|Ruby Beach, Another of our favorite places in the Olympic National Forest|
|This time the trail down to the beach from the parking lot was blocked by lots of logs, a little log jumping required.|
|Cedar Creek flows out of the Olympics to Ruby Beach bringing tons of river rock and dead wood.|
|There is just a small flow of water on this day but during the rainy season do not under estimate the power of the water.|
|The Sea Stacks are ever changing as well|
|Cedar Creek brings lots of river rock to the beach.|
|As I walked back up the trail I noticed the ground moving, wondered if it was little crabs under the soil?|
|We turned off here|
|To take this picture of a big section of clear cutting.|
|101 runs alongside of Crescent Lake|
|We had a Hobie 16 almost exactly like this one..Humm his sail number is 66863|
|Ours was a 1982 with Hull/Sail # 71607-66863 = 4,744 hulls earlier|
Hobie built a whole lot of them, but no wonder why...........
|Wish a Trout would swim by, but I guess I am a little late for that.|
|Port Angels has a huge Deep Water Port but it is not Busy this Day. One Ship anchored with a Tender.|
|Serious Coast Guard work from here.|
|Mostly fishing and Service craft, work boats in the harbor.|
|This is where all those trees ended up from that clear cut mountain side to be shipped out.|
|Huge Opening into the Port.|
|The Ferry Landing that goes to Victoria Canada.|
|The ships Tender|
|Spare Propellers waiting to be installed on the MV Coho, the Ferry Boat that goes across the Straight of Juan De Fuca to Victoria, Canada|
|There MV Coho comes now.|
|Probably should have walked down there to see if we could have bought some of today's catch.|
|Looking back at the Olympic Mountains, Port Angeles lies at the foothills of the Olympics and on the Straight of |
Juan De Fuca. Wonder what winter is like here?
As we left Quinault there was a Y in front of us, if we went left then it was the short route back to Seattle but this was Monday, Memorial Day and I knew the traffic was going to be difficult. If we turned right it would take at least two hours longer but there could be some cool places to stop and see along the way and we would get to take the Ferry from Bainbridge Island back into Seattle. I did not know what the traffic could be on the smaller roads on the North route but we could stop a couple of places. We could get delayed by memorial traffic big time at the ferry but it is not a bad place to hang out and the Ferry is the best Happy Hour of them all. We stopped at the Y and I asked the Admiral which way? She said " Your Driving, you choose". I turned Right
Our first stop was Ruby Beach, it is a Cosmic Beach and the Zen there completely envelops you. A couple of the Olympic Rain Forest creeks and one Major river The Hoe River flows into the Pacific there. The exchange of life force between the Pacific Ocean and the Rain forest is beyond words yo just have to be there.
We stayed just a short while and continued our path down 101. Soon we came to the cutoff to Neah Bay which is right at the mouth of the Straight of Juan De Fuca and the Pacific Ocean. I have heard a bit about it and would love to go visit a day or two. We looked at our maps app on the Iphone and it would be a hour round trip to drive so we had to pass it by but it is on the short list. Next came Port Angels and since you drive within blocks of the port on the way around 101 we pulled off and stopped for a while. I enjoyed our short tour of the water front and we talked about possibly coming back here and catching the ferry to Victoria, Canada but it is way down the list since we have been to Victoria twice before. Once by Cruise ship and once on the Victoria Clipper. Next just a short way down 101 was Lake Crescent, 101 winds along the lakes banks and we had to stop here one more time. This has to be the most beautiful of the lakes in the Olympic Rain Forest. It has a different vibe from Lake Quinault, could not even attempt to explain it without staying here for a while and meditating on it. I am sure just as different bodies have their own spirit so do the different Rain Forest on the Olympic Peninsula. Lake Crescent is in the Hoe Rain Forest which gets approximately 10' less ran each year then the Quinalt so the biodiversity is different. see http://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/visiting-the-hoh.htm But just the same it would be great to be able to stay a few days and see it as much as possible.
By now we had used up our dilly dally time and headed for the Ferry at Bainbridge Ferry Terminal. We had been stuck in a long line before waiting to board the Ferry and I was sure that would be the case this time even though traffic on 101 was no big deal and was moving at the speed limit. The Life Force of the Rain Forest was traveling with us as we drove up to the Ferry terminal, paid our $17 transit fee and drove on the next ferry to Seattle right away. Since the days were already getting long we had a daylight trip across and the b est Happy Hour yet on board one of the biggest in the Fleet The Tacoma.