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.