Our West Coast Adventures during 2013 travel blog

Sol Duc Falls

Sol Duc Falls

Sol Duc Falls

Sol Duc Falls

Sol Duc Falls

uSol Duc Falls

Sol Duc Falls

Sol Duc Falls

Sol Duc Falls

Sol Duc Falls

Sol Duc Falls

Sol Duc Falls

Sol Duc Falls

Sol Duc Falls

Sol Duc Falls

Sol Duc Falls

Sol Duc Falls

Sol Duc Falls

Sol Duc Falls

Sol Duc Falls

Sol Duc Falls

Sol Duc Falls

Sol Duc Falls

Sol Duc Falls

Sol Duc Falls

Sol Duc Falls

Sol Duc Falls

Sol Duc Falls

Sol Duc Falls

Sol Duc Falls

Sol Duc Falls

Sol Duc Falls

Sol Duc Falls

Lake Crescent - Lodge

Lake Crescent - Lodge

Lake Crescent - Lodge

Lake Crescent - Lodge

Lake Crescent - Lodge

Lake Crescent - Lodge

Lake Crescent - Lodge

Lake Crescent - Lodge

Lake Crescent - Lodge

Lake Crescent - Lodge

Lake Crescent - Lodge

Lake Crescent - Lodge

Lake Crescent - Lodge

Lake Crescent - Lodge

Lake Crescent - Lodge

Lake Crescent - Lodge

Lake Crescent - Lodge - Bloody Mary

Lake Crescent - Lodge - Yummy Bison Meatloaf over French Fries

Lake Crescent - Lodge - Berry Crisp

Lake Crescent - Lodge

Lake Crescent

Lake Crescent

Lake Crescent

Lake Crescent

Lake Crescent

Lake Crescent

Lake Crescent

Lake Crescent

Lake Crescent

Lake Crescent

Lake Crescent

Elwah Valley - Madison Falls

Elwah Valley - Madison Falls

Elwah Valley - Madison Falls

Elwah Valley - Madison Falls

Elwah Valley - Madison Falls

Elwah Valley - Mount Olympus

Elwah Valley - Mount Olympus

Elwah Valley - Mount Olympus

Elwah Valley - Elwah River

Elwah Valley - Elwah River

Elwah Valley - Elwah River

Elwah Valley - Elwah River - Dead Salmon

Elwah Valley - Elwah River - Spawning Salmon

Elwah Valley - Elwah River - Spawning Salmon

Elwah Valley - Elwah River

Elwah Valley - Elwah River

Elwah Valley - Elwah River - Spawning Salmon

Elwah Valley - Elwah River - Spawning Salmon

Elwah Valley - Elwah River - Spawning Salmon

Elwah Valley - Elwah River - Spawning Salmon

Elwah Valley - Elwah River - Spawning Salmon

Elwah Valley - Elwah River - Spawning Salmon

Elwah Valley - Elwah River - Spawning Salmon

Elwah Valley - Elwah River - Spawning Salmon

Elwah Valley - National Park Ranger Station

Elwah Valley - National Park Ranger Station

Salmon Cascades - Sol Duc National Park

Salmon Cascades - Sol Duc National Park

Salmon Cascades - Sol Duc National Park

Salmon Cascades - Sol Duc National Park


Sol Duc Falls is the most photographed falls in the Olympic National Park. After a .8 mile hike, we saw why, absolutely breath taking. The park ranger said the volume of the water over the falls is down this year because of a lack of rain. The drive to Lake Crescent Lodge was along the shore of Lake Crescent, breathtaking; however, not any places for us to pullout to view. Upon arrival at Lake Crescent Lodge we didn't mind not being able to stop. Lake Crescent Lodge, originally called Singer's Lake Crescent Tavern, is an historic resort situated on the shores of Lake Crescent west of Port Angeles, Washington. It was opened in 1916 by Avery and Julia Singer as a fisherman’s retreat on Barnes Point, the south shore of the pristine Lake Crescent. At the time of its opening, the Tavern consisted of seven Lodge rooms, five of which are still in use today, and a series of cottages. It has expanded to include three motor lodge buildings and additional cabins along the shoreline. But despite the many renovations that have taken place over the past century, the Lobby’s stone fireplace, hardwood floors, and furnishings are original, offering a blend of rich history, breath-taking scenery, and a welcoming environment. The lake was formed by glaciers and it reminded us of Lake Louise in Alberta Canada, The chef, Lou Bair, is world renowned and we had one of his signature dishes - Bison Meatloaf with wilted Spinach, tomato Consume, crispy onion strips and french fries, we were a little skeptical but upon tasting the delicious offering, we knew why it got rave reviews. We finished our meal with a Marionberry Crisp, again outstanding. We walked along the shore, saw a vintage Chris Craft speed boat, what a beauty. We moved onto the Elwah valley where we say Madison Falls, not as impressing as Sol Duc, but worth the short walk. We saw the Western end of the Olympic Mountain range and Mount Olympus. Removing the Elwha and Glines Canyon dams has freed the Elwha River after nearly 100 years. Salmon populations has started to swell, from 3,000 in 2011 to more than 300,000 as all five species of Pacific salmon return to more than 70 miles of river and stream. We were privileged to to see some of those salmon upstream from where the dams use to be. On the way back to our RV site we visited the Salmon Cascades, Salmon use to return to the upper Sol Duc river and had to traverse the cascades; however, they no long seen in this area.

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