Saturday, October 22, 2011

Alaska and Northwest Trip - Day 27

Super Cool Day

The primary focus of today was a visit to the Hoh Rainforest.  It's one of the largest temperate rainforests in North America.  Extremely lush and populated with a variety of ferns, mosses and wildlife, it was a priority for us to visit.  While there we saw two Roosevelt Elk and a juvenile, confused Bobcat.  Seeing the bobcat was one of the highlights of the trip, because, unlike most of the wildlife sightings, it was close, it was unexpected, and I was not in a boat, bus or car.  The elk was also the same scenario, but not so rare as a bobcat.

Along the way we stopped for a second time at Ruby Beach to get another view at a different tidal period and time of day.  Afterward we went to the Galway Bay Irish Pub in Ocean Shores, WA.  I'll review them later since I think they deserve more time and space.  We also stopped at the Quinault Beach Resort and Casino and negatively impacted the Indian economy (that means I won!)  They had a $2 craps table with 10x odds!

Anyway, pictures and video!

Bobcat running on road
video

Flowers at the Lodge

Ruby Beach with reflection

Tide pool at Ruby Beach

Ruby Beach

Waves at Ruby Beach

More waves...

Ruby Beach in the Mist

River entering Hoh

Roosevelt Elk right near the entrance station to Hoh.  There was a traffic jam of picture takers.

Same elk

Different elk.  despite being just off the road in a parking area, most people missed this one driving in.

First shot I had of bobcat

Just before he took off - across the road, then along it, then into woods.

Hoh forest trail

Hoh mushrooms.

Moss everywhere

and here...

Cute little baby ferns on a stump

More mushrooms

Downed trees.  There are fallen trees everywhere we went in the Olympics.

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