March 2017-The West Coast

Northern California to Seattle is hard to describe in few words.  Beautiful.  Stunning.  Amazing.  From the Coastal Redwoods to hundreds of sea lions, incredible waterfalls and jaw dropping glass blowing, we loved it all!

After leaving Sausalito we spent a couple of days in Point Reyes National Seashore, a beautiful area with more elephant seals although they were not nearly as close as they were in Piedras Blancas.  Then  it was on to Redwood National Park, we just could not get enough of those giant trees.  The Tall Trees Grove trail is a must see, I don’t think we have been in such a beautiful forest!  Fern canyon was also a pretty neat spot and Redwood National Park is the park to see lots of Elk.

Although it was cloudy and grey for most of our time along the Oregon coast it was still stunning.  We stopped at a pullout with no signs and just happened to look down to see hundreds and hundreds of sea lions.  WOW, we had never seen that many all together.  We then detoured from the coast to drive part of the Historic 30 Highway as far as the Bonneville Dam.  There are so many waterfalls along this strip and because of all the rain they were incredible, Multnomah was the most impressive.

In Washington we wanted to see Olympic NP, Seattle and because it was the right time of year, the daffodils in Woodburn.  The only disappointment was when we were not permitted to enter Olympic NP at Hurricane Ridge, just too much snow.  We did however get to do some hiking in Hoh Rainforest and the coastal trail in Ozette was great.  Our reduced time in Olympic NP allowed us to spend more time with friends in Seattle.  Great city, fab food and cool shops.  We really enjoyed visiting the Hot Shop in Tacoma’s Museum of Glass and absolutely LOVED the Chihuly Garden and Glass museum in Seattle.

 

Please click here to view our March Flickr album.

 

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