Ocean Shores was having a razor clam festival. Sounds good, we're in.
We aren't big clam-ivores and don't know the first thing about how to hunt or gather or catch them, whatever you are supposed to do. We do know what to do on a beach though.
|Park...that's what you do on a beach.|
|Pretty day. I'm going to have fun with this reflection thing.|
|Yeah, they looked like they knew what they were doing.|
|Or they could know nothing...I wouldn't know.|
|Our fearless frolickers|
Gravity gets us all eventually.
|Clean and relatively dry.|
|Take one exuberant child|
|Add an audience with a camera|
|Sprinkle with gravity and water|
Then we went home. And on to the next day. Our plan was to go to the Hoh rainforest. There is a problem though, I think we already explained it. It's two hours away and there are tons of distractions along the way. Not only that, but it seems like the thing to do there is a 17 mile trail leading up to the shoulder of Mt. Olympus. Sounds awesome, just not right now. So we decided to head back up to Quinault. It is a rainforest too and there are tons of trails. Also, it is only 30 minutes away.
Yeah, let's do that.
We found a likely looking trail that was not too short and not too long. It was a rainforest, so of course it was raining.
We set off.
|Loop trails are good|
|Something awesome about the start of a trail|
|Of course, there were mushrooms|
|Black cup fungus.|
|Bird's nest fungus.|
I love this scene. It has everything. It has life, death and rebirth. It shows the function of the forest where everything is in balance. Something lives, then dies and gives birth to more life. That which isn't needed isn't used and falls to another. Trees, fungus, moss, grass, homes for animals, all there. It is an entire community all by itself. You don't see the ego. There is no insecurity here. It is life and it is beautiful.
|Moss covered big leaf maples are cool too.|
|Waterfalls rock. Good trail.|
|You know it's coming.|
|BAM, long exposure. Too bad it was raining|
|Big trees rock.|
|Brave little trillium blooming so early|
That trail was pretty cool. But it didn't have enough big trees. There was that one, of course, but I thought we could do better. After all, Quinault is the "Valley of the Rainforest Giants" I needed a tree so big it had its own sign.
|Luckily for us...|
|Big trees, sword ferns, rock faces...yeah, that's it.|
|Our intrepid adventure kids|
|There is just something magical about rainy, spring, forests in Washington|
|Sarah noticed the little Hobbit Hole|
|Who lives there?|
|Big cedar tree. How big?|
|The inside area is bigger than our living room and kitchen|
|Looking up from inside|
|Finding my happy place at Hobbit Hole tree|