Take Me to the Olympics

In my fortieth year, one goal was to scrapbook each decade. I didn’t get it done. I haven’t made progress this year either. But I did organize photos into piles for each decade. And with the organizing came a nice trip down memory lane. And the decade one pile put a trip back to the Olympic National Park on my summer of 2012 to do list.

And we made it last week.


Started our trip with breakfast in Seattle as we headed north to catch the Edmonds Ferry. ((While waiting for our ferry, Bailie scrounged her first beach.)) After crossing the water, we ventured through Port Gamble. We started with lunch at the General Store before wandering through almost every business in this quaint little town. Then headed out across the Hood Canal

Lunch in Port Gamble
Our lunch spot


After a lazy morning that include ricotta pancakes, we headed down to the Farmer’s Market to select fresh produce and lamb for a dinner feast. Along the way, Bailie also spotted a donut shop (big surprise). After a little dinner prep and packing of lunch, we headed up the road to Hurricane Ridge. What an amazing hike! Beautiful mountains to the south, the Straight of Juan de Fuca to the north, surrounded by meadows in full bloom and full of deer, birds and even a cougar strolling across a snow pack.


Today, we headed east to wonder the shores of Lake Crescent and soak in the Sul Duc Hot Springs pools. Oh, and we found a great little hike to waterfalls along the way. The Lake Crescent Lodge has been restored to it’s original grandeur and would be a great place stay on a future trip. Walking along the shores and up a stream provided lots of entertainment for the girl – but it paled in comparison to the hiking path we found at Sul Duc.

Sul du Falls


We started the trek home early in the morning – as we plan to go the very long way home. First stop was Port Townsend for a little shopping, more beach combing and lunch at Doc’s Marina surrounded by the yacht club.  We headed out on the ferry to Whidbey Island. And, more importantly, a stop at our favorite ice cream shop in Coupeville. Then more beach combing along Penn Cove before another hike at Deception Pass for the sunset. Total travel time from Port Angeles home – a mere 15 hours!

Beach Combing at Sunset
Beach Combing at Sunset

Author: sheilashultz

Search marketer by day, full-time Mom by night...always looking for ways to find a few moments of "me" time.

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