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Wednesday July 13- Travel day, Sequim-Dungenous Scenic Tour

 We woke up early and prepared to leave the state park. The rain had stopped and the sun was out. We left the park at 9AM. Al and Carol had left before us and Ginny and Joe were right behind us.  We drove north on Rt. 109, then turned west on Rt. 105 to Humptulips, where we turned north onto Hwy 101, and into intermittent rain showers.We played hop scotch with Ginny and Joe going up the western side of the Olympic Peninsula on Hwy 101. We traveled through a lot of trees  some which were in the Quinault Indian Reservation. Notably the trees near the Quinault Rain Forest and the Hoh Rain Forest were much taller. Of course, it also started to rain, since it was a rain forest! The road turns west just after leaving the Indian Reservation and went close to the ocean. We were able to see the Destruction Island Lighthouse in the distance, about 20 miles off the coast. This lighthouse is not open to the public; we also could not get a picture as the mist was heavy on the ocean.

At 11 AM we stopped and changed drivers. We continued north until Hwy. 101 turned east past Lake Crescent, which was beautiful, but the road curved right long the water and was very narrow. Not fun driving! We continued through Port Angeles. There was a truck route which we thought was around the town, which we took. It only skipped a small part of the downtown with Bob getting every traffic light red! We continued on to our destination, Rainbows End RV Park in Sequim. Sequim is pronounced “scrim”

After setting up, Bob and I decided to do the “Sequim-Dungenous Scenic Tour”. First we stopped at the Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center to pick up brochures and to find a restaurant for dinner this evening. We followed the route, which was not terribly exciting, but we were able to see the New Dungeness Lighthouse, from the distance.

The lighthouse is one of the oldest lighthouses in the Northwest and is one of the very few that allow families an opportunity to be Lighthouse Keepers for a week. It is located at the tip of a “spit” with an almost 6 mile hike to the lighthouse. We did not do the walk. The light house was first lit on December 14th, 1857. The Dungeness Spit is formed by the meeting of the waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Dungeness River. The main arm is the longest natural spit in the US. It is 5 miles long and continues to grow at a rate of 12-14 feet per year. It is as narrow as 50 ft. across and can be breached by high tides and rough seas. It was not raining where we were, but Carol called us to check on dinner and it was raining in Port Angeles and at the RV park.

We returned to the motor home and went to dinner at “Michaels Restaurant” in Port Angeles. Joe and I had the King Salmon dinner, Bob had fried oysters and clam chowder, Al had Salmon with fettuccine, Carol had a seafood stew and Ginny had chicken. All the food was very good, and the bread was excellent.

We returned to the motor home to work on what we want to do tomorrow.

One Response

  1. Ginny had Chicken!!!!!!
    In the middle of the best seafood in the world and
    she ate chicken????!!!!

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