Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The above picture is our campground at South Beach on the Olympic Pennisula. The four of us have enjoyed a campfire every night. But there is rain today in the Olympic Pennisula. Of course, they get 140 " per year. Yesterday we had gorgeous weather: sunny, warm and clear. We are in the big town of Amanda Parks today, using the internet and making phone calls.
We have been at South Beach for 3 nights and no internet or cell. But it is beautiful.

Tuesday Dean and I went to Ruby Beach and to look at a very large Cedar tree. We have bought fresh salmon from the local Indians at
Queets and I am picking blackberries every chance I can. Life is great.

Yesterday this was our sunset.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Olympic Pennisula

We are on the West side of Olympic Pennisula. After we left The Rainer area and said our goodbyes to Dick and Beth we drove to the Escapees park in Chimachum outside of Port Townsend, WA. There we meet up with Chuck and Jan our friends from Iowa. Last Wednesday we went into Port Townsend and had clam chowder at Finn's Restaurant and it was fabulous. Then we walked around the town, went to two museums, and the local farmers market.

On Thursday we drove into the Olympic National Park and to Hurricane Ridge. This location, on the North side of the Park, has a panoramic view of the mountains including Mt. Olympus. And the weather could not have been better - clear sunny day.

Friday, Dean and I took the ferry over to Seattle and had lunch at Ivers on the wharf. Then we met one of Dean's old classmates for dinner at Bainbridge Island. Saturday, we left the beautiful Escapes park and drove West, staying this night at an abandoned visitors center. Sunday, we drove into the rain forest and did a hike among very big trees with lots of moss and ferns. Last night we drove into South Beach, recommended by Dick and Beth, and it is wonderful - right on the beach. We had a nice fire and watched the wave action. It is cloudy and we are hoping for sunny skies tomorrow. But this side gets 140 inches of rain a year so if we get sunny skies we will be very lucky.