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02/24 - Along the Elwha

We took advantage of the bright sunny day to take a walk along the Elwha River from the Madison Falls parking lot. The sun was brilliant, and the day was brisk. They've closed the road again thanks to fresh flood damage, so we walked what is now a familiar route. The river is as beautiful as ever.

As a bonus, there was a field of snowdrops not far from the parking lot, so we stopped and took some pictures of this early sign of spring.

The damaged road, in case you were wondering why it is closed again

The Elwha River

Another view with almost silvery trees

The mountains

Old maples, gnarled and mossy

Another view up the Elwha

Roiling waters

Misty mountains across the way

A view downstream

Snowdrops ...

... and more snowdrops

Keywords: elwha, spring

02/20 - Port Angeles Barbecue

We have had our eye on this barbecue place on First Street for a while now. We finally dropped in and ordered a rack of pork ribs, a bale of pulled pork and a passel of pulled turkey. The ribs were excellent, tender and richly flavored with a great rub that included some fresh coriander seeds among other spices. We'd go back for them alone. The pulled pork and pulled turkey were wonderful as well, with lots of meaty flavor.

Barbecue is a little place with just a few tables, but they do great things with smoke and meat in the back room. They have limited hours, so check their web site. They use Square, so they don't take cash. You'll need a credit card or a payment enabled phone. We're already looking forward to our next round of ribs there.

Keywords: restaurants, reviews

02/16 - Marymere Falls in February

It has been a wintry month, and we haven't been getting out as much as we'd like. If nothing else, the Spruce Railroad Trail and all of the Elwha Valley trails are closed for construction and the high country is covered with snow. We did get out to Marymere Falls. It was a short walk from the parking lot, less than an hour round trip, but it was a nice taste of northwestern forest for the season.

The falls

The misty mountain trail

Looking down at Barnes Creek

The trail with a new handrail (on the right)

Barnes Creek again

The side stream from the falls

Another view of Barnes Creek

Keywords: elwha, high country, marymere falls, spruce railroad, trails

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