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Hoh Rainforest - Seattle Adventures 2011


Beautiful mossy trees at Hoh National Rainforest in Washington State.

Catching up on some of my old travel photos, finally!


On our way home from Alaska, we made our way down to Seattle to visit friends and spend a few days touring the Peninsula and coastline. Hiking in the Hoh rainforest was spectacular, and walking along the coast as the tide rolled in was an unforgettable experience. Olympic national forest was amazing, with its incredibly old trees and picturesque mountains. Washington state has so much to offer, I look forward to going back again soon!

The most amazing thing walking through dense forest is the details.

Buttercup?







The rainforest was breathtaking, but as soon as you drove outside the protected boundaries it was pretty depressing. Huge swaths of the land are being clearcut and just mile after mile of this destruction can be seen.

Gray jay at Olympic.

Detail of ice and running water up in the mountains.

Deer are always noble creatures.


Pretty blacktail. The deer let you get up amazingly close, totally unconcerned.

Welcome to Forks, now Twilight capital of the world.


Not a native art store – a Twilight store.

Typical old town pharmacy. Books, quilting fabrics, Twilight.

Really? There were busses of people stopping here.

Many thanks to our friends who let us stay with them at their wonderful cabin in the woods, and those who came to show me around Seattle. :) I look forward to returning again sometime soon!

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walkswithtigers
Jan. 3rd, 2013 03:24 am (UTC)
Ha! Such a juxtaposition between the awe-inspiring beauty of nature and the jaw-dropping absurdity of Twilight.
hbruton
Jan. 3rd, 2013 04:05 am (UTC)
Love that Gray Jay. Such great little corvids! Enjoyed all the lovely forest shots too. Lucky you to get a non rainy day!
chenneoue
Jan. 3rd, 2013 01:41 pm (UTC)
LOL, Twilight fans... I hope it's at least helping the locals.

I am in love with that ice and pebbles photo.
dragonheadthing
Jan. 3rd, 2013 03:34 pm (UTC)
Such a pretty place!...... until you get to the deforestation and Twilight. :(
goldenwolfen
Jan. 3rd, 2013 06:52 pm (UTC)
Woooow. Sandra, Ky, and I drove through Forks to visit the rainforest back in 2004. It was just a little blip on the map and not really much there, just a little town at the junction of a few roads (thus the name). I am sure the Twilight craze has been a huge boon to the town, but still it's kinda sad that their economy is now largely based on a horrid teenage book/film series instead of the beauty of the forests there and the native culture. It is to laugh. Oh well, I'm glad you got to go see it! ^.^
footpad
Jan. 4th, 2013 11:05 am (UTC)
What an amazing, glorious place!
peachtales
Jan. 6th, 2013 01:50 am (UTC)
Lovely pictures (except for the ones mentioning sparkly stalkers :P )!
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