2013 USA Pacific Northwest travel blog

Sequim, WA - Gilgal Oasis RV Park - site 25

Sequim, WA - Gilgal Oasis RV Park - site 25, another view

Sequim, WA - Gilgal Oasis RV Park - site 25, and another

Forks to Sequim, WA 0 - our route - 75 miles

Forks to Sequim, WA 1 scenes along the way

Forks to Sequim, WA 2

Forks to Sequim, WA 3 - driving right beside Lake Crescent for...

Forks to Sequim, WA 4

Forks to Sequim, WA 5

Forks to Sequim, WA 6

Forks to Sequim, WA 7 - coming through Port Angeles

Forks to Sequim, WA 8

Forks to Sequim, WA 9

Forks to Sequim, WA 10 - still a little snow on the...

Forks to Sequim, WA 11 - another of the million coffee shops

Forks to Sequim, WA 12 - an old grain elevator has been...

Forks to Sequim, WA 13 - just around the corner from the...

Point Wilson Lighthouse Trip 0 - our route - 65 miles

Point Wilson Lighthouse Trip 1 - looks like two more lanes going...

Point Wilson Lighthouse Trip 2 - the Dimick Lighthouse in Port Townsend,...

Point Wilson Lighthouse Trip 3 - sailboats in the harbor

Point Wilson Lighthouse Trip 4 - the Point Wilson Lighthouse from a...

Point Wilson Lighthouse Trip 5 - a lot closer

Point Wilson Lighthouse Trip 6 - the fourth order Fresnel lens is...

Point Wilson Lighthouse Trip 7 - alternating red and white light is...

Point Wilson Lighthouse Trip 8 - of course this radar is what's...

Point Wilson Lighthouse Trip 9 - the shoreline near the lighthouse

Point Wilson Lighthouse Trip 10 - tugboat on the right towing the...

Point Wilson Lighthouse Trip 11

Point Wilson Lighthouse Trip 12

Point Wilson Lighthouse Trip 13 - re-entering Sequim after the trip

Elwha Trip 0 - our route - 82 miles

Elwha Trip 1 - headed back towards Crescent Lake

Elwha Trip 2

Elwha Trip 3 - the Elwha River

Elwha Trip 4 - the trail to the Elwha Dam Overlook

Elwha Trip 5

Elwha Trip 6 - this is what the dam looked like before...

Elwha Trip 7 - this is what it looks like today -...

Elwha Trip 8 - the beginning of the trail to Marymere Falls...

Elwha Trip 9 - Misty snapped this shot along the way -...

Elwha Trip 10 - Barnes Creek running beside the trail for a...

Elwha Trip 11 - Marymere Falls from the upper viewpoint

Elwha Trip 12 - Marymere Falls from the lower viewpoint

Elwha Trip 13 - we were among some tall trees on the...

Elwha Trip 14 - Lake Crescent beside the USFS visitors station

Elwha Trip 15 - a little farther from the edge - it's...

Elwha Trip 16 - Madison Falls at the end of a very...

Elwha Trip 17 - this is the Elwha River close to where...

Elwha Trip 18 - looking up river

Elwha Trip 19 - coming into Port Angeles on the way back

Hurricane Ridge Trip 0 - our route - 80 miles

Hurricane Ridge Trip 1 - entering the last of three tunnels on...

Hurricane Ridge Trip 2 - 17 miles of twisty-turny up the mountain

Hurricane Ridge Trip 3 - getting close to the top

Hurricane Ridge Trip 4

Hurricane Ridge Trip 5 - not as many trees near the top

Hurricane Ridge Trip 6 - we survived the trip up!!

Hurricane Ridge Trip 7 - beautiful scenery of the mountains from the...

Hurricane Ridge Trip 8

Hurricane Ridge Trip 9

Hurricane Ridge Trip 10 - Mount Olympus peeks through the hole in...

Hurricane Ridge Trip 11

Hurricane Ridge Trip 12 - Blue Glacier

Hurricane Ridge Trip 13 - still just a little snow on the...

Hurricane Ridge Trip 14 - our view from the opposite side of...

Hurricane Ridge Trip 15 - on the way back down

Hurricane Ridge Trip 16 - we saw this gal on the way...

Hurricane Ridge Trip 17

Hurricane Ridge Trip 18 - and this one

Hurricane Ridge Trip 19

Hurricane Ridge Trip 20 - this is about half-way down - that's...

Hurricane Ridge Trip 21 - even though we are a good ways...

Hurricane Ridge Trip 22 - a freighter in the harbor as we...

Hurricane Ridge Trip 23 - we saw this youngster as we were...

Hurricane Ridge Trip 24

Hurricane Ridge Trip 25 - we found it - about three or...

Girls Day Out 1 - Doris picking blackberries

Girls Day Out 2 - the lavender field

Girls Day Out 3 - the machinery to extract the oil from...

Girls Day Out 4


Our trip from Forks to Sequim, WA was a leisurely 75 miles along the top of the Olympic Peninsula with a good bit of it beside Lake Crescent which is a gorgeous lake. The roads were good and the traffic wasn't too bad so we just enjoyed the ride aboard the Mothership.

We are staying at the Gilgal Oasis RV Park which is almost downtown Sequim (pronounced skwim). We have a very nice 50 amp, full hookup, pull-through with enough room to park Libby in front of us. We have great Verizon and a clear shot to the satellite. The campground has WiFi which is too slow and cable TV which we don't need as well. They also offer a wired CAT5 connection to the internet on each site's utility pole but it would require hanging a wire through the window so we opted just to use our MiFi which has 4G coverage.

Just after getting set up we set off for the Point Wilson Lighthouse which is located in the Fort Worden State Park just north of Port Townsend on the Quimper Peninsula. Though the lighthouse is on state park land, it is still owned by the Coast Guard and was just recently opened to the public. They only offer tours on Saturdays from 1-4, hence our need to quickly set up and get Libby over to it. We did tour the bottom of the lighthouse and Misty decided to go up to the top as well. Doris and I decided we didn't need to climb and descend all those steps! You will notice in the pictures that the Fresnel lens is no longer in use but they have set up an electronic beacon that alternates red and white flashes for identification.

Sunday, we headed back along US 101 to view several areas along the Elwha River. We first hiked the Elwha Dam Overlook Trail to see what's left of the dam. This was only .3 miles one-way but did have some elevation change to it. They started the Elwha River Restoration in 2011 and the dam has now been completely removed.

We then went to the south side of Lake Cresecent to walk the Marymere Falls Trail. This trail is about a mile one-way and the last quarter-mile is a real doozy. That part involved numerous very high steps which Doris didn't enjoy at all, especially coming back down them. Other than that the trail was very enjoyable and the view of the falls was spectacular. There isn't a lot of water in the creek this time of year but it falls 90 feet and was worth the trip.

After returning from that hike, we went back east a bit by the Elwha River to Madison Falls. This is another nice falls and it is only a five minute LEVEL hike to it! That was enough for the day and we headed back. Doris did about three miles of hiking with about a half-mile of it pretty difficult for her. She's definitely getting stronger and doing better now than she did two years ago in the canyons, before the back surgery.

Monday, we headed for Hurricane Ridge. This is a 17 mile (once you get in the park) trip up the mountains to fantastic views at almost 6,000 feet. It was a nice drive on good roads all the way up and back. The views from the top make you feel like your standing on top of the world. The clouds even cooperated a little and we were treated to a glimpse of Mount Olympus.

On the way back we stopped by the Dungeness Recreation Area trying to find a place to view the New Dungeness Lighthouse located on the Dungeness Spit projecting from the Recreation Area. Sure enough they have a trail through the forest (.5 miles one-way) that takes you to the water and the start of the spit. It is then a FIVE mile hike, ONE-WAY, to the lighthouse. We thought about it for about a micro-second and decided to find a place along the coast where we could at least see the lighthouse. We succeeded in that a few miles and minutes later and I was able to get a picture of it for you to see. Now, you don't need to make that 11 mile trek when you come here yourself!! :-)

Tuesday was girls day out as Doris and Misty left me here to work on the blog as they went blackberry picking, visiting a lavender farm and doing a little shopping. They did manage to pick and buy six pounds of blackberries.

Tomorrow we head for Puyallup, WA for a weeks stay where we will visit Mt. Rainier and then put Misty back on the plane Saturday.

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