Thursday, September 6, 2012

end of sumer: olympic national park

a couple of weeks ago we finally took a long weekend and thoroughly explored the olympic peninsula. it's one of those places we've been wanting to check out forever. other than a few quick stops in port angeles, we really hadn't been. the weather is pretty unpredictable but august is one of the best times of the year with minimal rain.
we came back rejuvenated and happy.
 
a few favorites memories:
-hiking through the hoh rainforest-  especially hiking before sunset. the light through the mossy covered trees that time of day was amazing!
-lola LOVED all of the slugs. they were everywhere!
-ruby beach (apparently one of the top 10 must see beaches in the world due to it's uniqueness.) we loved all of the huge cedar driftwood, seastacks and river rock that covered the beach.
-quinault forest. kids were super stars on a 4 1/2 mile hike around quinault lake and august is primo weather for exploring!
-the sul doc hot springs go down as one of the more odd things we experienced. maybe it was super busy, but the day we went we were pretty much elbow to elbow with completer strangers... i'm pretty sure we were some of the only english speaking people. ton's of tourists.
-hurricane ridge- the place truly lived up to it's name with insane wind gusts! but so beautiful if you take the drive to the top of the mountain range.
 
tough to slim down the photos but these are our favs:
lake quinault loop hike.

 huge cedars everywhere!



 all of the water is turquoise.
slugs!



 ruby beach driftwood.



 amazing ruby beach!

 cody in his driftwood/rock fort.
 lola's rock/driftwood art. i wanted to bring it home.








 perfection.


 mossy hoh rainforest.








 top of hurricane ridge.







 watching the salmon run along the sol duc river.







 checking out the 5 1/2 mile dungeuness spit- one of the longest in the world!



 collecting rocks on dungenous spit


 seattle/bainbridge ferry ride home. :)


1 comment:

Simon Lee said...

Hi Julie, you are not only showing the beautiful spot of Olympic National Park, you are also showing how lovely your family is:)

Simon