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Oregon, Washington, and Alaska - July & August 2013
Part 3: Olympic National Park and Washington

Alaska -- July-August 2013

Ozette

Part 3: Camping in Olympic National Park. Trip Map.

Back in the Lower 48, we visited old friends in Port Angeles and did some birding on Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park. Liz and I then headed off to Ozette (literally the northwest corner of the Lower 48), where we backpacked the Ozette Loop - one of the most delightful 10-mile, 3-day backpacks ever.

We then did a few days of car camping on the coast and in the Hoh Rain Forest (damn dry season - it was hot and dry here too!). We eventually headed south through Gray's Harbor NWR and Ridgefield NWR to Portland, where we again stayed with family.

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Birding Ediz Hook with old friends
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Hurricane Ridge Trail with old friends
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Olympic Mountains
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Olympic Marmot
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Ozette Campground
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Backpacking over Ozette River
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We came to a trail in the road, and we took it.
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Liz on Sand Point Trail
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Liz on Sand Point Trail
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Liz on Sand Point Trail
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Sand Point Campground
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Sand Point Campground
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The drinking water had a bit of tannin
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Instant dark tea -- just heat and serve!
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Walking on foggy Sand Beach
peregrine falcon
Peregrine Falcon enjoys a fresh lunch (juvenile gull)
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Sunny late afternoon and low tide
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Crab in tide pool
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The beach was covered with entire Sand Dollars
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Sunset over Sand Point
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Packing up damp gear
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Breakfast at Sand Point Campground
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On trail heading north
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Walking on sand
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Walking on rocks
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Walking on sea weed
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Mountain Lion track in the sand
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Odd symmetry in the sea stacks and lots of Bald Eagles
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Liz at Wedding Rock petroglyph site
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Wedding Rock petroglyph site
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The tide is coming in
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Whale skeleton
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The tide is coming in near Cape Alava
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Foggy camp with trees and beach view at Cape Alava
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Liz on "our" beach at Cape Alava
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Sunset at Cape Alava
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Sunny morning walk at low tide on Cape Alava beach
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Lots of predatory Olivena snails in the low-tide sand
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Sunny morning at low tide on Cape Alava beach
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Drying out the sleeping bags before packing up
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On trail heading out
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Boardwalk and bridge on Cape Alava Trail
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Dirt and gravel on Cape Alava Trail
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Crossing back over Ozette River
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We spent much of the day lounging on Rialto Beach
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James Island off La Push
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Campsite in Mora Campground
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Sunset over Rialto Beach
Hoh Rain Forest
Hoh Rain Forest
Hoh Rain Forest
They get this much rain every year (see black arrow)
Hoh Rain Forest
Bold camp robber surveys for food from perch atop Liz's head
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Too close for photos!
Hoh Rain Forest
Smooching in the Hoh Rain Forest
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Liz along the Hoh River
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Hoh Campground
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Phone booth at Hoh Rain Forest (better bring your cell phone)
Gray's Harbor NWR
Gray's Harbor National Wildlife Refuge
Ridgefield NWR
Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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