This is another trip into Olympic National Park, starting near Port Angeles on the Strait of Juan de Fuca – which connects Puget Sound to the Pacific Ocean.
This is one of my favorite pictures as I get ready to begin our hike up to Hurricane Ridge; it captures the essence of who am…both then and now.
I was growing up during my years in Seattle, and living the life of adventure that I had always imagined was out there for me.
A lot of who I am today was absorbed during my life in Seattle, and all the many adventures that I had while I lived there.
I always dreamed of the life I wanted to live from my earliest days of climbing trees and wandering through fields and forests; and my greatest decision in life was to step off the well worn path of life and choose to live the life that I wanted to live.
Bruce was the first “worldly” person that I ever knew, and someone who offered various perspectives on any topic we discussed.
Bruce and I often had conversations about the world and different perspectives about the issues of the day; here I hoist my backpack to get started on our hike to Hurricane Ridge.
In case you live on the other side of the world, can’t travel or are looking for a place to visit, I’ll take you on a tour of some of my favorite places – so pull up a chair and a cup of coffee or tea while you travel with me awhile; here a deer poses for my camera in the sunshine before crossing the road.
These pictures speak for themselves, so we can have a chat during this travelogue of mine; the deer crosses the road without paying us much attention.
I hope that through these pictures you can gain new and different perspectives of your own about the world; here the deer stands at the edge of the forest after safely crossing the road.
Later I’ll take you through my pictures to some of my favorite places in Europe and around the world that I have visited, and I hope that along the way you will gain new insights on places both far away and closer to home.
I’ll also introduce you to the world of military aviation from a historical perspective, as I already have through my hot air ballooning experiences in Seattle.
On this hike to Hurricane Ridge you can see from these pictures that we started the trip at sea level, and will soon enter into the rainforest – as we go through all of the climate elevation zones on this trip.
Here’s a mushroom growing in the shadows of the forest floor, where everything is starting to becoming damp and wet in the cool darkness of the rainforest.
Here we are deep in the rainforest surrounded by thick moss and vegetation, running streams and a cool dampness everywhere around us.
The Olympic Mountains are full of streams carrying away the snowmelt from snowfields and glaciers in the high alpine zone above us.
We are following the trail as it winds through the forested elevations to the alpine zone above the treeline.
The Olympic Mountains seem to grow out of the forests, as if being pushed ever higher from below to rise above the trees.
The alpine zone is my favorite destination in the mountains, where you have clear views above the treeline, open terrain sprinkled with rocks and boulders, and wide open high country to explore at will.
In my day growing up there was no internet to explore the world with, so I watched every National Geographic and documentary that was shown on TV to learn about the greater world around me; and perhaps these pictures can help you to understand the world today in a way that was unavailable to me growing up.
I read every National Geographic, magazine and library book that I could get my hands on while growing up, exploring far away places through books that I hoped to visit one day – and I yearned for a life of adventure and travel.
At this point we’re entering the alpine zone and will continue this trip in the next set of pictures as Bruce and I explore Hurricane Ridge above the treeline.