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

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3 responses to “From the Tropics to the Snow — Hurricane Ridge

  1. These are gorgeous pictures. What an adventure. Would love to do an extended trip some day. My husband can only take about two weeks at a time. Keep the pictures coming!

    • So glad you’re enjoying the Sydney-to-Seattle cruise. Alas, we’re coming to the end of this particular series, but I begin a new travel series in a few weeks. Next week it’s a fun post on a couple of very famous ’50s Westerns firearms, a carnitas recipe, and a sunrise and snow Fun Photo Friday. The following week we’ll visit the National Solar Observatory in Sunspot, New Mexico. And the week after that I’ll begin the next travel series on a ten-day cruise to Mexico, including some seldom-visited ports of call in the Sea of Cortez.

      I feel for your husband. In my previous career it was extremely hard to get even a couple of consecutive weeks off from work. Now that I’m semi-retired, that’s no longer a problem.

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