Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Olympic Natioanl Park/奥林匹克国家公园

Time: July 23-24, 2005
Place: Olympic National Park, WA

Washington State is called the "Evergreen State" as its nickname, representing the abundance of evergreen forests found in Washington. All these forests, plus mountains, volcanos, lakes and beaches, constitute several beautiful national parks, the biggest among which is Olympic National Park.

"Glacier capped mountains, wild Pacific coast and magnificent stands of old-growth forests, including temperate rain forests -- at Olympic National Park, you can find all three. About 95% of the park is designated wilderness, which further protects these diverse and spectacular ecosystems.

Olympic is also known for its biological diversity. Isolated for eons by glacial ice, and later the waters of Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the Olympic Peninsula has developed its own distinct array of plants and animals. Eight kinds of plants and 15 kinds of animals are found on the peninsula but no where else on Earth."

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Ning and I departed from Seattle at 7:00am, took ferry from Edmonds to Kingston, drove along Route 101 to Port Angeles, and began our Olympic trip at---

Stop 1: Hurricane Ridge/“飓风山”山脊

On the way to the Vistor Center/上山路上

A bicyclist/骑车人

No strange how Lance Armstrong could leave his name in the history of Tour de France.

We walked a 1.6-mile (2.5 km) trail to Hurricane Hill (5757 ft/1755 m). Here are the scenes on the trail./山路上



Trail sigh/路牌

Mount Olympus/奥林普斯山

The highest West Peak is 7965 ft/2428 m high./最高的西峰高2428米

For memory/到此一游

Stop 2: Lake Crescent & Marymere Falls/新月湖和Marymere瀑布

The lake got its name after its shape. We can't take the whole picture, but it's blue and nice.

Here is Marymere Falls, the largest in Olympic.

Hey, what are you guys expecting? Niagara?

Stop 3: Sol Duc Falls/Sol Duc瀑布

Before seeing the falls you need finish a 0.8-mile (1.3 km) trail, which goes by hot springs and through forests./小路

Then, falls./到了

Which one is better?

Stop 4: Rialto Beach Sunset/海滩日落

Though we met some trouble finding lodgement, we got to seeing the Pacific Ocean before sunset. The beach is beside Quileute Indian Reservation./印第安人保留地

Quillayute River flows into the Pacific here./小河入海流

Rialto Beach/海滩

Before sunset/日落前


You are encouraged to use a pic brower to view the whole process.

After sunset/日落后

After a two-hour night drive (good job, Ning!), we concluded the first day by living into a motel at Neah Bay in Makah Indian Reservation. $50, bleeding...


Getting up at 7:30am, we continued our trip from---

Stop 5: Cape Flattery/弗拉特里角

Not in Olympic, Cape Flattery is the most northwestern point in the lower United States. The completion of Makah Tribe's long-awaited renovation of the Cape Flattery trail makes it easier to see one of the most breathtaking views on the Pacific Coast. Here comes the cape and me./美国大陆最西北角

Neah Bay

The mountain range far away is located in Canada, with Strait of Juan de Fuca in between.

Stop 6: Shi Shi Beach/西施海滩

Regarded as one of the best nature beaches in US, Shi Shi is famous for her seastacks and arches. Also, the 2-mile (3.2 km) trail to Shi Shi let us know what rain forests look like.


Shi Shi/西施


Stop 7: Hoh Rain Forest/Hoh雨林

Having walked through the trail to Shi Shi, we were pretty much disappointed with Hoh. However, there's a 18-mile (29 km) trail from here to Mount Olympus. That's probably what I'll do in the next visit to Olympic..

Huge tree/树精


Side by side/排排站

Stop 8: Lake Quinault/Quinault湖

The last stop in Olympic. Only stayed for a few minutes, not bad.

On the road/路上

Lake Quinault/湖

Quinault Lodge/湖边旅馆

Leaving Lake Quinault, we drove via Aberdeen, Olympia (Capital of Washington), Tacoma, and finished the loop at Seattle at 10pm. Two days, 600 miles.


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