new years trip: the olympic peninsula

Hurricane ridge 2 Hurricane ridge 1

I spent New Years up in The Olympic Peninsula with two lovely girlfriends and some strangers. I often dream about jetting off to foreign lands but I forget that there's some pretty cool stuff right under my nose (or a few hours away at any rate). I was floored by the scenery at Lake Crescent, Lake Sutherland and at Hurricane Ridge (pictured). These snapshots don't do it justice at all! Snowshoeing is my snow sport of choice as it requires the least amount of coordination. Ha! 


If you ever get the chance, I highly recommend a visit to The Olympic Peninsula and then you can hop over to Canada via the Port Angeles ferries. I didn't have time for Canada this trip.We used to catch the ferry to Victoria every summer to visit my grandfather and I want to go soon. Hoping to make time this year to get out of town at least once a month! What did you all do for New Years?

Snapshots by me.


  1. Gorgeous shots! It must have been a wonderful trip. I’ve only snow-shoed a couple times, and there is a learning curve for that too! But it’s so fun and also much more my speed than the other snow sports.

    I’m new to your blog and enjoying it immensely! Come visit me at

    Happy New Year!

  2. Chelsea, the Olympic Peninsula is my favorite place on the planet! Camping at La Push and hiking in the rain forest is the best, my dad used to take us there. I’ve actually never been when there was snow! Oh, I wish I could be there now.

  3. what a beautiful way to spend the new year!

    i like your idea of getting out of town at least once a month… even a day trip to a place that is nearby can do the trick sometimes.

  4. oh my goodness, we went to the peninsula for a hiking trip in june and it was amazing. and actually looked totally similar – we didn’t realize the snow is still 10 feet deep in june!
    luckily we had snowshoes, and a shovel to dig little sites for our tents. it was SO cold, but so stunningly beautiful.

    thanks for sharing your lovely pictures!

  5. I’ve been there in the summer and am nervous on those ridges. One year we went after a deep snowy winter and many trees had been damaged. The air was filled with the fragrance of conifers.

  6. gorgeous. you inspired me to book a ski weekend in northern nh to enjoy my little area of the world a little more. It’s so hard when you got stuck in groove. Here’s to more long weekend away in 2011!

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