Fortunately there are lots of other lovely things to see at the park, like beautiful Narada Falls with a rainbow.Myrtle Falls. It's a waterfall with the volcano in the background. Unfortunately the parking lot was way too crowded, so we just drove through it, but by then we wouldn't have been able to see the mountain behind it anyway.
This was the main view I was most excited for Amy to see. You can just see the tip of the mountain peaking out. On a clear day, it's stunning.
It would have been a long wait before the clouds cleared, so we gave up on the volcano and just focused on the other beauties in the area.
|Reflection Lake panorama|
It's only .6 miles down but very steep with this log climb to the the base and a log bridge. It was a bit scary down there. The bridge doesn't seem very sturdy from a distance.
We made it! Now for the strenuous climb back up.
The waterfall actually has several other drops that you can see from a distance on the main road. Oscar and I did find the viewpoint for those last time, while Amy and I missed it this time.
The next day we took the Edmonds-Kingston ferry across the sound on our way to the Olympic Game Farm in Sequim, Washington.
We had a bit of a wait to get on the ferry since it was a Friday, which drove both kids nuts. Amy got to learn what it's like when we get stuck in traffic on road trips with the kids.
They have a petting area, which Allison and Amy were willing to do, but not Tyler.
This small, no cost aquarium was the perfect stop for the kiddos. Any bigger would have sucked up too much time out of an already full day.
My sweet girl was happy wherever we went. Here they are staring at the octopus tank. An employee told us the octopus hadn't been seen in several weeks. They're very good at hiding.
This tank had Nemo fish and Dory fish, which made Tyler happy.
Allison enjoyed being Amy's travel buddy
Llamas! The black one didn't want to eat much but did enjoy the love.
Amy loved feeding the animals, and they LOVED her. Especially these ones that stuck their whole heads in the car. I think she's more tolerant of feeding them directly since she's a dog owner.
I was happy the animals gravitated more to Amy's side than Ty's and mine. When they came to our side, they typically didn't come very close, so Ty would just toss bread out to the peacocks. He also wanted to eat the bread, which was fine too. He kept telling the animals not to eat his bread.
Allison woke up as we arrived and didn't get any entertainment out of the driving tour, so she was a bit fussy and eager to get out of the car by then.
Me timidly feeding the bison.
Driving through the elk was a bit terrifying. You can feed but you can't stop or they can damage the vehicle. But of course I and everyone else forgets that as we're slowly going over the bridge. I was glad we brought the minivan instead of the Prius.
The ride was really uncomfortable actually. My legs were sore and I was happy for it to end. How do people do this all day long?!
Allison was happy for the little walk too.
Afterwards we set out to find the Dungeness Spit but ended up finding Dungeness Bay. It was going to take some effort to figure out how to get back to the spit entrance and we really needed to drive back to the ferry soon, so we figured the bay was just as good. You could see the spit and the lighthouse from here, but it's really hard to see in the pictures. One day I'd like to walk the spit (it's 5.5 miles from one end to the light house).
Our phones were getting tremendously low on battery since we'd forgotten to bring any sort of charger with us, so we couldn't look up the ferry schedule and just played for as long as we felt like staying.
I nursed Allison then let her sit in the sand and play. For situations like this, it's nice that she never sticks things in her mouth. That beach was full of nasty seaweed.
Cute Ty guy running around