|Port Angeles foliage; only around for a few days.|
You can read more about the history of the Elwha here and see a documentary about the un-damming of this wild river. It's been a long process of fixing a river and the fish that inhabit it, along with all the tribal impacts to native peoples.
|Rose leads the way toward the Elwha River.|
The old growth forest reaches upwards and all the leaves that were providing shade this summer are now acting like spongy carpets on the trails.
I was traveling with two folks who, like me, know the importance of leaving marks or signs so we could find our way back from river's edge because at this time of the year the leaves and downed branches make trails harder to see.
We stopped at the Lower Elwha dam, now gone, then walked over to the river's edge, then drove to where Glines Canyon dam used to be (pictures at the end of this) and then drove all the way up to the beginnings of the Anderson trail to the Olympic Hot Springs... we'll go there another time.
|Information about the dams is posted at both sites.|
We didn't see any fish swimming upriver but there were plenty of folks with the same idea we had; to get out and enjoy the wonderful weather.
|Rick and Rose looking over the former lake;|
the remains of the Glines dam are in the back.
|Looking over the free-running Elwha from the remains of|
the dam. The silt will nourish further downstream.
|New cut of the wild Elwha now the lake is gone.|
|New snow on the Olympic peaks...|
|The Olympics feed the Elwha...|
|And now the Elwha may feed us, on many levels.|