In July, 2017, we took a trip to Washington's Olympic National Park and surrounding lands. We first spent a few days visiting some of our many relatives and friends who live in the Seattle area. How did so many end up there?
In July, we took a trip to the Washington Olympic Peninsula. At the start of the trip, we went to Astoria, OR, and stayed at Fort Stevens State Park. We recommend all Oregon state parks as we have yet to be disappointed by them. They have all been great.
We visited Lewis and Clark National Historic Site, where the Lewis and Clark expedition stayed for the winter on their trip to explore the Louisiana Purchase. We learned a lot about Lewis and Clark and their journey. If you like historical places, you will like this park.
From Morro Bay, we went to Fruitdale, and stayed at a KOA which positioned us to go easily to Monterey, Pinnacles, and home. The KOA was like a lot of RV Parks, mostly pads for trailers with little greenery or separation from your neighbors. This park was almost all paved with what seemed like a lot of permanent or at least long term campers. It seems that there are more and more long term campers in RV Parks.
Anacapa Island is the smallest of the islands that you can visit by ferry and the closest to the mainland. This view is of an arch that you see as you approach and, of course, leave the island by ferry boat. The ferry boats are a service of Island Packers, who do a great job of getting you to and from the islands safely. We were on the ferry with 6 other "regular" tourists like us, and three large groups of school age kids who provided plenty of "energy" for the trip.
Our next visit along the California coast was to the Channel Islands. We visited the visitor center in Ventura when we first looked for a place to move to in California, and we didn't have time to see the Channel Islands. This trip provided us with the time to visit them. There are eight channel islands, five of which are in the National Park, so named because they are in the Santa Barbara Channel.
This was kind of a lazy day for us. In the morning, we went to the Jenny Lake Overlook and hiked down the trail along the lakeshore to the Jenny Lake campground and back. On this trail, you get a great view of the lake and the mountains that rise right up from it. In fact, you are so close to them that you can't see the top of Grand Teton as it is hidden behind the closer peak on the way up to Grand Teton's summit.
Grand Teton National Park is a great place to see fabulous mountain peaks and lakes. It doesn't have the range of short hikes we like to take these days but has lots of longer hikes, so it is not as great a place for a longer time. We are here for two more days so we decided to take a leisurely time going around the driving tour.
Our time in Yellowstone National Park was almost up. Today, we are driving from Yellowstone to Grand Teton National Park, a leisurely 64 miles from our campsite in Yellowstone to our campsite in Grand Teton.
Today was geyser day at Yellowstone for us. We toured the rest of the geyser basins around Old Faithful, the Upper and Lower Geyser Basins. We started at the Black Sand Basin which is about a mile from Old Faithful. I did my best to name these geysers and other hot features accurately, but probably got some of them wrong. But as Jennifer said, we saw things that bubble, stink, and squirt. And that just about sums up hot pools, fumaroles, and geysers.
I forgot to mention yesterday that we were slightly delayed while coming in to Yellowstone. But now I can mention it again with a better photo of the bison that slowed us down. Fortunately for us, he was on the other side of the highway. Imagine the backup behind him in the other lane of traffic.