|Lake Crescent, Clallam County, Washington|
on the Olympic Peninsula, about an hour's drive from
Port Angeles. It's three hours from Seattle.
We got a late start, my friends and I, but the weather was so lovely, we felt no need to rush. The sun was out, a light breeze was tousling our hair, and then we put on our bike helmets.
I should say that we put on our helmets once we arrived at that portion of the Olympic Discovery Trail near Camp David, Jr., on the north side of the lake. There are plenty of signs off Highway 101, so it is easy to find the road.
|This lake is incredibly clear and today it was also very calm.|
You take the trail westward, with a slight uphill trend, (easy pedaling, really) for about 30 minutes, until you reach the port-a-potty and the western entrance off Highway 101. Then you turn around and go back the way you came, gliding all the way!! I don't think I pedaled my bike more than a couple of times on the way back.
We didn't see any folks until we were headed back and then we saw two hikers/walkers on the trail. This whole area has lots and lots of trails for both bikers and hikers. Most of the bike shops have a trail map that is accurate and helpful.
|A closer look at the submerged log, above and below.|
|At the western-most end of Lake Crescent, there are some|
campsites, picnic grounds, boat launching pier and a small
area for swimming, at your own risk... it's pretty cold.
|The light filtered through|
the moss-covered trees.
|Taking a break on Nature's mossy mattress, making that|
"earth connection" that is so rejuvenating.
|The Olympic Discovery Trail near Lake Crescent.|
There is also a lovely waterfall to hike up to, but we are going to do that another day.
|The water really is this color!! And this clean!|
|Obviously the water is not really green, but it is so clear|
that it reflects back the colors of all the trees near it.
|The largest pool is about 70 degrees. The closer circle pool|
runs very hot, somewhere between 106-109 degrees.
|This pool, closest to the administration and showers, is a|
comforting 99-100 degrees on average. All sulfur.
Oh, and yes, there is a fee for that as well. $10 per person. Pretty hefty if you have a large family, in my opinion.
You can go to the link to read all the details about this unique experience, and get information if you want to do an overnight visit.
I was quite stunned at the variety of cultures present on this day. I heard Ukrainian being spoken, German, Italian, Mandarin (Chinese), and one other dialect I couldn't identify.
It is very child-friendly, but not pet-friendly. Don't even think about bringing Fido along.
Other tip: wear water 'slippers' because the aggregate surface is really painful to walk on and the other walking surfaces are quite slippery.
There are towels for rent, food at the little restaurant, lots of beverages and sunscreen if you forget to bring it.
All in all, it was a truly delightful day and I'm so glad I've had a chance to see a little more of the paradise I am calling 'home.'