Olympic National Part, Part 3

Olympic National Part, Part 3

The third personality of Olympic National Park is her amazingly rugged seashore. From our camp in Forks, Washington, it was a 20 drive west Beach 1, Beach 2 and Beach 3. The naming isn’t too original, but the beaches are typical of the whole coast.

A harbor channel runs through Beach 1. And it’s not the prettiest channel. However, on the opposite shore of the channel a couple of Bald Eagles and their kids were working the area. It takes a few years for the youngsters to grow into the classic Bald Eagle plumage.

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One adult circled, while the other tended the nursery…
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Like most kids these two squabbled about everything…
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The seagulls were just hangin’ out…
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We skipped Beach 2 in favor of hiking to Beach 3 where we would find Strawberry Falls at the end of beach…

 

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Halfway along Beach 3 you have to work your way around a landslide that brought down a sizable bit of the cliffside…
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In the same area of Beaches 1, 2 and 3 is Rialto Beach. The fog added a special touch to the whole thing…
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A trip to the area has to include a trip up to Cape Flattery…


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Olympic National Park, Part 2

Olympic National Park, Part 2

The second unique personality the Park takes on happens in its world famous rainforest areas. There are only three true temporate rainforests in the world. New Zealand, Chile, and Olympic National Park. there are other rainforests, but only three classified as temperate.

The Hoh Rainforest is the most visited.  The trip from our camp in Forks was short and easy…

We followed the Hall of Mosses trail.  And moss you get…
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I played with infrared…
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Even with out a lot of moss, the trees here were like no where else…
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Outside of the famous areas like Hoh, the rainforest personality was just as impactful. Just outside of Forks, along the coast, are several Indian reservations that you find areas that are also park of the Park. The trip from Forks took about 20 minutes.

We started the day with the goal to hike to Strawberry Falls at the end of Beach 3 (not a very clever naming system for the beaches in the Park). But the hike took us along amazing Rainforest trail.

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Even the down and dead trees and roots still serve a purpose. They call them nursery trees…Northwest May-June 2014-20140524 182018 4616

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And then there was this little guy working his way across the trail. It’s a Pacific Banana Slug. 6 inches long and very slimy…

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North By Northwest

North By Northwest

Airstream is loaded, all fueled up and we’re off.

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The plan is take up to 30 days to conquer the Northwest.  With only 30 days and tons of options, the goal for this trip is to hit the highlights.  Those would include a Portland stop, Puget Sound/Anacortes area, Olympic Nationals Park, the rugged Washinton and Oregon Pacific coast and a few of the places we haven’t hit on the California coast.

Lot of photo opportunities.  Lots of great camping.  Lots of wine and cheese opportunities. Lots to see and do.

Tucker, our Granddog, will be our backup co-pilot.

So, stay tuned as we take on the Northwest.