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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:

© 2015 R. Doug Wicker (RDougWicker.com)
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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Special Preview Blog


Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House

Okay, I’m back.  Just in case you’re wondering why I’ve not been responding to “Likes” and other stuff, I’ve been away for since April 8 and just returned to El Paso only last night.  Where have I been this past month?  Three nights in Sydney, Australia, followed by a transpacific cruise to Seattle, Washington.

Sydney Harbor Bridge

Sydney Harbor Bridge

So, just in case you’re growing weary of China, here’s a preview of what to expect some time after that series concludes.  From Sydney we traveled to Noumea:

Noumea — New Caledonia

Noumea — New Caledonia

Lifou and its sparkling blue waters:

Lifou — New Caledonia

Lifou — New Caledonia

Port Vila on Espiritu Santo in Vanuatu:

Port Vila — Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

Port Vila — Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

Espiritu Santo with it’s crystal clear fresh water pools:

Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

The uninhabited Mystery Island of Vanuatu:

Mystery Island — Vanuatu

Mystery Island — Vanuatu

Viti Levu, Fiji, with its cascading waterfalls and intense sunsets:

Viti Levu Waterfall — Fiji

Viti Levu Waterfall — Fiji

Viti Levu Sunset — Fiji

Viti Levu Sunset — Fiji

The beaches of Dravuni, Fiji:

Dravuni — Fiji

Dravuni — Fiji

Pago Pago and the Westernmost U.S. National Park:

The Westernmost U.S. National Forest in American Somao

The Westernmost U.S. National Forest in American Somoa

Honolulu on the island of Oahu in Hawaii:

Honolulu at Night

Honolulu at Night

The Grand Canyon of the Pacific — Waimea Canyon on the Hawaiian island of Kauai:

Waimea Canyon — Kauai

Waimea Canyon — Kauai

The frontier-style streets of Lahaina on Maui:

Lahaina — Maui

Lahaina — Maui

And finally the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State with images of Marymere Falls and a blizzard on Hurricane Ridge:

Marymere Falls — Olympic Peninsula, Washington

Marymere Falls — Olympic Peninsula, Washington

On the Way to Hurricane Ridge — Olympic Peninsula, Washington

On the Way to Hurricane Ridge — Olympic Peninsula, Washington

Yes, we really did end this trip in the midst of a raging blizzard.

Look for more images from this adventure in my next travel blog series sometime after the completion of China.

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