Between 2015 and 2017 - at the end of ski season and college semesters - my two best friends and I took road trips to the west coast. These trips became some of my favorite memories. All the trips started off the same way: piling all of our things into either Erik's or my SUV and leaving later than we planned. Followed by a traditional stop in the Growler Guys in Spokane on our way - where somehow they recognized us every year despite seeing us once a year. This was the second year we went to Seattle & the Olympic Peninsula.
This time we opted for only a brief stop in Seattle on our way home and headed straight from Bozeman to the Olympic Peninsula. I had recently been bumming in the Mt. Hood and Portland area skiing/camping/shooting West Coast Sessions for three weeks and opted to just drive back to snag these two.
First pictures taken while being stuck in a long ferry line for a few hours on our way from Seattle to the Olympic Peninsula.
After a brief stop for Hurricane beverages (10/10 don't recommend) and road snacks, we found a camping spot just beyond Port Angeles.
Even though May is historically slow tourist-wise, a few other campers occupied the campsites. One of whom had sweet dogs.
As we built a fire and made dinner, we planned the next day. We would drive to Hurricane Ridge and hike it.
Our hike along Hurricane Ridge was cut slightly short when we ended up in unstable powder fields a few miles along, but the views were incredible.
We came back to our camp spot and played cribbage. Our friend Katie came from Seattle to join us the next morning, where we drove to Second Beach to explore the tidepools.
Our last stop was in the rainforest, where we spend a few days hiking and camping.