|A river runs through it, again.|
For our return to Lake Crescent, we stayed at the Shadow Mountain RV Park about a mile east. A basic park with 40 terraced gravel sites, full hook-ups, a general store, gas station (diesel, yes) small playground, field for doggies, and a miniature golf course in the trees. It's also for sale and includes a park-model home and a couple golf carts. If we were younger and still needing to work......
Hwy 101 runs along the very edge of Lake Crescent, and is one of those Class-A-windshield drives that makes you appreciate just how much you can see. Of course you can also see the monster logging trucks coming at you on the narrow, twisting, narrow road. Not sure why they always look so much bigger and aggressive than other large trucks!
Several people recommended the Lake Crescent Lodge as a must-see. So we did. And they were right. There are no bad views of this lake, but the lodge certainly has one of the best.
|Rooms, cabins, restaurant|
|Kayaks and kites|
Clouds blew in, the temperature dropped, and for a short period it was a different place.
|A brief break in the sunshine|
|Marymere Falls Ranger Station (closed)|
|When it's rough on the surface|
|Happy campers share their views|
|A rare sighting - the Board Bottom Duck|
|Clouds clear while we enjoy our lunch with a view|
The only access to the beach and trails at Crescent Bay is from the small RV park across the road from the beach. We didn't feel like spending money just to get out of the car to stretch our legs so we kept going.
Onto Hwy 112 where we somehow missed Salt Creek Recreation Area's park which we hope to stay at next time we're in the area. Stopped at the Elwha Dam RV Park where we were unable to secure a spot this week, and where I first learned about the removal of the dam(s) and the restoration of the Elwha River. It's a nice spot, but no better than where we are so I wasn't disappointed.
Our final Wednesday stop was at the former Lake Aldwell, now returned to the river. From what I've learned of Mr Aldwell, I am delighted to see the lake is no more.
|Site of now dry Lake Aldwell above the now removed Elwha Dam|
|Tons of silt trapped in the lake for 100 years caused the delta below to shrink|
|A fresh start|
Madison Falls is on the edge of the park and therefore dogs are allowed on the trail. It is a short, paved, forested path that ends at a beautiful waterfall. Although it is not a large one, it is our first so it is very special.
|You always remember your first|
|Love that sound!|
|This giant tree had the most magical spirit|
I knew about the falls, and that there was an "observation point" at the end of the road. I didn't realize there was a huge piece of the river restoration included on this route. It was a real treat for me to see the former site of Lake Mills and the remains of the Glines Dam.
Seeing the Elwha River free to flow all the way to the ocean was an emotional experience. There are no words that say what it is to see what was, what is - and to envision what will be.
|Removal of Glines Dam emptied Lake Mills, opening the long-closed spawning home for what was once millions of salmon|
|Note the white post at the end on the left side|
|So fast! Yes, I teleported|
The Elwha River Restoration is a fascinating piece of current history, one that gives me such hope for the future of our planet.
|Flowing free where a dam stood for decades|
|Entering the canyon from the former lake site|
|Restoring natural habitat destroyed in the demolition|