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Published: October 27th 2009
largest cedar tree
This thing was enormous!
We left the Seattle area behind on Sunday the 25th after having an excellent adventure with Mark.
This visit was great timing for us since Mark will be leaving this area himself on Nov. 6, for his new job in Philadelphia. He got a call offering him a terrific job while we were driving along the shores of Crescent Lake. This has to be one of the most scenic areas on the Olympic peninsula - it is a huge lake surrounded by mountains. As he was ending his call a perfect rainbow appeared that spanned from one mountain peak to another - no kidding - it was like a good omen. We had to pull over and celebrate!
The Olympic peninsula is a temperate rain forest- it gets 11 feet of rain a year and 30 inches of dew. This makes it possible for enormous trees to grow in the area especially cedar. While in this area we stayed in LaPush one night and two nights in Forks. We had no idea that these where the cities that the Twilight movies are set. Actually we had no idea that there were Twilight movies or books! Every other shop
In the temperate rain forest - Olympic peninsula
is selling Twilight stuff or offering Twilight themed rooms
The guys went salmon fishing from Forks. The fishing was great, but the catching wasn't. Only one salmon caught, but they had a great float trip with otters and rapids and jumping salmon. The next day I cooked sturgeon and salmon so we could compare, both were excellent, but we agreed that sturgeon was the better of the two.
On our last day in Washington we went to Seattle with Mark as a tour guide. What a beautifully clean and pedestrian friendly city. We stopped at Pike's Place and watched as the clerks flung fish to each other and tried to figure out what some of the stuff was that was being sold. Next we saw Seattle from Puget Sound while on a harbor tour. Then on to the Aquarium were we spent a lot of time in the hands on tidal lagoon section , or as Mark likes to say the tidal petting zoo. We had dinner at the Athenian Seafood restaurant on the second level so we could look out over the harbor while we talked about all our adventures and the start of a new adventure
Cool formation along the shoreline in LaPush
for Mark in Philly.
We're heading down the coast of Oregon now on highway 101, between bouts of rain we have seen areas where the mountains meet the ocean - so far too wet to take pictures.
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