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Olympic national park
Posted by: HoboSylvain | 2013-08-14 13:06:55 | Port Angeles, Washington, United States
Keywords: park, UNESCO
The Olympic National Park contains a large diversity of ecosystems, due to its particular geographic location. In the same park, you'll find glaciers, high mountains, wonderful lakes, temperate rain and lowland forests and some coast line. It's also the southern-most point where glaciers form at low altitude in the world. It offers a great location to explore nature and do outdoor activities.

This year is the 75th anniversary of the designation of this national park by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who visited the site in 1937 and was convinced to protect it for the benefit of children and generations to come. It was later expanded and in 1976 was listed by the UNESCO on the Biosphere Reserve list before being listed as a World Heritage site in 1981.

I wasn't able to really explore this large park because of lack of transportation inside the park. I did find a tour at the very last minute, but it required a 3-day notice for booking it... and I didn't have that time. Although if I had known about it ahead of time, I could have booked it and made it while based in Victoria, since it departs from the Port Angeles ferry terminal.

My visit was thus limited to a trail at the Port Angeles entrance of the park, just enough to say I've been in the park. The top of the mountains was partly covered with clouds so I couldn't get good pictures, unfortunately.

My Seattle host told me I seemed to prefer to explore the urban UNESCO sites... It's not true... because I'm equally awed by Mother Nature extraordinary wonders... but not having a car does limit my access to those natural sites, having to rely on tours, if there are any. With better research and preparation time, I could have got more from that visit though... but in the essence of this rush trip through North America, it was not possible.

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