Along the way we stopped at a place for a rest stop and ice - it had a very unusual ceiling, as you can see:
|$ bill ceiling|
|The very tame Black-tailed deer|
|View from the Hurricane Ridge Visitors Center plaza|
|Ranger displays a Marmot pelt|
|Our cabin at Lake Crescent|
|View from our cabin|
|Mimi assists the ranger|
DAY TWENTY-SIX (Thurs., July 18): Our cabin included an all-you-could-eat breakfast buffet in a lovely dining room in the lodge, overlooking the waterfront.
|Breakfast in the Lake Crescent Lodge|
|Paddleboat on the lake|
We then drove an hour and a half to the Hoh Rain Forest part of the park. Olympic N.P. actually contains three distinct zones - the subalpine area at Hurricane Ridge, the rain forest, and the wild and pristine coastline. The trail into the rain forest along the Hoh River is awesome. Huge Sitka Spruces (standing and fallen), mosses, ferns, nurse logs (i.e., decayed logs that support new growth) -- wow! We had been told by my son John about the "one square inch of silence" and we knew it was somewhere above the Hoh River. The OSIOS is a project of Gordon Hempton, a soundscape recorder. He is trying to create a place where there is no human sound - no airplanes overhead, no distant traffic noise, no chainsaws, no nothing. He has chosen a spot in the Olympic National Park. There is actually a spot, a mark on a log. It turned out to be about 6.5 miles from the visitors center -too far for us. Plus, it is "off-trail." It is in a wilderness area. The ranger said Gordon was a friend, but the OSIOS project had caused problems for the park - thousands of people wanting to find a remote location. "It's like trying to create a perfectly clean spot and asking thousands of people to go and touch it" he said. Sort of a paradox. So we gave upon finding the spot, and instead walked an hour into the Hoh Rain Forest, went to a spot alongside the river and sat and had our own fifteen minutes of silence. That was wonderful.
|The Hoh River Trail|
|Mimi measures a spruce|
|Our spot by the Hoh River|
|Ellen gets a "grass facial"|
|A "Nurse" Log|
When we came back we drove to the third zone - Ruby Beach, right on the Pacific Ocean. What a spot! It turned out to be the perfect place for Mimi to fly her kite. Lots of open sand and lots of wind. She had a great time. It was early evening, the sky was beautiful, the ocean sparkling, the beach littered with huge old weathered logs that had been washed up over the years - centuries!
|Mimi flies a kite|
After that it was a fairly easy - and lovely - drive to Sequim, WA where we are at the Sundowner motel. Friday we go to Victoria BC.