|Updating The Trip Report in Potlatch SP - Hoodsport, WA|
We were expecting to get all around the Olympic peninsula loop road today. The loop road passed innumerable small cottage and resort areas, just like any other lakeside, or ocean side area. We stopped at the first visitors center at the north end. Don got his stamp and we ate breakfast and gassed up in Port Angeles. The ride to Port Angeles was not very scenic, as the fog and rain clouds obscured all the mountains.
We continued the drive around and it thinned out on the west side. It was just pretty much road, sky and trees. We turned onto the Hoh Rain Forest road and to another visitors center. The road wound back 15 miles or so to the area where there is a huge rain forest. The vegetation and trees changed to what one would expect of a rain forest. The trees were huge, moss covered monsters, and sub-tropical plants were everywhere.
|The All Too Familiar Welcome Sign|
|Paused Along the Road|
We toured the visitors center and looked around. Don noticed a sign high above the sidewalk outside the entry. He told me to step back and stop. He took a picture of me under the sign that read “Average Rainfall, 137.92 inches”, and a line indicating that height. Southwestern Ohio gets about 41 inches a year. WOW – and when we were there, the sun was shining, blue sky and puffy clouds. What luck.
|The Sign Above My Head Reads "Avg Rainfall 137.92 Inches" and is Set At that Height|
|Snow Covered Mountain On the Olympic Peninsula|
We will make an early start in the morning, and have a leisurely day, with plans to stop early to do laundry.
There is US RT 101 running along the Oregon coast that is supposed to be a great ride, but Crater Lake NP is the other way and considerably inland from the coast. We will have to plan this out so we don’t end up in the middle of nowhere, and wasting a full day meandering around. We both wanted to stop at Crater Lake NP.