Posted December 17th 2018 in Latest News, News and Updates,
One Square Inch
The Olympic National Park is a pristine million-acre UNESCO World Heritage site – pure wilderness acclaimed for it diversity of eco-systems. Visit ocean front lodges, beaches pounded by the powerful Pacific waves and alpine mountains clad in glaciers that also create the dramatic backcloth to Seattle. The park is thick set with pure, untouched rainforests and sequences of springs and streams, visited by few other locals than the 5,000 resident elk.
The Olympic Peninsula is to the west of Seattle across the sparkling waters of the Puget Sound. Washington State ferries sail from the heart of downtown Seattle across to Bainbridge Island, the perfect gateway from which to explore the national park by car. This really is wilderness on the city’s doorstep!
So unspoilt is this part of the world, that one of its top secrets is the ‘One Square Inch of Silence’ – a quiet refuge from urban man-made noise, located in the Park. Gordon Hempton, an Emmy award winning soundtracker, seeks to preserve silence, by protecting the only square inch of true silence left in the United States. Gordon monitors and locates noise instrusions in the Hoh Rainforest and formally sends silence compliance requests to companies to reroute their noise impact. ‘Silence is not the absence of something but the presence of everything’ he states.
Hiking time from the parking lot at the Visitor’s Centre to the site is approximately two hours along a gentle path lined by ancient trees and ferns. The exact location is marked by a small red-coloured stone placed on top of a moss-covered log at N 48.12885°, W 123.68234°, 303 feet above sea level.
Olympic National Park was chosen for One Square Inch because it has a diverse natural soundscape combined with substantial periods of natural quiet.
TourMappers Cascade and Seattle hotels
The Cascade Loop Scenic Drive is a stunning 440-mile long drive that provides a taste of Washington State’s diverse regions with soaring mountains, aquamarine lakes and pretty towns.
TourMappers has recently introduced an itinerary with five hotels en route that include the Icicle Inn Resort in Leavenworth, Coast Wenatchee Centre Hotel in Wenatchee, Freestone Inn in Mazama or Sun Mountain Lodge in Winthrop, and the Fort Casey Inn in Coupeville. They have also added the Mayflower Park Hotel to their portfolio of Seattle hotels which makes the ideal starting point for the Cascade Loop drive. The Mayflower is in the heart of downtown Seattle and has direct indoor access to both the Link Light Rail to the airport and Monorail to Seattle Center. The Seattle Center attractions include the Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass, the MoPOP (Museum of Popular Culture) and other attractions.
This video gives a taster of what a trip along the Cascade Loop could be like:
SeaTac voted top airport in USA by Wall St Journal
The Port is investing more than $2 billion in projects including a new International Arrivals Facility, updated baggage system and a 20 year Sustainable Airport Master Plan. Ground transportation links are excellent with the Link Light Rail taking 30 minutes into downtown Seattle from a convenient airport station.