Beautiful nature in Olympic National Peninsula.

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.

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5 thoughts on “Beautiful nature in Olympic National Peninsula.

  1. Your trip sounds absolutely fabulous, France. This is the kind of trip I’d love–seeing new and diverse things is always so fun. I especially love lavender farms. Great series of photographs to represent the beauty of all the places your visit–wonderful post! :))

  2. WOW! et RE-WOW!!! Et même que j’ai pris le temps d’aller voir sur la carte pour trouver cet autre coin de paradis pas si tant loin de chez toi finalement :-).
    Alors ma question du jour sera… Pour s’y rendre, il y a un ferry à partir de Vancouver ou bien de Victoria, où si on doit faire un grand détour par les routes terrestres ?

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