September 10, 2004

Olympic National Park – Kalaloch

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 3:34 pm by diandy2004

We spent two nights on the pacific coast at the Kalaloch (“clay-lock”) Campground. The campground sits on a bluff just above the beach.  Wonderful.  Our site was just across the driveway from the oceanside sites. We could hear the ocean, but only see it through the windows of the RV in front of us.

Kalaloch Campground

Kalaloch Campground

The sunsets were beautiful and we walked the beaches to enjoy the colors. The beaches here were wide and sandy, unlike the others we’ve seen so far.  We enjoyed climbing on the driftwood, exploring the creeks that flow across the beach to their final destination, and looking for crabs and seashells.  There was one tree we came across that was trying to survive suspended over a great big hole that was formed from erosion in the bluff.

Andy Stands Under a Suspended Tree

Andy Stands Under a Suspended Tree

Strolling the Beaches at Sunset

Strolling the Beaches at Sunset

We hiked several trails in the Hoh Rain Forest. We first did the Spruce Trail and the Hall of Mosses.  The moss, ferns, lichens, and funghi were so beautiful carpeting the trees, rocks and the ground.  Everything stays wet here, I presume, considering how the moss and ferns grew on absolutely everything….

Moss and Fern Roof Outhouse

Moss and Fern Roof Outhouse

Then we hiked only a short distance on the Hoh River Trail.  This trail is actually 18.1 miles long.  We’ll have to tackle the entire distance another trip.  Several trees were estimated at 200 feet long and others with diameters over 6 feet.  One downed tree was so long we couldn’t see the tip when standing at the roots.

It was interesting to learn that young trees have such a hard time taking root on the crowded forest floor that they tend to grow on top of downed trees. This also creates interesting root designs when the new tree grows large and the old tree disintegrates over time. You’ll find that many of the trees are in lines because of this.  It stays so wet in the forest (do note it was sunny the day we visited the rainforest) that dew stays on the mushrooms throughout the day.

Trees Grow on a Nurse Log

Trees Grow on a Nurse Log

Big Trees grow on a Nurse Log

Big Trees grow on a Nurse Log

Diane in Hoh Rain Forest

Diane in Hoh Rain Forest

Andy Inside a Tree

Andy Inside a Tree


Everything seems so much bigger here….including the leaves:
A Big Maple Leaf

A Big Maple Leaf


On our drive back to camp we stopped at Ruby Beach to try and find garnet-colored stones. We were forewarned that there aren’t many left. What we found instead were sea stacks, caves, and other beautiful things.

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