Doesn't this appear to be the top of the world? This is at the Hurricane Ridge Visitors Center in Olympic National Park.
The first thing we did when we got to Port Angeles though was check availability of the ferry to Victoria. Yes, Dylan, Grandpa had our passports with us; we didn't forget today! If we had made it on as a standby, we would only have had 3 to 4 hours there before we had to get back in line for the return trip on the ferry. We are just not going to get there this trip; this is apparently the only view we will have of the city of Victoria until our next trip here...
Look very closely and you'll see Victoria in the upper left corner of this photo!
And no matter where you drive throughout this entire area it seems, you will see Mount Rainier presiding over all. It is the highest mountain in the Cascade Range, is an active stratovolcano, and contains the largest glaciers in the lower 48 states. Seeing it never fails to surprise me. Since area roads wind up, down, and around hills and canyons and large bodies of water, Mount Rainier appears to be in every direction at once. Or you will see it behind a tree and then poof, it disappears. I love looking at it and imagining the powerful forces that could emanate from it...hopefully though, it never will.
Livin' Life ~~ Lovin' Mount Rainier