It’s one of my favorite national parks and why not? It has everything: glacier capped mountains, pristine lakes and rivers, waterfalls, hot springs, wild remote beaches, and the largest track of preserved old growth forest in the Pacific Northwest. Time it right and you can also take in the largest annual lavender festival in North America, in nearby sunny Sequim.
And getting there is half the fun; a drive between 3 and 4 hours from Seattle depending on the route you take. We opt to go north which includes the ferry from Edmonds to Kingston and shortens the driving a bit. No harm in that.
Clear skies and all the mountains visible as we leave the Cascades behind and head toward the Olympics.
We continue west through two Port towns, historic Port Townsend (for lunch)
and Port Angeles, gateway to Oympic National Park. Next up is one of my favorite places in the Park and one of my favorite lakes anywhere: Lake Crescent, a beautiful deepwater lake with its own historic lodge. And that’s where we stop for dinner.
By now you may have noticed the clouds setting in. Still, that didn’t stop these youngsters from jumping into the lake. (I admit I’m a bit envious; but not enough to join them. Ah, to be young again!)
Later on in our trip I capture the peaceful lake from another angle under morning skies.
After Lake Crescent, it’s on to Sol Duc where we’ll stay the next 2 nights. Much more to come, including a hike to Sol Duc Falls and a trek to Rialto Beach. But I’ll save those adventures for the next post, ok? See you soon!