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Oct 21, 2008 - Olympic Peninsula/Pacific

This was the first time I’d ever taken a hike through the woods to get to the ocean. In spite of the density of the trees, there was no doubt that the ocean was not far away because we came face to face with a sign warning us that we were in tsunami territory. Ouch. The advice: “in case of an earthquake, run to higher ground.” That was a first. After three-quarters of a mile, we stepped through some trees and were met by a sea of driftwood covering the beach. Huge boulders spotted with evergreens and jutting out from the ocean added to the...

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Jul 22, 2008 - Westport - Shadow Mtn

A spectacular drive up 101 took us through the western Olympia National Forest. Providing forested avenues of majestic cedars, spruce and redwoods, and the occasional peek at the Washington coastline. The highlight was the descent to Lake Crescent on the NW edge of the forest, this lake was glacier formed. 1 mile wide and 10 miles long, with a depth of over 600 feet, the water is soooo blue, you would think it to be dyed. Our final destination was to be Port Angeles, but decided on a small campground west of Port Angeles, at the foot of...

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Sep 11, 2007 - getting ready

well we head out in a little less then three weeks. off into the great mostly unknown. I've never been to South America and am feeling alternately nervous and excited. before we fly away however theres lots to do. we'll go camping with mum for a week and then down to visit dad in Idaho. all with everything we are taking in tow. everything being the very very basics. only one sleeping bag between us we were discussing the actual necessity of a tent yesterday. well more later as things come together or don't.

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Jul 26, 2007 - Forks, WA

Forks, WA The weather here was generally in the mid-70's with cool nights. Great weather for any outside activity. This is our second stop on the western shore of Washington as we make our way around the Olympic peninsula portion of the state. Most activities revolve around roads and trails in the Olympic National Forest . There are no roads that go all the way through the Forest, but several access roads to points within. The western coast is very remote with many miles between small towns. We had to travel at least 45 minutes to reach...

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Jun 4, 2007 - South Beach & Ruby Beach

Well we are at South Beach for two nights, we arrived here after being perswaded by our new friends Chuck & Donnel, Basil & Vickie to come to where they found a bit of paradise. We are parked over looking the beach with about a hundred foot walk to the ocean. It's a small state park with about 54 sites, no water, electric or sewer. (Boondocking they call it) We had to stop for gas before we got here to make sure that the generator had enough fuel to recharge the batteries each day (we have to upgrade the solar system on the coach still)....

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Jun 2, 2007 - Olympic National Park

Went over to the Sol Duc area of Olympic National Park. It's kind of a nature day, not cities ... HA! It was quite a drive over there, about 100 miles each way. We stopped by Log Cabin Resort on Crescent Lake. Paul has stayed here several times in the past. Brought back a few memories. Got up to the Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort and headed up the trail to the falls. The falls were about a mile up the trail. It was a beautiful day to take a trip, the sun was out, not a cloud in the sky and the temp's was in the high 70s. The falls were great....

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Aug 23, 2006 - Salmon Cascades, Olympic National Park

On my return trip from the falls area, I stopped for lunch at the turnout for Salmon Cascades. It was a perfect spot. I marveled again at how the salmon make their way upstream. This was a perfect place for salmon to spawn -- gravel bottom with steady flow of cold water to circulate over the eggs.

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Aug 23, 2006 - South Beach Campground, Olympic National Park

My final stop of the day was at South Beach campground. It is next to a tide pool where there is a large stack of driftwood. One of the logs was about five feet in diameter! This is the first time I have ever camped on a beach. I found a level spot just across from the little trail down to the tide pool.

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Aug 23, 2006 - Sol Duc Falls, Olympic National Park

Today was a very full one, visiting various sections of the Olympic National Park. There is so much to see and do! From the Sol Duc campground, I drove to the end of the road, the actual entry point for Sol Duc Falls. It's a good thing I turned around last night because the falls are three miles from the campground. It would have been dark before I even got to the falls! There actually are three falls from the same source. Very lovely indeed. The trail up to the falls is a wonder in itself, with so many huge trees and other plant life.

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