June 27-30, 2015 – Port Angeles, WA
We finally arrived in Port Angeles Saturday afternoon and are staying at the Elwah Dam RV Park (a dam fine place) a few miles west of town. Saturday night we had to dry camp in their overflow area but were able to move to a regular site around noon on Sunday. After getting set up we did some grocery shopping and spent the rest of the day relaxing after our long and hot 5 day drive. Our site is a little narrow but it is shady and we can watch horses grazing in the trees behind us. The weather here is in the 80’s and is wonderful.
We were here two years ago and did a lot of touring of the area so we are not going to do a lot this time.
Monday morning we drove to Olympic National Park and drove to Hurricane Ridge. When we were here two years ago the fog was so thick we could not see any of the scenery. Today we are fortunate in that we get to see all that we missed last time we were here – this overlook on the way was beautiful.
We arrived at the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center and were treated to more beautiful vistas. This time we can actually see the glaciers.
We took a 1.6 mile hike (one way) to the top of Hurricane Hill at an elevation of 5757 ft. – quite a steep climb. The wildflowers along the way were beautiful,
We especially liked the Columbia Lilly.
Almost to the top we came upon this Mountain Goat grazing on the side of the hill – nothing like hiking with Mountain Goats!
From one of the viewpoints on the top of the hill we could see the Dungeness Spit and the town of Sequim. It is hard to see in the picture but there is an aircraft carrier sailing out beyond the spit.
We could see Mount Olympus from the viewpoint on the other side of the hill.
We walked back to the first viewpoint and found this Black Tail Deer buck laying under a tree - his antlers in velvet were beautiful. He must have been very used to humans as he lay there while a number of people watched him.
The hike back down the hill was much easier than the hike up but we were still grateful when we reached the Jeep.
Tuesday morning we drove to Sequim where we met Glo and Jerry, friends from Golden Sun RV in Arizona. They took us to the Purple Haze Lavender Farm where we enjoyed walking in the beautiful fields and smelling the lavender.
There was also a beautiful flower garden in full bloom.
Glo and Nancy enjoying all the different varieties of flowers.
After purchasing some lavender sachets and lavender lemonade we drove into Sequim for lunch. We really enjoyed seeing Glo and Jerry again and thank them for showing us around Sequim.
We really like this part of Washington and plan to visit here again.