Washington state tours

Olympic Peninsula Tour

No Elk sightings today on this Olympic Peninsula Tour, but the woods were alive with fresh water from the recent rains. You can feel the peace of the woods after a rain. The whole forest in Hoh, Lake Quinault, and Lake Crescent feel alive and breathing, deep and calm.

We did see 4 black tail deer, cows, horses, an eagle, some hawks, ducks, and a couple of slugs today. I know, cows and horses? Well, we never know when we’ll see actual wild life, so we watch for whatever we can see in the animal kingdom! Oddly, we have to look hard to find slugs. You’d think they’d be everywhere, but no, they hide well. The black ones and the Banana slugs.

The Olympic Peninsula has many rivers, which were higher due to the season. The Hoh river is quite full of glacial til, leaving the river a milky gray/teal color. it was very very pretty.

The Elwah river and the Hoh both have lots of new trees downed in the river bed, and the Hoh river has re-routed itself within the usual wide riverbed boundaries. It’s fun to see the changes each year.

Ruby Beach, on the Pacific Ocean, also has a new look. Every spring we show up to find the massive over-sized driftwood moved and shifted from the winter storms, and we get to find new ways to get to the beach. Today we decided to look at the beach from the cliff, then travel to Kalaloch where access is easier. Grey Whales were just past the breakers!  Kalaloch’s beach has more sand than drift wood. Of course we grabbed an espresso at the Kalaloch grocery before our journey back to Seattle, via Aberdeen and Olympia. Join us on a tour!  www.cherylsnwtours.com or cal

trail sign

trail sign

Halloween rock!

Halloween rock!

Sword Fern

Sword Fern

Kalaloch Beach

Kalaloch Beach

Olympic Mountains

Olympic Mountains

Deception Pass a Tour to Remember

Actually a water “Passage” not a Pass, our Deception Pass Tour is another of our unique Northwest tours, and takes 6-7 hours.

From Seattle, you will travel North to Mount Vernon, and cross the famous Skagit Valley with its highly nutrient soil. This valley provides a plethora of vegetables, berries, and flowers.

Once through the valley, Deception Pass is the next destination, with it’s beautiful Bridge.  The Deception Pass Bridge is a very popular destination in the Northwest. The views are breathtaking, of North Puget Sound and the Straight of Juan de Fuca. The bridge itself has a fun story of its own, which we’ll share, then invite you to walk across the bridge, or ride with us in our comfortable SUV.  The walk is pretty exciting -and beautiful- and so is the drive.

Once across, we suggest taking a .9 mile trail to the beach, where driftwood, sand, and waves greet you at the shore, along with seagulls and other shore birds.  The Naval Air Station nearby sometimes has fly-byes of various military planes, and sometimes it feels like an airshow.  Other times it is very quiet with no airplanes, which is a wonderful and peaceful experience, listening to the waves lap on shore.

Your next stop is in Coupeville, an historic town you will love. We’ve included lunch with this tour to further your local experience along Puget sound.  The view is tranquil, overlooking the pier and Puget Sound.  You’ll find you are fully immersed with the region, just what the doctor ordered! (Actually, no doctors orders needed).

Next, you’ll visit Admiralty Head lighthouse and Fort Casey, the last stops on the island. These are remnants of a military fort built in 1901 and are very interesting with beautiful scenery.  Finally, you’re off to the Clinton Ferry Dock.  The ferry portion of this tour is as fun as all the other experiences, with 30 minutes of water travel before reaching the mainland. From there it’s a short ride back to Seattle.

Come join us on this unique Northwest Tour.  Book today at www.cherylsnwtours.com.

trail sign

trail sign

Madrona shedding

Madrona tree- shedding

Fort stairs

Fort stairs

Fort from parking lot

Fort from parking

on the Cannon

on the Cannon

Bridge view West

Bridge view West

beach and bridge

beach driftwood and bridge

Admiralty Head Lighthous

Admiralty Head Lighthouse