Olympic National Park
Crossing Puget Sound to reach the Olympic Peninsular we discovered that our navigator worked on water!
The ferry across Puget Sound takes you to a series of islands and the peninsular, providing the option of many scenic drives. Along the way we stopped at Port Gamble, an old village that is immaculately maintained.
Our aim was to visit Hurricane Ridge at Olympic National Park and we discovered that as soon as you reach the road the views and forest are spectacular.
One of the trails had peculiar warnings about pets, guns and mountain goats. We discovered that someone was killed by a goat in the park.
As we gained altitude the wildflowers were amazing. So many of the varieties growing wild are types that we try to grow in our gardens, including lilies, lupins, penstemons, columbine and a type of sweet pea.
Quite some time was spent looking at banks of flowers and when I went back to the car I discovered this deer keeping an eye on us.
It was eating these lilies that were growing in sweeping banks on the side of the mountains.
Reaching the ridge the views were amazing. It is another place where you just have to sit and take it all in as there is no way you can replicate what it is like in a photograph.