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Olympic National Park

A Road Trip

Story by Tony J. May 26th, 2016

Over the weekend a few friends and I took a road trip to Olympic National Park.

This is what I recorded.

We began the trip on an overcast day.

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After a few hours on the Interstate 5, we’ve arrived at Coupeville.

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We boarded a ferry which took us across the straight onto the Northern Olympic Peninsula.

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The ferry was short and quiet.

After a couple more hours drive, we arrived at the entrance of the park.

Rangers greeted us with smiles.

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Fog Interlude

An winding mountain road followed suit.

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Along the way, we saw a lot of deers, grazing by the side of the road.

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In between the gaps of the fog, there were dense of layers of fir, spruce, and cedar.

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We saw snowy mountain peaks just above the fog and trees.

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Fog and Mountain.

Yin and Yang.

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Hurricane range

The peak was called Hurricane Range.

The views here were spectacular.

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We understood why it was named so.

The wind was relentless.

There was quite a bit of snow and ice even though it was May.

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Later we came down the mountain and saw a clearing. A cabin stood in it. It was a Ranger station.

The ranger suggested we check out Hoh Rain Forest.

We obliged.

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HOh Rain Forest

A few hours away was this hidden gem.

It was completely different from the mountain top.

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In it nature blossomed.

The sheer density of plants and animals were astonishing.

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Hall of Mosses

The most interesting area was the Hall of Mosses.

Everything in it was covered with moss.

Mesozoic, I thought.

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Oh Deer

We heard a rustling behind us.

A deer was grazing only 12 feet away.

I snapped the moment. It stood there for the next minute minding its own business.

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Deception Pass

We left the forest and went back on the highway.

It took us to a precarious bridge.

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Walking across this narrow passage way was a scary experience for some of us.

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But the views were fantastic.

We hiked down the hillside onto the beach.

My camera battery had given in by then. Still, it was a great road trip.

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Footnote: Photos taken with Canon 60D + 50mm f1.4 lens and an iPhone 6.
Olympic National Park, WA, United States