I had the opportunity to do some hiking with my hosts in the Olympic National Park. We drove across the bridge from the Kitsap Pen. to the Olympic Pen. and worked our way up into the Hurricane Ridge section of the Olympic National Park. After a brief stop at the visitor center, we continued 8 mi, bouncing along a rutted dirt road in the Toyota Camry. Finally we reached the trailhead to Obstruction Point. A forest fire west of us in Sol Duc brought smoke into the nostrils and the haze into the valleys. Still, the glaciated peak of Mt. Olympus was visible 20-30 miles away, jutting high above the steep and craggy mountain ranges. We had a leisurely stroll along the trail to Grand Lake, stopping often for photographs and to check the map for the name of distant peaks.
In May 2014 I quit my job to ride a Honda Ruckus over 59'000 mi and counting. Wild camping most nights and cooking most of my own meals, I keep the costs low and the landscape changing.