Day 1 - Seattle->Port Angeles
Aug 30, 2012
Sep 15, 2012
To avoid taking a ferry over the Puget Sound from Seattle to get to route US101 we headed south towards Seattle's International Airport at Tacoma past the huge Boeing factory. Then went north to visit Port Townsend before joining route US101 which we will be staying on now at least for the next 10 days.
Port Townsend was the closest we got on this trip to the San Juan Islands which we could see across the water whilst we had lunch. It took us along the coast to Port Angeles where we made a left turn to drive a 17mile 7% drive up a long winding road into the National Olympic Park. The National Olympic Park is one of many national owned parks which does mean we have to pay to enter - $15.00 got us a week's pass into that particular park. The road ended up at Hurricane Ridge which had fabulous view over both the mountains and park inland and the Pacific to the north. We were 5425' high (higher than the peak of Scotland's Ben Nevis peak 4409') and it was chilly, but the weather was clear so we took one of the paved 'trails' from the visitor centre higher up the mountain. Trails were good with lots of signs along the way with information about the plants and animals. The rubbish bins at the visitor centre have special opening mechanisms so the bears can't get in (they are clever enough to work out opening mechanisms), and there's a pest problem at the moment with the mountain goats who are attacking people at campsites. They are attracted to salt so you have to make sure you tidy away your sweaty clothes every night. We saw deer but no bears, cougars or elk which was a possibility. We also had good views of Mount Olympus (7979').
From here back down to Port Angeles and then to a bed and breakfast we had booked about 10 miles outside of the town in the mountains. Very nice and comfortable stay. And very quiet. We had a deck at the back of the house. The owners are retired school teachers from Chicago and had a vineyard, a well stocked veg patch and even better stocked collection of DVDs. Also they are excellent cooks and breakfast was enough to keep us going all day.
Miles driven today: 155