Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Part 2 : A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss

Many guests of the Lodge gathered on the beach to watch the sunset. There were lovers wrapped in their private embraces, there were solitary souls......then there was us.

As the thinkers mused and the lovers kissed, the girls and I counted the sunset down....10....9....8....7...6...5...4...3...2...
1....1....1....
I can never get it quite right.








The next day we spent the morning at Ruby Beach seeing just now far we could bury our feet in the sand. (Almost to our knees.)
Sea Anemones.

Starfish.


We then drove northward, to the only temperate rain forest in the United States - the Hoh Rainforest. (Hoh is pronounced like the ho in "She sleeps with everyone. She's such a ho!") It seems like everything is green in this picture.

That would be because it is.

Look carefully and you will see a tree limb covered in moss and a creek filled with water plants. We were standing on a bridge over the creek.

This is a humongous maple tree absolutely covered in moss and air plants. The moss can grow so heavily on the trees that it can break them from it's weight.
And this is a ridiculously beautiful 300 foot Douglas Fir tree. Yes, that is the girls in the lower left of the picture.

Puts things in perspective doesn't it? In more than one way.

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At 2:12 AM, Blogger Ant said...

Those pictures are fantastic. And the girls are super photogenic too (of course!)

You didn't happen across any elves or pixies or surly, tragi-comic gnomes in that forest did you? Looks like someone out of the Middle Earth is ready to appear at any moment...

And I'm curious - how did the place get it's name? :o)

 
At 2:34 AM, Blogger rennratt said...

The pictures are gorgeous! I had no idea there was a rainforest in the US!

 
At 5:56 AM, Blogger This Girl I Used to Know said...

Man,

If I had places like that to go... I wouldn't be blogging either :)

 
At 10:34 AM, Blogger Rachael said...

wonderful pictures.

-Rachael

 
At 10:59 AM, Blogger Janie said...

tres gorgeous. truly amazing, really. (the girls and nature!) and i'm glad i'm not the only one who has to count 'one' a dozen times! haha

 
At 3:09 PM, Blogger Kingfisher said...

I'm soooo jealous. I've always wanted to visit the Hoh rain forest, and the rest on Olympic. It's on my list of things to do before I die.

It's quite a lot like that here. Only without the rain. Or the forest. And with more rocks and dust and heat.

The girls sure are cute!

 
At 7:33 PM, Anonymous megan said...

Such beautiful places.
Such beautiful girls.

 
At 2:59 AM, Blogger Squishi said...

Hooray you're back!

You obviously have never been to Australia or New Zealand, eh?? THEY are both mighty beautiful places too, and just as green (well, in NZ anyway!)

Lovely pictures, just lovely.

Glad you're back, I can relax again now!

 

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