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Welcome to the Olympic Peninsula!

Water, water, water! That was the predominant feature of our road trip from Seattle (SeaTac airport) onto the Olympic Peninsula. Although I'm sure this drive is spectacular at any time of day, we experienced the beauty of sunset on the water and over the mountains.
My brother-in-law, Dan, was the official driver for the trip and did it all with a smile... and a hint of sarcasm (one of his finest traits). Even he (a transplant to the Seattle area) was unprepared for the awe-inspiring views and off-the-beaten path surprises we encountered along the way. It's hard to describe just how unique the landscape is... until you look at a detail map of the area and even then it's hard to imagine. Ferries and bridges are a way of life. Here's a visual for you:

As we were passing over what can be described as one of many inlets, we saw the final licks of light before night set in.
Sequim, Washington was our first destination and we arrived well after dark. You'll hear more about Sequim tonight. 

Starting with the flight that takes you what seems like an arms reach from Mount Rainer....
....your spirit for adventure is unleashed! Then you begin the journey to an "unknown" land. Unknown is not  quite the right word considering about 3 million people visit the Olympic National Park each year, but once you are there you feel like you are in undiscovered lands. On many of the roads we traveled, we only passed a handful of cars each hour. Part of this is due to the fact that nearly all of the peninsula is part of the national park or national forest lands. There is essentially one major road that circles the peninsula with many "one road in, one road out" destinations.

If you are looking for 4-star hotels and white sand beaches, look elsewhere. But, if you are ready to slide into your rain boots and poncho and satisfy your desire to be saturated (literally, 'cause it's rainy alright) with nature's beauty then start planning your trip! 

Which reminds me, August is claimed as the sunniest and driest month of the year. I'd recommend at least 4 days on the peninsula to see all of the highlights. And more highlights are coming! See you in Sequim!

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