Olympic National Park, Washington
We started out early and the fog hung on the mountains, but the sun peaked through from time to time and the pink showed in the sunrise. We had some rain, but overall a very nice day in the rain forest. We drove west then south along Hwy 101 stopping at Hoh Rain Forest and Quinault Rain Forest in Olympic National Park in Washington. These are the largest old growth forest in the Pacific Northwest. We stopped at the largest Cedar Tree and also the largest Sitka Spruce which are probably over 1,000 years old. We were dwarfed by their size and height (top photo). The ferns were a beautiful lime green and hung from the trees, the large orange and yellow maple leaves contrasted against the browns on the forest floor. There were large streams and at one we stopped to look at the view and were surprised to see a herd of Roosevelt Elk resting on the rocks. The meandering small creeks were lined with bright greens of the grasses and oranges from the fallen leaves. Bunch Falls and Merriman Falls in the Quinault area cascaded down the rock face into a beautiful pool below. Jason and I had fun running from massive tree to massive tree and taking photos of each other.
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