Winter along the rivers of the Olympic Peninsula

Winter on the lower Satsop River

Winter on the lower Satsop River

There is a reason I have been posting so many winter photos and videos lately.  Besides the fact it is the middle of winter, to me there just isn’t a better time of the year to get out into the river valleys and forests of the Olympic Peninsula.  Yes, the colors are muted.  Yes, it’s foggy as all get out.  Yes it’s cold, mostly 30s and 40s which plays havoc trying to film thing….yes as Milton so aptly prosed…..on he fares.

There is of course the best reason to get out there, no tourists.  With a vast majority of the peninsula available to the Seattle and Portland metro areas with just a 2-3 hours drive, during the summer and nice weather you don’t have these vistas all to your self.  Or in my case with Barney the Wonder Dog.

This is also the time of year when wildlife is everywhere.  With the freezing cold and snows of the Olympic Mountains in the center of the Peninsula, many examples of wildlife move into the lowlands which surround the center mountain range.  Deer and elk are everywhere, which means that the big cats are nearby.

I do encourage anyone interested in visiting the area to not overlook the fall and winter months.  It is different, and in a way, a completely new experience.

Winter on the Chehalis River at daybreak

Winter on the Chehalis River at daybreak

 

 

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