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A Grand Day Out: Hurricane Ridge [Aug. 27th, 2011|11:38 pm]
Went hiking on the trail up Hurricane Ridge, one of the areas in Olympic National Park. This is a ways west of Seattle but well worth the drive.

We'd not been up to this area before, having hiked more in the lowland areas. It was stunning. The road winds up to a visitor center and observation area. We had a picnic lunch around there.

Then you got a half mile further to get to the main trailhead that runs along the ridge and out to the hilltop. Well, mountain top. I haven't checked altitude/official names. What I do know is that it's sufficiently high to be impressive.

There are pockets of snow up there almost year-round. We saw several large bowls of snow (at a distance) despite the heat.

For much of the path, the land drops away on one or both sides. It's not a cliff, per se, since there's dirt and meadow grass clinging to it. But it's about as steep as you can get without becoming a cliff. It was a real test of my acrophobia; I spent much of the hike staying decidedly to one side of the path.

It's called Hurricane Ridge because during much of the year, the wind races up the gorges and across the top of it at about 70mph. During the summer, when the weather's clear and still, it should be renamed Mosquito Ridge. All the bugs and delicate flowers come out to take advantage of the lull and delicious hiker flesh.

Still, very beautiful and well worth the trip. (And Timothy did quite well considering the heat and incline, honestly.)

To celebrate our victory over the mountain that we drove 97% of the way up, we headed back and had our homemade rocky road ice cream! Rich chocolate, chopped almonds, and veins of marshmallow Fluff. Squeak!

[User Picture]From: rapidtrabbit
2011-08-28 07:10 am (UTC)
Right now I'm right in the middle of a Hurricane and it's not a Ridge!
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2011-08-28 08:22 am (UTC)
Yeah. That's a proper hurricane. Stay safe, rabbit!
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From: avon_deer
2011-08-28 08:48 am (UTC)
That looks like it would soothe the sore throat I have right now.
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[User Picture]From: p0lecat
2011-08-28 02:16 pm (UTC)
Very cool! And what a way to celebrate then with ice cream!
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[User Picture]From: harvardheinous
2011-08-28 03:02 pm (UTC)
Bet that ice cream tasted great after such a long walk!
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[User Picture]From: matrices
2011-08-28 09:36 pm (UTC)
I still need to go up Hurricane Ridge, I've never been!

Besides that, though.. I have a surprise for you!
http://www.furaffinity.net/view/6398022 :D
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2011-08-29 04:40 am (UTC)
Oooh, wow. Yes, I remember you starting that. (Was fun watching you sketch - I love to see artists at work.) Thanks much!

Hopefully the lifecast has proven useful.. or at least a highly customized doorstop ;)
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[User Picture]From: yasha_taur
2011-08-28 10:14 pm (UTC)
A while back I worked on the Olympic Peninsula and have been up there a few times. Love the area, especially Sequim and the west coast areas....
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[User Picture]From: tilt_longtail
2011-08-29 01:48 am (UTC)
oooh beautiful!
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[User Picture]From: loranskunky
2011-08-29 04:09 am (UTC)
ICE CREAM!!!! :)

Damm, that looks so tasty.
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[User Picture]From: wordweaverlynn
2011-08-29 10:45 am (UTC)
What a gorgeous place. And the ice cream looks good, too.
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