From Mt. Rainier I headed to Olympic National Park. Olympic has every different landscape you could ask for in a park. The terrain ranges from coast line, to mountains, and to dense rain forests. The park covers land in Washington’s western peninsula, a short drive or ferry ride from Seattle. True to its reputation Olympic was misty and foggy for the whole time that I was there.
I did manage to make friends with a couple deer, a trend I was starting to see across Washington. I love the peace that exudes from deer.
The view from the top of Hurricane Ridge. I was sad that I didn’t hit this spot on a sunny day with a clear view, but looking down into the clouds is a good consolation.
While driving from the southwest part of the park to Hurricane Ridge and the northeastern section, I stopped by Lake Crescent. Lake Crescent is a gorgeous combination of mountains dropping down into rich, deep, teal waters. Luckily the clouds cleared up just enough to get a few good pictures.
I did the short hike to Marymere falls, a gorgeous fall hidden amongst a lush forest. My favorite thing about this waterfall was the vibrant green moss growing along its edges.
These next pictures are from Ruby Beach, near Kalaloch campground on the coast. Recognizable from the Twilight movies, Ruby Beach swirls in mystery with its grey shores, and imposing rock formations.
Yet another part of Olympic National Park is the Hoh Rain Forest. I was totally unaware that rain forests existed anywhere in the United States and was blown away by the overwhelming shades of green. Everything in site was dripping with moss, and the forest floor squished underfoot with moisture.
The ancient volcanic fault that runs through the Pacific Northwest has created some amazing and diverse landscapes. Olympic is one that I will have to come back to, with hopes of sunny days.