Hurricane Ridge, Port Angeles, WA

According to Google, “adventure” is a noun that means “an unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or activity.” As a rule, I am a calculated risk-taker, not an adrenaline junkie. To me, an adventure is anything that gets me out of the house and away from the daily grind of routine. I do have my preferences, of course: outside, movement, nature, warmth, sunshine, travel, and something new. But mostly I’m easy; I could call bowling an adventure, or dinner and a movie, online dating, or writing a blog.

An adventure that included several of my adventure preferences was a day trip to Hurricane Ridge this past weekend. It is just outside of Port Angeles, WA, which sits on the Strait of Juan de Fuca in the Olympic Peninsula of northwest Washington State. Hurricane Ridge itself is part of Olympic National Park, has an elevation of approximately 5,200 feet, and provides a panoramic view of the Olympic Mountains. The Park Service says there is currently nine feet of snow up there. It is cold! There were high clouds when I was there, but the road is clear and the view from the top provides a spectacular survey of the forested mountain tops! The drive down from the ridge provides a beautiful vantage point of the Strait of Juan de Fuca – weather permitting, of course.

There are several scenic over-look turnouts along the well-maintained road up to the ridge, where the dreamer’s mind easily gets lost in the forest of trees and rolling landscape. Also included along this road is an abundance of deer who aren’t troubled by cars and people.

This adventure also included brief stops at the beaches of Fort Flagler State Park (Marrowstone, WA) and Fort Worden State Park (Port Townsend, WA). That area was mostly sunny on this particular day, but the strong wind prevented a feeling of warmth. However, it was very pretty! Both beaches have access to glamping spots that seemed popular.

This adventure was well worth the trip! I am most looking forward to getting back to Hurricane Ridge when there is less snow and a clear sky!

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