Olympic Peninsula, 17-Sep-2012

Our first full day on the Olympic was dedicated to hiking along the Hoh River Trail. The trail starts at the Ranger Station and proceeds east. While you can go a long ways on the trail, we stopped at Five Mile Island to have lunch before turning around. In addition to having several great views of the river, we also saw big cedars, spruce, hemlock, and maple trees, lots of red huckleberries (we had to check if they tasted different than ours, that's what it was), and even heard some elk. There were several people on the trail from day hikers to backpackers.

As you can imagine, we were quite tired when we got back to the car, and were ready to settle in for dinner and the rest of the night. One thing we noticed in the room was, unlike our first night, there were people in the room above us and we heard some very disconcerting creaks while the occupants were walking around. The ceiling didn't cave in, however. We knew ahead of time that the walls and floors were pretty thin, since while checking in someone was in the office complaining about all the noise coming from the room above his, where apparently there was a 4-year-old.

 Hoh River

Hoh River

 Hoh River

Hoh River

 Five Mile Island

Five Mile Island

 Hoh River Trail

Hoh River Trail