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Hood Canal 2017: Waterfalls

Day 2, Sunday, July 2, 2017

On the second day of the trip, Brent, Joel and I went out on a tour looking for waterfalls.  We stopped for lunch at the Geoduck Restaurant and Lounge.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term, a geoduck is a large, Pacific coast burrowing clam.  And it is pronounced gooey-duck – the word origin is Native American – specifically from the Nisqually tribe.  Anyway, we had sandwiches (I don’t even think there were geoducks on the menu); I had the French Dip, which was reasonably priced and had good French Fries.  The food was decent bar food, but the view is the reason to visit…

If you sit outside on the deck, you have a superb view of the tidal flats and the Hood Canal, where herds of elk come to graze, and Bald Eagles fly overhead.  We were treated to about 20 cow elk and their babies, who were quite content just hanging out eating the tall grass until the bikers with their loud mufflers arrived.  I’m glad I took my photos as soon as I saw them…

 

Elk grazing

 

Elk and birds along the canal

 

After lunch, we drove up a little road, pointed out by the woman in the tourism office, and found the trail head for Rocky Brook Falls.  Trail head is a bit of a misnomer, since the falls are basically right off the road – the walk is only about 700 feet!  Yet, it is tucked away and not visible from the road.  It is a large waterfall, with a height of 229 feet!  It is beautiful and kind of falls in a fan shape.  Due to the ease of getting there, Rocky Brook is a crowded waterfall, but it is nice to sit watching it for a bit and listening to the crashing water.  There were lots of families swimming there too – it would be fun to go back with swimsuits sometime!

 

Rocky Brook Falls

After Rocky Brook, we went to find a trail head with another waterfall within the boundaries of Olympic National Park – Murhut Falls.  It is located down a dirt road several miles long; but other than being dusty, it is a pretty decent dirt road!  The falls are decently signed, but you will likely know you are there because there will be a lot of cars…  We had to park up the road a bit in order to find a space.

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