Road Trip Through the Olympic Peninsula!

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

La Push - Second Beach

La Push – Second Beach

You might have already figured this out —> I have a very restless personality!  

But not in a bad way.  I am convinced I was born to explore, and when my soul is not fed with adventure, I starve! 

If you live in the city you probably realize it’s hard to find a place where you can truly enjoy nature.  Luckily for me I live in one of the most amazing cities in the US (says I and so many articles floating around the web) …

SEATTLE!  And the great Pacific Northwest

Its weather is as evolving as its physicality, and I can find a Starbucks…

…as easy as I can find shopping malls…

…as easy as I can find ocean…

…as easy as I can find mountains…

…as easy as I can enjoy snow…

…and even more easy as enjoying sunshine!

Make sense?  HAHA! It does in my  head! 

For the past few weeks I’ve been in such a cloudy mood and had been feeling mentally drained every day after work. So as you can imagine – I was starving for adventure!

And well I may not be globetrotting like I would prefer, but I work with what I got, and what I got is so amazing I cannot complain!

I believe that joy costs absolutely NOTHING!  And you do not need a plane in order to feed your adventurous soul and experience the beauty Earth offers.

So what do I do when my nomad-hippy-adventurous-unicorn soul is hungry?!!  WE FEED IT! RAWR!  Below is a recap of my weekend.

Enjoy! <3

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This weekend led me to the Olympic Peninsula, with stops along Port AngelesOlympic National Park, Marymere Falls, Crescent Lake, Forks, and finally La Push.  It was a very last minute road trip – BUT then again I plan nearly everything out of the spur of the moment, so what’s new?!  We packed bags in case we decided to stay over night.  I also invited my younger sisters to come along not really having a plan, and before we knew it, on the road we were!  

Taking SELFIE to a whole new level!  SMILE!!!

Taking SELFIE to a whole new level! SMILE!!!

Would you believe I have been living in WA for over 20 years and I had never taken a road trip to the Olympic Peninsula until last year?

WAS I DEAD AND REVIVED?! I was missing out on such an amazing part of the state.  We had no cell service or wi-fi for 90% of this trip, so it really gave us the opportunity to unplug from the rest of the world for the weekend = )

Lake Crescent.  It was too cloudy to see it in all it's glacier blue glory. I will be back!

Lake Crescent. It was too cloudy to see it in all it’s glacier blue glory. I will be back!

 

Meet my love.

Meet my love.

 

This was on a stop right before our hike. We were awed by the clarity of the lake.

This was on a stop right before our hike. We were awed by the clarity of the lake.

 

Huge tree on the hike to Marymere Falls.

Meet my younger sisters!  From L – R: Yaneli, Alma, Me!  Huge tree on the hike to Marymere Falls.

There is something about trees that completely reenergizes me! Their beauty and power is so amazing.  I feel vulnerable and alive all at the same time.  These are the most majestic beings on Earth….

Have you ever walked among giants? You have no idea….

Have you ever walked among giants? You have no idea….

 

How amazing is this tree?

How amazing is this tree?

 

In my element...

In my element…

 

….and welp! I couldn't resist #Treehugger

….and welp! I couldn’t resist #Treehugger

 

…and it was also a fun hike!

…smiiiiiiile!

 

This really was a great hike!

This really was a great hike!

 

Oh heyyy!

Oh heyyy!

 

And here she is. She was a lot more breathtaking in person. Merymere Falls.

And here she is. She was a lot more breathtaking in person. Merymere Falls.

 

The team of explorers for the weekend! Haha!

The team of explorers for the weekend! Haha!

Once we got back down from the falls, we made our way down to Lake Crescent.  This lake is popular for it’s beautiful clear, blue water.  There’s no nitrogen in it, so no algae grows!  For whatever reason, my sister’s new rubber boots lost all their shiny layer… no idea why!! Sorry, sis!

Isn’t the next photo just amazing?!  It began snowing, but the climate was very comfortable, almost warm. At least down toward the forest.  Above on the mountains, as you can see, the snow started to stick.  Beautiful nonetheless!

And then…the lake! Oh the lake! I cannot wait to see this in the spring.

The lake! Oh the lake! I cannot wait to see this in the spring.

 

Isn't she beautiful?

Isn’t she beautiful?

 

BLUE! Yes! No edits! GoPro underwater shot.

BLUE! Yes! No edits! GoPro underwater shot.

 

Me and my tall younger sis.  She turned 19 the next day.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SISSY!!

Me and my tall younger sis. She turned 19 the next day. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SISSY!!

 

Such a beauty.

Such a beauty.

And so off to our next stop we went!

…isn't GoPro amazing? =)

…isn’t GoPro amazing? =)

 

Yes, we did. HAHA! We stopped at the Forks Info Center to enjoy some Twilight things ;)

Yes, we did. HAHA! We stopped at the Forks Info Center to enjoy some Twilight shinanigans ;)

 

YEEEE!!!!

YEEEE!!!!

 

Photos totally out of order, but you get the point =)

Photos totally out of order, but you get the point =)

Our destination was the coast!  We really wanted to visit La Push, and so here it is!

La Push. What a sight…First Beach.

La Push. What a sight…First Beach.

 

La Push - Second Beach

La Push – Second Beach

 

I can imagine how magical this place is under complete sunshine. Gah!

I can imagine how magical this place is under complete sunshine. Gah!

 

Haha!  Having way too much fun.

Haha! Having way too much fun.

 

…RAWR!

…RAWR!

 

Yeah…it feels kinda like that.

Yeah…it feels kinda like that.

 

…and a lot like this.

…and a lot like this.

 

Til next time, La Push!

Til next time, La Push!

And so we decided to stick around overnight.  We ended up staying at one of the beach front resorts, Quileute Oceanside Resort.  We didn’t need anything luxurious and we actually packed a tent…JUST IN CASE spontineuty hit.  But being that it’s off season on the coast, we got this little spot at a great price!  We couldn’t pass by a warm room with a beach front view after a long, wet day of exploring. And to our surprise, it was very spacious!  It even had a kitchenette area with pots and utensils…and a couch!  How awesome?!  

We hadn’t told our birthday sissy that a birthday cake had also taken a road trip all the way from Seattle. Haha! So we surprised her later that night….

This place was a lot more roomier than I expected. One bed, but all we needed was ONE ROOF. Or a tent. I can deal….

This place was a lot more roomier than I expected. One bed, but all we needed was ONE ROOF. Or a tent. I can deal….

And that concludes our trip!  We stopped at an antique shop as we left the town.  Wall-E anyone?

Wall-E !!!

Wall-E !!!

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If you haven’t already done so, pack a bag and leave for the weekend!  You don’t need a plane. You don’t need to take paid time off.  You don’t need to leave your family over long periods of time.  And best of all, you don’t need to deal with visas and passports.

There are no excuses for you not to enjoy life.

Life is now.

Break away from your routine and feed your soul with the excitement of walking in a place you hadn’t walked before….Even if it’s just a few miles away.

Have you visited every corner of your state yet?  My guess is NO! (And if you have, holy-frkn-amazing—call me!)

Love and Adventure,

Denise

Mwah!

Mwah!

10 responses to “Road Trip Through the Olympic Peninsula!

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  4. You truly are an inspirer. I am thinking of taking this trip. My question is how did you map the hike near crescent lake and marymere falls with no wifi? Plain old maps? Or are signs pretty clear and trails pretty straight forward?

    • Thanks, Apryl! Very sweet :)
      And great question!

      It was a little bit of everything actually. I use google maps on my phone. Once I enter a destination, even if i lose service, my phone still continues to track if I’m going the right way (good ol satellite magic haha), as long as I don’t try to reroute.

      The signs were also very easy to follow, and almost all the trails are called out on signs.

      That being said, we did have service on and off. It wasn’t until we got to La Push and all the nearby beaches that we lost service completely. But again, all the signs are very easy to follow :)

      Hope you make your trip happen! It’s so pretty out there and will be completely worth the drive!

      Enjoy <3

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    • Thank you! =) It was definitely a fun little road trip. I appreciate you stopping by <3

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