WWDC Trip - Day 12 (Thursday)
Sat, Jun 3, 2000; by Oliver Breidenbach.

Aberdeen - US101 - Quinault Rain Forest - Queets - Ruby Beach - Hoh Rain Forest - Lake Crescent - Port Angeles

I misjudged todays task, so I didn¥t make it to Port Townsend as planned. Tomorrow will be an interesting day, since I need to be in Bothell, WA at 2 pm. We¥ll see.

I took hundreds of pictures today, so it was very difficult to pick the most important ones.

The day starts at Aberdeen with me oversleeping. I leave by 10:30. Not a good start. I head up 101 to make up time. At Quinault I stop to take a short hike through the rain forest. What a contrast to yesterdays Mount St. Helens.

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In these socalled temperate rain forests, trees almost as large as the redwoods grow because of the unique climate.

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The unique feature of the rain forest vegetation is the moss that grows all over the trees.

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Even dead trees have life as these holes caused by woodpeckers indicates:

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Heading north on the 101, I reach the pacific again. Peter said the Washington Coast is not as beautiful as the Oregon Coast. At least here, it is equally interesting.

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The most interesting feature is the driftwood which collects at the beaches. It is very dangerous when the tide is high and the logs flow in the water.

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Close to the beach I find funny trees. They are called Spruce Burls. (At least I hope I remember that right.)

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Ruby beach certainly is a beauty.

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A family of native americans prepares a kite.

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The beach is full of the perfect pepples.

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I manage to make it dip only twice. Looser.

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Onward to Hoh Rain Forest. On the way, I think about the road signs I see. What is a "Compression Brake" and why is it¥s use prohibited? Also, I notice that unlawful really is an awful word. Why are they using so many different words for things that are forbidden? Is it some sublime cultural thing? Also I notice that there are an awful lot of things unlawful in the land of the free. In fact, I miss being able to simply pull over and hike into the woods on some off road. Most of those are private property and you are not allowed to trespass.

Also, I reflect on the inherit humour of the english language which seems to influence the US culture. They have Seattle in Washington. And the signs say: "Plants grow by the inch and die by the foot". It will loose a little if they ever switch to metrics, I imagine.

Anyways, once at Hoh Rain Forest, I find a guide:

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It takes me along the trails where I find hundreds of motives to take pictures.

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Notice the elk marks on this tree:

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Fallen trees are fertile grounds for new trees and are called nursing logs:

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On the way out of the Hoh valley, I pass a swamp with a nice look to it:

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Finally it looks like it is going to rain in the rain forest. A quick glance back up the road reveals a view to Mount Olympus. (This name reminds me of an exhibit from "The Tech" which was a flyby of the Mars surface which sported Olympus Mons.)

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I still hope to reach Port Townsend so I hit the gas pedal. In Forks, I stop to buy some food since I get hungry. I notice that the people here are very prototypical loggers. There are more pickup trucks in that little town than there are in all of Germany.

I hurry. When I reach Crescent Lake, I realise that I am too tired to drive on another couple of hours.

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So I decide to call it a day and find a Motel. I try a Lodge by the sea but can¥t afford it, so I drive on to Port Angeles.

To be continued with WWDC Trip - Day 13 (Friday): From Port Angeles to Seattle.