Hometown Views

Port Wilson Lighthouse, Fort Worden State Park

I consider myself very fortunate to be able to live in a small town in a truly spectacular setting. These are more photos from my recent ferry ride across to Coupeville and back. These images show the return to Port Townsend.

Port Townsend Waterfront

The image above shows the Olympic Mountains in the distance and most of the Port Townsend waterfront. The image below shows the Port Townsend ferry dock with the Kennewick ferry sitting in the auxiliary dock. The Kennewick is used for service while other boats are in maintenance and (except for Covid times) during heavy volume weekends (holidays, etc.).

Port Townsend Ferry Dock

Views from the Ferry

Leaving Coupeville Dock

The ferry ride from Coupeville to Port Townsend provides some fairly dramatic scenery, from the more mudane (the ferry dock and environs) to the more spectacular view of the Northeast corner of the Olympic Mountains. The left over remnants of the morning fog reduced the clarity of the view, but added the ability to distinguish the various ridgelines.

View from the Ferry

The Elwha River: Free at Last

Where Lake Mills used to be

The removal of the Elwha Dams drained Lake Mills. One of the concerns was with the huge amount of sediment that had been trapped behind the dams and the impact that would have on the ecology downstream. A lot of careful planning has resulted in a rapid recovery … salmon and steelhead trout have already returned to the river. Not in the huge numbers that once were present … but quicker than many thought likely.

From the photos below (less than a mile below the upper dam), you can see that the river is now running clean and clear.

Downriver from the bridge on the Olympic Hot Springs Road.
Upriver from the bridge on the Olympic Hot Springs Road.

More Olympic Mountain Views

View North from Blue Mountain

Another set of images from a recent hike in the Olympic National Park. The top image is looking north from the end of the Blue Mountain road … a short walk takes you to the summit for an unobstructed view in all directions. The top image shows the town of Sequim and the Dungeness Spit, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and some of the San Juan Islands in the distance. The bottom image shows a view from the Grand Ridge Trail running out of Deer Park.

View looking southeast from the Grand Ridge Trail

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