Olympia Peninsula in Washington

“I went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out unto sundown; for going out, I found, was really going in.”  John Muir

Our first stop in Washington is Forks. From Forks we saw the Hoh Rain Forest & the town in Stephenie Meyers Twilight series.

The visitor center is a good place to start for Twilight information. The woman behind the front desk explained where all the Twilight stuff was in town. She is fun to talk with about the Twilight series. Why would I visit Forks?

When my daughter was a teenager the Twilight series was just starting. She came home one day and told me to read the first Twilight book in the series. Then, she told me I must go see the movie. I’ve been a fan of Paranormal, Futuristic & Fantasy romance since then.

The Hoh rainforest in Olympic National Park is primeval looking. Moss hangs from the trees. The ground is filled with beautiful green ferns. The forest is drenched in over 12 feet of rain a year. Kevin and I went on the Spruce Nature Trail Hike. It was Saturday so the park & trail was filled with people.

Next, we drove to Hansville to see the No Point lighthouse. This lighthouse is right next to the National Lighthouse Society so we tried to visit with them but they are on a break at this time. We saw the lighthouse and the beautiful bay next to it. I called the National Lighthouse Society and they decided to mail us the stamps for the lighthouse. We attempted a geocache but got a……. no find today. Tomorrow is another day.

Our next Olympic Peninsula adventure is to take the Black Ball Ferry to Vancouver Island and see the Butchart Gardens. The ferry was surprisingly pleasant. The rose garden is our favorite garden. The roses are all in a circle formation with name tags near each rose bush it was beautiful. There are a variety of different gardens here an Italian Garden, Japanese Garden, Sunken Garden, Rose Garden, fountains, Tea Room, Food Area & more. The photos are taken with our iphones.

The harbor area has several large hotels, food area, music & the usual tourist traps. We did find a visual geocache. A visual geocache usual requires you to take a picture or answer a question about something so I took a picture of the statue mention in the visual geocache and answered the questions. We found our first Canadian geocache.

When I heard the jazz music at the harbor I longed to see New Orleans. I would love to relax in a quaint New Orleans cafe and listening to jazz music playing.

The Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic National Park is filled with Summer wildflowers. Our drive & walk at Hurricane Ridge was scenic.

 Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge.

The refuge has several scenic overlooks. I saw horse trails and walking trails here too.

This is our Olympic Peninsula adventure coming to an end. We’re moving onto the Mt Rainier area in Washington.

Happy RVing!




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