7.21.2006

After the Climb: Rainier Part 3

After getting a good night's sleep in Olympia, we headed up to the Olympic Peninsula to check out the ocean. We arrived near lunch in Port Townsend, a quaint little town at the northeast corner of the peninsula. We had lunch and walked around the shops and beaches of the town. One beach was loaded with pieces of dead crabs. Probably picked apart by the sea gulls, but the shells remained mostly intact. There were enough intact pieces that we were able to make our own full crab! Looks real doesn't he?



We then continued driving along the northern shore of the peninsula, first heading to Port Angeles and walking around the beach, then over to a recreation area called Tongue Point on Crescent Bay. There we were able to see Canada across the Strait of Juan de Fuca as we watched the waves crash into the rocks. It was nice to get to be on the water, I haven't been to a shore (other than Lake Michigan), since I was studying in Italy back in college. We camped in Olympic National Park, and the next day went for some hiking in the park. We attempted a climb of Mt Angeles, but it was foggy again and we were unable to see the summit. We topped out a different peak instead, where a mountain goat followed us up to the top! We were flying back this day, so we didn't stay long. Instead we headed down, and drove back towards Seattle. After a brief stop at a lavender farm in Sequim (the lavender capitol of the US) for Jody to pick some lavender, we headed towards Seattle. Rather than drive around the sound, we took a ferry from Bainbridge Island instead. It was pretty cool, we got to watch Seattle slowly get closer as we rode on towards it. We then drove to the airport and headed back home a tired bunch after a very full trip exploring Washington!