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Posted: January 15 2018 at 2:26pm | IP Logged Quote M700

I live in central Washington, where we get about 8" - 9" of rain a year. Very lightly populated area. Love it here! Work took me to Seattle on Friday, then on to the Olympic Peninsula, all the way to Forks, Washington. That's about 325 miles, and a good 7+ hour drive. Longer if there is a backup for the Ferry or if the two mountain passes have significant snow or ice. This was a pretty easy drive. Icy on one pass, then just rain on the other. Got my work done in a few hours in Seattle, and instantly bogged down in terrible traffic getting to the ferry dock. Then sat there for over an hour. Finally got across to the Peninsula and right into a rain & snowstorm! :) Forks by the way, gets about TEN FEET of rain every year... Ya, ten feet...

I didn't have a lot of goof-off time this weekend, but managed to take a few photos that I thought I'd share:

14,411' Mount Rainier rises above Seattle & Tacoma. Took this photo from the Ferry. These Cascade volcanoes are really impressive with their bulk, and Rainier is really something since it rises essentially from sea level. It's so tall, when that moist Pacific air hits it, the mountain creates it's own weather. A good buddy of mine fell to his death on that mountain, roped up with two other climbers. Sad.

I took the Kingston Ferry to get out of the Seattle mess on onto the much more rural & beautiful Olympic Peninsula:

Beaver Falls, near Forks, Washington:

Rialto Beach - those are huge logs on the beach:

Fishing for steelhead & salmon tends to be very good. There are also trout, including some sea-run cutthroat! Very cool. Roosevelt elk, black bear and blacktail deer tempt the big game hunter, but simply moving through that rain forest is a tough job, let alone hunting!

Thought I'd share, as I seldom get over to that very beautiful part of Washington.

Regards, Guy
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Posted: January 15 2018 at 2:56pm | IP Logged Quote Paul B.

I did an elk hunt out of Humptulips. We had out camp trailer parked next
to the Oxbow tavern. Great hamburgers and beer served in Mason jars.
The was an old timer whose handle was not family site friendly that
made some of the best salmon jerky I ever ate. Talking to a friend up
there, he said when the logging went so did the Oxbow. What a shame,
it was a fun place. I understand the words spotted owl are considered
worse the all the four letter words combined. I know about Forks. One of
my co-workers was station there working for the Weather Bureau. He
said if you wanted to do a picnic, you either went in the rain or not at all.
Just glad I never got posted up there. Yeah, the Oly is a beautiful area.
Just don't want to live up there.
Paul B.
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Posted: January 15 2018 at 3:47pm | IP Logged Quote Ranch 13

My good friend Mike Nesbitt lives on the Oly peninsula. Sometime you are over
that direction when the Capitol City club is having their Old West Centerfire
match stop in and say Hey.

The most expensive bullet there is isn't worth a plug nickel if it doesn't go where its supposed to.
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Posted: January 15 2018 at 5:02pm | IP Logged Quote dahlin

Spent 8 weeks of basic training at Fort Lewis in 1969 from May to July. We fall out for formation and it would be cold in a field jacket and by 10 in the morning would wish to be down to a T shirt ya I got to know big agony reel good. Randy
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Posted: January 16 2018 at 7:59pm | IP Logged Quote LAH

I crossed at Edmonds to Kingston once in an 18 wheeler on
my way to Neah Bay. Different country out there.

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Posted: January 18 2018 at 2:28pm | IP Logged Quote westexcruzer

The wife and I went to Seattle/OP in October three years
ago. We lucked out and only saw rain once. Beautiful
country and nice people.

Handloads are like underwear, be careful who you swap with. -- Travis
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