Madison Falls / Marymere Falls

Since it was both Sunday and we weren’t on-shift for our camp hosting gig, we were able to explore the area around us a bit more.  I had wanted to do a waterfall hat trick since there are 3 of them within an hour or so from us, but as usual the plan had to be modified mid-stream. 

We got a late start after a longer church service, then had to buy some provisions and gas up the truck (no stop in Port Angeles is complete, it seems, without visiting Wal-Mart and Safeway).  When we finally arrived at the first stop - Madison Falls - it was pushing 2:00.  We heated up some soup on the truck camp stove and while eating noticed some activity in the parking lot.  As we watched a gal slowly transformed from a normally-dressed person into an Indian princess in full regalia.  It was quite a sight to watch her use our mirrors & tinted windows to adjust her headdress.  We could tell she was part of a larger group and wondered if we had lucked into a ceremony of some sort taking place. 

As it turns out (and as far as we could understand as English was a second language for them) they are a travelling Indian Spiritual Dance tribe.  They are from the Olympic region and perform all over the area.  This was not a performance stop for them, but rather an opportunity to take some promotional photos in a natural setting. 

After getting some photos we moved on to Marymere Falls with it’s parking lot by Crescent Lake.  While not a long hike back to the falls it was quickly obvious that MsBoyink was in pain, with her back acting up again.  We made it at a slow pace, enjoying the views and finding the paths relatively busy for a late Sunday afternoon.

Between MsBoyink’s state and the late afternoon hour I knew better than to push on to a 3rd stop at Sol Duc falls - so we went home from here. 

We are still trying to enjoy this area, but are very much looking forward to wrapping up our camp-hosting commitment and getting back on the road again.  With daytime temps rarely above 65 I feel like we’ve missed summer - and while I know people in many areas of the country would have loved some relief from a too-hot-and-muggy season we’re pining for some 80-degree days where we can feel like we’ve fully dried out.

Spiritual Dancers Posing by Madison Falls

Spiritual Dancers Posing by Madison Falls

Spiritual Dancers Posing by Madison Falls

Spiritual Dancers Posing by Madison Falls

Storybird stands in a stump

Storybird stands in a stump

Lake Crescent

Lake Crescent

The Aventuremobile by Lake Crescent

The Aventuremobile by Lake Crescent

On the path to Marymere Falls

On the path to Marymere Falls

Marymere Falls

Marymere Falls

The Boyink clan by Marymere Falls

The Boyink clan by Marymere Falls

Data and Storybird by Marymere Falls

Data and Storybird by Marymere Falls

Lake Crescent

Lake Crescent

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