15.5.12

The Olympic Peninsula


My boyfriend and I took a magical camping.hiking.driving trip around the Olympic Peninsula a few weeks ago and I finally got a moment to edit some of the photos while I was on the plane back to Seattle yesterday morning.  Max did a great job of finding places to hike and camp.  It was just the trip I needed after an busy and exhausting spring and a perfect time away from technology and work before I went on two busy trips to California.  Nature and being in love, two of my most favorite things.


On the first day we drove around the Eastern edge of the peninsular, had a delicious lunch, and went on a short hike to a waterfall.  We then drove around the top of the peninsula to stop at this magical beach with giant boulders in the sand that I have always wanted to go to.  Max had planned our stops so it was really exciting for me that he had happened to plan to stop somewhere I had secretly wanted to go to for years.  We then drove down the western side of the peninsula to stop at our camp site.  We got there right as the sun was setting and the lighting was just so dreamy.  The camping area was right on the edge of a cliff, nestled in the trees and there was a path leading down to the long stretch of sea front where we went and played and took lots of photos.  Surprisingly, there were a lot of people camping, mostly in RVs, at the camp site despite the cold damp weather and we made friends with a few puppies.  We are major dog lovers.  We just bundled up a slept in a little tent after eating a dinner of freeze dried camping specific spaghetti that my dad had sent me awhile ago.  It was surprisingly good for a weird camping food that you just add hot water to!
The next day we took a long drive deep into the rainforest.  The drive was truly magical.  The area we drove through did have a local community but it was incredibly small and the houses were few and far between, most loggers and family of loggers.  I saw some of the most beautiful little house covered in moss.  The wildlife was rich and the greenery was lush.  We drove to a remote area deep in the rainforest and went for a beautiful hike, stumbling on still snow covered ground.  It was wonderful.  And that afternoon we drove back home to Seattle along the bottom of the peninsula.  It was a short trip but I feel like we got to experience so much in a short amount of time.  Ah, it feels really good to get out of the city, especially on an adventure with the one I love.

I went on a hiking.camping trip to the Olympic Peninsula a few years ago as well.  Here are some of the photos.

28 comments:

Anna Zimmerman said...

These pictures are super gorgeous, Moorea! So green and lush. I especially love the mossy covered rocks.

I want to go camping now so badly.

The Aquarians said...

Yeah, really loving your photos!! Sometimes, nature itself is the best definition of the word 'epic'

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Cassie Nafziger said...

amazing! what an inspiring trip to take. I need one of these types of trips...just to admire nature and be at peace; enjoy the moment. Just to recharge me before another long year in school and internship. Gorgeous photos!

kimberly said...

Wow, it looks SO beautiful there!! Makes me want to go camping this summer even more, now. :)

CleverPlumage (Hillery Sawyer) said...

These photos are stunning! I really can't believe how beautiful they are. It sounds like a beautiful and much needed trip. I would love to do a bit of hiking and touring in such a magical place. SImply gorgeous.

Sophie said...

looking at this makes me near tears, actually. i moved from the pacific northwest a year ago and i miss everything about it but especially being so much immersed in the natural world! i'm tired of living in a city. i much prefer mountains and trees to grumpy traffic! i know i need to be more positive about my current environs but, wow, looking at these images makes me so terribly homesick. they are beautiful.

he calls me wifey said...

i am so jealous.
i adore Seattle and i long to go back.
these beautiful photos are making me miss being there!
glad you had such a great trip.
xo,
andrea

she. said...

everything is so beautiful.

meredith said...

Wowza. These photos are absolutely beautiful! It sounds like you had a wonderful time camping!

Erika @ rouge + whimsy said...

captured phenomenally, moorea. can't wait to have time camping!! i love my home state :)

Monica @ All Things Lovely said...

So beautiful. This makes me miss Washington sooo badly. I absolutely love that first cloud picture and that road picture filled with mossy trees. I am happy you got a nice break to a beautiful place.

neveryawning said...

Wow. The photos are absolutely gorgeous. Sometimes I forget how beautiful our own country is.

Moorea Seal said...

thanks Anna! You should definitely try to visit the Olympic Peninsula and go camping, it is amazing!
- Moorea

Moorea Seal said...

I totally agree :) Nature is the most epic!
- Moorea

Moorea Seal said...

Soak up your summer girl and go on some awesome camping trips! Its so good to just disconnect from technology sometimes and soak up nature :)
- Moorea

Moorea Seal said...

Totally Kimberly! I am excited to go camping more this summer too!
xo Moorea

Moorea Seal said...

Thanks so much Hillery :) It's great to get out and capture nature sometimes. It was truly magical!
xo Moorea

Moorea Seal said...

Aww, I hope you can take trip back to visit the northwest soon girl. I grew up in the woods in Northern California and for my first year of college I went to school in busy, smoggy Southern California for a year and it just sucked the life out of me. But we have to go through different periods and places to remember how deeply our hearts connect to nature I think. Your heart is there.
xo Moorea

Moorea Seal said...

Aw I hope you can visit sometime soon!
xo Moorea

Moorea Seal said...

thanks so much :) it was truly gorgeous!
- Moorea

Moorea Seal said...

Thanks Meredith! it was so so so great :)
xo Moorea

Moorea Seal said...

I love Washington too! I hope you get some nice time away from working to get out into the woods this summer. I LOVE summers in Seattle!
xo Moorea

Moorea Seal said...

Thanks Monica, it is SO good to just get away from the computer sometimes!!
xo Moorea

Moorea Seal said...

America really has incredible diversity in it's people and in it's landscape. And the northwest is truly such a magical place!
xo Moorea

Jess said...

I can't wait to go to the peninsula! Any suggestions on specific places to go? :-)

Frances said...

Wow! Your pictures are stunning. Thanks for sharing. I just wandered in and your blog is lovely. I am glad you survived that evil cat! What a great post that was, so true about cat personalities and differences. Have a great weekend.

Katrina said...

heavenly photos! they look like something out from the travel books. you're truly good photographer. really want to go there but shame i am from UK. hmpf. maybe something to save up for! xo

kristin marie. said...

you take amazing pics.