Sunday, August 25, 2013
Doesn't it just make you feel like breaking into song? Of course, "The Sound of Music" comes to mind, but really, any song will do. That's Hurricane Ridge! Mom and Dad Shrader came to Seattle for a visit and we decided to take a week and tour the Olympic Peninsula, come down the coast and end up in our beloved Pacific City, Oregon. It has been a lovely vacation. One for the books.
We started in Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic Mountain Range. We had some company while we toured the ridge.
I just love the mountains. I can't wait to do more exploring in the Cascades.
From Hurricane Ridge we traveled up to Neah Bay, on the Makah Tribal Lands, where we walked ourselves out to the northwesternmost tip of the continental U.S., which is Cape Flattery. It was an amazing little journey. We had to get a special permit at the Makah Tribal Museum, and the guy painting the wall and the doors of the Museum let me take pictures:
From the Museum, we went to Cape Flattery. It was a short hike, and through some interesting and beautiful terrain.
Day 2 had us going to the Hoh Rainforest in Olympic National Park. It was so green and lush. My photos don't do it justice, really. It reminded me of the hanging Spanish moss in the south, a little, but it's also so different. I fell a little in love there.
The rest of the week was spent in Pacific City on our beloved beach there. It was quiet, as it always is, but we also found new pathways through the dunes and found ways to explore and also show Shawn's parents this place that we love so much.
In the meantime, there is much to explore for us about coastal living. I had planned to take a surfing lesson this time, but Lorelei made me promise that she could do it with me. I guess that has us waiting until next year because Lorelei needs to be a stronger swimmer before we surf those crazy waves. The good news is she has finally agreed to let me teach her how to really swim. I guess we have a project for the winter!
Because we weren't surfing, Grandpa, L, and I rented wet suits and boogie boards and road the waves amateur-style. It was a blast!
One of the things I love watching at the coast is the gathering for the sunset. People just show up. It's nice.
Love to all, and blessings abound with the new school year!