Wandering River

~posted by Kara

This year for my birthday I wanted to get away; getting away turned out to be Port Angeles, Washington. My boyfriend and I rented a small cottage near downtown and used it as a place to relax, but also to sight see.

We lounged in pajamas and cooked lovely meals with a view of a snow topped Hurricane Ridge out the cottage windows. We explored downtown, which was all decked out in Christmas lights, ate at the Next Door Gastropub for my birthday dinner, and found some lovely goodies at the Country-Aire Market…banana chocolate chip bread pudding for dessert for instance!

site of the former elwha dam
site of the former Elwha Dam

We took a drive during the day to Lake Crescent and hiked the Spruce Railroad Trail. There were amazing views every way you looked! We also paid a visit to the site of the now removed Elwha Dam. I’ve been fascinated with this project since it started, reading articles and watching nature take back what once was.

Since its removal in 2011, 70 acres of new estuaries have formed and this has created more spawning ground that has sparked a comeback in the salmon and fish population. This new sediment has also helped with putting a slow stop to the bluff erosion near the mouth of the Elwha River.


Here are a few books in our collection that capture the beauty of the Elwha’s rebirth:

Away Out Over Everything: The Olympic Peninsula and the Elwha River by Mary Peck

Finding the River: An Environmental History of the Elwha by Jeff Crane

Elwha: A River Reborn by Lynda Mapes

Hiking Olympic National Park: A Guide to the Park’s Greatest Hiking Adventures by Erik Molvar

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