Seattle is a pretty cool place in that you are a short drive from two different mountain ranges. Mt. Rainier is in the Cascades, and Hurricane Ridge is in the Olympics. We visited Hurricane Ridge on Day 4 of our trip, so named because of the hurricane force winds it sometimes experiences. The skies were overcast that day, which made for some interesting effects at 5400 feet.
The view went from this…
to this in a matter of minutes. (Again, those flowers and meadows make me want to yodel.) And then it rained on our way back down the mountain.
There’s a fun website that shows the current view from Hurricane Ridge 24/7:
Hurricane Ridge Webcam
From there we went back to sea level to visit the Point Wilson lighthouse. The original light was atop the caretakers house, built in 1859. The lighthouse was built in 1913 and the light was moved there. In 1976 the light operation was automated and the lighthouse building closed to the public.
My computer and camera are in another snit, but hopefully I’ll have a few more photos to share tomorrow. (Come on, new laptop, get here already!)