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This is the sunset from my house. A Summer Sunset over the beautiful Olympic Mountains in WashingtonThe Brothers Mountains, no sailboats, or speedboats are in front of the house right now... I love the view of these mountains for the last 35 years! Here is some of that technical information you might want to know about these gorgeous peaks.
What a day on Puget Sound! The sun is out, the boats are out, the people are out! The mountains can be seen for miles. There is still snow on the Olympic Mountains. They are some gorgeous mountains! It's so nice when you have a good wind blowing! I used to know all the names of the Olympic Peaks. I will have look up the names again. Ok here is some information on those special Mountains.The Olympic Mountains are a mountain range on the Olympic Peninsula of western Washington in the United States. The mountains, part of the Pacific Coast Ranges, are not especially high - Mount Olympus is the highest at 7,962 ft (2,427 m); however, the eastern slopes rise out of Puget Sound and the western slopes are separated from the Pacific Ocean by the 20 to 35 km (12 to 22 mi) wide Pacific Ocean coastal plain. The western slopes are the wettest place in the 48 contiguous states. Most of the mountains are protected within the bounds of the Olympic National Park. Physiographically, they are a section of the larger Pacific Border province, which is in turn a part of the larger Pacific Mountain System. The mountains were originally called "Sun-a-do" by the Duwamish Indians, while the first European to see them, the Spanish navigator Juan Perez, named Mount Olympus "Santa Rosalia", in 1774. But the English captain John Meares, seeing them in 1788, thought them beautiful enough for the gods to dwell there, and named the highest point "Mount Olympus" after the mountain in Greece. Various names for the mountains were used based on the name Mount Olympus, including the Olympic Range, the Olympian Mountains, and the Olympus Range. Alternate proposals never caught on, and in 1864 the Seattle Weekly Gazette persuaded the government to make the present-day name official, although other names continued to be used. Though readily visible from most parts of western Washington, the interior was almost entirely unexplored until 1885, when 2nd Lt. Joseph P. O'Neil of the 14th Infantry, stationed at Fort Vancouver, led a small expedition from Port Angeles, repeating the venture in 1890. O'Neil's reports on his explorations resulted in his recommendation that the region be declared a national park. Mount Olympus itself was not ascended until 1907, one of the first successes of The Mountaineers, which had been organized in Seattle just a few years earlier. A number of the more obscure and least-accessible peaks in the range were not ascended until the 1970s. President Grover Cleveland protected the forests of the Olympic Peninsula with the Olympic Forest Reserve in 1897. The Olympic National Forest was established in 1907. The Mount Olympus National Monument was proclaimed by Theodore Roosevelt in 1909, and made into a park in 1938. In 1953, the park was enlarged, and the wilderness was established in 1988.
July 30th, 2012
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