|Hwy 101 to Lake Quinault|
The Olympic National Park is a magical place. Our four day trip to the lush rain forest was the most anticipated trip of the summer. We traveled the west side of the park, jumping from river valleys to the coastal strip. Wherever we went, we were greeted by giant moss covered trees, teal-colored waters, and wild huckleberries. I was honestly half expecting to spot an ewok or fairy in the woods.
|Quinault Rain Forest|
|world's largest known western red cedar /// 19.5' in diameter|
|This 1926 lodge on Lake Quinault was completed in 53 days.|
The first two days were spent camping on Lake Quinault, not too far from the historic lodge. My highlight of the trip was swimming in the glacier-fed lake on a sunny afternoon. So refreshing and beautiful.
|Hoh Rain Forest|
I can see why the famous Cullen family of Twilight would choose to live in this area. The rain forests of the Olympic Peninsula receive 12 feet of rain a year. So if you're trying to get away from sun, this is the place to be. It rained every day of our trip, preventing wet clothes or towels from completely drying out. Fortunately, modern outdoor gear, for the most part, protects us from the elements. I can't imagine what it would've been like for native people and pioneers 150 years ago.
The rocky beaches along Washington's coastline are a wondrous site indeed. We camped one night at Rialto Beach, which is a 20 minute drive from Forks. I found the band of skeletal trees to be a little eerie, but they do make for some great pictures. We looked for some rocks to add to our collection, and we found a number of beauties.
We're still unpacking from our trip, but I can't wait to sit down at my art desk while the images are fresh in my mind. And we're already mapping out a trip to the northern side of the park next summer. Hurricane Ridge, here we come.