June 26, 2004

Federal Way to Federal Way

Mountain wildflowers, Olympic National Park

Another very long day. We spent basically an entire morning in search of one photograph. The first thing I wanted to see was the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. It looks like they are actually building a second bridge alongside the old one. At any rate building cranes were in the way of a photo on one side, and rich people hogged the view on the other. So alas nothing good there. Then up the coast a bit, and down to Bainbridge Island, this time in search of a photo of Seattle from across the Puget Sound. Spent probably 1/2 to one hour searching tiny little streets for a glimpse of the city. But the entire coastline is taken up by rich people posting signs saying "this is my view, piss off". In the end we *finally* found a small beach with a view. Of course there was absolutely no parking anywhere along the beach, so in the end we stopped in someone's driveway, screw em.

Of course this took us way past lunch time and we were all very tired and stroppy. At this point I had thoughts of giving up for the day and just going back to the motel and crashing, as the weather was very grey anyway.

But we decided to press on to Olympic National Park, and I'm glad we did, as the Hurricane Ridge lookout we went to was well above the clouds and we had a spectacular view of the ranges. Not to mention meadows full of mountain summer wild flowers. It was just like a scene out of The Sound of Music really :)

We went a little further to see a lake and waterfall, but it was very grey still at sea level, so at 6:30 we decided to call it a day. Well, there was still three hours of driving ahead of us. The saddest thing was, all the clouds cleared for a brilliant sunset, and the photos of Seattle would have been so much nicer with the sun in the west, but we were *not* driving another 40 miles out of the way again.

So now we're fed and watered, and well and truly ready for our final night here. The plan is to see the Museum of Flight tomorrow, and then we fly out. See you all on the other side hopefully :)

Posted by kazza at June 26, 2004 04:21 PM