2007 08 01 – Big Trip – Day 93 – Olympic National Park

KOA Seattle Southwest Campground, Kent, Washington. Odometer – 8587

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Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park

We squeezed two days into one on this gloriously sunny day. We wanted to see Olympic national park and we had to get to Seattle at night. So we took a deep breath and drove 320 (~500km) miles in one day, stopping at various points in the park to hike or enjoy the views.

The morning started with a healthy doze of playground for the children. We then headed east on route 101, a 2 hour drive, to Hoh Rainforest. After lunch, we walked through a rainforest trail where all the trees are draped with moss. Pretty neat. Due to the huge amounts of rain in this area, the trees grow very tall, and walking at the forest bottom is quite dark. Every few minutes the kids found tree stumps and logs to climb on and jump off.

After Hoh, we continued our counter-clockwise loop of Olympic mountain , this time reaching the pacific coast and driving by the shoreline for a few miles. It reminded me a bit of the northern California coast. Thank goodness it was a warm sunny day.

We continued on to Lake Quinault where we stopped for another short hike in a Maple Tree grove. It was similar to the previous hike but also full of creeks and quagmires to check out.

We then had playtime by one of the creeks, throwing rocks around while Paola prepared supper. We left the park at 8:30pm and got to this campground, 10 miles south of Seattle, right around midnight.

Tomorrow at 10am we have an appointment for Shir at Seattle’s Children Hospital. Hopefully we can take her cast off.

Good night,

-Hemi

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