Walking Through Ancient Grove of Trees
Jason and I took a hike on Sol Duc's magnificent old-growth forest loop trail. It winds gently through the magical primeval forest and steep river overlooks. Everywhere we looked were interesting ferns, huge lichens, bright green mosses hanging from the branches, massive roots upturned from the forest floor, and trees which were so tall we couldn't see the top as they grew above the forest. Some of these giant trees were 800 to 1000 years old with a diameter over 6 feet.
From there we drove to Salmon Cascades and the Salmon were beginning to pool in the shallows ready to jump up a series of falls to spawn upstream. They were already looking beaten up but still had a ways to go. They should be jumping the falls any day now. Nice to be able to see the Salmon returning to the rivers since they have removed many of the dams in this area.
This afternoon we drove up Hurricane Ridge, but the fog and clouds socked the area in so we were not able to see the views from this 6500 foot look out. Some said you could see across to British Columbia on a clear day. Along the way we saw some Black Tailed Deer grazing near the road sides.
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