Posts Tagged ‘Port Angeles’

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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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Days 9-12 – Port Angeles, WA

July 12, 2017

Well, there’s taking it easy, and there’s wussing out completely. I can’t help but feel like I’ve done more the later than the former. I set out from Vancouver on Sunday thinking I was well rested. Evidently, I was wrong, as what should have been a four hour drive to the town of Port Angeles, which I was going to be using as home base during my planned three days at Olympic National Park, turned into more like a seven hour drive because I kept having to pull off the road and take 20-30 minute cat naps.

When I finally made it into town, I walked around a little, stopped by the park visitor center, found a hotel, and pretty much went into hibernation. The Olympic Peninsula is one of the most scenic parts of the country, and I have spent the last two and a half days doing absolutely nothing but napping, netflixing, and pecking away at the last series of blog entries.

Oh well. When your body needs rest, you rest. Doing anything else is a good way to get hurt.

‘Not much in the way of photos for this post, but here’s a few from one of the piers on the waterfront:

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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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