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.