There is no end to the adventures we can have if only
we seek them with our eyes open.”
Hurricane Ridge, named for it's intense gales and wind, is the mountainous area in Washington's Olympic National Park. We were told that on a clear day you can gaze far into the Olympic Wilderness, from deep valleys to steep ridges.
There are spectacular vistas from the trail, but the best are at the viewpoint at the top of the trail. You can have views of the Olympic Mountains to the south, Vancouver Island, British Columbia to the north and Port Angeles below you. But for that, you need to hike the 1.6 mile trail, with an elevation gain of 700 feet, through subalpine meadows to get those rewards. And it was more than worth it!
No photos can describe our experience gazing upon the Olympic Wilderness and Mountains. Wispy fog tendrils rose beneath us, while rays of sunlight broke through the moving clouds allowing us brief glimpses of Blue Glacier on Mount Olympus. Glaciers have carved and adorned this park for millennia, but Olympic Mountain Glaciers have now lost over 30 percent of their surface area and some of the smaller glaciers in the park have completely disappeared.
If those magnificent views were not enough to stun our senses, add the shrill calls of mating hawks which caught our attention above us. Diving in death defying spirals down toward the valley floor and then just as suddenly, riding a thermal uplift and soaring straight upwards.
As we slowly worked our way back down, we had a very cool visit from one of the local residents.., and I do mean "local. The Olympic Marmot is endemic to Olympic National Park and are found nowhere else in the world. This beautiful guy...or girl was just basking in the sun, posing for us as we walked by.
Here is another item that we highly recommend...thanks to that amazing Susie.
"Poo Pourri Trap-A-Crap" Products are preventive Bathroom Odor Sprays. Although this is the most wonderful product for an RV/Motorhome bathroom, they will also work perfectly for your home. Now don't start laughing...unless your shit don't stink...but reality is reality. These little sprayers last a long time...up to 100 uses for the purse size 2 ounce sprayer and twice that for the rig size 4 ounce sprayer. They take up less room than those large aerosol cans most people stock in their bathrooms and feature no harsh chemicals or aerosol. In fact we heard from a reliable source it is made of " 4 parts Atlantis sea water, 2 parts Bermuda Triangle air and 1 part Unicorn pee." Just spritz in the toilet water before you poo.
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