Journey to the Olympic Peninsula

One of our favorite day trips, here in Northwest Washington State is a ferry ride and drive to the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge on the Olympic Peninsula.  In the afternoon on Friday, we headed down to the Edmonds Ferry Dock, to take our ferry ride to Kingston on the Kitsap Peninsula for the first leg of our journey.  We were aware that the ferry system is down two boats, both in dry dock for repairs, and we might have a wait.  That turned out to be the case.  But it was a gorgeous, sunny day, and we were not bothered at the 1.5-hour wait in line.

We also were aware of the existing federal regulation (actually simply an “executive order” by the dementia-plagued president), mandating all travelers on any form of public transportation to wear face masks.  Well the Washington State Ferry System is definitely a mode of public transportation, so we expected all sorts of prominent signage, reminding all passengers to wear their masks when outside their vehicle. [note: the residents of Western Washington are the most-compliant of slaves, and about half still wear their face-diapers even when they do not need to, like outdoors].  So, we were somewhat surprised to see almost no such signage.  Nothing at the tollbooth, nothing on the ramp up to get on the ferry.  When we drove onto the ferry, we parked the car as indicated by the crew-member, who was not wearing a mask.  The first thing to catch my eye, through the railing of the boat, was one of the hard-rubber bumpers on the piling that keeps the big boat in place at the dock.  Many people over the years had stuck various stickers on that piling.  Here it is.

Stickers-Edmonds

Our people here love the outdoors, and are mostly Leftist, both of which are reflected in the various stickers.  So we got out of the car, and went up to the passenger deck, where we saw a very strange sight.  More than half of the people in the enclosed cabin, and out on the deck, were not wearing masks, leaving them open to reprimand or whatever penalty our betters in DC have decided to issue for Covid scofflaws.  Wow!  We have a bunch of revolutionaries around, who must know of the federal mandate, but simply don’t care.  Like us.  I did not pack a mask for the journey, and was never asked to wear one.  Ahhh, Freedom!

I made for the outside deck, where I could stand in the sunshine, gazing at the beautiful Puget Sound.

PugetSound

I mostly stood outside on the deck, my phone ready to take pictures.  We saw a really cool sailboat, with a bright red sail.  I took some still pictures.

Sailboat-red sail

I also took some video, which I posted on my Rumble site.  Take a look, here.

We arrived in Kingston, and had a bit of lunch before driving on, across the Hood Canal Bridge to the Olympic Peninsula.  We arrived at the refuge at around 5:30PM.  I was delighted to find that my Senior Park Pass gets us free admission, and then it was down the path through the forest, to the spit below.

Forest path

A short distance down the path, we came out of the forest to get our first view of the Spit.  We stopped at the overlook.

SpitFromPath

The Spit is 5-1/2 miles long, with a lighthouse at the tip.  You can walk all the way to the lighthouse, but it is a very strenuous hike.  No hikers that day, as the spit was closed, a short way down the beach.  The Spit runs roughly north-east, and there is a lagoon on the leeward side.  We walked down the path, to the beach.

SpitFromBeach

If you turn around, this is the beach on the south-west side of the Spit.  It was a very hazy day, so you can just barely see the Olympic Mountains in the distance.

BeachLookingSouth

If you keep walking down the beach, you would end up in Port Angeles.  But we started to walk up the beach.  I love this beach, since it is never the same twice.  There are lots of big driftwood logs on the rocky beach, and you can also see clamshells, and seaweed.  I came across this kelp.

Kelp

We turned around, and climbed over the driftwood to see the lagoon inside the Spit.  We couldn’t go very far, since there was a sign indicating the inside lagoon was closed.

InsideLagoon

In past years, we have seen flocks of Terns fishing in the lagoon.  There weren’t many birds out this time.  We did see some very beautiful driftwood logs.

KnobbyLog

One thing most people can’t resist on this beach, is getting flat rocks, and piling them at various places on the logs.

Driftwood-rocksA little way up the beach, we saw a very interestingly-shaped driftwood log, with the part that was the roots standing up.  I had Hubby go stand by it, for scale.  This would have been a very big tree!  Hubby is just under 6 feet tall.HubbyForScale-log

You can see in the background of this picture, the light is different.  About 45 minutes after we arrived, the fog started to roll in.  Here’s the beach in the fog.

BeachInFog

WaveInFog

The wind was really coming up, causing the waves to get bigger.  I took some video, and you can see it here.  And, looking down the beach to the south.

Beach-south-fog

We simply got too cold, so decided to call it a day.  The bluffs on the left are treed, and you can see the fog rolling in!

SlopeInFog

We were very cold from the wind, so the walk back up the path was good to keep warm; the wind was blocked by the trees too.  It was a fun day, and we found an Applebee’s in Sequim to have dinner.  We didn’t arrive home until after midnight, but it had been an excellent day.

2 thoughts on “Journey to the Olympic Peninsula

  1. I can see why you like to visit here. We must have passed quite close by but didn’t have time to go everywhere.

    Masks are mandated indoors in public spaces here until Monday, when restrictions will be lifted despite a rise in cases. It’s hoped that with a large number vaccinated we won’t see the high number of hospitalisations and deaths we’ve had with previous waves. But we’re being asked to show respect for others and continue to wear them in crowded places, such as public transport, which I for one will do even though I hate the things. The quickest way out of this pandemic is to do all we can to stop the virus spreading so I was a bit surprised to read about your opposition to masks. Is that a common view in the US? I’m hoping to visit again next year so it would be good to see you all get on top of this thing once and for all!

  2. Thanks so much for your comment! You live in Canada, right? We honeymooned in Victoria, and can hardly wait to go back, which we did every couple of years in October. We are also quite dismayed at the “police state” Canada seems to have become, with pastors forcibly removed from their churches, and citizens literally put under “house arrest” for little reason. On the mask issue, you should be aware that the masks you are mandated to wear do not protect anyone from a virus; and they do have harmful social effects (dehumanizing, because you are prevented from seeing the smiles of others). If you really pay attention to the statistics, you will see that the number of “cases” that occurred after mask mandates were imposed, had no effect at all on the number of reported infections. Masks now are solely a means of “social control” of the people. Government institutions are mandating vaccines, when the data prove that people under age 30 should not be vaccinated because of the many risks of side effects, and they normally recover quickly when infected. Once you have had Covid and recovered, you have antibodies for a long time and do not need to be vaccinated. And there are voluminous data which show that vaccination is NOT needed for young children at all, since they are more resistant to infection and do not spread the virus; schools should have remained open from the start. Masks are especially harmful for children, as they absolutely require social signals from the faces of others for their social development. One of the worst parts of this, is that the social-media companies have been censoring which information you are allowed to see, and acting as virtual arms of the medical establishment. You may not be aware of much of the important data, due to that censorship.
    OK, I’ll get off my hobbyhorse now! We really want to come back to Canada!

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