7 Feb 2017
PNW2017 (days 5 to 8)
Our next stop was one of my favorite places in the world, the Hoh rainforest.
I'd never visited it in the middle of winter with snow, and it was a new and different experience.
With the temperature just below zero, the typical thick, foresty, musty feeling of the air was less apparent.
We got to see salmon swimming upriver to lay their eggs.
This is a natural colonnade of trees formed by a nurselog.
Next, we hiked the Ozette trail to Cape Alava, the westernmost point of the contiguous 48 states. Much of the trail was a boardwalk.
Here are some views of the coast at Cape Alava.
Then we drove up to Hurricane Ridge to get the real snow experience. It's a popular place for skiers but we just tromped around in the snow.
Our next destination was Seattle, which we reached by the Bremerton ferry.
Washington State Ferries is the largest ferry system in North America, and is publicly owned.
It gives a great view of the Seattle skyline.
To get a daylight view, we climbed to the top of the water tower in Volunteer Park, a free alternative to the Space Needle.
Plus, you get to actually see the Space Needle in the skyline this way.