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Day 14 – Olympic National Park to Victoria, BC

July 17, 2017

I woke up this morning seriously tired and sore, as expected. Twenty-two miles is a long walk. I had a reservation on a ferry to Vancouver Island for late afternoon, so the plan for the day was hitting a few final spots around the peninsula and getting in to Port Angeles by 4:00.

My first stop was the Sol Duc River valley.  The area boasts a hot springs resort and numerous hiking trails, meaning it could easily be a full day destination. I hit a few places and moved on.

Sol Duc Falls Trail:

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Day 13 – Olympic National Park, Cont.

July 17, 2017

I could easily spend a month or two just on the Olympic Peninsula. One of the things I would do if I had a month is hike the entire Hoh River Trail, which follows the Hoh River valley for about 12 miles through the Hoh Rain Forest and then climbs some 5000 feet to the glaciers near the summit of Mount Olympus. To go out and back is a 34 mile trip that would take three to four days.

Since I didn’t have three to four days (and because I still haven’t really graduated from day hiking to backpacking), I decided to cover as much of the trail as a I could in a one day out and back. I decided to be up by 5:30 to be on the trail by 6:00, so naturally I got on the trail at 9:30. Which is probably a good thing, because the 22 miles I covered today turned out to be right at the upper limit of what my legs and feet can handle right now. Another three and a half hours may have been unwise.

Anyway, here are photos from my 12 hours in the Hoh National Rain Forest:

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My overnight accommodations. So much better than waking up surrounded by drywall and concrete.

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Day 12 – Olympic National Park

July 16, 2017

I emerged from my hotel, blinking into the light, right around checkout time, still intending to spend 2-3 days in and around Olympic National Park.

I forgot to mention in the last post, but I’ve been through here once before, during my 2008 trip west. On that trip, I was only passing through during the course of one day, and didn’t see much. I didn’t get to the coast at all, so with that in mind, I decided to concentrate on coastal areas today.

With that in mind, my first stop was Salt Creek County Park, on the North coast of the peninsula, across the Straight of Juan De Fuca from Vancouver Island.

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Day 16 – From Olympic National Park to Raymond, WA

October 21, 2008

The bulk of today was a long hike through Hoh Rain Forest, in Olympic National Park.

I woke up, thankful once again for having survived another roadside night unmolested (both figuaratively and literally) and made my way back about 15 miles to the town of Port Angeles, where they hide the Visitor’s Center. After getting the lowdown on the hiking trails, I was off.

Well, first I checked out the local Goodwill. The Goodwill in Port Angeles is awesome. First off, it’s freakin’ huge. Not Super Wal-Mart, from-sea-to-shining-sea huge, but pretty large. It was also very professionally put together; there was a full bank of registers, and the products had actual price tags (as apposed to hand written stickers) with UPCs and everything, like it’s a real store or something. I went in there looking for a rain jacket. Naturally, I ended up with a rain jacket and three more books I don’t have time to read:

This is why I love Goodwill. At a normal store, $20 might get you a rain jacket. At Goodwill, less than $20 gets you a rain jacket, and three parcels of snobbery.

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