Very nice drive through Olympic National Park and along a couple sections of the Washington Coast. Olympic National Park is another 1 million acre park that is beautifully maintained. It is however a hiking park which requires a little more effort. The old growth forest is made up primarily of Western Red Cedar, Douglas Fir, and Western Hemlock. Large parts of the forest are covered in a moss that is really pretty. We thought we might run into Mick Dodge, but I guess he was hiding.
The coast is very pretty but also cold as you would expect. Unfortunately the views of the mountains and most of the coast line are so filled with smoke from all the forest fires, it is impossible to get good pictures and in some areas you can’t see anything.
On our second day heading south through Oregon we were a little surprised. Everything we read about the 362 mile Oregon Coast talked about how beautiful it was. There are a few really nice vistas, but for the most part it was a very long drive with tons of traffic and congestion. I really think it is best to pick out a few destinations on the coast and just go to them. Well that’s water under the bridge. We did see a huge herd of sea lions which was cool.
Into the Giant redwoods tomorrow.