The U.S.'s NORTHWEST CORNER
Trip Start Jun 05, 2007
60Trip End Jul 26, 2007
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The drive to get here was so enjoyable. The road was right along the coast and I had terrific views of the water, coastline and mountains in the background. Highway 112 is a National Scenic Byway that followed the shoreline of a glacial fjord that connects Puget Sound to the Pacific Ocean. I drove through fishing villages of Clallam Bay, Seiku and Neah Bay.All day long I saw great scenary, but I can imagine it would be even better if the sky wasn't overcast and white all day. The shoreline was constantly changing with clouds covering mountains. Along the way in the car I spotted a bald eagle. I had never seen a live one so close. I could easily see the white head and golden beak. The coolest thing was that it seemed to glide along side my car at the same pace for about half a minute.
Once I arrived at Cape Flattery, I took hike out through the woods. It was a fun nature walk on a trail between tall trees. The look out to the Pacific was great and I saw more eagles and even Puffin. There were numerous bird watchers that were going wild over the bird life here. At the point I could look out and see a small island with a lighthouse.
Also in this area I visited the Makah Museum. The museum has the largest collection of Makah artifacts that came from the "Ozette Dig". They came from a Makah village that was buried alive over 500 years ago in a mudslide. In this century the water wore away the coast and this forgotton city was found again with its perfectly preserved artifacts.
Being that I was in this corner of the country I had to retrace the roads I came out on and headed east (yes, toward home) riding along the northern border of Olympia National Park.
I turned in to the park at Sol Duc which is one of only a few places you can really drive in to the park other than the coastline. I took a 2 mile round trip hike to Sol Duc waterfall. I had a great view from a bridge looking down on the waterfall and boulders forced the water to flow down in over three spots.
I continued my drive east again on 101 and arrived at POrt Angeles where I stayed for the night at the Thor Hostal.
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