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From the Tropics to the Snow — Hurricane Ridge


Hurricane Ridge

Hurricane Ridge

On October 22 of last year I began this lengthy series on our transpacific cruise which originated in Sydney, Australia, after a four-day visit, and finished up in Seattle, Washington some twenty-eight days later.  Our last stop prior to disembarkation in Seattle was Port Angeles, Washington.  This week I will finish up this months-long series with our last sightseeing excursion before cruise end — Hurricane Ridge in Washington State’s Olympic National Park.

Snow Line

Snow Line

The funny thing about this stop was the contrast with the more tropical destinations we visited en route.  Cold.  Fog.  Rain and drizzle at the lower elevations that became a blizzard by the time we reached the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center at an elevation of 5,242 feet/1,598 meters.  Along the way to the visitor center and our rendezvous with a snowstorm in May we witnessed magnificent vistas, thick forests, fog, cold, and wildlife.

Bambi Thumbing a Ride

Bambi Thumbing a Ride

As the clouds rolled in we were treated to an eery, almost surreal landscape.

Head in the Clouds

Head in the Clouds

On Wednesday I’ll present to you images of the snow-covered landscape that awaited us.  Until then here is one last image of our uphill drive.

Trees, Snow, and Clouds

Trees, Snow, and Clouds

By the way, if you’re reading this and other material authored by me on The Destinary website, this post was not “Posted on (fill in the date) | By destinary” as they’ve been erroneously claiming; this material was in fact reposted.  The Destinary have also been claiming the right to do so, without links back to the original and without full attribution (“by RDoug” and a nonworking link is not proper attribution) with a rather bizarre interpretation of U.S. copyright law in which they claim I’m responsible for changing my RSS feed settings so that they cannot skim my material for commercial purposes.  That would make reading my blog less convenient for you, which I’m not willing to do.  As such, I’ll be running this little diatribe on all travel related posts until they cease and desist, along with this:

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Final note:  Considering The Destinary is a site run by a travel agency, you may want to rethink doing business with them.

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Fun Photo Friday — Lake Crescent and Marymere Falls


Lake Crescent Panoramic

Lake Crescent Panoramic

Today I present to you my favorite photographs from this segment of our road trip into the Olympic National Park and our visit to Lake Crescent and Marymere Falls.  On Wednesday I did a lot of talking about Marymere Falls, but my photos concentrated on the hike through the old growth forest on the way there.  So, what did we see when we arrived?  A 90-foot/27-meter drop from Aurora Ridge to Barnes Creek.

Marymere Falls Vertical Panoramic

Marymere Falls Vertical Panoramic

But the forest alone was worth the hike.

No Rolling Stone Here

No Rolling Stone Here

And let us not forget Lake Crescent.

Shrouded Giants

Shrouded Giants

But perhaps my favorite shot of this segment was this lone dead tree surrounded by a sea of life overlooking the calm lake waters below.

The Tree

The Tree

By the way, if you’re reading this and other material authored by me on The Destinary website, this post was not “Posted on (fill in the date) | By destinary” as they’ve been erroneously claiming; this material was in fact reposted.  The Destinary have also been claiming the right to do so, without links back to the original and without full attribution (“by RDoug” and a nonworking link is not proper attribution) with a rather bizarre interpretation of U.S. copyright law in which they claim I’m responsible for changing my RSS feed settings so that they cannot skim my material for commercial purposes.  That would make reading my blog less convenient for you, which I’m not willing to do.  As such, I’ll be running this little diatribe on all travel related posts until they cease and desist, along with this:

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Final note:  Considering The Destinary is a site run by a travel agency, you may want to rethink doing business with them.

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From Port Angeles to Lake Crescent


Lake Crescent

Lake Crescent

Ursula and I picked up the rental car that she had reserved in advance.  She drove and I navigated as we headed west out of Port Angeles on famed U.S. Route 101.  Yes, that’s the same Route 101 that in California joins up in some areas to run concurrently with California State Route 1 — the picturesque Pacific Coast Highway.  So, basically, Route 101 runs between Port Angeles in Washington all the way to where it joins up with U.S. Interstate 5 just south of Los Angeles, California, at Capistrano Beach.  Sounds like this would make a great photo road trip one day.

Lake Crescent

Lake Crescent

Our goal on this leg of the trip was Marymere Falls, but along the way we stumbled upon Lake Crescent, a wonderful and enchanting deep-water lake that on this day was ringed by fog-shrouded mountains and beautiful pine forests.

Lake Crescent

Lake Crescent

It was so beautiful a sight that we stopped at several places along the way to take in the views and photograph them.

Lake Crescent

Lake Crescent

Route 101 offers several elevations of views here, from high overlooks all the way down to the water’s edge.

 

Lake Crescent

Lake Crescent

And while I’m not usually a fan of cloudy day photography, I have to admit that the clouds this day really seemed to enhance the experience.

Lake Crescent

Lake Crescent

By the way, if you’re reading this and other material authored by me on The Destinary website, this post was not “Posted on (fill in the date) | By destinary” as they’ve been erroneously claiming; this material was in fact reposted.  The Destinary have also been claiming the right to do so, without links back to the original and without full attribution (“by RDoug” and a nonworking link is not proper attribution) with a rather bizarre interpretation of U.S. copyright law in which they claim I’m responsible for changing my RSS feed settings so that they cannot skim my material for commercial purposes.  That would make reading my blog less convenient for you, which I’m not willing to do.  As such, I’ll be running this little diatribe on all travel related posts until they cease and desist, along with this:

© 2015 R. Doug Wicker (RDougWicker.com)
All right reserved — that includes you, Destinary

Final note:  Considering The Destinary is a site run by a travel agency, you may want to rethink doing business with them.

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