Smythe Family On The Road travel blog

Entering the Olympic National Park Hoh Rain Forest.

Tom and Jonathan.

Deb and Jonathan.

Jonathan standing by one of the largest living Spruce Trees in the...

Deb and Jonathan are both at the bottom of the tree just...

A tree had fallen and Jonathan wanted to climb up on it...

Going on up.

And he makes it all the way to the top.

Tom and Jonathan standing out in front of the Visitor Center.

We decided to have lunch before heading out on our hike so...

Tom has Jonathan laughing so hard he can't catch his breath.

Deb works on her Jr. Ranger book as she walks through the...

A view to the top of the trees.

Checking out the lichen on the trees.

A nice shot of our boy.

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One of Deb's activities is to draw a picture of a scene...

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We came across elk in the woods. They were close to the...

This was a different one but was close to the first one...

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This trail is named Hall of Mosses. This must be the part...

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Deb and Jonathan in the Hall of Mosses.

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It was raining in the rain forest. Tom and Jonathan stand by...

These trees all grew up off the trunk of another tree and...

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Here a tree grew on top of another one but the one...

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There's even moss growing on top of the phone booth!

The fog rolls down from the mountains. We couldn't see Mt. Olympus...

Following the road out we stopped for a few shots of the...

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Looking down the riverbed.

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Sunday, May 3, 2009.

Ocean Mist Campground, Ocean City, WA

Olympic National Park, Hoh Rain Forest

We had decided to drive up to the Olympic National Park today. Our friends, the Evans, told us the Hoh Rain Forest was a “must see” so today was the day. It's about an hour and a half drive from here so we packed a lunch and some music for the drive. There was a lot of nice scenery along the way.

When we arrived, we decided to go to the Visitor Center first and check things out. We talked with the Ranger for a while then drove over to the picnic area and ate lunch while we decided on which hike we wanted to do. We chose the “Hall Of Mosses Trail” so when we were finished, off we went. There were moose tracks in an area near a stream just as the trail began. They were huge. We did see moose later along the hike. Jonathan and I DID go off the path just to make sure we walked WAY AROUND them. Tom got some pictures.

The moss growing on and hanging from the trees was something else. I'd never seen anything like it before. I was so glad we had made the effort to come because I wasn't sure we would have the chance to go to any of the other areas on earth where there are rain forests so this might have been our only chance. The pictures tell it all.

On the way out of the park, we stopped at a few spots along the river to take some pictures but it was time to head home after that so we took off. Home looked pretty good that night even though it was sitting in puddles.



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