Visiting Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park is a mind-bender in the springtime. There’s tons of snow up there still, though the road is kept clear. As mentioned in my previous post, I had been giving my friend from the big city, NYC, a whirlwind tour of the region this past week. One can only imagine how these images affect someone who is not used to seeing awesome works of nature, such as this, in the Pacific Northwest. For someone like me who has lived here for many years, one would think that I take these things for granted. But, oh no! Not me! This eye candy still astonishes me each and every time.
What makes the scenery even more awesome is the changing weather with clouds swirling amidst the mountain range and valleys. Many times, one is standing above the clouds, but this time, the clouds were amongst us. We even encountered snowfall as we drove up the road to Hurricane Ridge. Wildlife was abundant this time as we traveled along the road to Hurricane Ridge. We must have seen about a dozen black-tailed deer and, of course, one of my favorite park residents, the big, black raven.
Of interest is the Olympic National Park Visitor Center located on the main road just before the turn-off to the Hurricane Ridge park entrance. There are informational displays, brochures, a small gift shop, and helpful staff to answer questions. One of my favorites is a wildlife display that looks so life-like. Here are a few photos that includes an elk and a flying squirrel.
Stay tuned for Part II of my trip to Olympic National Park that will include a stop at a Pacific Northwest Native Indian cultural center, located in Sequim, WA.