Larry & Lee Ann's Journey travel blog

Port Angeles, Washington...

The mural I mentioned, done by Corey Ench...

The next 5 pics just give you a closer look at smaller...

2nd shot...

"Ennis Creek' mural info....

Another section, love the hats!

Mural...

Mural...

Observation tower behind 'my' gull....

A 'bird's eye' view, lol!

The pier to the observation tower...

Not much to see from down here across the Strait but still...

Moving on, I like this guy!

Lovely place to take a morning stroll!

On our way up Hurricane Ridge....

Awwww, such a pretty face!

Nice view...

And another...

Moving along...

Beautiful tree on this turn!

I think Washington road signs are so cool! Don't you?

Buzzing along...

Along the Cape Flattery Trail...

Interesting detour around the walk :)

Sea caves wayyyyy below...

View to our right...

Cape Flattery Lighthouse....

Love the color of the water, cool 'seaweed' too...

Pretty Tatoosh Island, wish you could see the whale in front!

Heading home now, nice sunset on this formation....

Hope you enjoyed the ride!


After getting a good nights sleep we headed to the port first thing this morning for a view across the Strait. It was a lovely walk & I photographed a really unique mural by Corey Ench. He is good! I got up close and personal with a seagull who wasn't the least bit afraid of me. We walked the pier & climbed the tower for a closer look at Victoria Island, Mt. Baker and the distant San Juan Islands. And met a very nice couple from the Mt. Baker area who are camped up near Cape Flattery. They actually changed our itinerary for today. But more on that later.

Leaving Port Angeles we decided to visit Hurricane Ridge located just 17 miles south. It was well worth the drive up Hurricane Ridge Road for a view of the National Park and the Olympic Mountain Range at 5,329 feet high even though it was a bit hazy today. We passed a pretty little doe along the way & she was kind enough to pose for me for a minute or two. We watched a 20 minute informative film at the Visitor's Center before taking the short trail for a nice view. The tallest mountain, Mount Olympus, is 7,965 feet high. And the ruggedly carved mountain range contrasts with the sub alpine meadows below. Beautiful! It was cool enough for a sweatshirt this morning, mostly because there was a light breeze blowing.

After our short walk on the ridge we decided to head back west on WA-112 and follow the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Neah Bay. We wanted to drive all the way to Cape Flattery, the northwest-most part of the continental United States. It was a lovely drive, although very 'twisty & turny' with reduced speeds & plenty of logging trucks whizzing by once again! We finally arrived at our destination, the new Cape Flattery Trail. This fine boardwalk path leads downhill 0.75 mile to the rocky shoreline, with views of Tatoosh Island and Cape Flattery Lighthouse, built in 1858, at the end. It was a beautiful view but unfortunately hazy skies for photographing & no puffy white clouds!! Bummer...We did watch a whale spout but never got a clear shot for a pic. And of course, what goes down, must come up! We found it to be a pretty steep climb back to the parking area, maybe because we'd been walking & hiking quite a bit earlier in the day. But we made it, as did Onyx.

All too soon it was time to head home so we headed south on WA-113 which eventually rejoined US-101. It was dusk & then dark most of the way home as we didn't arrive back to our campground until almost 11pm. Whew, it was a long but fun filled two days. We spent three total days exploring this area and I can tell you it was not nearly long enough. Next time we'll definitely schedule in at least a week. Would love to take the ferry, visit Seattle, go back to Victoria, Island and especially the San Juan's. But, time is marching on & we need to get to Oregon. So, we'll see you on down the road:)



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