The drive along the northern part of the Olympic Peninsula continues to be beautiful around every turn. Particularly the drive around Crescent Lake, which reminds me of an American version of Lake Como with deep cool waters and trees dipping near the water’s edge.
True to its reputation, the moment I reach the western part of the peninsula, it starts to rain. In La Push I hike down to Second Beach. The hike alone would be reason enough in itself, as the dense green woodsy forest is almost magical, but the real reward is the unique and beautiful secluded beach waiting at the end of the trail. Everything is veiled in a lovely cloud of fog.
I spend the night in the Hoh Rainforest. The otherworldly amount of rainfall here leads to some odd looking forests. The aptly named Hall of Mosses trail showcases trees that look as though they are covered in Muppet fur. The colors of the scraggly moss range from rusty oranges to muted greens and hang for feet from the branches. The small streams running through the forest are teaming with vibrant green kelp-like plants that wave with the flow of the water. And every now and then there are large crops of brightly colored mushrooms. It’s a strange place, but strange in a whimsical, magical kind of way. And then … it starts to rain.