La Push to Hoh Rain Forest

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somebody spent some time on this!

It was a little overcast when I woke up, I walked around the beach for awhile before Dawn and Tyler got up.  Someone had made an interesting dream-catcher like design out of sticks, shells and rocks in the sand. There were dozens of starfish crawling on the rocks and in pools along the shore.  I gathered some more driftwood and started a fire to take the chill out of the air. When Dawn got up, we walked to the other side of the beach and back.   Dawn befriended a small dog, who then started following us around.

 It was so windy, the tent almost blew into the fire while we were breaking camp!  Dawn had emptied the tent of sleeping bags, etc.  which was not staked down due to the rocky beach.  As soon as there was nothing in the tent to weigh it down, a gust of wind took it and is started to roll towards the fire.

The view from our tent
  Dawn grabbed it, and struggled to hold it as the wind lifted it entirely off the ground like a sail.  Tyler was breaking down his tent nearby, and started laughing at Dawns predicament.  I was returning from loading the truck at the time, and was too far away to help.  After a brief struggle, Dawn managed to save and break down  the tent, but she was pretty pissed off at Tyler for laughing instead of helping her! (to Tylers defense, there were several large tree logs between them, and I don't think he could see just how close to the fire the tent had gotten)   We managed to pack everything else up without further incident, but Dawn stayed mad at Tyler for awhile after that!   After the tent was down, we noticed that several of the round rocks that had been under the tent had sayings painted on them.
cliffs along the beach, where Bald Eagles nest
  Peace signs, flowers, "Love", "Hope", etc,  were painted on the small rounded rocks and left there.  Dawn and I noticed one at the same time that had "Funkey" painted on it in purple letters.  This meant something to us, as Funkey is the name of our beloved 15 year old cat, who had passed from cancer about 3 weeks before the trip!  In fact,  we almost had to postpone the trip...we would not have left Funkey alone in his last days.  Now, this was a sign to us that he was still here with us, in spirit.  We took the "Funkey" rock, and left the others behind.  We also saw another Bald Eagle while packing up, we were told that a bunch of them nest in the cliffs nearby.

Our next stop was the Hoh rain forest, where we saw the biggest Sitka Spruce in the world.

Hall of Mosses
Think of a Christmas tree on steroids! It was here in the rain forest that we saw the first steady rain of the trip. This area gets over 200 inches a year, where Seattle, on the other side of the mountains, gets only about 35 inches a year.  We walked the "Hall of Mosses" trail,  where every tree was large and covered with thick moss.  Tyler found several slugs, big yellow "bananna" slugs, and some black ones as well. It was raining steadily, but not too hard. Today was  the only day on our whole trip that we actually used umbrellas! For some reasom, dead trees take a long time to break down and decay here...so we saw several "nurse" logs, where seedlings sprout on dead logs, and grow into new trees on top of them, using the old dead trees as nutrients!   After exploring the forest for awhile,  we continued on down the road towards Mt Rainier, our next destination.

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somebody spent some time on this!
somebody spent some time on this!
The view from our tent
The view from our tent
cliffs along the beach, where Bald…
cliffs along the beach, where Bal…
Hall of Mosses
Hall of Mosses
seagull on a stump
seagull on a stump
Was a little overcast when I got up
Was a little overcast when I got up
Took a walk to the end of the beac…
Took a walk to the end of the bea…
Raven?  Saw a Bald Eagle, too, but…
Raven? Saw a Bald Eagle, too, bu…
There were lots of starfish in the…
There were lots of starfish in th…
The waves didnt seem big enough t…
The waves didn't seem big enough …
nice islands just offshore
nice islands just offshore
Dawn and I walked to the breakwate…
Dawn and I walked to the breakwat…
it led to a little island
it led to a little island
no shortage of driftwood here!
no shortage of driftwood here!
some huge trees washed up...from w…
some huge trees washed up...from …
HUGE trees on the beach!
HUGE trees on the beach!
Dawn found this dog, and named him…
Dawn found this dog, and named hi…
In case of earthquake, head for hi…
In case of earthquake, head for h…
Entrance to Hoh Rain Forest, the o…
Entrance to Hoh Rain Forest, the …
in front of the worlds largest Si…
in front of the world's largest S…
Information sign for the giant Spr…
Information sign for the giant Sp…
They grow big here, with all the m…
They grow big here, with all the …
Its like a giant Christmas tree!
It's like a giant Christmas tree!
Walking along the Hall Of Mosses T…
Walking along the Hall Of Mosses …
river along the moss trail
river along the moss trail
Bananna Slug
Bananna Slug
this tree fell pretty recently!
this tree fell pretty recently!
Hall of Mosses
Hall of Mosses
Mosses trail
Mosses trail
It started raining while we were o…
It started raining while we were …
This was the only time on the trip…
This was the only time on the tri…
The Hoh Rainforest gets over 200 i…
The Hoh Rainforest gets over 200 …
Tyler finds a place to keep dry!
Tyler finds a place to keep dry!
dwarfed by a stump
dwarfed by a stump
fallen trees can take hundreds of …
fallen trees can take hundreds of…
usually, other plants just grow ri…
usually, other plants just grow r…
Old growth forest...never been log…
Old growth forest...never been lo…
Some trees were VERY old...and hug…
Some trees were VERY old...and hu…
Ty loves to climb
Ty loves to climb
The trees here are amazing!
The trees here are amazing!
Some are too big to fit in the cam…
Some are too big to fit in the ca…
This tree looks like an octopus tr…
This tree looks like an octopus t…
Tyler Poppins
Tyler Poppins
The rain brought out the bananna s…
The rain brought out the bananna …
some regular black slugs, too...Ty…
some regular black slugs, too...T…
Nurse log, supporting new tree gro…
Nurse log, supporting new tree gr…
dead trees just become nutrients f…
dead trees just become nutrients …
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