Olympic Peninsula, WA 6/17 - 6/24

We had to leave the campground in Gig Harbor because there was no more room at the Inn. So we drove Northwest up the Olympic Peninsula to Sequim (SKWIM), WA. It is between Port Townsend and Port Angeles; both are points of interest that we wanted to visit. (1 of 12)


Since we arrived at Sequim about 12:30 we set up camp and headed for Olympic National Forest. We drove into the park up to a place called Hurricane Ridge. This picture was taken in the parking lot. I should have taken a picture of our car, with the top down in front of this. The temperature was in the lower 70's. (2 of 12)

On Sunday we drove further up into the Olympic National Park and walked about 3/4 of a mile to Marymere Fall. The walk was worth it. The Southwest side of the Olympic Mountains catch most of the moisture coming off the ocean so it is like a rain forest. Much different from the Northwest side where it is drier and warmer. This is because most of the moisture gets squeezed out of the clouds as it rises over the mountains. (3 of 12)

This was taken at Crescent Lake in the Olympic National Park. The lake water is crystal clear and goes to a depth of over 650 feet. The color of the lake was the most beautiful blue you could imagine. It reminded us of Lake Tahoe. (4 of 12)

A panoramic of the Olympic Mountains. (5 of 12)

On Tuesday we got up early and took the first ferry to Victoria, BC. The first stop we made was Butchart Gardens which is located Northwest of downtown. It was a private garden that is now open to the public and it was fantastic. There were three separate areas, the above pictures being one of them. This area was a lime mine. The owner (Mr. Butchart) was a cement manufacturer who mined the lime to make concrete. When the lime was removed, his wife made a garden out of it. Talk about recovering an area! (6 of 12)

This is a fountain located just behind the area pictured above. The fountain's makeup kept changing. (7 of12)

This is a good example of the old and the new in Victoria. The Parliament Building above and the local airline taxiing into the city center on the right. (8 of 12)

A panoramic view of the Victoria, BC waterfront. (9 of 12)

On Wednesday we visited Port Townsend, WA. It is one of three registered historic seaports in the U.S. - Galveston, TX, Cape May, NJ and Port Townsend. It has many Victorian-style buildings that were built in the 1880's. The building on the left is just one of the beautiful buildings in the historic downtown business area. The Starrett house on the right is considered the signature building of Port Townsend architecture. (10 of 12)

This is the Port Wilson Light commissioned on Dec. 15, 1879. The lighthouse has been closed to the public since it was automated in 1979. Fortunately for us the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary gives tours every Wednesday afternoon from 1 - 4 p.m. and we happened to wander by about 3:30. The lady on the right was interviewing and taking pictures for an article in the local paper. She took a picture of Susan and the attendant so her picture may end up in the paper.
As we walked up the to light we commented that it would look so much better if they painted it. Well, next Monday they are planning to paint the outside. We were just a week early. (11 of 12)

We had planned on staying just three days on the Olympic Peninsula, but here we are on Friday, day six, and planning to say one more day. This is a beautiful, but cool area. The warmest month is August when their average high temperatures are in the mid 70's. Even thought the sun has been peeking through today, we have been wearing warm vests to cut the chill.
The pictures were taken on the Sol Duc river in Olympic National Park. The hike we took culminated at the Sol Duc Falls pictured on the right. This part of the forest in on the Northwest side of the Olympic mountains and is getting into the rain forest part of the park. This is evident by the moss on the limbs over Susan's head. (The End)