Motorcycle Wanderings, General Travel, and a Weird Mix of Other Stuff

Pacific Northwest – Installment 8

If you read Installment 7, you know we visited Hurrican Ridge at Olympic National Park (ONP) in the morning. Our plan was to head around to the Sol Duc area to see the hot springs. As we were on our way, we decided to stop at Lake Crescent, also within ONP, to see the lodge and grab lunch.

ONP Map

It’s hard to understand the sheer vastness of ONP. Looking at a map (click on the image at left) might help. But even then, until you are there and experience the size for yourself, it’s hard to imagine the scale. So I decided to copy some map images, one showing the area we covered in WA/OR and one showing the exact same area in the Eastern US, to help give you a better idea.

The park itself is about as big as Central Maryland. And there are no roads that go from one side to the other, because of the mountains, so you have to drive around the perimeter of the park and then into the park’s interior to reach specific points.

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ONP is the green area (circled) of the left-most map.

We’d driven an hour, at least, to reach Hurricane Ridge. Then we had to exit the park and continue west for another hour to reach Lake Crescent. It would have been at least another 45 minutes to where we were headed in Sol Duc. Which then meant we’d have another two-hour and 45-minute drive to get back to Sequim, which is where we were staying.

We did make a stop to see Madison Creek Falls on the way to Lake Crescent.

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Trail Sign

 

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Large Decayed Stump

 

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Trees

 

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Fall Color

 

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Waterfall

 

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Silly Men

 

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Growth Everywhere

 

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Forest Walk

 

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Making Art

Lovely area, eh? I’m glad we took our time there. But we still had things to see, so off we went to Lake Crescent.

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Cottages at Lake Crescent

Cute cottages, which are part of the Lake Crescent Lodge complex.

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Lake Crescent

 

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Lake Crescent Lodge

 

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Very Clear Water

 

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Chillaxin at Lake Crescent

Hubby didn’t feel like exploring the forest trail with us. He found a nice spot to relax, wouldn’t you agree?

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Cool Trees

 

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Lake Crescent

 

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Hint of Fall Color

 

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Sinking Boat

 

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Mossy Trees

 

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Ferns Growing Out of a Tree

 

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Growth

 

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Big Tree

 

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Tall Trees

 

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Selfie in Progress

 

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Moss

We were all pretty tired and decided to head back to our rental house. I was very glad to catch the following sunset image from our back deck.

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Sunset from Our Back Deck

And that ended our day.

I can’t believe I’m only at the end of our fifth full day. There’s much more yet to share.

The next installment will feature images from the Hoh Rain Forest and one of my absolute favorite stops, Rialto Beach.

Don’t forget to check back. Some of those images are amazing…

 

 


 

TRIP Re-cap

 

Installment 1: In the Beginning (Friday, August 30 – Monday, Sept 2)

Installment 2: Portland Morning (Tuesday, Sept 3)

Installment 3: Exploring the City of Portland (morning of Tuesday, Sept 3)

Installment 4: Beyond Portland (afternoon of Tuesday, Sept 3)

Installment 5: Olympic Peninsula, Here We Come!

Installment 6: First Rain Forest Hike & Another Gorgeous Beach

Installment 7: Hurricane Ridge at Olympic National Park

 

2 Comments

  1. October 7, 2013    

    Kathy:

    Yahoo !!! you went to my favourite Beach . . . Rialto. I love it there. There is that little island just off the beach which has an opening from the opposite side which is accessible at low tide. There was an old village on the top as protection from the Macah who used to send raiding parties to attack the friendly natives.

    So glad you got to visit most of the sights in ONP (before they shut down)

    bob
    Riding the Wet Coast

  2. October 7, 2013    

    I am loving your enthusiasm for the PNW. I too love all the green and moss. I am glad you were able to hike through so much of it.

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