|Strait of Juan De Fuca and Dungeness Spit |
as seen from Hurricane Ridge Road
I was intrigued to learn that Juan de Fuca was Greek. On our way into town the first day we stopped at an overlook that had some informational signs. Ioánnis Fokás sailed for the Spanish King and is therefore referred to by the Spanish transcription of his name. Reading a little more on Wikipedia, I learned that his reports of finding the strait bearing his name are somewhat dubious and it is unclear if he really discovered it or not. But now knowing Juan De Fuca was Greek, I assumed he was the one that named Mt. Olympus and the Olympic Mountains and that Mt. Olympus had a strong resemblance to Mt. Olympus in Greece. Well, we all know what assuming does to us. Mt. Olympus was named by John Meares nearly 175 years after Juan De Fuca sailed the area. And according to Seattle Magazine, Meares named it Mt. Olympus not in direct reference to the Greek mountain but because it looked like a god-like paradise. Interesting stuff. And as far as I can tell, we never got close enough to actually see Mt. Olympus.
|Olympic Mountains seen from B&B|
|Waking with the mountains|
After the paddling we headed to a soup restaurant our B&B hosts had recommended. It had sounded great that morning was we were expecting to be cold after being out on the water. But between the exertion of paddling and being in the dry suits, we were in no need of soup. But they also had some great sandwiches and wonderful outdoor seating.
I'm sharing again this week at Our World Tuesday. Be sure to stop by there and read some o fthe other people's story of the world they live in. Come back soon to read about our visit to the Bellevue Botanical Gardens and my day exploring Seattle.