Blogs from Olympic National Park, Port Angeles, Washington, United States, North America

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Nicole arrived in Seattle Saturday September 14 after running a 5K Color Run in Austin that morning. We went straight downtown for a delicious dinner including her and Pat's favorite, oysters. We had a 3 hour drive back to Port Angeles using one of the floating bridges on the way home. The next day we set out on Hwy 101 to explore Olympic National Park. Our first stop was the Madison Falls entry and stamped our National Park Passport there. After lunch at Granny's cafe, we stopped at Crescent Lake, and on to Forks. We were surprised to find out Forks had the Twilight Festival that weekend. All the festivities were over by Sunday afternoon, but it was fun to see the banners and signs. The shop windows were advertising Twilight Tours. We though we'd check ... read more
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So I made the bee-line for the 10:30 ferry. I get there at 10:25 and the customs guy starts in with the questions. Any food?no(YES) any alchohol? no (YES) and firearms? no(actually i didnt this time), any bear mace? no (YEP).So I get on the ferry now feeling pretty hungover but with a new sense of vigor for the road. My first stop in Washington was at Patti's seafood for some local oysters. I slurped em down and chit chatted with Pattis about the indians and fishing and the way things were and are now with it. I mentioned I wanted to try Geoduck and she just gave me some to cook up later. Thanks Patti! Another 30 minutes rides later and I see a sign for Oysterfest!! Already 12 deep, I proceeded to eat every ... read more
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Our van, "Tree Hugger" is developing a personality of her own. She has enjoyed being here in the Olympic National Park because it has given her a chance to see huge spruce, a wide variety of pine, a look over sub-alpine meadows and to see mosses and algaes that she hadn't seen before. She enjoyed stopping beside this beautiful Lake and having lunch. Highlights of this place have been both scenery and people. We loved the Hoh Rainforest, the Sol Duc Falls and the scenes overlooking the Olympic Mountain range. ... read more
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Hi From Port Angeles, I am finally back in the states and having mixed emotions. I am glad to be here spending time with my dear friends Sarah and Robert again, and am looking forward to seeing more friends and soon my family! But it was hard leaving Central America, and it is always hard coming back to the US after being gone for a while. I didn’t write for a while because there wasn't a whole lot worth writing about, or I should say there wasn't a whole lot going on that I thought would be worth reading about. When I last wrote, I was in Flores with Dee, a girl from the volunteer program I was in. She was sick but started feeling better so we headed back to work and to our respective ... read more
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