Heart of the Hills Campground
We are camped at this Olympic National Park campground a few miles below the Hurricane Ridge Visitors Center.
It’s rare I find a campsite that makes me feel as if I could stay for 2 weeks.
It’s scenic, clean, and blessedly quiet here. I am inspired to do something I’ve never technically done before – cook in the GDB . For dinner, I prepare a southwestern omelet with a side of Morningstar sausage links.
I use the cast-iron skillet that belonged to my mom. It’s a piece from a set she received as a wedding gift from her new mother-in-law, my dad’s mom. Mama treasured the set and her voice went soft as she caressed their smooth surfaces while telling the story. She would always say, ‘and your grandmother pre-seasoned them for us’. I believe she was prouder of those cast-iron pans than she was of her fine china.
After dinner I experience another first and wash dishes!
Hurricane Ridge Hike
Today we set out to hike the Sunrise Ridge Trail. The attractions are the vistas - including the surrounding Olympic Mountains and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
And Mount Olympus, the crown jewel.
We traverse this scenic road from the campground to the Visitors Center.
|Gayle gets oriented to the mountain peaks.|
|Chuck, Gayle, and Debbie study the Olympic Peninsula relief map|
Shortly after setting out, we encounter Gene, a National Park volunteer. Gene has lived in Port Angeles for over 40 years and has hiked ‘every inch’ of the park.
He walks along with us for a bit, helpfully answering questions like: what left that scat? what species of fir is that? have you seen any bears? and …. where’s the trail again? His job is actually to scout for bears near the trail and check in on the hikers.
The weather is perfect and we are surrounded by beauty.
The Strait of Juan de Fuca is an enchanting sight. All the more because we cross it tomorrow to visit Victoria!