From Bend to Olympic National Park area

So, we have made it to the furthest point west of the continental US yesterday!! Yay! This spot in on an American Indian Reservation in Washington. The trail is really nice!

imageA stop on the way

imageThe hike to Neah Bay

imageSpectacular views all around

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Two days ago we left Bend around 9 AM and were on a reasonable 6 hour drive when we hit a closed road (US Highway 26) due to… Fire. So many fires out here this year! This one was caused by drought conditions and an RV towing a trailer with a flat tire which caused sparks. So, add about an hour and a half. Then, we ended up in a construction jam for another half hour. Wow, long drive here.
But the views along the way were awesome (when I wasn’t sleeping).

imageViews from the RV in Oregon

imageMore views from the RV in Oregon

imageRainy Washington

imageRainy, foggy, RV views

As we got further north it started to rain! Not great for us, but hard to be too upset knowing the whole area is in a drought. It was done when we pulled in. That makes dog walking and hooking up the RV nicer. Great walk near the RV too. A little woodsy path to an old, now removed dam. It was built in the early 1900s for electricity generation but it blocked the fish swimming upstream to spawn. So, recently it was removed and replanted with native seeds… It has a ways to go, but it is looking good!

imageReplanted section... Waiting to grow

imageBeautiful to see and listen to the rapids here!

imageVery old... Maybe from the time of the installation of the dam?

Yesterday we hiked in Neah Bay and bought delicious smoked salmon from a small shop on the Reservation. When we come back to this part of the country we will make a point to spend more time here!

Today was a mellow day. We had lunch at a cute diner called Granny’s Cafe. My pinto bean burger was moist and quite flavorful. We ended lunch with another blackberry treat. We’ve had many desserts, and many blackberries recently!

We spent the rest of the day on the Elwha River. It was just a small shoulder parking spot and a short climb down to the river. We waded across to an “island” made of river rocks and likely covered when the water level is higher. A beautiful and restful place!

imageDown stream...

We leave early tomorrow for the high desert of Washington. So much we didn’t get to do here. So, there are so many reasons we’ll have to come back!!