Monday, September 14, 2009

Olympic Peninsula

DSC03731 (Jan) Laurie, a Boomer friend of ours, recommended having Clam Chowder at Fins for lunch in Port Townsend and we’re so glad we got her e-mail just before we left for town. The Chowder was a culinary delight; freshly steamed clams, in the shell, in a sinfully rich cream and leek broth. We will never look at clam chowder in quite the same way!

September 2009-Olympic NP 001

We visited both Hurricane Ridge and the Hoh Rain Forest in Olympic National Park this past week. The Ridge was a wonderful mountain drive with a picturesque stop for a picnic and a drive up to the Visitor’s center where we could see Mount Olympus in the distance. A hike also took us to the crest of the ridge where we could see across Puget Sound to Vicotoria, Canada.

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Hoh Rain Forest, on the western side of the park, receives an annual rainfall of 142 inches and is home to some immense Douglas Firs, Sitka Spruce and Hemlock tree. Many of the trees are 450-550 years old. 12 –13 feet in diameter and over 270 feet tall. The ‘Hall of Mosses’ trail took us through the old growth part of the forest. An interesting feature was the 200-300 years old trees that had grown up out of a downed tree and then continued to grow with their roots reaching down around it as the ‘nurse’ tree rotted away.

2 comments:

Laurie, Odel, and Luna said...

In a way, I feel badly about recommending Fins' clam chowder. You are right, you will never look at clam chowder in quite the same way, and you will always be comparing other clam chowders to Fins'! Sorry - except that you got the chance to experience it. :)

Safe travels,
Laurie

Jim and Bobbie said...

Very interesting post...especially about the "nurse" tree...how Nature tries so hard to continue to live. Miss you. Bobbie

 
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