This morning I decided to prepare for dry camping, so I emptied my holding tanks and filled my fresh water tank. Daisy's breakfast cost "only" $2.99 a gallon. That's the lowest price I've paid in quite a while.
Continuing west on US 101 from Port Angeles, I drove through the northern edge of Olympic National Park. The beautiful scenery just took hold of my steering wheel and dragged me over to the pullouts several times. :>) My first "hike" of the day was in the Elwha Valley portion of the park to see the 60-foot Madison Falls. It was only one-tenth of a mile on a paved trail to the waterfall.
I got back onto US 101 and followed the southern shore of the beautiful blue Lake Crescent. The lake was carved by a glacier and is 600 feet deep. The bedrock walls are marine in origin and the lake bed is covered with ice age glacial deposits overlaid by more recent fine-grained deposits. I ate lunch sitting on a log overlooking the lake and enjoying the cool breeze.
After lunch, I took a couple of more serious hikes. The first was to Marymere Falls. The trail to the falls ascends gradually for about half a mile through lowland forest and then steeply for the last eighth of a mile to the edge of the Olympic Wilderness. The waterfall is 90 feet high. The view from the highest platform was well worth the effort.
By then it was time to start looking for a home for the night so I took the road to Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort campground. In the campground there are no hookups, so I was glad I had prepared for dry camping. I took my next hike, intending to see the Sol Duc Falls but didn't have to time to go the whole distance. It was getting late and I didn't want to be returning to camp in the dark and meet up with a bear.