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Early Winter Hikes

Posted on: December 14th, 2011 by lochaerie

Thoughts from Chris – This has been the most amazing December! After the wind storm we had just before Thanksgiving, the weather turned cold and dry.  We’ve been taking advantage of this weather to do some hiking and exploring. One day we walked along Finley Creek as far as we could go to the river. Another day we hiked up to Pony Bridge. It was beautiful and we were the only ones up there! I never get tired of walking the Maple Glade Trail and checking on Kestner Homestead to see the progress they’re making on restoring the old house. This is where we almost always see elk. Now in the next few days we’re hoping to make it up to Wolf Bar before the rains set in!

“Last Dam Summer”

Posted on: December 1st, 2011 by lochaerie

Thoughts from Tom – We’ve both been wanting to see the progress of removal of the Elwha and Glines Canyon dams on the lower Elwha River north of us on the peninsula, so a few days ago, we left before dawn on what turned into one of those gorgeous autumn mornings with frost, sun, and foliage color. There is no current viewing access to the Glines Canyon dam, but a nice trail and overlook is provided at the Elwha dam.  Already the dam is half gone with earthmovers and excavators moving steel, concrete, and soil. We arrived home to find an article in the December Smithsonian magazine about this “most ambitious dam removal project” in the nation. Read more about this:  Smithsonian.com/elwha