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Olympic Peninsula, Washington.

Filed under: Road Trip — she_travels at 7:56 pm on Tuesday, May 18, 2010

For those of you who have not been following me for the past few years… I took a 14 day road trip June of 2009.. I decided it was high time I found out just exactly where  Highway 287 goes from Longmont,   Colorado.  I hit Yellowstone, figured Glacier was not far, rolled into Canada turned left to zip along Highway 3…decided I had seen plenty of mountains, turned left again when I noticed the map showed Highway 20 would take me all the way to the ocean in Washington State..little did I know the Cascades were between me and the sea. Following Highway 20 put me on a ferry across a bit of water..I still had not a clue as to where I was going I just knew 20 would get me to 101 where I could go south to the Redwoods and then back to Colo.  (if interested in this trip scroll down to June 2009, the posts should be there)

Imagine me,  having had a potty break and a walk,  sitting in the car with the door open, playing with my computer when an older lady with two small- ish dogs come in to view. I knew one was a Pomeranian the other was the same size but dude looked like a miniature Akita to me.  I ripped the earphones out of my ears to say “Goodness, he is cute..what is he?”  She smiled and said “He is a Pom too, he gets a lot of attention.”  We chatted about  this and that, she told me to pack up the computer and join her with  the dogs for a walk.  When we got back to the cars she said “I would like you to come home to meet my family.”  I shrugged replying  “OK”

The ferry came,  we all boarded, when we were let off on the other side I followed her home. I stayed three days.  Why not, we were having a grand time cleaning/freezing strawberries, making bread and cinnamon rolls..they are delightful people and easy to be round.

I was not out the door last June before they said “Come Back, Come back” and have been saying “come back” intermittently since.

I tell you this cause….. They live on the Olympic Peninsula, a place I had never heard of until I found myself there from random left hands turns last June. I returned in May of this year (2010).  To early for strawberry season but never fear some of the berries we packed away last time were still on hand for strawberry waffles and strawberries over angel food cake. This year I was introduced a new yumminess, seven minute frosting with coconut on a chocolate cake. Oh my, divine comes to mind!

The Olympic Peninsula  is truly a beautiful, wondrous place with a bit of everything, if ya want ocean they have it, if ya want lakes and streams, waterfalls and rivers they have it, if your more into mountains, by gum it’s there.  Stacks of wildlife and plenty of moisture to keep it all green, heck there are three rain forest areas that I know of..hmm should go find that map I was given. Phooey, I went looking for the map last night, no joy.  I have faith it will turn up.

Lake Crescent. It was sorta a green-ish blue color.

Another one of those glorious  places on  the planet where you can stand at the sea’s edge looking at  snow capped mountains.

I was told the name of this bay twice..Needle Point comes to mind but I could be wrong…perhaps someone will happen by to correct me.

Walks are always good with me!

The lighting was too good to pass up.

My friend’s husband has pictures of whales in this cove rubbing  on the rocks. Truly a sight I would like to see, a whale.

This may end up on the Favs of 2010 file. I do like it!

My friend’s family calls this tree Twisted Sister. Seems an apt name.

This is hard to see but the big vertical tree and the smaller one to the right are growing on what is called a “nurse log”. It is a fallen tree seeds land on and nurse to full growth.

Middle of no where, though this time I was not alone.

The family calls this one “Big Brother”. He is the worlds largest red cedar,  178 feet tall and 19.4 around. The old boy is workin hard to stay alive.

Another beach a bit farther south…it was considering raining.

The flora in this place does not disappoint.

It just makes me giggle I like it so much.

Well phooey, I don’t have a pic of the top of this tree.  Anywho, it is the largest Spruce at 191 tall and 58.11 around. I am lookin pretty small sitting up there.

Water of all kinds abound including falls.

We found the Elk.

Is this not amazing? Moss,  moss everywhere!

I am thinkin Bilbo and his band of hobbits should live in a place like this.

I have little doubt this one will end on the Favs 2010 file.

I am not sure this translates on film… this green ferny stuff was growing both in an out of  the water…so part of what you are looking at is fern through water.

Holy buckets! I dig this one!

The blue-ish stuff you see is the bottom. Wacky huh?

Remember the nurse log I was talking about? All four of these tree grew on a nurse log.

It was getting dark…. more elks!

Randy,  the bit of a fluff ball who started it all.

Did I mentioned FOOD, FUN, good company and HAT making were the order of  the week? It was good fun, I am will attempt to make a yearly trek to the Olympic Penn.

Next up..the mad dash back to Colorado

California Redwoods

Filed under: Road Trip — she_travels at 9:44 pm on Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Next we have…. more trees.

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Do ya not love fog? I snapped this shot four times trying to get one without a car..just was not in the cards that day.

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These two may be the last of the coast.

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See the human walkway below…that tree is huge.

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These trees pretty much refuse to die, this one was harvested once upon a time and instead of giving up it started new smaller trunks from the original huge trunk. They all it the Cathedral Tree cause if its look.

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If ya can look at the pic above (the base) and the one above it (the top) together. It is all the same tree. Albeit the light is wacky, fog will do that.

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Now, that would have been a sight to see, all those mammoth trees about.

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Nice view from the top of the hill.

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Tree tops.

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Filed under: Road Trip — she_travels at 2:43 pm on Tuesday, January 26, 2010

what is next?

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Artsy Fartsy me.

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I stopped cause of the clear cutting you see the the right, got out of the car, walked up a bit of hill through a locked gate and saw this…whew!The sea coast is behind me.

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Pretty!

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Every time I see the Ocean Spray commercial I wonder how cranberries are grown…..here ya go…seem close to rice to me.

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The sea is directly to my right. These trees sure have a hard time of it.

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Oregon Coast

Filed under: Road Trip — she_travels at 2:17 pm on Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Blues and greens…

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I found a one lane road traveling south parallel to the main road I was on, I stopped and made a sandwich here.

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See the moon shaped bit with the sand…I had a peek in the tide pools.

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The tide pools I wandered are below, this pick is from the other side, if ya looked in the right place you might could see my lunch site in the distance.

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Path to the beach and tide pools.

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I was madly looking for a whirlpool surrounded my rock called  “Devils Cauldron”. I walked far up the beach in search of it, then decided to head back to where I saw bunches of people. The above is what I found, a small opening in the rock the man in the white T-shirt is photographing and alot of rock.

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Come to find out…I was standing in the Devils Cauldron. Holy hannah was that thing big! Had I the time I would had stuck around for high tide.

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Another sea creature through water picture.

Harvest Trees? Still?

Filed under: Road Trip — she_travels at 11:01 pm on Monday, January 25, 2010

First pic oh the sea….it may have been along the Olympic Penn…I remember always wanting to turn west off the road solely to see the sea.

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See the patch work with different ages of trees?

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More wacky moss stuff.

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Is that green or what?

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There was a child and his father picking these, he may have called them Wolf Berries.  I tasted one, not so much as happy with the thing as the kid was.

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This happen several times, I was weaving in an out of forest alternated with seashore.