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Olympic: Not Just Any National Park

Located in northwest Washington, Olympic National Park is like no other place I’ve visited. After reading about the glacier-capped mountains, wild Pacific coast, and the temperate rain forests,  I placed this destination at the top of my bucket list. 655 more words

Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park - Washington

Olympic National Park


Completed: June 25, 2017

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This summer we visited several sections of the park, spending most of our time camping along Kalaloch Beach. 380 more words

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Across the Olympics, Day 7: The Elwha, On Its Way

August 4, 2017
Port Angeles to Lillian River
A Whole Bunch of Roads, Elwha River Trail


So, before leaving Portland, I had this idea of following the Elwha from where it pours into the Strait of Juan de Fuca to its source, high up in the Olympic Mountains. 893 more words


Across the Olympics, Day 6: "Less Gear, More Beer"

August 3, 2017
Lake Angeles to Port Angeles
Klahanne Ridge Trail, Mt. Angeles Road


I wake up early, ready to go. Resupply day!

The walk down from Lake Angeles goes fast, the trail switchbacking through thin, second-growth forest and a few recent burns. 599 more words


Across the Olympics, Day 5: Older Us

August 2, 2017
Grand Valley to Lake Angeles
Grand Pass Trail, Obstruction Point Road, Mount Angeles, and Klahhane Ridge Trails


I wake up in the indeterminate morning to a metallic sound just outside my tent. 1,875 more words


A Short Story: Lake Cushman

I stared out at the open water. It was a perfect, translucent blue, enough to see to the bottom where tiny rocks spread themselves openly and comfortably. 490 more words

Across the Olympics, Day 4: Pitié and Peanut Butter

August 1, 2017
Deception Creek to Grand Valley
Dosewallips, Lost Pass, Cameron Creek, and Grand Pass Trails


At dawn, I wake to a family of deer just outside my tent. 1,830 more words