|Four deer graze in my parents' front yard|
It's been a busy week for me, and I'm realizing that I need to hurry or I'll miss the Ten Things of Thankful blog hop. John and I have been road-tripping; we visited my parents for a few days, then drove up to the Olympic Peninsula, then visited our daughter in Seattle. We got home late last night.
The Pacific Northwest is my "fill my soul" place. When I think of hiking, I think of walking on damp (if not muddy) paths in cool temperatures, with a constant canopy of green trees above me, and a dense understory growing on either side of the trail. When I think of the ocean, I envision a rocky coast, not a sandy beach. Come with me to the temperate rain forest in the Olympic National Park! A picture is worth a thousand words, so obviously the following photos are worth at least ten items of thanks!
|John stands next to the world's largest spruce tree|
|Moss-covered branches hang over a pond in the Hoh Rain Forest|
|John is dwarfed by the (non-record-setting) trees along the trail|
|We gave the bugling elk a wide berth (the photo is zoomed in)|
|Ferns grow thickly under the trees|
|Photo shows trees which grew up on a "nurse log" (a fallen tree in the forest)|
|Soggy maple leaves decorate a fallen log|
|Light manages to penetrate the forest|
|The driftwood covered rocky Ruby Beach|
I hope that the photos convey the sense of peace and awe I felt when I took them.