The Olympic Peninsula is home to eight American Indian tribes that developed complex hunter-gatherer societies and continue to keep their traditions alive. European explorers who ventured here in the late 1700s heralded the way for homesteaders. The Olympics were set aside as a national monument in 1909 and further protected as Olympic National Park in 1938. Today the park is internationally recognized as a Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site.
Even Hayley & Lucy had to look over the ledge hoping to see a deer or gopher.
Hurricane Ridge took us to the top of a mountain where we walked along a trail viewing glacier-clad mountains, mountain flowers, and stunted subalpine fir trees.
You can see the smoke slowly coming down into the mountains - quite a difference between the sky and smoke.
While walking the trail, the smoke from the Canada fires were closing in and settling in the valleys. By the time we left and were driving back down the mountain, the sky was filled with smoke and we could not see anything to take any more pictures. At least we got to see it before the smoke settled into the mountains and valleys.