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Hurricane Ridge

Broke camp early and went to Jack-in-the-box for breakfast.  Met a strange, scruffy man who admired Dawn's Glacier Park T-shirt so much, he was going to make it his "life's goal" to make it out to Glacier to get the same T-shirt!  OOO-K!  Went into the park and stopped at the visitor center. I briefly thought I lost my National Park Passport Stamp book there, but I found it between the seats in the truck.  It was a beautiful, clear day as we drove up to Hurricane Ridge for some stunning alpine views.  They have another large visitor center and gift shop up there, as well as a picnic area.  There were some crazy, spandex-clad bike riders up there, who (ignoring "keep off the grass" signs), were dancing around in the meadow singing songs from "The Sound of Music"!  Is everyone here just weird, or what?   Olympic National Park is often referred to as 3 parks in one, since it has snowcapped mountains, a rainforest, and a seashore.

Sol Duc Falls
  The mountain part, here on Hurricane Ridge, is similer to what we saw in North Cascades and Glacier parks. We saw several chipmunks and a Bald Eagle up on the ridge as well. 

Our next stop was Crescent Lake, where we hiked the trail up to Marymere Falls. Tyler got wet playing in the creek bed, and Dawn found an interesting piece of coral in the dry riverbed. Coral in the mountains?? Tyler also found a live crayfish along the lake shore. It was almost as big as a lobster, but without the big claws. 

Next stop was the trail to Sol Duc Falls. I had seen pictures of this triple waterfall online while doing research for this trip, now I wanted to see it in person. It did not disappoint! It was a nice, scenic trail through the woods to get to the falls and back.

Camping on the beach in La Push
  On the way back, we stopped the truck to allow a momma deer with two babies to cross in front of us. Stay out of the road, guys, we don't you to get hit!

We continued on down to the shoreline, and we were able to get a beautiful campsite right on the beach.  You had to cross a creek on foot to get there, so we had to leave the truck in the parking lot and haul our gear down the beach, taking several trips.  We arrived there just in time to catch the sunset over the Pacific.  Awesome!  We gathered up some driftwood for a fire and cooked hamburgers and hot dogs under a full moon.  This was the best campsite we've seen so far, and it was also the cheapest...only $10!  Wasn't crowded either, only a few surfers camping there to catch the first waves in the morning. We had a large section of the beach all to ourselves.  The town was called "La Push", but it was more like a small Native American village.

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Hurricane Ridge
Hurricane Ridge
Sol Duc Falls
Sol Duc Falls
Camping on the beach in La Push
Camping on the beach in La Push
our campsite in Port Angeles, Wash…
our campsite in Port Angeles, Was…
repacking the truck was a daily ch…
repacking the truck was a daily c…
Stuffed elk at the visitors center…
Stuffed elk at the visitors cente…
giant cross-section of a tree...co…
giant cross-section of a tree...c…
Dawn plays ranger at the discovery…
Dawn plays ranger at the discover…
heading up to Hurricane Ridge
heading up to Hurricane Ridge
Great scenery!
Great scenery!
Ty is always precariously on the …
Ty is always precariously "on the…
we stopped at every turnout and vi…
we stopped at every turnout and v…
Our driver!
Our driver!
up we go!
up we go!
Hurricane Ridge
Hurricane Ridge
Ty at the top
Ty at the top
They have another visitor center/g…
They have another visitor center/…
Some spandex-clad bicyclists were …
Some spandex-clad bicyclists were…
little guy trying to get a free lu…
little guy trying to get a free l…
You could see Mt Ranier from up he…
You could see Mt Ranier from up h…
Ok, time to head back down!
Ok, time to head back down!
back to the lake at the bottom
back to the lake at the bottom
heading down another trail
heading down another trail
Crescent Lake
Crescent Lake
Crescent Lake
Crescent Lake
Ty found a crayfish here
Ty found a crayfish here
Tylers crayfish
Tyler's crayfish
we started to see a lot of moss on…
we started to see a lot of moss o…
Through this tunnel...is the Marym…
Through this tunnel...is the Mary…
through the woods
through the woods
this forest has never been logged
this forest has never been logged
new trees struggle for any availab…
new trees struggle for any availa…
usually, small trees can only take…
usually, small trees can only tak…
there was some sunlight poking thr…
there was some sunlight poking th…
mostly, the big trees dominate!
mostly, the big trees dominate!
this way!
this way!
nurse log
nurse log
some big trees here
some big trees here
almost-dry riverbed
almost-dry riverbed
Dawn found a piece of coral here!
Dawn found a piece of coral here!
Ty couldnt resist playing in the …
Ty couldn't resist playing in the…
...and got a little wet in the pro…
...and got a little wet in the pr…
footbridge over the river
footbridge over the river
I can hear the falls now
I can hear the falls now
there they are!
there they are!
pretty
pretty
Marymere Falls
Marymere Falls
Marymere Falls
Marymere Falls
Heading to Sol Duc Falls now
Heading to Sol Duc Falls now
Over the river and through the woo…
Over the river and through the wo…
Ty is impressed by these trees...w…
Ty is impressed by these trees...…
I remember seeing this bridge onli…
I remember seeing this bridge onl…
cool hollow log
cool hollow log
This tree had toes!
This tree had toes!
Sol Duc Falls
Sol Duc Falls
Sol Duc Falls
Sol Duc Falls
Sol Duc Falls
Sol Duc Falls
Sol Duc Falls
Sol Duc Falls
Deer Family
Deer Family
Momma deer
Momma deer
Babies
Babies
stay outta the road!
stay outta the road!
Our campsite on the beach
Our campsite on the beach
We had to wade across this creek w…
We had to wade across this creek …
nice beach
nice beach
only $10 to camp right on the beach
only $10 to camp right on the beach
This looks like a good spot!
This looks like a good spot!
Islands just offshore
Islands just offshore
We shared the beach with a few sur…
We shared the beach with a few su…
some decent waves, but nothing huge
some decent waves, but nothing huge
Ty stakes out his own spot
Ty stakes out his own spot
Sunset on the Pacific
Sunset on the Pacific
made a bonfire out of driftwood
made a bonfire out of driftwood
Made hamburgers and hot dogs over …
Made hamburgers and hot dogs over…
Tyler made his own fire...then con…
Tyler made his own fire...then co…
Full moon came out after sunset
Full moon came out after sunset
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photo by: WaltJake