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Olympic Peninsula Trip, Part III

From Seku village, we drove to Forks. Neither of us is a big Twilight fan, but since we were in the area, we figured we might as well check it out.

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242759_3777331705026_1148223590_oWe had a lovely breakfast with plenty of coffee refills in Forks. 412413_3777336945157_199994745_oMy favorite biscuit and gravy! [wp_ad_camp_1]614787_3777335905131_868220485_o

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After Forks, we went to Hoh Rain Forest.  621928_3777294624099_1991817506_o

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Along the way, there were a whole bunch of beaches. I don’t remember the name of this beach, but it was very nice.621775_3778935745126_1120472252_oLots of Barnacle. (Kingdom: Animalia, Phylum: Arthropoda, Subphylum: Crustacea, Class: Maxillopoda). Thanks to my undergraduate class, Diversity of Life, I can still name a few of these :)621744_3778947905430_1120926437_o616145_3778949025458_380867647_o621740_3778996586647_293406161_o473558_3778989386467_1735924471_o334166_3779002346791_83520548_oSam wanted to be a marine biologist when he was young, so it is always fun to explore beaches and biodiversity there.331556_3778942025283_608122780_o 256304_3778988186437_1133826407_o256473_3778936785152_174130043_oCastle from Lord of the Rings 😉 277975_3779069388467_1485004608_o

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Olympic Peninsula Trip, Part II

After Dungeness spit, we drove to Port Angeles. There we took a day trip out to Hurricane Ridge. The view is amazing from there.219758_3774978846206_573222048_o-001

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We reached Seku village and Neha Bay in the evening. These are very small fishing towns.338532_3775013167064_1261135197_o-001

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256504_3775281613775_38349918_o-001   622404_3775295294117_1727730137_o-001We were super hungry when we got there, but it was already 9pm. We were afraid all the restaurants would be closed, but luckily one of the dinners was open. Sam had fish and chips and I ate clam chowder. I wish I could remember the name of that restaurant.616714_3775286853906_503830991_o-001Content after eating! 558126_3775301774279_1280170111_nWe car camped again that in this spot. This is the morning view from where we parked our car!242725_3777330304991_630280595_o

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Olympic Peninsula Road Trip, Part I

I have been wanting to post more on my travel section, but it has been difficult finding time for it. Finally, here is a post about an Olympic Peninsula Road trip that Sam and I took last summer. Olympic Peninsula is in western Washington. The trip was amazing with breathtaking views. We spent 4 days and 3 nights (7 days if you count Seattle), but we could of easily stayed longer and visited more places. Instead of staying at hotels, we opted for more adventurous car camping, which I had never done before (it is not half bad!). As always, Sam and I took tons of pictures and I would like to share a few here. If you live on the west coast or plan to visit this area, this is a wonderful trip that I highly recommend. Here is an article in National Geographic magazine, which gives a detailed itinerary of this trip. We pretty much followed the itinerary that is given in that article with a few changes.

We started from Seattle and drove to Port-Townsend. Along the way, there were hiking areas that we visited and took nice pictures.

Can you find Seattle in the picture? Apparently, on clear days you can see Seattle from the this area.278776_3773113639577_1006000118_o-001

466700_3773193761580_27886713_o-001There was a small shack where they were selling bbq and chicken roasts. We had roasted chicken and salad for lunch.329377_3773178841207_1832845431_o-001I had bought that salad at Pikes place day before, but it stayed nice and fresh and it went quite well with our roasted chicken!378254_3773180121239_1496966879_n

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Port-Townsend is such a cute town which reminded me of Sun Valley, ID. There was a wine tasting and a free music in the downtown when we got there. As you can see in the background, people were just relaxing and enjoying free music! 288962_3773161720779_1969766283_o-001

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We reached Dungeness Spit quite late at night. Luckily found a place to park and slept in the car. 614935_3773166240892_315163998_o-001

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Dungeness Spit is the world’s longest natural sand spit. You can find many different bird species here.
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