Hoh Rain Forest

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When I read that Washington state was home to a temperate rain forest, the only place like this in North America, it blew my mind. Hoh Rain Forest was the highlight of our trip from Chicago. I asked the ranger at the National Park visitor’s center why there weren’t rain forests where I grew up on the East Coast. His answer was, “Rain.”

hoh rain forest olympic national park 3rdarm

The southwest facing forest is hemmed to the wet, wild coast by the Olympic mountains, capturing precipitation and creating a density of life unlike anything I’ve seen. We followed the river to the waterfalls. Etta found eight different colored hand-length slugs on the way. There were birds far, far up in the canopy of giant trees, and docile chipmunks. I saw no other animals.

hoh rain forest olympic national park 3rdarm

I was filming and recording, and at one point I heard a noise and held my microphone deep inside a log… The creature burrowed away. We brought ponchos and were prepared for the inevitable rainfall. Magical, inspirational, dreamlike: not words I use lightly.

One thought on “Hoh Rain Forest

  1. els says:

    Oh my, so lovely. Liz and I camped there when we went x-country

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