|View from back porch at|
I took off for Olympic National Park on Sunday, going over the Narrows Bridge in Tacoma to Port Angeles on the Peninsula. I visited the Visitor Center on my way to Hurricane Ridge. The weather was beautiful, the view amazing. Then, I drove to Rialto Beach on the west coast and arrived as the sun set, overnighting at Mora which is about a mile inland.
|Rialto Beach at dusk|
The next morning, I went back and visited the Elwah Valley and Sol Duc Hot Springs. My favorite part going through the old growth forests. It felt like sacred ground, like I would hear Gregorian Chants at any moment. From there I went to the Hoh Rain Forest to overnight next to the Hoh River.
|Flock of pelicans at La Push's First Beach|
I got up early and hiked the Trail of Mosses in the Hoh Rain Forest ... beautiful, other-worldly. I was there as the first shafts of light came through the trees and onto the trail. I then drove further south and explored the Queets and Quinault Rain Forests where I'd love to come back to spend more time.
This park whole park needs more time.
|Sol Duc River|
|Hoh River at Campsite|
|Very large stand of moss covered Maple Trees|
|One super large,|
fallen maple leaf
|First shaft of morning|
light on Trail of Mosses
in an old growth forest
|Old Growth, Hoh Rain Forest|
|And more mushrooms|
|Moss at Hoh Rain Forest|
|Autumn color next to Hoh River|
|Big Cedar Tree & Prius RV|
|Graves Creek Road|
Quinault Rain Forest
originally posted 11/1/10
|Roosevelt Elk near Quinault River|