Thursday, June 26, 2008

Seattle to Hoh Rainforest: 249 miles

Wednesday, June 11th, was day five of our trip. We were reluctant to leave Seattle; we had been so focused on the scenic spots that we really didn't schedule enough time for the city itself. The saddest part about leaving Seattle was that we didn't get to spend enough time with family. We rarely get to see the Seattle Lifferth clan, so the brief time we spent with them wasn't nearly enough! We're just gonna have to make a return trip...or better yet, move there. ;)

So, moving along...we set out for the Olympic Peninsula. We travelled for several hours when all of a sudden we saw an amazing sight: the ocean! Wow! It was definitely a Kodak moment.
The beach was covered in driftwood...HUGE pieces of driftwood. This ought to give some perspective:
The ocean is very exotic when you're a couple of landlubbers!
We finally managed to tear ourselves away from the beach and continued onward. The trees were growing ever thicker (I was amazed that this was even possible), and it seemed like the road was a narrow tunnel through the forest.
The plants were looking more and more foreign and it was apparent that we were now journeying through a rainforest. Isn't that wild? I felt like we were in the Amazon or something; who knew we has such an exotic, incredible jungle so close to home?! We stopped to check out this "Big Cedar Tree". They sure weren't kidding...can you see Hunter standing in front of it? He's completely dwarfed!!
It looks like a conglomeration of several trees, but it's really just one big tree...the branches are so big that they could be trees of their own! Crazy.
We finally reached our campground, and near the entrance we saw this small building. It's hard to tell, but if you look closely you can see that there is a small tree growing on the roof! It's there on the lefthand side of the roof. Amazing.
We had the most perfect campsite imaginable. We were right on the edge of a riverbank, so the rushing water drowned out any potential sounds of traffic or people (not that there was much of either). The air was cool but not freezing, so when we finally went to bed it was the most cozy, snuggly, comfortable night EVER! The next morning was no less perfect, and we snuggled in the tent for a while...we really didn't want to leave our cozy haven!
Of course, before we went to bed we did some exploring and such. Hunter busted out Old Yeller, and I got a few action shots:
The most beautiful, perfect place on earth:


Monica said...

Amazing pics as usual. I love that drive. It is amazing.

Zachary said...

Wow...those are some impressive pictures. That driftwood was unbelievable! Thanks for the perspective shot.

Hope Hunter had a happy birthday!!

Smiley Family said...

INCREDIBLE photos! I especially love the driftwood pic - amazing!! What an awesome vacation!