Trip Start Aug 16, 2009
Trip End Oct 11, 2009

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Flag of United States  , Washington
Tuesday, September 15, 2009

We spent today driving along the park, steadily westward, in Port Angeles we take a steep and amazing drive up to Hurrican Ridge. From here we take a short walk up to the viewpoint and drink in the scene around us - Mt. Olympus, Mt. Angeles. The fields and paths have multitude of lupin plants, past their bloom, and we can just imagine how beautiful it all looks in the middle of summer. Again, reminisces of Bariloche and the lake region in the Argentine Andes. As we continue our drive along 101 we are drawn to Crescent Lake, volcanic/glaciar lake with such clear crystalline water, long and narrow in shape. Trees (myrtle family?) remind us of arrayanes.

We enter the west side of the park, rainforest! Damp, heavy air, vegetation creeping towards the road. Our heads swivel back and forth, it starts getting late, we decide to find a campground.

Now, this will leave our friend Donna aghast, but this trip is not a planned adventure. When we set out, we knew we wanted to see various national parks, there were certain areas we wanted to check out, and we wanted to stay away from large cities. We have maps, campground lists, and as soon as we enter a new state we get info about its natural beauties. So we see that the next large area is called Forks, maybe we can sleep there since it's too late to set up camp.

Apparently we need to watch more television. Everything in this town is related somehow to a show called "Twilight", teen vampires or something, based on a series of books about this town and another closer to the coast, La Push. We couldn't care less, about apparently it's a big deal. The town is an old lumber town, very misty with goatsbeard moss hanging from millions of old growth pines, so I can see the whole vampire thing. But honestly! They tell us they get tourists from as far away as Europe coming to see where these characters live their angst-filled heart-wrenching lives. Mostly young girls and their moms buying all sorts of memorabilia, with dads rolling their eyes and sighing in the background, pulling out their wallets. We are amazed, and shake our heads, refuse to pay extra for a Twilight-themed room in the motel, and go to sleep with half an eye open in case a vampire comes to visit...
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dmprimas on

I can be spontaneous!
Loved the photos. Looks like mre great weather days.

Also I just wanted to clear my name. Don't want folks thinking I am some sort of anal retentive freak. I CAN be spontaneous--I just choose not to be some times! (smile)

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