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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Northwest Coast Trek - Washington Pt 2

The hiking path to Cape Flattery was recently renovated with gravel paths and plank walkways. I read that in the past the journey to the cape was much more challenging.

The Cape Flattery Lighthouse on Tatoosh Island.

A tour boat visiting a sea cave near Cape Flattery.
I had planned on shooting a panorama from the observation platform on the cape but some bird watchers had commandeered most of the space.
A panorama video was posted by bkhale22 on YouTube.

Coast Camp 6 - 48° 4'1.43"N, 124° 6'50.63"W
Klahowya Campground along the Sol Duc River.
It was at this campground that my emotions swung in a wild, crazy circle for about ten seconds. While walking back from the restroom I saw our truck and camper driving away. Stunned, I just stood in the road wondering what Jan was up to or was someone stealing our rig. Jogging up the road I saw our truck and camper parked exactly where it should be. So, who owns the other FWC on a silver Tacoma that was on the Olympic Peninsula in July?

Lake Crescent, Mount Storm King and a FWC.

Spotted this fawn on the way to Camp Hayden.

Camp Hayden, Washington
There were once two 16" guns where the FWC is now.

The Olympic Range from Hurricane Ridge. (5,200 feet)
Hurricane Ridge Webcam.
We drove many roads in the ONP and if you can only visit one place in the park this is the one.

Seattle as seen from the summit of Mount Walker near the Hood Canal.

Mount Rainer looming over the Hood Canal.
Seal Rock Campground near Quilcene, WA
Bit of helpful information: If arriving late and all the spots are full, drive to space 41 across from the campground host. It is an isolated site that the hosts say is often overlooked by campers.

Oysters are harvested on a rocky beach and clams in the mudflats near the campground.

FWC from the Space Needle. (lower right)
A panorama at ground level. From

Jan poses for a photo and commented she felt more comfortable here than on the Astoria Bridge.
Live Space Needle Webcam from

Space Needle and FWC from our parking spot.

Coast Camp 8 - 48° 7'19.06"N, 122°29'18.09"W
Camano Island State Park
"After the land was designated for use as a park in 1949, the initial development was accomplished in a single day by nearly 900 volunteers from Stanwood and Camano Island." -
The island is also home to the Barefoot Bandit.

Jan reads while I investigated the tidal pools at Birch Bay.
I should have taken my camera.

We reach the border in Blaine, WA.

Next stop a motel.

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