Thursday, August 2, 2007

Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park is very beautiful. It is a little on the cold side but after I grabbed a jacket it had some great views.

Some basic information about the park: it has three distinct ecosystems: subalpine forest, wildflower meadows; temperate forest, and pacific shore. There is 600 miles of hiking trails in the park yet no road goes through the "heart" of the park which keeps the park unspoiled. This condition has lead the United Nations to declare Olympic an international biosphere reserve and a World Heritage Site.

We started our journey on a drive to Hurricane Ridge. Hurricane Ridge is called so b/c of its forceful winter winds.

Here is the view from the visitor's center. Mount Olympus carries 7 of Olympic's 60 named glaciers.

Here is a view from a trail where you can see the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Canada's Vancouver Island.

This is what the road looks like on the drive to the hot springs of Sol 'Duc.

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