May 15, 2005

Postcards from the Pacific Northwest

Shelly and I spent a long weekend on the Olympic Penninsula - three hours north of Portland and three hours west of Seattle - because two friends of ours got married there Saturday. It would be hard to find a more beautiful place.

Lake Crescent.jpg

Lake Crescent is surrounded on all sides by mountains.


Lake Crescent Lodge.jpg

The Lake Crescent Lodge likes to brag about the famous people who stay there. Laura Bush has apparently been there many times - without George W. for whatever reason. Franklin Roosevelt once stayed in one of the cabins. What he had for breakfast - rainbow trout and scrambled eggs - is still on the menu as the "Roosevelt Breakfast."


Clear Water.jpg

The water is deep and, as you can see, clear.


Hurricane Ridge.jpg

Hurricane Ridge rises a mile above the Strait of Juan de Fuca and overlooks the entire interior of the Olympic Penninsula. The microclimate is arctic, the ecosystem is sub-alpine tundra, and the ridge gets its name from the hurricane-force winds that blow in the winter. It is not a place you want to visit in January.


Olympic Penninsula Valleys.jpg

This is what almost all the penninsula looks like - snow capped peaks above steep glacier-carved valleys.


Rainforest.jpg

Believe it or not I snapped this photo on the dry side, in the rain shadow. The Pacific side, the rainforest side, is something else. Greener than you can imagine. I would post a photo, but I didn't make it over that far on this trip.


Michael and Shelly Lake Crescent.jpg

Shelly and me at the lake on our friend's wedding day.

Posted by Michael J. Totten at May 15, 2005 11:21 PM
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Posted by: David Thomson at May 16, 2005 04:49 AM

Who in heck wants to view mountains and lakes?--DT

LOL.Concrete trumps grass anyday,for sure.
Nice photos.Thanks for posting.Looks GREAT.

ps--I really liked the new cat photos as well.Hope Roland is still trucking along nicely,doing cat things.

Posted by: dougf at May 16, 2005 05:52 AM

It looks very beautiful. Thank you for sharing with us.

Posted by: Solomon2 at May 16, 2005 06:18 AM

I have to say, Shelly looks lovely and cheerful. You, on the other hand, have a little bit of a "Jack Torrance" look going on there.

Fantastic photos! Thanks for sharing.

Posted by: too many steves at May 16, 2005 07:18 AM

It's gorgeous.

Posted by: Rachel at May 16, 2005 07:29 AM

It's a wedding, Totten! Crack a smile, ferpetessake! Love the scenery photos, especially when it was 93 yesterday.

Posted by: DodgerGirl at May 16, 2005 08:26 AM

You, on the other hand, have a little bit of a "Jack Torrance" look going on there--TMS

My all-time favourite movie character.I guess we can just be thankful that Michael wasn't snowed in at the lodge. :-)

Posted by: dougf at May 16, 2005 08:37 AM

[[[ Crack a smile, ferpetessake! ]]]

I agree. Life is good, light it up!

Also, Mr. Totten, if i may be so bold, the hair is reminiscent of that Seinfeld episode with the skull plasterage.

Posted by: Tim at May 16, 2005 08:41 AM

"Laura Bush has apparently been there many times - without George W"

What happens in Lake Crescent, stays in Lake Crescent...

Great pictures, Mike.

Posted by: Patricia at May 16, 2005 08:49 AM

Cool. I've only seen the O.P. from across the water at Victoria. Gorgeous, similar to the West Coast of Vancouver Island. And how close did you get to that deer?

Posted by: double-plus-ungood at May 16, 2005 09:02 AM

Okay, Michael. Enough is enough. We are all coming to Oregon.
The state department of tourism should be paying you.

Posted by: lebanon.profile at May 16, 2005 12:05 PM

So, you enjoyed the bachelor party, did you?

Great pictures. I could tell that the water was not only deep, but cold, too.

That place sure isn't Beirut.

Posted by: Woody at May 16, 2005 12:29 PM

Very nice.

Truly your photography is fantastic.

Ratatosk

Posted by: Ratatosk at May 16, 2005 01:26 PM

The scenery is obviously gorgeous but I have to admit to being pleased that you gave us a full frontal pic of you and Shelly! If I were a betting woman I'd wager that Shelly is the one who chose the couch and quite possibly picked your shirt and tie for the wedding too - to match her outfit. Of course it's also possible that you picked the couch cause Shelly looked good sitting on it. :-)

Posted by: Caroline at May 16, 2005 04:06 PM

Michael, thanks for posting these beautiful photos!

I'll bet this trip helped you decompress after Beirut. Thank you for sharing the experience - or if not the experience, exactly, then at least the pictures.

David Thomson, we wouldn't be suffering just a little bit of sour grapes, now would we ... ?

Posted by: Asher Abrams - Dreams Into Lightning at May 16, 2005 04:52 PM

PS - Michael, feel free to photoblog about the Olympic Peninsula as often as you wish ...

Posted by: Asher Abrams - Dreams Into Lightning at May 16, 2005 04:53 PM

Great pictures, Michael, thanks.

Posted by: Benjamin at May 17, 2005 10:43 PM

Too Many Steves: You, on the other hand, have a little bit of a "Jack Torrance" look going on there.

Wendy, give me the bat. I'm not going to hurt you.

Posted by: Michael J. Totten at May 18, 2005 12:33 AM

More. Pictures. Of. Shelly. :)

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