The Olympic National park is huge…that’s why it’s taken me 3 posts to tell you my top 10 favorites. Today’s post will end this Tree-loving Trilogy with my Top 3 favorites (actually, all of it’s my favorite, but I had to number them…so these are my last three to talk about)
Reason 3 Why I love the Olympic Peninsula is…
Lots of Lakes
There’s a lot of rain here. That’s why it’s so green and lush. There are rivers, creeks, and lakes everywhere. My brother took us for a ride on Lake Crescent. It was windy and cold, but I still loved it. I want to go back!!!
Lakes are so peaceful. You can kayak or canoe on them.
You can skip rocks across them.
And they’re fun to sit around and stare at…that water rejuvenates the spirit.
This bridge let us walk under the road so we could see the Elwha River at flood stage.
This river used to have several dams on it, but the dams kept the salmon from swimming upstream. Over the last few years, they have slowly been taking down these dams and letting the Elwha flow naturally again. They had just taken another layer off an upper dam and a lot of water was flowing down, picking up sediment built up over decades and bringing it downstream. The river looked like a volcanic lehar (gray, kind of like cement as it rushed along).
Hopefully though, in a few years it will be clean again. The 9 mile hike we did took us above the dams and the glacial fed Elwha up there was gorgeous and clean. It’s just all that dirt it’s picked up from the dams along the way that makes it all gray now.
The next favorite on my list is…
2. Crazy Coast
One of the things I especially love about the Washington coast is that there is lush trees and ferns right up to the edge of the cliffs that line the beach. Other beaches are strewn with driftwood logs from the mighty forests around here. I love it!
And now the final #1 reason why I love the Olympic Peninsula is…
1. My Beloved Brother lives there.
He’s pretty awesome, and I don’t think my trip would have been near as nice and fun if he hadn’t been there! Thanks for letting us all come visit you Bro! You’re the best, and I wish I saw you a lot more than I do. Getting to see family on vacations is probably one of my favorite things in the world (even better than chocolate)
There you have it! My top 10 reasons for going to the Olympic Peninsula. I told you these wouldn’t be in a travel log, but they are still pretty great reasons for going there. Hope you enjoyed my blog tour (and for those of you who live in that pretty part of the world—I’m jealous! Hope you enjoy it thoroughly for me.)