Olympic National Park, WA

Washington welcomed us with cool, rainy weather. Coming from drought plagued California, rain was a refreshing change, at least for the first few hours :). I can see why the vampires from the Twilight series chose Forks, WA, a small town near the park, as a place to live. The sun rarely burns through the thick layer of clouds.
Olympic National Park has 3 eco-systems: alpine mountains, temperate rain forests and coastal beaches.

Mountains, forests and beaches

Mountains, forests and beaches

We didn’t spend too much time in the mountains. We were the second car to go up Hurricane Ridge in 3 days. Foggy, rainy and cold – not everyone’s cup of tea.

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Tunnels on the Hurricane Ridge road

Tunnels on the Hurricane Ridge road

The rainforest was pretty magical, even in the rain. The moss covers everything.

On the way to Sol Duc area

On the way to Sol Duc area

Crescent Lake

Crescent Lake

Mist over Lake Crescent

Mist over Lake Crescent

On the hike to Sol Duc Falls

On the hike to Sol Duc Falls

Gorgeous tree on the hike to Sol Duc Falls

Gorgeous tree on the hike to Sol Duc Falls

Ozette Lake area

Ozette Lake area

Giant tree covered in moss, Spruce Nature trail in the Hoh Rain Forest

Giant tree covered in moss, Spruce Nature trail in the Hoh Rain Forest

This guy was hiking along with us,  Spruce Nature trail in the Hoh Rain Forest

This guy was hiking along with us, Spruce Nature trail in the Hoh Rain Forest

Loved the ground covered in fallen leaves,  Spruce Nature trail in the Hoh Rain Forest

Loved the ground covered in fallen leaves, Spruce Nature trail in the Hoh Rain Forest

A calm pond makes for great reflections,  Hoh Rain Forest

A calm pond makes for great reflections, Hoh Rain Forest

Ozette Lake area

Ozette Lake area

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The beaches were super windy. But I loved the pebble and driftwood covered coast. The rocky islands close to the shore make for a nice backdrop for a sunset picture.

Pebble beach, Ruby Beach

Pebble beach, Ruby Beach

Sunset at Rialto Beach

Sunset at Rialto Beach

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