May 19, 2008

We’ve had an amazing few days, none of which included free wifi.  And I’ll have to apologize because I don’t have the time or patience to share with you the fun adventures, frustrating situations and interesting people we have encountered.  For now I can manage a quick rundown with pictures:

After we left you with our last post, we took a ferry from San Juan Island (WA) to Orcas Island.  We spent the day hiking Mt. Constitution (highest point on Island and a challenging feat!) and enjoyed the 360degree panoramic.

That evening we had some difficulty securing a spot to sleep (lack of planning) and ended up taking a very late ferry across to the Olympic Peninsula of Washington.  We had an interesting night in a hostel built from WWII barracks in Port Townsend.

From Port Townsend we made our way into Olympic National Park.  We first camped in the Sol Duc Hot Springs and made time to enjoy the springs (with many, many eastern Europeans).  No pictures of hot springs included.  We were partaking.

We took a small side trip to hike out to a local waterfall.

The next day we moved on the the Hoh Rain Forest (still in Olympic National Park).  We considered purchasing this book for our niece and nephews(and the Withers’ kids!!).  (for educational purposes, of course.)

And then we hiked the rain forest.

And then we drove towards the coast.  And camped on the Kalaloch Beach.

Josh and (mainly) Huster decided to climb on the rocks.

(see Huster on top in first picture)

Which provided me with the first valid excuse to use my nursing license.

This morning Josh and I crawled out of the tent at 5:45am(low tide) and drove to a beach a few miles up from our site to see the amazing tide pools we had read about.  They lived up to the hype.

And, finally, we made the drive down the Washington coast and into Oregon.  Although we were easily lured by a large sign reading “Oyster Capital of the World!” and pulled to the closest road-side joint.

Tonight we’re staying in Cannon Beach, OR.  The beach is beautiful, the campsite clean, and the seastacks impressive.

Again, I regret the inability to share with you the details, the sights and smells, the non-verbals and pauses.  It is nearly breathtaking.

I hope the photographs give you pause.  Too.


4 Responses to “”

  1. Matt said

    I’m happy you guys can enjoy such great locations, beautiful pictures! How are the gas prices that way? Ohio right now is about $3.79/PG. Thanks for the postcards! Keep posting, we miss you.

  2. Amber said

    On the San Juan Islands gas was over $4/gallon! Diesel was tipping $5! But on the mainland Pacific Northwest, gas is pretty comparable to Ohio. Good thing we’ve got cheap campsites!

  3. christine said

    Seeing the pictures makes me feel like I’ve joined you on this excursion…keep them comin’!! Miss you!

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