We had been waiting all week for a clear day to drive up to Hurricane Ridge to see the mountain peaks. It seemed like no matter what the sky was like in Port Angeles – clear or cloudy – the peaks were always covered by clouds. On Saturday, we finally gave up and decided to just make the drive up to the ridge and see what we could see.
We drove through the entrance station (we remembered our National Parks pass today!!), and started up the mountain road. At the first overlook, we stopped and looked back, and could barely see Port Angeles!
As we continued up, the clouds got thicker and the visibility got lower!
We drove through three tunnels and were surprised to see that even the tunnels had clouds in them!
Nicolas was driving, and he had to be extremely careful . . . we could barely see the front of the car!
We constantly had to be on the lookout for deer, too.
With all the low clouds, we weren’t feeling too confident that we were going to be able see much on the ridge, but as we got closer to the top we started to break through the clouds.
We didn’t see too much snow on the ground, but we did pass some really big snow removal equipment!
Above the clouds now, we could start to see the peaks of the mountains.
We arrived at the Visitor Center, which is also a ski lodge during the winter months, and admired the view of the mountain peaks.
There are a few hikes at the ridge that we could have checked out, but it was REALLY cold up there . . . and our feet and hands were freezing! So, after looking around for a few minutes, we went back to the car, where we noticed this deer on the top of the hill.
People were following him along the edge of the parking lot, but he wasn’t bothered by them at all!
We started back down the mountain, and back into the clouds!
Just before reaching the bottom, we spotted another deer on the side of the road – this one had her fawn with her! So cute!