Our road trip included Lake Crescent, a beautiful glacier-formed lake, Ruby Beach, Forks and Big Cedar.
Ruby Beach was amazing! The rock formations, crashing waves and incredible beach were breathtaking. I didn't include a picture of the dead sea lion that apparently met one of the rocks head on.
Forks - don't bother - unless you are, or know, a Twilight psycho. Just be aware that the town has turned into a tourist trap for Twilight fans. Also realize that the author had never even been there before writing the books, the movie was not filmed there, and even the character's houses were just assigned by the town.
Big Cedar is a nice quick stop. The Cedar Tree is within 50 feet of the parking lot. They also have a trail that goes further but it's blocked in several places. We made it through the first blockage (not a good idea) but had to turn back at the second less than 100 feet further. I heard that the park service is trying to clear tons of blocked trails from some storms. I'm guessing Big Cedar is low on the priority list.
We arrived at the Lodge in the evening and had a nice meal in the Roosevelt Room. The Salmon was good, but we've eaten too much incredible salmon to truly appreciate it. The Wild Mushroom Ragout was extremely tasty. The lodge has nice atmosphere music and Kari and I finally figured out what it was. We decided it was the background music to a nature show. We even made a game of guessing what scene was playing to the music: "A herd of wildebeest running across the plains", "an antelope being taken down by a lion", "the camera flying low over snow topped mountains and glaciers."
Also, several people we met recommended calling the Lodge to make reservations rather than doing it online. We also upgraded to a fireplace room on their recommendation - a great idea!
To the pictures:
|The Olympics as viewed from Sequim|
|Yes, they are in someone's driveway.|
|Isn't she cute|
|Clearly not concerned about people.|
|Lavender honey anyone?|
|Lavenders in bloom|
|Another natural, giant bonsai tree|
|Yep, we went there...dang niece. Sent her a picture of some cute dude with pasty skin.|
|The picture doesn't capture the creek that breaks around the rock forming an almost perfect circular island.|
|Ruby Beach again.|
|It really is big.|
|And funny looking|
|This is the first blockage we crawled through|
|Lake Quinault Lodge|
|Not the same deer from the first pictures, this one was in the Lodge|
|Sunset from the Lodge|
|View during dinner|