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Trip Start Jun 05, 2009
28Trip End Jul 03, 2009
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We have made it to the Pacific Ocean!
Getting going was a bit of a faff, but soon we were heading south out of Seattle. Risked breakfast at Denny's outside Olympia, which certainly set us up for the day. We decided to do a loop of the Olympic Peninsula on US-101 - a beautiful route which passed through beach communities on the Hood Canal, and slightly down-at-heel logging communities on the northern coast. We took a diversion up to Hurricane Ridge which wound up through pine-covered hills but emerged brilliantly onto a half snowy, half wildflower meadow plateau - absolutely stunning. Harry had a good roll in the snow (a 6 foot deep drift which still covered half of the carpark) while Mum, Dad and I worked at identifying the wildflowers - lots of Glacier Lilies, Avalanche Lilies, Lupins and red paintbrush flowers (can't remember their proper name).
101 continued through the pine forests before finally giving us our first sight of the Pacific, twinkling in the evening sunlight, but with an ominous-looking weather front along the horizon.
Our log cabin at Kalalcoh lodge was really cute and cozy, with a wood-burner in the corner. The beach was windswept and chilly, but gorgeous. The piles and piles of bleached and smoothed pine tree trunks come as a shock even if you have seen pictures of them - they have been swept into a log equivalent of a sand spit, across the mouth of the Kalaloch creek which enters the ocean next to the lodge.
We walked Harry on the beach at sunset and took loads of photos. In coast-to-coast tradition, I picked up pebble which I will take all the way across to the other side and deposit into the Atlantic in a couple of weeks' time.
Kalaloch is amazing
(and doesn't have internet, so I will publish this next time I get a connection.)