The Sequim/Port Angeles area has been a surprise. While I expected the waters and forests to be beautiful, I didn't realize just how awe-inspiring they are.
I also didn't realize that while not a city, Sequim is a nice size town with every necessity. In addition to a Safeway, Sunny Farms Country Store (thank you Lisa!), and a large Walmart, there is even a Costco. Several major pharmacies, Home Depot, Petco, good size sporting goods stores, variety of restaurants, and a decent medical center make it a great place to "get things taken care of" in between all the more fun stuff we do.
Port Angeles rounds it out with auto dealerships, a small waterfront with the ferries to British Columbia, a sweet downtown, a movie theatre, numerous service providers (get your sewing machine fixed), and a few nice city parks.
There are several small live-music and theatre venues, museums and galleries as well.
|Love all the totems throughout both towns|
|A glimpse of Canada from the waterfront|
Doing a short walk through Port Angeles while Bill "took care of things" at the fly-fishing store, I enjoyed all the art and flowers that were seemingly everywhere.
|Art and flowers should be required in all towns|
No mall, no factories, no large industrial complexes, no sky scrapers.
Tuesday we drove north to Lake Crescent in our continued mission to find a decent fishing spot. While the goal eluded us once again, as always the pursuit took us to stunning natural beauty.
|Lake Crescent is also a glacier lake|
|Legs crossed wearing camo?|
|Dog's eye view|
|The glacier once filled the space from the top of these mountains|
|to 600 (some say 1000) feet below in the center of the lake|
|Another way to enjoy a day at the lake|
Wednesday we moved away from water and back to the trees. I read that Hurricane Ridge was a great place to see part of the Olympic National Park, and less than 20 miles from Port Angeles.
With every space full at the Visitor's Center in town, it wasn't surprising to find others already ahead of us at our mid-morning arrival to the park. Thanks to our America the Beautiful Pass we were able to move past the entrance gate - thanks Michelle!!
|Must be something pretty cool to see up there|
In 17 miles we climbed from sea level to over 5300'. There were small pockets of snow and when we were done we were just below the tree line.
|Port Angeles and the Strait with Mt Baker from about 3000'|
|See. Mt Baker, really :-)|
|The forests we couldn't see the other day. Yes, because of all the trees.|
And there are glaciers.
The largest is Blue Glacier and in addition to being awesome all by itself, the tip of Mount Olympus lives in the same neighborhood. They like hang out up there. It is very, very impressive.
|Real glaciers <giggle>|
|Our first crowds of the summer. We can share.|
|Blue Glacier and there on the right is|
|the tip of Mt Olympus|
|Cue Julie Andrews|
It's also high for a couple flat-landers (at least for me) so we enjoyed the views from the Visitors Center patio, and I checked out the exhibits upstairs.
On the way back we drove through Heart of the Hills campground. Tents and small campers only. Very pretty.
During our short stay here I have really enjoyed the Bluff Trail behind the campground. It is always different. And always beautiful.
|Dungeness Spit with first cup|
|At low tide|
|After dinner walk|
Next we head back to the Pacific Coast. Good timing as it's expected to be 80 degrees in Sequim for a whole day!