Yesterday was the first day that we did a bit of driving. The distance wasn't long but when the roads are twisty it takes longer and the person sitting in the back feels it more. And that would be me most of the time. Quite a few years ago we started letting our daughter sit up front when we were going through any kind of winding roads. I used to get car sick as a kid so I know what it feels like.
In the Hoh, there are three trails to choose from. A real short one made mostly for wheelchairs. The next one is the 'Hall of Mosses', a 3/4 mile trail and a longer Sitka Spruce trail. We chose the Hall of Mosses.
I must say, it was quite impressive. The temperature was around 63 and the sun was out. The Hoh is one of the few temperate rain forests in the world and also the largest. It receives 12 to 14 feet of rain a year. In the Spring, Fall, and Winter the Hoh river often floods its banks and changes course. Large trees topple into the river which makes it rich for new life to begin. I never saw so much stuff growing on top of stuff.
It was quiet and I was looking for that perfect shot but just couldn't find it. The place was already crowded, with people and mosquito's. I had on a fleece jacket which protected my arms but I was getting hot and finally had to take it off. Mosquito repellent? Yes, back in the cabin. In one area I tried to get a panoramic shot but people kept coming in to take pictures too. I tried to stand and be patient but when you're being swarmed by mosquito's it isn't easy. I finally said forget it and left. The trail took longer than we thought, due to so much stopping and admiring, that we decided to have some lunch first before tackling the other trail.
We met up with a couple of women who said they had repellent in the car and let us use some so we could at least have a picnic without being bothered.
It was a fun but long day. We went back to the cabin, made some microwave popcorn, borrowed a neighboring campsite's fire pit and enjoyed the evening. Oh and we have no TV, so the nights are spent with my daughter texting and reading at the same time, me on the computer, and my husband just sitting there. Just like home ;-)
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