Olympic National Park Weekend

By: PugetSoundPost , 1:05 AM GMT on February 08, 2017

February 7
5:00 PM

It is time for a new blog, and I will say right now I am in a hurry. So I am not going to really do this blog justice. But, I will give it a shot to post some of our latest doings.

February is already a week old! And, it has been busy. But, I want to post some photos here of our trip to Olympic National Park last weekend. Mr PSP and I took three days and spent most of the time in the SW corner of the park, in the Quinault and Queets areas. We stayed in the old (1926) lodge on Lake Quinault - I could post a blog just about that place. Wonderful! Graceful, historic, beautifully set next to the lake, and just a wonderful get-away place. But, here I will focus on the scenery we also took in. To summarize, we spent two days on many miles of park backroads through the rain forests and along rivers. Some is paved, a lot is gravel or dirt. Over the two days, we did not see another person or vehicle on all of the miles of roads and walks we took, except one place had a couple fishermen. So, we were "on our own", which is not unusual for us anyway. We also managed to spend a little time on overlooks of the Pacific Ocean in the park. And, we ended up at Lake Crescent. We drove the loop all the way around the Olympic Peninsula. And, it RAINED nearly the whole time. Never hard, but a steady moderate rain. As we headed for home, snow was on the way to the lowlands too. But, it was wonderful fun, we were prepared for the weather, and didn't let it stop us. A great long weekend!

I have a lot of photos but I only have time, and space, for just a sample. These are not necessarily even my "best", but, I am hurrying, and they get the idea across.

We saw a lot of elk, pushed down to the lower elevations in winter.

One of our walks through the Rain Forest (Queets in this photo)

The ocean:

For Poppy - the World's Largest Sitka Spruce Tree:

Here is the tree behind me, over my head:

A big tree!

Ruby Beach, inside the Park:

Some scenes and reflections on Lake Crescent:

We got home Sunday night, just ahead of the snow that was chasing us. It blanketed most of western Washington by yesterday morning - we got about 4 inches, once it was all done. As usual, the city and region didn't cope especially well, but we managed. Mr PSP had to fly to Atlanta yesterday morning, with some challenges at the airport, but he made it. We still have snow on the ground, even though it has warmed up to around 40 today. A BIG rain is on the way for tomorrow and Thursday.

But, on Thursday, the 9th, my youngest daughter and I will be on our way to southern Arizona! The subject of my next blog! That is, if our stand-by tickets work out! It is a story itself, which I will probably detail better later. The trip is only for a few days and our goal is to work our way around numerous national parks and monuments in the Sonoran Desert! So, a total flip for me ahead - from the cold, wet rain forests, to snow at home, to the Arizona deserts in less than one week! Isn't life crazy sometimes??

February 7
Sunrise: 7:26 AM --- Sunset: 5:19 PM
(gaining 3 min, 5 sec tomorrow)

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5. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
11:35 PM GMT on February 18, 2017
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4. WatchinTheSky
10:24 PM GMT on February 13, 2017
That looks like a great trip, I'm sure it helps to be prepared! I mean, what's a little rain and snow? :-)
I really like the look of the moss flowing from the tree branches and trunks. And snow! Didn't see any blue sky in the photos, and that's fine ;-) You'll have plenty of that in Arizona, that should be fun also!
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3. PugetSoundPost
5:46 AM GMT on February 10, 2017
Thanks CP and WW ! I am having whiplash right now! Just in the cold rain forest 4 days ago and tonight we are in Tucson, mid 80's today! We have had quite an adventure so far! We actually got to Arizona last night, suddenly changed plans and went earlier than expected. So a flurry of prep, but made it! Beautiful places visited today. Pics when I get home.
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2. WeatherWise
11:27 PM GMT on February 08, 2017
Hi PSP, You are quite the world traveler and always appreciate you taking us along. Love every photo you posted.

Hi Poppy, Is this something new the brokent hand? Sorry just have not been keeping up that well. I read about your first allergy shots and your outing with the naturalist and the biologist and you pudeens I guess that was what you meant. SO sorry to hear this on top of his shoulder. Take care.
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1. calpoppy
9:16 PM GMT on February 08, 2017
You saw some beautiful places!!! And the biggest Sitka spruce, yay!!! Plus lake crescent with snow! You were just about 30 min from my son at that lake. It has been snowing at his place for the days, unusual for that area.

So. Arizona is where we were going to go until Mr P broke his hand: ( have fun, enjoy the saguaro cactus out there, maybe some nice wildflower blooming now!!!!
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