In August , my family and I visited the Olympic National Peninsula in Washington State. It was another FUN adventure of the summer . I did not have much time to report on it since. For me , and maybe for you also, seeing a new place is exciting. Will that be like you imagine or better ? We hope to spend time outdoors in August but there are no guarantee it will be dry and sunny.
On the day we had plan to drive up the mountain to HURRICANE RIDGE (5,242 feet) , thick fog was also au “rendez-vous”. We delayed our morning visit and instead went in search of lavender farms in SEQUIM. We visited Martha Lane Lavender located on Martha Lane. The friendly owner Julie welcomed us to her farm and told us we could cut some lavender, take photographs and visit her store. Photography is my passion so I was ready with my Canon ! At Martha Lane Lavender, they make essential oil, a great product to have around. For many people lavender fields are a reminder of PROVENCE but Sequim has also the perfect climate to grow lavender.
We ended up going to HURRICANE RIDGE although there was still some fog. We walked , saw some deers, a grouse and pretty mountain flowers. The trees are showing signs of though winters. We missed the view on the strait of Juan de Fuca but the visit was still nice.
We saw Marymere Falls and Lake Crescent on our way to the West side of the Peninsula. Lake crescent is a 624 foot deep lake, turquoise blue and carved by a glacier.
Then, we arrived at RIALTO BEACH, on the rugged Pacific coast. Nice to hear big waves and see giant drift logs, beach cobbles and offshore islands. At low tide, we walked to the Hole in the Wall , a natural sea-carved arch. We could see that many people had been camping over night. Joy of summer for many !
Another great spot is the HOH RAIN FOREST .Hiking the Hall of Moss was quite interesting. Nowhere is there forest like it. There are found the largest known trees of five species: Sitka Spruce, Western Hemlock, Douglas Fir, Western Red Cedar and Red Alder. HOH Valley can get 142 inches (360 cm) of rain annually. Seattle gets 34 inches (86 cm). I imagine Vancouver, BC gets similar amount as Seattle.
Great FUN to have this family vacation . Great memories for LIFE.