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CHARM OF OLYMPIC L( S WITH all good things in life the trip around the Olympic Peninsula is one to be taken leisurely in order to sa- vor the richness of the scenery, the virgin timber and the broad blue reaches of the salt water. The main highway, U. S. 101, is good and can take you com- pletely around the peninsula in a day but such haste robs you of the full enjoyment to be had in exploring this land of mys- tery. Tho charm of the Olympic Peninsula is to be found along the byways and side roads where uneepected viewpoints bring sud- den vistas of forested ,hills, rock- tipped mountains or a panorama of far off Puget Sound where a lone ferry might be plying its route faithfully from a lonely way point to civilization. The starting point can be any place, depending upon where you live or stay overnight--Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia or down in the Grays Harbor cities of Aberdeen and Hoquiam. From Seattle, ferries are avail- able to Bainbridge Island, Brem- erton and Vashon Island, and from Edmonds (north Sattle) to Kingston. These ferries make connections with excellent high- ways on the Kitsal) Peninsula and here you heva a choice of inter- esting routes again. From King- ston and Winslow--Winslow is on Bainbridge Island--you can cross Hood Canal on the new floating bridge to the northern part of the Olympic Peninsula. From Bremerton and from Taco- ma you can take State Highway No. 21 southwest to Hoodsport and then turn north up the west side of Hood Canal. By traveling the latter route you will not miss any of the side trip possibilities back into the Olympics but you could miss the Hood Canal Float- ing Bridge. Several clear rivers come tum- bling down from the Olympics into Hood Canal and they all have forest camps on their banks. The north fork of he Skokomish has been' dammed to create Cushman Reservoir above Hoodsport. A != blacktop road which becomes a :::. fair gravel road leads back some 19 miles into the Staircase area to the foot of Mt. Lincoln which is 5,869 feet in elevation. The rivers farther north up the Canal read like an aborigirud dance rhythm--the Hamma .Hamma, the Duckabush, the Dosewallips, the Quilcene, the Dungeness. Fishing is good in the streams, the rivers and Hood Canal. In some areas you can find oysters, clams and crab. Nothing can compare with freshly-boiled crab over a beach fire of driftwood. From Port Angeles on west the country becomes progressive- ly wilder and more beautiful. A1- though there are excellent accom- modations on the lakes of Cres- cent and Sutherland and up at Sol Due and Olympic Hot Springs and again at Forks, for the most part it is a camping set6p until you reach Quinault Lake north of Grays Harbor. Neah Bay is on the Makah .In- dian Reservation, near the west- ern most tip of the state. It has a jetty which forms a protective harbor for the scores of salmon fishing boats. The Makah Indians observe a weekend late in August for community festivities they call Makah Days. They put on a salmon bake in the traditional Indian fashion and tribal dances. Lake Meridian---a popu]ar resort The Rain Forest can be reached by driving up either the Queets or Hoh rivers or farther south up the Quinault River. The extra. ordinary forest growth has devel. aped during the centuries of rain- fall in the westernmost volleys of the Olympic National Park, Sitka Spruce and Western Hem. lock dominate this forest, though Douglas Fir and Westerla Cedar are comrcon. They are huge trees, for the most part, some of them exceeding a height of 3C1 feet or more and attaining a di- ameter of eight feet. Lake Quinault offers some ox- cellent scenery in its big old- growth timber, high mountains on either side of a deep bluo lake. The lodge offers good food and lodging. The Quinault In- dians have a canoe trip from the lake to the ocean and 'back---or Friday, June 28, 1963 THE PROGRESS---5 and picnic spot near Kent, Wash. J ......... : .. _.. :. vice versa. The iff made in tr )iiii: a long, shmder dugout cano ...... - .... powered by a gasoline motor with an Indian guide who knows the best places to fish. Fun for everyone at GOLD CREEK-PARK The Northwest's most complete facility jor group picnics. 2 COVERED PICNIC AREAS -- complete with electric refrigerators, hot plates, ovens, sinks, and an outdoor barbecue p!f. 4 POOLS -- One salt water, one heated, one outdoors, and one for the kiddies. SIGHTSEEING -- Visit historic Fort Bixby. View the 17th Century grist ml and watch wheat ground into flour. Ride the sternwheeler "Lollipop" along the Peppermint River past Gumdrop Island. ENTERTAINMENT -- You name if, Gold Creek has it: horseshoe pits, 9-hole puffing green, basketball court, volleyball courts, baseball dia- monds, tennis courts, shuffleboard courts, driving range, and kiddies' playgrounds. i/you want tbe time of your life" at your next picnic, phone Chuck Lee, manager, at HUnter 6-2709 for further details A" Gold Creek Park is situated just outside Woodinville, within easy driving distance from any point in the Seattle-Tacoma area. 8AR@RANCtt --a ranch dedicated to boys and girls. Group Singing Hay Rides All the fun that outdoor western living holds awaits your child. HERE HUNDREDS OF CHILDREN HAVE FOUND THE SELF-CONFIDENCE AND JOY THAT BAR 41 INSTILLS. BAR 41 IS A NON-PROFIT, NONSECTARIAN EDUCA. TIONAL ORGANIZATION FOUNDED BY CHARLES M. SIMMONS. For Reservations or Additional in/ormation V/rite Helen and Dick Longanecker, Bar 41 Ranch Cle Elum, Washington