Mink Lake Trail

  
This is a 2.5 mile trail close to Sol Duc hot springs. It is uphill practically all the way to Mink Lake and unless you are in good shape, don’t attempt this trail in summer; the Mosquitos will eat you alive if you can’t keep ahead of them. There is no resting on this trail. The sights along the way are unremarkable—not old growth forest. The lake at the end of the trail is about 2 feet deep. Don’t plan on getting in.

  
   
   

Pat’s Place in Neah Bay, WA

    
So you’ve come all the way to the northwest corner of Washington State and you’ve seen the stunningly beautiful sights of Cape Flattery; now you’re ready for some good food and fun conversation. Maybe you want to discuss the issues of the day or ask a few questions about the fascinating Makah culture. From 12:00 to 5:00 pm, your best bet is Pat’s Place, named for the beautiful and talented Neah Bay native, Pat, and manned by her adoring and witty husband Julio. Pass an interesting afternoon with fry bread and oh so delicious pie. Watch for eagles and whales while you get to know the other diners. This is an experience you won’t want to miss as part of you Neah Bay and Cape Flattery adventure! As you enter town, just follow the signs.

  

Fire near Port Angeles?

  
This sign is evidence of the lack of respect shown to much of this beautiful park. Today, the day after the Fourth of July, the sky west of Port Angeles is brown with smoke. More fires? This sign is posted at the entrance of the Deer Park road that leads to Deer Park campground, a two -way road that should be one way and 8 miles of terror. 

(As it turns out, there are 50 wildfires in Canada, which are responsible for all the smoke in the area.)