The Hall of Mosses trail in the Hoh Rainforest at Olympic National Park is a short trail that’s packed with beautiful scenes like this one. Everywhere you look is lush vegetation old-growth trees. The hanging spanish moss gives the trees a strangely human quality; they seem wise. This is one of my favorite trails to walk (or run) and just clear my head. It’s hard to not get lost in the surreal landscape and feel like you’re exploring another world.
The multitude of ecosystems in Olympic National Park allows you to be in a tidal pool of marine life followed by a high mountain peak covered in snow and then in a temperate rainforest all within a few hours. The saturation of color and beauty in this little stretch of northwest Washington makes me imagine what this part of the country was like before the highways and Wal-Marts. We can be grateful for Parks preserving this amazing place along with so many others for us and future generations to enjoy and remember how precious and fragile the world really is. This beautiful scene is along the trail to Marymere Falls and I had to do some rock hopping to get here. It’s really a privilege to be able to immerse myself in something so beautiful and really feel a part of it.
Olympic National Park in northwest Washington has some of the most diverse landscapes and ecosystems all within a relatively small territory. Hurricane Ridge showcases the gorgeous Olympic Mountains, which are snow-capped most of the year. There is beauty everywhere you look from Hurricane Hill is magnificent. The mountains surround you, the flowers brush against your ankles, and the Olympic marmots scurry around, perching on rocks for better views and whistling to each other at any sign of possible danger. There’s nothing much like it.
Another from Washington, this is from the Blue Lake hike I did on a whim as I passed by before dawn. The trail was beautiful and rocky and the cold morning warmed quickly as I climbed the mild grade with the sun peeking over the mountains to the east. The lake at the end was pretty, but my favorite part was the changing light on the trees and the mountains as I made my way up.
Hiking is one of my favorite things to do; especially in the mountains of the western U.S. On my first trip to Northern Cascades National Park in Washington I was able to do a hike that blew my mind. The Hidden Lake Lookout was a strenuously beautiful hike across beautiful forest, loose rock, and snow fields before arriving at the final climb up jagged rocks and huge boulders to arrive at a view that is rivaled by few I’ve experienced. I could say so much more about this place, but I’ll let the photo speak for itself. I think it’s saying, “you need to come here.”
The Palouse is an expansive farming region in eastern Washington state, and it is one of the most unique and breathtaking sights I have had the opportunity to see. From high atop the overlook, you have a 360-degree view of nothing but rolling hills of farmland colored in browns, greens, and yellows. It seems like civilization doesn’t exist from up there, and I was totally okay with that at the time. There are plenty more photos I look forward to sharing from this place.