We also lucked out on the weather. The Hoh Rain Forest gets gets between 12 and 14 feet of rain a year. I can't even imagine that; where we have a home in Utah gets about 17 inches a year. Where I grew in Ohio gets maybe 40 inches (and that seemed wet). Even Portland only gets about 42 inches a year.
But the day we visited Hoh it was unusually sunny and dry.
|This Sitka spruce is one of many huge trees at Hoh Rain Forest in Olympic National Park. Other trees common to Hoh are big-leaf maples, western hemlock, Douglas fir, western red-cedar.|
|Moss hanging from a tree. You'd think such moss would smother a tree, but according to signs in the park the moss does not harm the tree and only feeds on light and air.|
|Mossy branches as seen by my camera's water color setting. When we were at Hurricane Ridge I met a fellow visitor who described Hoh as a "beautiful and dripping" and with all that moss I'm sure it usually is.|
|When one tree goes down, many others sprout on top. Aa the fallen tree decays, its organic matter nourishes the new trees.|
|Jim by a tree that once had a "nurse" tree under to support it as a seedling.|
|We hiked about two miles through the Hoh Rain Forest. We saw backpackers heading off on the 17-mile trek up Mt. Olympus, but for that you need what the park calls "Glacial travel skills and equipment."|