After a few hours hanging out with my parents at their house (and building jumps for JJ!) we drove to our first destination of the day: an overnight stay in Port Angeles. We had the LAST room available at the hotel.
|View from our hotel room - that's the Strait of Juan de Fuca|
This was JJ's first night in a hotel, and he was VERY interested in helping.
We crashed pretty hard after a day playing in the sunshine, and took a morning walk down to the water.
After a quick drive around town, we busted up the side of the mountain to Hurricane Ridge. Mike & I are both suckers for a pretty view, and you simply can't beat Hurricane Ridge on a clear day.
There's still snow on the ground, so of course I had to go hiking around in flip-flops. A true Seattle moment.
Back down off the mountain - at 20 mph. Clear day + views = LOTS of tourists in rental cars. We decided to ditch the paved road and drive down an 'unpaved' road we found on the map.
We were rewarded with a fantastically maintained gravel road and views of the new and old growth forest that surrounds Olympic National Park.
Back onto the paved road, and lots of this for the next 5 hours.
Traffic was relatively light, and we were often by ourselves on clear, two lane highways. LOVE. We stopped off at a beach along the ocean coast, but it was COMPLETELY socked in with fog. You couldn't even see the waves. :(
After nearly 9 hours (including a stop at my mom's house to let JJ burn off some energy with their dogs), we arrived back home to Seattle to a FANTASTIC sunset.
Those mountains in the distance? Where we were 9 hours ago. :)
Our final route on day 2: