Olympic National Park & Forest

October 7-11, 2016
We're back from our 5 day fall get-away to the Olympic Peninsula :) On the way
there we stopped at the Bonneville Dam Fish Ladder, which T loved and didn't
want to leave. We stayed in a yurt, something I've always wanted to do. We
spent our time on beautiful beaches and hiking around the Quinault and Hoh
rainforests. The old growth that is protected inside the Olympic National Forest
and National Park is amazing. We saw the world's largest Sitka Spruce, the
second largest Western Red Cedar, and the forest that holds the biomass
record in the PNW. It's a stark contrast to all the other land on the peninsula
that's been logged. But it was in the logged area where T saw his first bear! A
black beauty that crossed the road in front of us. He also spotted an elk fawn,
very quiet and hiding in the undergrowth at the Hoh Rainforest. T also found a
banana slug, which he didn't like, but it helped him complete his scavenger hunt in
his junior ranger book. He has now earned two junior ranger badges! T really
loved crawling in all the ancient trees that have cavities, which are most because
they take root on nurse logs. Hope you enjoy the pictures!
T made friends with this girl at the big spruce
tree, I thought they looked so cute in their
different style rain outfits
This is the largest spruce tree in the world, a Sitka Spruce
Quinault River
Many buildings in this area have supplemental roofs - it
gets about 150 inches of rain every year!
To next part of trip - Kaloloch Cedar and Ruby Beach

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Quinault Rain Forest - this area holds the biomass
record for the PNW