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Making History at the Elwha Dam

September 20th, 2011

At the upper Elwha River dam, Photographer John Gussman took this amazing photo of the first chunk smashed from the dam. Can’t wait to see the new face of the Elwha river when the dam is gone.

It’s exciting to think about the salmon returning.  Yesterday scientists released 10 big, healthy radio-tagged Chinook salmon into Lake Mills, which sits above the dam. The Chinooks haven’t returned to swim in those waters since the construction of the dam in 1910. 

It’s also exciting that this is the largest dam removal in the history of the U.S!

Elwha Dam - History in the Making!

Port Angeles Waterfront Trail

September 15th, 2011

Today I strolled along the part of the Olympic Discovery Trail that hugs the Strait of Juan de Fuca through Port Angeles.  I began my jaunt at the City Pier, where there is plenty of free parking.  The wheelchair-accessible waterfront trail is lined with benches that face the water to take in the view of Canada and the passing ships.

About a mile along the path, I climbed a staircase to see the newly unveiled 9/11 memorial.  A rusty steel I-beam had been salvaged from the wreckage of the Twin Towers, and it was donated to our county.  I had to put my hand on the huge scrap of metal and close my eyes for a bit.  I was glad no one else was around. 

Although the paved, level trail paled in comparison to the Lake Crescent waterfront trails, it was well worth the short trip and was quite memorable in its own way.  ~Bonnie

Olympic Discovery Trail, Waterfront in Port Angeles

Olympic Discovery Waterfront Trail in Port Angeles

September 11 Memorial in Port Angeles

September 11 Memorial in Port Angeles

Yesterday I took a respite from bed & breakfast chores and hiked the Spruce Railroad trail, which skirts Lake Crescent.  What a beautiful September day! 

The trail, which is about 17 miles west of Port Angeles, meanders around the lake about 4 miles each way.  So I hiked half of it for a pleasant 4-mile round trip.  The trail is well maintained.  The path rises and falls in gentle slopes and valleys, almost always with the sparkling glacier-fed lake within view. 

Lake Crescent from the Spruce Railroad Trail

Spruce Railroad is the  trail less traveled, and I had the whole trail to myself.  It was a most peaceful and beautiful way to recharge the spirit.  ~Bonnie

Bridge over Devil's Punchbowl on Spruce Railroad Trail, Lake Crescent