Goodbye to Bainbridge Island, and now on to Washington’s Olympic National Park, the favorite of my husband and our son. This travel day was amazing to me because of the variety of geography we enjoyed in a period of less than 24 hours. We began our day here at Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge.
Dungeness is a sand spit that juts 5 1/2 miles out into the water, the longest spit in the United States.
Due to a tight driving schedule for the day, we did not walk its entirety that morning, but if we had, we would have arrived at New Dungeness Light. You can tour it if you hike the spit to get there, or even better, you can stay there with your family or a small group of friends for a week to actually be the lighthouse keepers. (The week before Christmas is the only availability left for this year.) I’ve always thought that would be something fun and interesting to do.
We left the Dungeness area after hiking about half its distance and drove for a little over an hour.
This was our next view…
Welcome to Hurricane Ridge!
(And yes, there was an avalanche hazard for the day.)
Remember how I was wanting snow last winter and never saw any?
Well Hurricane Ridge gave me my snow. 🙂
Gorgeous snow all around!
After exploring that area, we hopped back in the car, drove a little over an hour again to arrive here.
Hello beautiful Lake Crescent. 🙂
This was my favorite stop in Olympic National Park.
Unfortunately we were one week away from their opening for the summer season. 🙁
But when we return, I hope we will stay in one of these cozy cabins.
It was just so peaceful there. (But I imagine when it is open, it is quite busy and probably not quite as peaceful.)
I took this photo looking through one of their sunroom windows.
Wicker Heaven, just waiting to be put out!
When it is open, this is what the sunroom looks like.
We walked all around their beach area on that sunny day.
And then it was time for another hour or so drive.
This was the view out the window this time.
Soon we passed these cute ranger stations.
And stopped here for a hike.
These are the Soleduck Falls. This photograph does not do them justice because it is hard to capture their magnitude. To put it in perspective, that “pole” going across the water at the bottom is actually a very large tree trunk, and if you look near the top of the photo you can see a man standing on one of the rocks there.
The area also has a lodge with hot springs and cabins.
But we did not stay there. Instead we once again hopped back in the car after our hike, drove another period of a little more than an hour and arrived at the Pacific Ocean right at sunset.
This is where we stayed for the night.
And I’ll tell you all about it in the next post. 🙂
Olympic National Park is huge, and its variety of terrain is simply wonderful. It was amazing to me that we could experience the longest sand spit in the United Stated, snow on top of mountains, a gorgeous peaceful lake, a raging river, cascading waterfalls, and a beach at the Pacific Ocean all in a matter of one day. Thank you so much for following along with us on this adventure. I’ll have two beautiful lodges for you to explore coming up.
Until next time….