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Hoh Rain Forest and Five Mile Island (Day 29)

With the truck still laid up, my dad was kind enough to let my brother and me borrow his Jeep and head out to Olympic National Park, which we now know was almost named Elk National Park. We didn’t see any elk or Greek gods while we were there, though. Maybe they should have gone with Option C.

I wanted to do this hike along the Hoh River in the Hoh Rain Forest, supposedly the greatest example of a temperate rain forest on earth. There were no toucans in the rain forest or three-toed sloths. Just a lot of trees and moss. Some rain. Went on it with my brother and three nephews with the goal being Five Mile Island (10 miles round-trip if you can believe it).

The rain forest is probably cooler than these pictures make it look, although I had fun trying to re-correct the colors in the photos to match my perception of reality.

rain forest realityAnd then the fairies came and performed a merry jig.

hoh rain forest mossStill not sure whether the trees like having the mosses and ferns growing on them.

hoh rain forest moss 2This one, for instance, seems a little irritated. Or maybe I’m reading too much into it.

hoh rain forest sam rickSam and Rick negotiate a deceptively difficult portion of trail.

rain forest cut logWhat the trail looks like. Sort of. Depending on your monitor.

mineral creek fallsMineral Creek Falls

hoh river trail stream crossingA treacherous stream crossing.

hoh river bridgeWe found troll scats under this bridge.

hoh rain forest treeAnd then we saw a tree!

five mile islandThe Hoh River at Five Mile Island. Sadly, we witnessed no nuclear melt downs — heck, we couldn’t even find the containment facility (although that might have just been more evidence of failsafes working as designed).

five mile island and meProof I was there.

Only one of my nephews (Ammon) and zero of my brothers made it to the island, and not without getting eaten alive by deerflies first, which only added to the richness of the experience — for both of us, really. Plus I got to use my first-aid kit for something. Finally.

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  1. El Eff
    August 11th, 2009 at 11:18 | #1

    So dishonest. I’m now forced to demand nothing but raw image files.

  2. August 11th, 2009 at 12:27 | #2

    And you think Canon’s color balancing is *more* honest? With the agenda *that company* has? Man.

  3. El Eff
    August 12th, 2009 at 10:19 | #3

    Well, that’s the whole point of raw — keeps corporate politics from affecting your artistry. (No post-processing.)

  4. telkontar
    August 18th, 2009 at 22:39 | #4

    The first pic looks fake — too bright. Of course, my last real hike in the Olympics ended with ketoacidosis and a few days in intensive care.

    I like my canon. We can compare shots of Baker.

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