Pacific Northwest: Misc Port Angeles (May 10-13)

Nearby Salt Creek Recreation Area proved to be a great place to visit, with a very nice campground, hiking, a waterfall, beaches, tide pools and views across the Strait of Juan de Fuca. We popped over to check it out Friday then decided to do the Striped Peak hike over the weekend with Glenn who was driving up from Portland.

Strait of Juan de Fuca from Salt Creek Recreation Area

The five mile hike gained 850 feet and we had a good view of Canada across the Strait and could even pick out Victoria with our binoculars.

Susan at the Striped Peak trailhead

Along the trail to Striped Peak

On the way down we took a steep and tricky side path which led Striped Falls, our eighth waterfall, before ending at a hidden cove.

Susan and Glenn at Striped Falls

Mike and Glenn near the summit of Striped Peak

The cove below Striped Falls

Next we drove past the campground over to the viewpoints around Tongue Point and drove through bunkers left over from WWII.

Old WWII bunker in the former Camp Hayden in Salt Creek Rec Area

In the afternoon we goofed around in town, stopping at Peaks Brewery, Bar Hop Brewery grabbing dinner at Next Door Gastropub. We ended the day with a drive out to Ediz Hook.

The fountain and murals in Port Angeles

The stairs down to the fountain with view to the ferry terminal and the Strait

Susan and Glenn at the mural of the MV Kalakala; can you tell what's painted and what's not?

View of Port Angeles and Hurricane range from Ediz Hook

It rained all day Sunday so after Glenn left we relaxed and watched more of our latest period drama obsession, Bleak House.

Monday I took a solo drive to look around. I drove up Deer Park Road to the entrance of Olympic National Park, which was still closed. Then I headed towards Sequim walked a little ways on the Olympic Discovery Trail at The Johnson Creek Trestle, the largest trestle on the Olympic Peninsula.

I also explored the John Wayne Marina, where we would like to take a birding tour of Protection Island NWR in the summer to see Puffins among other species. I meandered back through the coastal and prairie areas of Sequim, all the time resisting the urge to call a realtor.

John Wayne Marina in Sequim

After dinner Mike and I went back to see Tongue Point at sunset. The pictures tell the story best.

Sea stacks near Tongue Point

Note the crescent moon at upper left

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