Hoh Rain Forest, Olympic National Park, Washington
Today was our first full day in Hoh Rain Forest in the Olympic National park. Our campsite is backed up the the Hoh River that is flowing faster today than yesterday but far from causing us a problem. You can hear the water rushing by and the a few river rocks tumbling by but the loudest in the morning is the bird sounds. Clearly the birds know it is Spring and they sound like they are discussing it. The temp this morning was 45 degrees F, warmer than it has been most mornings.
After a leisurely breakfast, we walked to the Hoh visitor center. As we came to the parking lot there was a fine array or Masda Miatas in many colors and all from Washington State. We asked around at the visitor center and found that the gathering of Miatas was a car club that was touring the Hoh Rain Forest. They’re all staying at a nearby resort. The Ranger at the visitor center suggested a number of hikes so we were set for today and tomorrow. Today we only hiked about three miles but got a feel for the ecosystem here. Tomorrow we will try a six mile round trip hike that is supposed to take us to a waterfall. The hikes for today were beautiful and easy and we did see some elk along the trails.
Since our campsite backs up to the river and has quite a bit of open sky, we have fairly good solar. There has been a fine drizzle all day but rarely did it actually rain today. Our open campsite must “see” a cell tower or a repeater because we have a good internet connection.