Olympic

We drove to Port Angeles a couple days ago ….we’re in a lovely RV park near the Elwha River….yesterday we drove to Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park for views of the Cascade Range at 5200 feet above the sea below..

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A short walk up to the top of the ridge gave views down to the Straight of Juan de Fuca. It was clear enough to make out the city of Victoria across the straight although not in this photo…

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When we came back in the afternoon we went to mouth of the Elwha River and walked around the delta that forms there in the Straight of Juan de Fuca….really beautiful.

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There were two dams on the river, one 5 miles up river from here right near our campground and another 8 miles further up river, both build in the early 1900’s for hydro-electric  power. They were both dismantled and removed between 2011 and 2014 at a cost of $324 million….it was a very contentious process lasting over 20 years….the salmon started running back up river past the Lower Dam site within a few weeks afterward….

Some creative would-be architects have built these out of the driftwood on the delta…..

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We thought this place was exceptionally beautiful and probably enjoyed walking here more than at the top of Hurricane Ridge but both were great stops..

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That’s a Great Blue Heron fishing out there off the little spit on the left in this lagoon…

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