Kalaloch and Crescent

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20140805 161255 20140805 161323 DSC01098 DSC00857  The view from Hurricane Ridge. One of the views, that is!
DSC00864  Looking North toward Canada. DSC00871  Dave has the camera. I love all his perspectives on what we're seeing. We just roamed around up here on trails we haven't done before enroute to Kalaloch Lodge on the coast for the night. Then we head back to Lake Crescent for our second night. An Olympic Tour! DSC00876 DSC00884  It's a rough life up here if you're a tree. A lot of snow piles on top of you, stunting your growth a bit. But you have a great view!
DSC00889  A few wildflowers! DSC00893  Kind of a tricky path along a slope. At times gives some a tad bit of vertigo! DSC00900  Great panorama, Dave! This is looking South toward the rest of the Olympics. DSC00927
DSC00931  There's one... DSC00932  And two more... DSC00933  Mommy made it in time! 20140803 145814  "I'll tell you when the trail is only this wide!"
20140803 145902  Ok - a few more wildflowers - yay! If you want to see a TON - look at the Mt. Rainier folder :) 20140803 152002  Dropped-phone selfie is fun! 20140803 152133  The faces...oh boy! 20140803 154344
DSC00939  At Kalaloch Lodge on the coast. We went from warm and sunny to...wait 'til you see! 20140803 191324  A very cool, foggy coastal microclimate which set in about 7 miles from Kalaloch! This is our little suite. Living area and bedroom. Quite nice! 20140803 192856  The beach. You're allowed to make a beach fire, too! DSC00944  Nice room!
DSC00946  People are tired from hiking, driving, and good dinner :) DSC00951  The next morning - coffee and some pre-treats before a beach walk! DSC00955  Sam is making something out of charcoal. DSC00956  Lots and lots of stone skipping. I'm going to keep many of these in here because they are each a fun reminder of the peaceful and timeless stroll.
DSC00962  Comparing skipping stones. DSC00964  The lodge is in the distance. DSC00966  It is very hard to catch a shot of Sam without him knowing it! DSC00970  I love the form!
DSC00995  Daddy caught the splash on this one! DSC01008  Breakfast time! These sourdough pancakes were GOOD! DSC01015  We degenerate into funny face pictures quite quickly! DSC01021  Uh oh...gotta get them out of here.
DSC01022  Oh No! Daddy! DSC01024  I just got head-butted! DSC01026  Sorry, Mommy! DSC01027  Kisses?
DSC01028  Sam can tuck anything in there! DSC01030  It's getting worse! Oh no! DSC01033  But the camera is just handling this lighting SO well, isn't it? DSC01040  More coffee, sir?
DSC01041  Ben's first selfie! DSC01043  Sam's first selfie! DSC01050  Bunny time! DSC01054  We noticed that bunnies chew with their mouths closed. Very nice.
DSC01055  Chipmunk, too! DSC01059  They look like bunnies watching the bunny! DSC01061  Daddy helping load up. Thank you! DSC01062  Ben followed the bunny trail into the bunny hole! He almost dove in!
DSC01063  Heading toward Rialto beach. Do you think those clouds are what we're heading into? It's so sunny out here. DSC01065  Yup! Sure did cloud up! DSC01068  Not what it might first appear to be...it's a jellyfish! DSC01069  Very NW-looking weather. We are walking up to Hole-in-the-Wall at low tide so we can see it. It's 2 miles each way so you have to time it right.
DSC01073  Hard to see the off-shore islets in this weather, but they're there. DSC01088  Can you see Hole-in-the-Wall? Middle of photo! DSC01091  Sea anemones! DSC01099  We made it!
DSC01110  Starfish! DSC01111  We are not sure what this is. Some kind of fossil? DSC01113  Looking back down the beach now. DSC01115  We had to walk on this slipper stuff to get to Hole-in-the-Wall.
DSC01121  Mommy and Ben walking back :) DSC01127  Getting ready for foursome photo! DSC01128  I made it again! :) DSC01134  A perfectly awesome shot behind the back, and a perfectly funny face to brighten it up!
DSC01135  TRYING to get a picture of Sam! DSC01136  Without him knowing or foiling it! Good luck! 20140804 125353  I told the boys this was some sort of sea monster's footprint in the rock :) DSC01145  Now we're at Lake Crescent! Back in the sun and the cool, clear lake.
DSC01160  The Roosevelt Cabin we just happened to stumble into for a one-night stay - they had a cancellation and we had pre-paid for a different day that we couldn't use, so we just jumped on it! This is an awesome room. You see it here before we explode... DSC01161  I'm out there with the boys so they can swim and cool off while Daddy unloads. Thanks, honey! DSC01165  We are on the right side of this little two-unit cottage. DSC01166  I swam!!! It is my policy to swim in Lake Crescent because it is so beautiful, even if it is cold.
DSC01169  Time to dry off and think about dinner. It's almost 6pm. 20140804 181811  But they're still having fun! 20140804 194012  Dinner! 20140804 194024  Ben wanted me to take this picture.
20140804 194039  Sam had mussels! DSC01170  Sunset! DSC01171  I love the lodge at night. We are listening to a very funny and informative ranger presentation on the porch. 20140804 213624  "Mom, that's a quasar I think!"
DSC01179  The next morning, skipping stones already! DSC01180  I just love how he studies the stones then gives them a try. DSC01182  Here comes Daddy with coffee for us! This is one of my favorite shots. Dave really takes wonderful care of us when we are out and about. DSC01184  Off to breakfast!
DSC01187  Ben got a new friend, Battie, and Eagle is getting to know him. DSC01192  This is what Eagle USED TO LOOK LIKE! Three years ago! DSC01194  Bye, cottage! DSC01195  We bought a baby Eagle for Esther, our neighbor, who is taking care of the chickens for a few days.
DSC01206  Pardon all these pictures, but I noticed wild sweet peas growing right in front of the cottage, and bees busy in them. I couldn't resist seeing if the camera could do a macro on the fly. 20140805 102338  Full from breakfast! DSC01226 DSC01229  Not sure which I like best. Any opinions?
DSC01231 DSC01234  Stream right by the cottage. DSC01235  Taking a walk in the woods before heading out. DSC01237  Such a funny face! He is always performing.
DSC01242  Walking the Moment in Time trail - a tradition for us. Soon these boys will be as big as these giant trees! DSC01250  Not my favorite foursome! :) DSC01256  I know one boy who will cooperate with meadow smootches! DSC01259  Sure does!
DSC01258  This looks like tortoise stump! DSC01270  I made a little something out of stuff we found on the beach. All of it. Like where it's hung? If Dave takes a turn too fast it bashes me in the head :) DSC01273  A lunch stop in Port Angeles on the way home, including a nice visit to a marine museum. 20140805 160709  Ben loves his Ranger vest!
20140805 161149  And a last stop in Port Gamble to see the dahlias! Almost home now.