17 July 2014

Hoh Rain Forest stroll

With it raining when we arrived in Washington, we decided to carry on to the coast and visit some rainforest. With the amount of people who I have shown around New Zealand's Temperate Rainforest, there were many who had described to me this place. The Olympic Peninsular. Naturally, I had high expectations. Luckily this is America and in America, nature is pretty awesome when you find it!

Nicole strolling amongst some Old Growth Forests in the Hoh (named after an Indian tribe) Valley.

It wasn't long before America started to pulled tricks out of its bag. We saw babies animals, and it doesn't matter who you are, babies animals are cute.

This baby Sooty Grouse was extremely well hidden, in this particular photo mum is very well hidden. 

This was a pretty entertaining site to. This heard of Elk and the calves crossing the river and the calves were crying super loud and getting washed down stream. They all made it though after a few attempts.

Last but not least there was a ninja chipmunk!

It was about 11miles to our campsite for the next couple of nights. We decided that we liked the idea of setting up camp for a few days because for most of the trip we didn't spend more than a night in one place. This didn't mean we were lazy though. The next morning we stuck to the plan and walked to the top of the valley to the Blue Glacier. This was a pretty big day, climbing and descending just over 1000m, but as always, the higher we got, the better the views.

That is Mt. Olympus on the left

Had this sketchy ladder to get down a slip. 

Nicole being very happy with herself.

Once we got to the top there were still wild flowers.

Blue Glacier. Like most other glaciers, this one is shrinking to!

We hung out there for some lunch behind a rock and then it was time to drop back to camp.

Found a ghost! This is how it should be, leave no trace.

What's a camp without coffee right?

Simple long drops.

 Pristine little creeks.

And the bridges were just downed trees.

That was that. Next it was time to just chill at the beach.

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