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Wanderlust Wednesday- Olympic National Park

I had gotten a little behind on my Wanderlust Wednesdays, but after this one I’m happy that I will be caught up because one of my Travel Goals for 2012 was to have a Wanderlust Wednesday post for every week of the year.  This one is extra special because it’s allowing me to tell all of you that I have my summer trip destination set!  My best friend Hannah and I will be taking a road trip to Olympic National Park in Washington!

Olympic National Park is known for it’s three distinct ecosystems: subalpine forrest, temperate forest and the Pacific coastline!  It’s a park that I have been dying to visit and the more pictures I see the more I want to go and now I’m lucky enough to get to go and I thought I would share some photos with you to trigger your Wanderlust to head out west!




If any of you guys have been to Olympic National Park I would love to hear what hikes are best, and any other tips that you can give, plus I’d just love to hear about your trips! So hit me up with any advice or stories! I have heard that the snow up on top of Hurricane Ridge can be compact and slick. So, check out these shoes made for running on snow!  Thanks for reading!

*All these pictures are from the National Parks website

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    Little Fingers
    March 21, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Hey Olympic is one of my fav parks too, I have been there twice and want to go there again. I have written abt it here, you might have seen already.


    Olympic is famous for its hiking trails, also best way to explore any parks is by hiking. Most of the time we do short hikes because we have a 2yr old with us, Good luck with your plan. Any plans to come to Portland, if yes do let me know, I would love to meet you in person 🙂

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      March 21, 2012 at 2:08 pm

      Your post is actually what made me start really looking into Olympic; your photos are so beautiful, and a true source of inspiration! What was your favorite hike that you did?
      So far our plans aren’t to go to Portland, but I can discuss with my friend about stopping in for a day or so! I would love to meet you in person as well! I feel like I know you and your family through your posts! We’re going to be through Yakima and Seattle and those would be the closest to Portland, but I’ll let you know if we decide to go to Portland!

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    Anita Mac
    March 21, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    If the pictures are anything to go by – WOW! You are in for some spectacular hiking and scenery!

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      March 21, 2012 at 11:54 pm

      I know, right? I cannot wait; I hope that it looks just like this! I love exploring my own country, especially when we have so much more to offer than big cities! Thanks for reading! I bet this would be a beautiful place for you to bike!

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    March 22, 2012 at 2:59 am

    i absolutely love the western part of the states! every time i am there i leave feeling so inspired by the beauty, the wilderness, and the simplicity of nature. i haven’t been to olympia national park, but after you go, i am sure it will be on my list of places to visit! i can highly recommend glacier national park, though. amazing! so excited for your upcoming summer trip!

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      March 22, 2012 at 9:09 am

      I agree about the West! There is just something about it. Have you been to the Southwest much because I love Zion and Bryce, and we’re going to go through Arches and Canyonlands on our way to Olympic. I went to Glacier very briefly on my way to Alaska a couple of years ago, but I would love to go back! I am also excited, and I can’t wait to share all about it! I love looking at your posts in Sweden even the little things in your posts make me want to go to Sweden every time I read your posts!

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    James Shannon
    March 23, 2012 at 2:34 am

    Adding this to my list of places to go in the Pacific Northwest! WOW!

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      March 23, 2012 at 2:40 am

      Good! I’m so excited to go; I hope you make it out there! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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    Feral Dogma
    March 25, 2012 at 11:35 am

    The beauty of Olympic National Park is truely one-of-a-kind…enjoy. If you find yourself wandering out of the Park and towards the Ocean, Kalaloch is great for camping and beach combing.

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      March 27, 2012 at 1:21 am

      Thanks for the tip! I’ll have to remember that because we definitely want to get out towards the ocean. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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    Chris Axling
    March 26, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    I’d recommend hiking the Seven Lakes Basin. Though popular, it is for a reason. The photo of the avalanche lilies with Mt. Olympus in the background was shot from there on the High Divide. Allow 3-4 days, which is a comfortable pace, and enjoy a soak in the hot springs at the end. Perhaps I’m biased, since it was my district as a backcountry ranger for the NPS many years ago, but it’s one of my favorite areas of the ONP highcountry.

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      March 27, 2012 at 1:23 am

      That sounds really amazing, and thanks for the advice! I bet that was a really amazing area to work in, I would love to work for the NPS. That hike sounds pretty amazing, I’ll definitely check that out! Thanks for stopping by and commenting I’d love to hear any more tips you have about that area!

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    Tim Shey
    March 31, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Wow, those photos are absolutely beautiful!

    I hitchhiked through the Olympic Peninsula once; it is a very beautiful place. I hitchhiked through Aberdeen, Forks and Port Angeles. I stayed at a real nice shelter in Port Angeles for one night. It is best to hitchhike through the Olympic Peninsula during the summer because it gets very rainy between November and April on the coast.

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      March 31, 2012 at 3:15 pm

      I am loving all these comments about your hitchhiking experiences, this week I have a feeling I’m just going to devour all sorts of stories off your blog! So prepare yourself to be asked all sorts questions! haha

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    April 19, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Hello, I just stopped in to visit your website and thought I’d say thanks for having me.

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