Saturday, July 20, 2013

Hurricane Ridge High

I know you've all heard of Rocky Mountain High - I even lived in the Rocky Mountains as a young woman and met John Denver in person in Vail - what a thrill in those days!  While Mr. Squash and I were on the Olympic Peninsula this last week we decided to take a drive up to Hurricane Ridge.  It had been a long time since either of us had been there.
Let me just say that we definitely got our "high" on this day!  The weather was sunny, not too hot and nearly clear for the 17 mile drive up the mountain!  Wildflowers were blooming everywhere and check out the Cow Parsnip on the walk up to the viewing point!
This plaque tells you just how high we were!  Not quite a Rocky Mountain High, but good enough!
Just look at the view!
I had to take two photos just to get the entire view in, and it still wasn't enough.
If you enlarge the photo by clicking on it, you'll see the entire Olympic Mountains and the name of each peak.
See that sort of bald spot on the lower left of this photo?  Mr. Squash and I have hiked in there up the Elwha River.  We went with Llama packers.  Occasionally we would have to lead a llama.  Mr. Squash had one named Ripper.  He was aptly named as another llama had taken a chunk out of one ear!  He also liked to spit - and Mr. Squash was the recipient of two of those spitting incidents!  Do you think we'll ever do that again??
This was taken on the other side of the ridge in front of a huge snowfield.
If you click on the photo and let your eyes settle on the photo, you'll see Victoria, B.C. and Vancouver Island in the mist at the top of the photo.  Down below is the city of Port Angeles.
We left for home the next day.  This is a parting shot from our room at the George Washington Inn.  We'd definitely stay there again!

Next post I'll show you a really great quilt shop we visited.


23 comments:

Michele said...

How beautiful! I'm familiar with the Blue Ridge Mountains. These look so different. What a lovely time, except for the llamas LOL!!

Stephanie said...

A destination for sure if I ever get back to that neck of the woods. I think I'll retire in that B & B with the lavender fields, rolling hills and GORGEOUS views.

sunny said...

Oh My! I don't think I'd want to leave there and go home. Beautiful scenery, and you obviously know a thing or two about photography!!!

Karen said...

Oh my goodness what a gorgeous place to visit and the view from your Inn was awesome as well.

Florida Farm Girl said...

Oh, so lovely. Makes me envious.

Needled Mom said...

Wow ... what a spectacular view! Thanks for sharing.

Nancie Anne Quilts said...

Poor Ripper...sounds like he had reason to spit! I wonder if there was an issue with his packs being too heavily loaded or out of balance or was the cinch rubbing? Was someone was nudging his behind on the trail. Sadly, while so many llamas live to pack, others don't enjoy the experience. It is up to we who love the species to help them find their happy place, which begins with how they're raised handled and trained. Sorry about the spit..it is nasty, but believe me, he had a reason.
I believe I still have 30+ year old photos of deer lounging in the grasses at the Hurricane Ridge parking lot...so close you could almost touch them.

Louise said...

We moved here to the Pacific Northwest from the Eastern Sierras and really love it. We will need to put Hurricane Ridge on our bucket list. Beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing.

Lesley said...

What a gorgeous place to visit! Your pictures are breath-taking...wish I lived closer! Thanks for sharing!

Sue said...

What a wonderful trip & gorgeous pictures Thanks for sharing them with us. I would love to have a lavender garden like that :-D

Ulla said...

Amazing views!

Tammy said...

So beautiful. It's been years since I've been up there, we need to go there again. Sounds like a wonderful trip!! Hugs

AnnieO said...

Beautiful! I made one trip to the Northwest at age 11--we took the ferry to Vancouver Island and back the next day , landing in Port Angeles. Very pretty country indeed!

B J Elder said...

Oh my, such wonderful pictures! I've been over on the Olympic Peninsula a few times, but never up to Hurricane Ridge. I'd love to be up there for that awesome view, especially on as gorgeous of a day as you were there. Thank you for the delightful getaway!

QuiltSue said...

The scenery there looks absolutely glorious.

Mary said...

Wow! I just went on a beautiful scenic tour and it was gorgeous!!

Kaaren said...

Totally awesome pictures of the mountains and scenery.

How did the girls make out while you were away? I bet they were happy to see you!

Me and My Stitches said...

Wow - such beautiful scenery - so relaxing (unless you are hiking it!).

pratima said...

Stunning! Glad you had such a wonderful time!! Your pictures are gorgeous, Candace!

Karen said...

Lovely shots and I'm in Victoria and see the gorgeous views of the Olympics every day....Thanks for sharing.
Karen

Carrie P. said...

AWESOME!!!!!

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