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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Hurricane Ridge Olympic N.P WA

After a day in the cities we are back to our normal activities ,the outdoors, there is so much to see in such a short time so we try to squeeze inn as much as possible.

Hurricane Ridge is can be reached entering the Olympic National Park from a North entrance close to Port Angeles, it is 20 mile ride till the end of the road where most trail start, but all the way is on a road with outstanding vistas like mountains and snow peaks.

Unfortunately the fires in British Columbia and others partly blocked clear and bright panorama , but there was nothing we could do and delaying the visit for few day would not help, so looking at the picture imagine how it would be without the smoky fogy layers.

The hikes are mostly easy to moderate , the Hurricane Hill Trail we hiked started at elevation 5242 and climbed after 1.6 miles near Hurricane Hill at 5757 elevation, it is mostly in an open range and can be considered a family hike.


We continued beyond the Hill for another 5 minutes and were surprised to see a patch of snow still hanging on.

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The other hike was all together 2 Miles combining few short trails through meadows and forest, called the Big Medlow Loop starting at the Visitor Center.

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We were surprised to see people hiking on this 3.2 Mile hike mostly in the sun with a plastic water bottle in the hand or some without any water at all, or hiking without proper shoes , it so easy to get proper gear for hikes and teach kids to follow, but this is THIER problem , what was more amazing is to see hikers make their own paths or pick wild flowers ...I wish there would be rangers on the trails to keep hikers in line.

We were ready for our traditional afternoon picnic and chose a table in the picnic area facing the view and this time we had a huge surprise - a non invited guest seemed to be attracted to Shula's cooking.

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The deer did not get food from us but it seems that it was not afraid so hang close to us at all.

We ended the day at a free outdoor concert at the Port Area in Port Angeles it said “Blues” but we got “Rock Music” instead.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Port Angeles & Port Townsend WA

We settled down in Port Angeles for a few days to explore the area but first visited the city and the Victorian town of Port Townsend.

It was also a time for oil change and this was a good place and time to do it, after a few calls I found a garage that was ready to take me in the next day and use Ford original filters.

At the same day we had two beautiful on 4 legs visitors that did not mind us getting closer to take a picture.

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Port Angeles is close to the Ocean and has a ferry line from the Port to Vancouver Island , the down town has many shops restaurants and beautiful murals.

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The sceneries from the uptown is breathtaking especially during the sunsets.

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Just an hour driving East the most special Victorian town of Townsend, a vibrant downtown ,beaches, coffee shops combined with large beautiful houses make this place a great place to spend a day in good weather and watch the ferries to Victoria go by.

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Ice-cream soda is one of my favorites and not found very frequently so we were happy to have a cool glass of this tasty stuff.

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Spending time in a city was a change from our last outdoors days,it was good but in the next  days we are going back again hiking and exploring waterfalls in the area.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Sol Duc Hot Springs & Falls WA

Olympic National Park has many entrances ,we made a point to circle the whole park from South West clockwise and use the entrance closest to our C.G.

But first I have to share this sunset from yesterday night at Clallam Bay and as my grandughter says “Oh my gooshness”….

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And by the way if you have an immediate erg for a book, you can get it here in Clallam Bay near the Coop Store.

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We enterd the Olympic Park  from North West towards Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort and Falls.

Close to the entrance we stopped next to the Salmon Cascade exhibit to see where the Salmons come jumping up stream in early Autumn.

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Then drove till the end of this road to the Sol Duc Falls, it was tough finding a parking spot and ended parking on the side of the main road with few other cars.

It is an easy .75 mile hike one way ,mostly in the shade and with very small elevation gain.

We hiked with hiking sandals that made it easier to cross the river and walk on the shallow water banks.

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The falls were not in full swing but still the hike and the falls are very impressive .

The hike continues along the river for 4-5 miles to Deer Lake but we went another mile or so and turned around.

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After a short picnic in the shade we entered the Sol Duc Hot Springs for a soak, there are 4 pools : A big one with regular cold water and 3 smaller ones ,each with a different temperature and depth, bathing suites is a must and it coast $15 for an adult and $10 senior and child.

You can use a locker ,towel that will be added to the bill.

The surroundings are great and it was nice to soak after a hike, recommended.

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Cape Flattery & Shi Shi Beach WA

Today we hikes both hikes one on Cape Flattery Trail and the second to Shi Shi beach.

Cape Flattery is the North West point of the US in the Makah Tribe territory and requires a $10 permit to park on their land, the permit can be issued at the Tribes Museum which is worth a visit.

This easy hike is 2 miles round trip to glorious vistas and can be hiked with hiking sandals or hiking shoes.

It is mostly shady and uphill from the parking lot to the end of the hike.

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Shi Shi Beach hike is 3 miles round trip ,the trail is along the ridge and flat all the way except the last portion that takes you down to the beach, this short section from the top of the ridge to the beach is very steep and has a rope to help hikers to get down and up without slipping.

In the summer the sand is very hot and the rocks are coved with sea shells so it is advised to hike with tennis shoes or hiking sandals.

We arrived in low tide and could explore the tide pools that are full with beautiful underwater living creatures, it sure was worth the effort.

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The beach is a part of the Olympic N.P and dogs are not allowed on the beach , we did see people walking their dogs there but it is better to know and do the necessary preparations.

The beach is also known as a bonnie camping place (there is one pit toilet in the bush) and this is the lost and found board we found on the way out.

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we stopped for a picnic on the way to Nea Bay where we bought some great smoked Salmon ($14 a pound) from a small place owned by a tribe member, the place looked very authentic except the TV with a football game on the screen.

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We ate the smoked Salmon on the same evening and it was gooood…..