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September 14, 2011 / mws

ARE WE THERE YET?

Strayer Travel      Fall 2011

We have a fabulous itinerary for this trip and we’re hoping for good weather to go along with our plans.  September and October are wonderful travel months in the Pacific Northwest.  There is always one concern, and that is wildfires.  In the past, we have witnessed the dense gray smoky clouds that hover over the mountains and deep into the valleys.  So far, it doesn’t appear that we will encounter any great fire problems.

September 13, 2011 

Flying into Seattlewith Mt Ranier in the backgroundWe arrived in Seattle, WA about 7PM Pacific Time and took the shuttle directly to our hotel.  I have found in the past that if you arrive later in the day, it’s best to wait till the next day to get your rental car.  It saves one extra day of rental charges.  It’s also a good idea to stay at a hotel that has a restaurant.  After enduring airport stress and travelling across the country, it’s nice to just walk down the hall to have a relaxing dinner and de-stress from the travel day.

September 14, 2011 

After breakfast we caught the shuttle back to the airport and got our rental car.  We took a partial loop southwest from Seattle and then north on scenic route 101 to Port Angeles. We chose one side road that led to Hamma Hama Recreation Area.  This was a picnic/campground area with rain forest trees and streams and trails.Hamma Ham Rec Area

We continued north and arrived in Port Angeles.  We headed over to the Olympic National Park Visitors Center to look around and get ONP info. Our final stop for the day was Albertson’s grocery store where we picked up snacks and supplies for our Olympic adventures to come. We checked in at the Olympic Lodge in Port Angeles, our home for the next three nights.  Happy 20th Anniversary to us!!

20th Anniv 9/14/11

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