After a wonderful week-and-a-half at my aunt and uncle’s, it was time to get back on the road. We quite a late start, but that didn’t stop of from pulling over at a number of absolutely stunning areas in and around Olympia State Park.
The first place we detoured was at Madison Falls, a beautiful little 25 foot falls that empties down into the Elwha River. There was a beautiful little paved trail out to the falls, which was only a 3 minute walk from the parking area. The woods were absolutely gorgeous.
One of my favorite things about this area is the trees — they are HUGE and they are absolutely stunning. Also, if they fall down, you can climb inside them.
Once Rebecca finally made me get out of my new favorite fort, we moved along down the 101 coastal highway. We drove right through Forks, of Twilight infamy, and I was proud that I managed to distract Rebecca enough that she missed the signs, and therefore didn’t ask me to stop for some sparkly picture-taking.*
[*Rebecca’s Edit: Such a betrayal!]
Some of the most beautiful sights we didn’t even need to take detours for — we just pulled over to the side of the road. The best was Lake Crescent, which was overlooked the coolest-named mountain of all time: Mount Storm King. The lake was stunning, as was the sun over the mountains, and we spent about 15 minutes just turning round in circles and admiring everything.
We eventually got back in the car, and moved on. The 101 followed the lake for miles, and the views were nonstop. About 45 minutes later, I saw signs for Ruby Beach, and immediately pulled off, which is one of my favorite things about doing the majority of the driving. And man, that beach was awesome.
We wandered up and down the beach for a while, then realized we were going to be getting to our campground for the night after dark, so we moseyed along, feeling happy to be back on the road!