Pacific Northwest: Olympic National Park and Seattle

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Port Angeles Harbor

May 31, 2009 – Despite our initial dislike of our hotel, it did have a location convenient to Olympic National Park. On Sunday morning we woke up, packed up the car, and realized that we had a great view of the harbor.  Several large ocean going ships were in harbor that morning; we admired them before heading out for breakfast.  Although it’s difficult to find (at least for a first-timer), the Olympic Bagel Company offers a great selection of bagels and excellent coffee.

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The Mothership?

We got breakfast to go and headed up to Hurricane Ridge, in Olympic National Park.  We had some great views of the bay as we drove up the ridge.  We also saw a strange circle around the sun – you can be the judge of what it was.

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Cascade Mountain Range

Once we reached the visitor center at the top of the ridge we had a panoramic view of the Cascade Mountain range. After a quick look through the visitor center, we resumed our drive towards Seattle.  We stopped for lunch at the Hi-Way 101 Diner in Sequim (pronounced Skwim).  We tried the fresh crab eggs benedict, and the hash browns topped with country gravy and onions.  The food was good, and although the price was a bit high, we greatly enjoyed our lunch and the meal was filling.

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A View from the Space Needle

Eventually, we approached Seattle.  The traffic – and amazing views of Mt. Ranier – tipped us off that we were almost at our destination.  We only had a few hours before we had to be at the airport, so we began our adventure with the Space Needle.  The glass-enclosed elevator ride to the top was fun, and the views were wonderful.  We had a perfect view of the Seattle skyline, Mt. Ranier, and some mountains in the Cascade Range.  We also saw several cruise ships either entering or departing from the harbor.

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Fresh Fish Zone

After wandering around the top of the Space Needle, we ventured to Fisherman’s Wharf.  We tried a Russian dessert pastry (different, but not memorable) and mac ‘n cheese with homemade cheddar that had been aged for one year (delicious).  We also stopped at the original Starbucks before beginning a quick journey back to the airport and CO.

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