world. Rainfall on this side of the Olympic Peninsula can reach 200 in a year. It’s usually wet in the...

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May 26, 2017 - Sol duc Falls

Today’s trek was to Sol duc Falls, named from Indian words meaning “magic waters.” I went alone because Sue is still sick and not up to walking without hacking a lung up. The trailhead for the falls trail is about 2 miles up the road from the campground. The actual walk to the falls is short (< a mile) and relatively easy through a thick rain forest. Trillium, wild violets, and some other wildflowers that I couldn’t identify were blooming along the trail. The falls flows some 100 ft. down the hillside to the Sol duc River in a number of...

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Sep 18, 2016 - Olympic National Park - Hurricane Ridge

Next day we headed to Hurricane Ridge at Olympic National Park. The park consists of 4 distinct areas. The mountains include Hurricane Ridge which is 5242 feet above sea level. The visitors center there is very nice. Our day there was partly cloudy. Mount Olympus is the tallest and most prominent mountain in the Olympic Mountains of western Washington state at 7979 feet. The clouds obscured that mountain that day but the rest were magnificent. Doug and Judy weren't so lucky a day later. Everything was in a fog. Life at Hurricane Ridge is...

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Sep 15, 2016 - Blessing their hearts

There is an expression used in Virginia that seldom carries its literal meaning: “Bless their hearts.” Trust me, no blessing is inferred. It is a polite way of saying someone either is incompetent or, worse yet, didn’t bother to behave in a competent manner. After I enjoyed breakfast with my German camping neighbors, I headed up the hill so that I could get a good enough signal to talk with SunTrust. Sure enough, they had an explanation. They had sent me a new card (with a chip) and had deactivated my card. Bless their hearts. The card was...

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Sep 14, 2016 - On the Strait

It is hard to believe that today has only been one day. Wow. Let’s see….I slept in! That was nice, after being up late almost every night for a week or so. Before I left Crater Lake I was up late packing for several nights, plus I had a couple of sunset hikes which usually make for late bedtime. Then I had the long (over 500 miles) driving day and a full day yesterday, so decided no alarm clock for this morning. When I woke I had slept for 9 hours and it was already after 8am. I made coffee, bid goodbye to camping neighbors, and hit the...

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Sep 13, 2016 - Happy Camper

I am very tired but I think I have earned it. Yesterday (Monday) I checked out of housing, had an exit interview with my supervisor, and was on the road around 9:30 am. Going wasn’t fast, though. I headed out the east rim road to avoid construction but the east rim is very curvy and hilly, and it has a 35 mph speed limit. It took about 45 minutes to get out of the park and then I was in national forest for another couple of hours. The drive was beautiful but slow. After about three hours I arrived at Interstate 5. Not scenic and not...

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