Sunday, May 22, 2016

the olympic peninsula

it's been almost a year since we took this trip to the olympic peninsula with my parents. and what a crazy year it's been. we returned to tucson on a wednesday and started work the next day. since then it's been non-stop chaos with teaching taking over our professional and personal lives. so now i'm playing a game of catch up, trying to write 25+ blogs before the school year starts up again in august, while road tripping across the country and prepping for next year's new challenge: ap world history.

lake crescent. 

dungeness spit.

hoh rainforest.

hurricane ridge.

rialto beach.

a quick guide to the olympic peninsula -- 

eat: since we were road tripping, we didn't really eat in a lot of restaurants, we made breakfast and lunch instead, but the silverwater cafe, in port townsend, was a cute place with healthy portions to share. 

see: olympic national park. it's a pretty big park with many entrances and distinct regions, so really spend some time exploring. the hoh rainforest, a spectacularly green place with relaxing hikes, is as different from hurricane ridge as possible, but they are equally wonderful.  

do: hike dungeness spit. there is an easy walk to a bluff that overlooks the spit, but if you're looking for something more intense you can walk down the hill, via a steep-ish trail, and play on the beach, or continue walking to the lighthouse. if you want to walk all the way to the lighthouse, it's an 11 mile walk, so be sure to bring water, check the tides and the weather ahead of time, and plan accordingly. you should also make sure you have time to walk along the many beautiful beaches on the olympic peninsula's western coast. many of them allow for camping too, just check with the wilderness information center to find out more information about a wilderness permit. 

sleep: olson's cabins, halfway between la push and forks, is sublime. my parents stayed in the small but fantastic cabin #3, while we pitched our tent behind the house in a little copse of trees. with a grill, fire pit, and easy access to rialto beach, i can't recommend it enough. 

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