Monday, October 18, 2010

Olympic National Park adventures

Here are some photos from my 3-day trip to Olympic National Park on Washington's Olympic peninsula, and the stupendously beautiful temperate coastal rainforest and beaches. I would label more but my dad is picking me up to go to his log cabin and I have to go! (And here's a link from my previous road trip here in the winter wonderland of 2008)

The town made famous by the Twilight series! I talked to someone who told me it was a sleepy, dying logging town, until the Twilight series, and now 70,000 people come through a year. Some like this - it's good for the economy. Others aren't so crazy about the previously undiscovered secret being revealed to the world. What do you think?
Dad and Bev on the beach near Kalaloch Lodge.

I found bigfoot! He likes to hug, like me. Who knew?
We stopped here for a late afternoon lunch. It was on the way back from a hike in the Hoh Rainforest area of Olympic.
Me hugging the world's largest spruce tree! It is estimated to be over 1,000 years old. It's near Lake Quinalt, an area of the park that has a lot of giant, ancient trees - including several of the world's largest!
She felt wise and loving. I sat on her and rested for a while, listening to her wisdom.
A gazebo at Lake Quinalt Lodge, where we stayed for 2 nights. There was a wedding there and I thought the lights were lovely.
Another view of Lake Quinalt

Sunset over Lake Quinalt (shot through a window...). We watched the sunset as we ate dinner at the Salmon House restaurant.
Stellar's jay at Lake Quinalt Lodge

Willaby Creek

1 comment:

Miranda said...

I would love to revisit Oregon, it's as gorgeous as I remember.

BTW, a couple days ago I hugged one of the world's biggest cypress trees, 18 feet across and 3,000 years old! It's in Idaho and hard to get to. Photos to come....