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|
|Flowers at the Lodge|
|Ruby Beach with reflection|
|Tide pool at Ruby Beach|
|Waves at Ruby Beach|
|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.|
|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|
|Cute little baby ferns on a stump|
|Downed trees. There are fallen trees everywhere we went in the Olympics.|