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After hiking Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens, next on my “want to go” list was Washington’s Olympic National Park, across the sound by ferry and at the North Western-most point in the US. Olympic has everything… mountains, lakes, rainforests, and ocean areas, so it is a really rich area with lots to do. There was no way we could see everything, but I think the things we picked were good choices, and really enjoyed it!

We started the day at a not-too-early hour by hopping the ferry and grabbing lunch. Then it was a bit of driving to reach our hotel for the night in Port Angeles, and after checking in and getting some maps from the Visitor’s Bureau, we went up to Hurricane Ridge for some hiking and views to get our mountain fix.

After a few hours there (and starving!), we went back to Port Angeles for some Thai food, walked around a bit, then went back to the hotel for a bit of a sleepless night unfortunately. Oh well!

After breakfast on day 2, we went to Merrymere falls through a bit of rainforest, and after lunch headed to the coast to hit the Northwestern-most point. Coming back was a bit of a drive since it wasn’t broken up, and we got dinner and got back on the ferry pretty late. We returned in the evening and got some much-needed sleep!

Then it was another day or two of resting, then back to Japan!

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Parked on the ferry

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Leaving Seattle behind

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A cute place offered a coffee stop, and a great store and garden right next to it. The Lavender latte was delicious!

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Our motel for the night

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Wildlife and trees on the way up to Hurricane Ridge

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Some first views and checking in

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More wildlife

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Hiking

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Can’t remember the name of the bird… Blue Grouse? Or something like that

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More deer. There were a lot of deer on this trip.

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Back in Port Angeles, Kenji makes a friend (“Bob”)

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Thai food and sunsets

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The next morning was a bit cloudy, but the weather changed many times during the day

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Walking to the waterfall

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Merrymere Waterfall

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The pretty turquoise lake

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And the misty rainforest walk on the way to the point

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A few of me

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We saw bigfoot (It’s not really bigfoot)

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It was SUPER misty, but really pretty!

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The Northwestern-most point in the continental US

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Banana slug

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Much later, back on the ferry

So that’s the end of my US trip. I had a good time!

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