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Day 5 of 9

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Tuesday, September 14th
Drive to Seattle

Back at the visitor center, we cleaned up a bit, checked out the gift shop, then started the drive to Seattle. At 4:50pm we started our drive, once again hindered by slow Washington drivers.

It was sunny as we drove toward 101 and then turned south on 101 toward Aberdeen. Along the way we saw the very depressing sight of large tracts of forest missing on the hillsides. Loggers had obviously claimed huge portions of the Olympic hills, probably stopping only when they reached the edge of the National Park boundary. Makes me think twice about my fondness for wood furniture.

The coastal fog was now rushing in and it was positively cold by the time we pulled into a convenience store next to Kalaloch Lodge. We continued down to Aberdeen, then east to Olympia via highways 12 and 8. It was 8pm now, and we decided to eat dinner in Olympia and by chance found a great Thai restaurant. We ordered 4 dishes (soup, salad, and two entrees). When they brought the food out, we realized we'd ordered way too much. Despite our hunger, the portions still looked monstrous -- enough for 4 people. But the food tasted so good and we were so hungry after our 3 days in the rain forest that we ate it all.

We proceeded north along Interstate 5 to Seattle, checked into our hotel, and spread all our camping equipment all over our room.


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