The Olympic Peninsula has massive tides and you need to pay attention to them when walking on the beaches there. This can be as simple as checking the tide charts at the Visitor Center so that you can be on the beach when the tides have just gone out, the optimal time for exploring tide-pools. But the more important thing to remember is that as soon as the tide is at its lowest, it starts coming back in. Remember that some places are only passable at low tide and you can become trapped not being able to return the way you came or worse yet, be crushed by waves against the rocks if you are somewhere underwater at high tide.
Not to alarm anyone, but the gang presence in Spokane seems to be pretty big. (Either that, or the city just doesn't want to clean off the gang graffiti). The majority of the graffiti I found was mostly along the Centennial Trail area near I-90; up on the railroad trestles and along the road bridges. I never ran into any problems; and I hardly saw a lot of police around, so it must not be too bad. Still, it looks awful. Spokane is a nice city in my opinion.
I didn't post a pic because I am not one to glorify a gang or gangs by putting a picture of their writing on the web.
Just be kind of careful in these areas where you find it.
If your looking for sandy beaches this may not be the place! LOL! Most of Washingtons beaches need a good pair of water proof sandals, due to all the rocks and lovely barnacles, but the beaches still offer breath taking views.
Hike or climb in the Olympics and/or Cascades long enough and you will meet the mountain goats. They are beautiful creatures - even the carbound will have a good opportunity to see these animals at the road's end on Hurricane Ridge - road south out of Port Angeles on the north edge of Olympic National Park.
If for some reason you go to Pullman Washington, don't wear anything with purple and gold colors. They'll think you're a UW Huskey and an angry torch-bearing (and perhaps somewhat intoxicated) mob will chase you all the way back to Spokane!
If you decide to visit Mt. Ranier. Be careful of the snow patches and watch the roads real careful. You never know when the path in the mountain will end and be a drop off cliff. Watch the weather real close in case of big ice or snow storms passing through the mountainous areas. Dont get up in the Mountain and not be able to get back out.
The Olympic National Forest hosts a large population of wild black bear, so be careful. Store your food on a bear wire at night, and keep a clean camp at all times. Pack it in, pack it out - that's the Washingtonian way!
While hiking in the back country beware of Bears,while it is unusual to come upon one they are out there so hang your food away from the site if camping.You will enjoy the wildlife more if you think of the dangers.
Washington requires you to have a 'Northwest Forest Pass' displayed on your car if you park near trail heads. Single day passes cost $5 and can be purchased at ranger stations. I know $5 sounds steep for just walking through the woods, but it's not too bad if you get a yearly pass for $30. Mt. St. Helen's requires the pass to park anywhere in the park. If you're visiting, and don't know where the ranger station is just go on the hike anyway, if the ranger comes by he'll stick an envelope on your windshield. There's no extra fine, it's still $5.
You never know when is the BIG one going to hit. I already experienced their Feb 18 2001 earthquake.
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