"Could I have this dance for the rest of my life?" - Anne Murray

Sunday, June 10, 2012

The Hoh Rainforest

In the depths of the Olympic National Park there are valleys of temperate rainforests, one of which is the Hoh. It gets about 12 FEET of rain per year.  Unbelievably, it was not raining at the time we visited, though it rained on our way there and back. We walked the Spruce Trail.  The experience is kind of other worldly - timeless.

The mosses grow so long that they form drapes or curtains on the tree limbs.

The undergrowth is lush with mosses, ferns, shamrocks, flowers, seedlings, and plenty of green things that I can't identify.

Moss up close.

A tiny white flower about the size of golf T.

Close up of another even smaller plant that grows on downed trees, with almost transparent leaves. 

OK, back to the real world. Oops, not this way... No calling out allowed.

Speaking of other worlds, nearby is the town of Forks, which is the central location for the Twilight book series about adolescents, vampires and werewolves. We drove through Forks, and it appeared to be a very normal town, with the incredible "Forks Outfitters" store which had everything you could ever need for an extended stay in another world. 

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