After returning from our getaway last week I noticed how many of my pictures were blue, blue, blue! So I thought they’d do nicely for this week’s Sunday Stills Photo Challenge, Glacier Blue.
Our destination was Port Ludlow on Puget Sound which would be our base for exploring the area. We started our trip by ferry from Edmonds to Kingston and were greeted by the Olympic Mountains.
We stopped by Poulsbo for lunch, a charming town with a Scandinavian vibe, founded by a Norwegian immigrant in the 1880’s.
After eating our takeout pizza in the car, we split up for an hour of shopping and I found some lovely things to buy to support the local economy – I do what I can.
Next we crossed the Hood Canal Bridge and headed to Port Ludlow where we stayed the next two nights. Our hotel was near the marina on Ludlow Bay and we had wonderful views of the Olympics when the clouds parted in the morning.
Yes, those were the Olympics. So I was surprised to see Mt. Baker on my morning beach walk, looking quite lovely in the morning light. At 10,778 feet, Mt. Baker is the tallest mountain in the North Cascades and third tallest in the state. With 10 glaciers it is second only to Mount Rainier which has 26, the most glaciers of any mountain in the lower 48. In fact, only Alaska has more glaciers than Washington State.
Port Ludlow was a lovely place to stay and had fabulous sunsets. But there wasn’t much to do – for that we drove to nearby Hood Canal. Our first stop was at Point Whitney where Bob fished and I wandered the oyster littered beach – the State has a shellfish lab there. But I found the best views looking up – can you believe those clouds??
We stopped by another spot on the Canal before returning to Port Ludlow for the night and saw more mountains. Surely the Olympics right?
Wrong! These are the North Cascades and even I – a born and raised Washingtonian – wasn’t sure. Too many mountains and too many coves, bays, and inlets in all directions!
I have more adventures from Hood Canal to share with you but this will do for now.