Friday, April 12, 2013

Olympic National Park Love Affair

1143_olympic_national_parkOur neighbor, Tim Paschal, loves the Olympic National Park (we think the park is pretty special too).  He volunteers at the visitor center located in Port Angeles (14 miles from our neighborhood) every Tuesday.  He and his wife, Barbara,  are avid hikers exploring the most remote parts of the park.  To help maximize your visit to the Olympic National Park, Tim developed a beautiful website filled with stunning photos and information.  Most do not understand the diversity of the park including rocky ocean beaches and rain forest at sea level on up to the peaks of the Olympic mountains complete with glaciers.

The following is Tim’s introduction to the website (

olympicnatlparkI want to help you transform your visit to Olympic National Park from what could end up being recalled as just ho-hum average to such awe-inspired, jaw-dropping astonishment that you will never forget it.

rubybeachMy love-affair with this place began when, as a child, I visited Hurricane Ridge with my family. From that day on, I spent as much of my free time as possible hiking, backpacking, skiing, snow-shoeing, and winter climbing numerous Olympic Mountain peaks. During those years, I met many visitors who, for a simple lack of information, did not experience the full wonder of this amazing place. Don’t be one of those unfortunate souls!

solducfalls01In the 60 years that I’ve lived on the Olympic Peninsula—informed by a lifelong relationship with the Park’s gifts (and challenges), and nurtured by the many people who have dedicated their lives to its protection and preservation—I’m inspired to give back by helping others embrace the magnificence of this ancient and eternal place. Recounting tales of my exploits and sharing ideas and suggestions about how folks can make the most of their time here has become my passion. I created this website for people like for you. I want your trip here to be remarkable, your experience extraordinary, and your memories unforgettable.”

The Olympic National Park is one of the reasons we retired to the Peninsula.  The trails and unique scenery in the Park are almost endless, plus the view of the mountains we enjoy each day takes our breath away.  Thanks, Tim, for all you do!

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