Thursday, August 19, 2021

Onward to Olympic National Park

Cinnamon rolls for breakfast at a popular mural in Port Angeles.

We divided up when we left Olympic National Park.  Pat and I drove around, while Zia and the kids took the car ferry.  Driving around took about a half hour more, but easier and cheaper with the RV.

Driving around took us on the Lacey V. Murrow floating bridge.  This is the 2nd longest floating bridge in the world.  Why a floating bridge?  The lakebed is too soft for traditional piers.

Getting on the ferry.

Zia and the kids went to Port Angeles for cinnamon rolls at the First Street Haven Bakery.  Rave reviews and they were huge.  Then they enjoyed some of the downtown artwork including this Seahorse.

Originally set out on sunny days to provide a little music. They decided to add a little paint.

Pat and I skipped the calories and headed to the Olympic National Park Visitor's Center Wilderness Information Center located in Port Angeles.  We then took the road up the mountain to the Hurricane Ridge Visitor's Center and followed a couple of trails.

Sculpture garden at the Wilderness Information Center.

On the way up we got a glimpse of Canada.  Fog by the way, not forest fire smoke!

A view from the Hurricane Ridge Visitor's Center.

Showy Edge is the most common meadow grass. 

National Park Ski Patrol

We did see one Roosevelt Elk.

Canada in the far distance.

Our friend had been fed by too many people🙁 and wouldn't leave us alone.  We finally gave up on lunch.

The white stringy stuff is goat's beard lichen. 

Red Mountain Heather

"Olympic Visions" mural

"Sluicing the Hogback" depicts when the streets of Port Angeles were actually raised in 1914 to fix flooding problems.  The original storefronts are now basements.

The luxurious "M. V. Kalakala" carried passengers between Port Angeles and Victoria, B.C from 1946-1959.

Bob Stokes "Avenue of the People" portrays everyday people in over 2 dozen metal sculptures on Laurel Street in Port Angeles. 

A variety of sculptures, large and small, can be found throughout the downtown area.

The Peaceful Valley

We picked up Zia, Cyrus, and Samira for a hike on the Spruce Railroad trail alongside Crescent Lake.

We had a light rain on the rail trail.

Banana Slug

The "Devil's Punch Bowl" was a popular swimming hole.  The blue color is caused by lack of nitrogen.

Make-your-own Nachos were popular for dinner.

Where are the Piepers now?  Tidelands Campground, Copalis Beach, WA

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