||Views of the Forest: Home of the Gods
The Spanish had sailed the coast of the Pacific Northwest since the late 1500s and had named many of the mountains and ocean capes to make their maps. The native Americans, of course, had their own names for many of the features of their homeland. But it took Captain John Meares of the British Royal Navy, who voyaged to this corner of North America in 1788, to provide the name for the mountain peak which eventually stuck. Above: Mt. Olympus and the mountains of Olympic National Park in Washington. From Hurricane Ridge. Photo: Ed Shay
"If that be not the home where dwell the gods, it is beautiful enough to be," he wrote in his journal. And so the highest peak on this western piece of land that juts out into the Pacific in what was to become Washington State, was named Mt. Olympus!
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