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Published: June 17th 2007
Olympic national park
Hurricane visitors center .. a mile high
June 16, 2007 - We’re at Olympic National park in NW Washington for four nights…it’s really remote and beautiful here. More about Washington in a minute but first some random thoughts and observations about Oregon: Oregon is great, the scenery is fantastic. We spent a couple of weeks among 4 coastal state parks and one inland park and enjoyed them all. Oregon is very liberal and ecology minded; the entire coast is public land, there are no private beaches, there’s no sales tax; they don’t put any fluoride in the water, at the campgrounds the trash dumps have bins labeled (no kidding) clear glass, brown glass, green glass, aluminum cans, plastic bottles, newsprint, cardboard and finally Trash!! You’re not allowed to pump your own gas (I’m serious). There are little drive thru Expresso stands on every corner. We’re pretty sure that Oregon issues an RV to each resident. At least it seems that way! It also appears that Oregon does not contain any black people but Mexicans are admitted. It’s also always 53 degrees and wet. Very interesting and different….We’re definitely coming back to see more of Oregon.
Yesterday we took the ferry over to Victoria, Canada and had
a great time riding our bikes around, checking out the sights and trying the local food. Salmon is king up here, had a toasted bagel with smoked salmon, cream cheese and capers and grilled salmon salad for lunch with a dark ale…good stuff!!
Today we took a nice hike in the Hurricane ridge area in Oympic NP which is a mile high...it reminds us of the Bavarian alps with huge sloping meadows and snow covered peaks.
June 19, 2007 - For the first time in this trip we’re heading east and south. We’re near Mt. Rainer and Mt. St. Helens. Rainer still has a ton of snow around but it was unusually warm and sunny.
June 21, 2007 - We’re staying on the Columbia river gorge about 70 miles east of Portland for a few days…it’s hot down here. Tomorrow we continue heading east for a few days until we get to Rocky Mtn. NP. Then it’s back to Alabama then florida.
June 22, 2007 - staying in Boise, Id….went here to see a statue in the rotunda of the capital building that was carved in 1869 by a distant relative named (no kidding) Charles Ostner.
But get this….the capital was closed for renovations!! We went to the historical society museum and they has some pictures and info….on to Cheyenne, Wy tomorrow then Rocky Mtn. NP for 4 days
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