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The Elwha River flowing into Goblins Gate 👾

Hurricane Ridge is closed until the end of April due to road conditions but the closure meant we finally got to get a good hike in around the Elwha Valley. Started at the Whiskey Bend Trailhead and looped around through Goblin Gates and Humes Homestead...approx. 7 miles.

Ninety foot Marymere Falls. Local legend has it there's a tree stuck in it.

Travel buddies...chef and and copilot/businesswoman

Sol Duc Falls...magical (quite literally... the Quillayute translation is "magical waters" and misty with snow still on the ground for the majority of the hike. Here the mist from the falls catches the sunlight shining through the trees. According to native legend...two territorial dragons from Sol Duc and Elwha Valley fought to a draw, admitting defeat and sealed themselves away in deep caverns. Their hot tears of defeat/confinement is said to be the source of the Olympic and Sol Duc Hot Springs.

Although we'd hoped to hit Rialto Beach at low tide to explore tide pools, it ended up nearing evening high tide by the time we actually made it there and found some pretty driftwood/rock specimens instead. We perched up on a massive smooth washed up stump and watched the waves slowly come up further and further around us.

Steps down to Second Beach

Took a great suggestion to check out Second Beach south of La Push.

Oh myyyy.... the Hall of Mosses at Hoh Rainforest blew us away 🌱 Moss growing on trees growing out of tree stumps...such a beautiful visual representation of the cycle of growth and decay.

Watching driftwood get pushed and pulled onto Ruby Beach

Aforementioned textural paradise of Ruby Beach. Sculptural installation courtesy of the Pacific Ocean 💙

Swooping around the Olympic Peninsula....first stop: textural paradise Ruby Beach

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