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Fun Photo Friday — Favorite Photos of Hurricane Ridge


Drama in Rock

Drama in Rock

 Today we say farewell to my series on our transpacific adventure from Sydney to Seattle aboard Holland America’s MS Oosterdam.  Click on any image below to bring up today’s gallery.

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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All right reserved — that includes you, Destinary

Final note:  Considering The Destinary is a site listed as owned by Sonia Bosquez-Platt of Indianapolis Tour & Travel, you may want to rethink doing business with either her or her company.

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A Blizzard in the Middle of a Hurricane


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Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park — Elevation 5,242 feet/1,598 meters

We found a winter wonderland awaiting us when we reached the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center.  A light snow had started falling even before we hit the parking lot, and things got worse from there.

Picnic Table Under Snow

Picnic Table Under Snow

Fortunately the heavy fall ended almost as abruptly as it started and after only a brief spell, replaced by a return to the lighter snowfall that preceded it.

Snow Falling on Fir

Snow Falling on Fir

Fortunately the roads remained relatively clear for our trip back to Port Angeles and our awaiting ship — Holland America’s MS Oosterdam.  Nevertheless the trek to Hurricane Ridge was a stunning end to a wondrous journey that had begun a month before in Sydney.

Snow Field

Snow Field

On this week’s Fun Photo Friday I will present some of my favorite shots of Hurricane Ridge.  That post will also serve as the farewell set of images of this transpacific cruise.  I hope you’ve enjoyed the journey.  My next travel series will take you on a ten-day cruise of Mexico, including two ports seldom visited by cruise lines.  before that series however I have at least one recipe coming up for posting, and perhaps another firearm review or two.

The View from the Clouds

The View from the 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:

© 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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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:

© 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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