From Kalaloch Lodge, we headed to Seattle via the Olympic National Park. One of the things we wanted to do on this trip was hike in a temperate rainforest.
We were able to stop by Lake Quinalt and do just that! (Be sure to click the images to see more detail.)
Some of the trees were hard to identify by their trunks, because they were just completely covered in moss. We were startled by one tree (above) when we saw it was a MAPLE. What? How crazy is that??
The other thing that was just completely mind-boggling was the fact that there were NO BUGS. What? You can go hiking in a rainforest and not be carried away or eaten alive?? Unbelievable! (But true!)
The above photos do not do this temperate rainforest justice. It was an amazingly magical place!
After our hike, we headed on into Seattle. This time, our hotel was close to the Space Needle. We discovered that our room was on the other side of the building from the Space Needle, but we still had a view of it!
You get the picture (or three), but here it is again!
The next day, we met a friend who lives in the area and we went to explore things we’d not had a chance to the last time we were in Seattle.
And just like that, it was time to head home. When we travel, we pack efficiently. No one believes us, but here’s our luggage. All three of us share the big red bag. The two backpacks are carry-ons, as is my red bag. We also brought along two tote bags that fold up into tiny pouches, but we didn’t even need them! Yeah!
Another trick? We have a luggage scale. That big red suitcase is 48.5 lbs on the nose, baby! (We try to leave some wiggle room when dealing with the 50 lb weight limit.)
We had such an amazing trip. These photos are just the tip of the ice-berg, and these memories will last a lifetime.
Just catching up? Check out Part 1: Vancouver, Part 2: Goats on a roof & Port Renfrew, Part 3: Random Dragons and a lighthouse, Part 4: Deuce Days in Victoria, Part 5: Victoria, and Part 6: Finding Sasquatch & Kalaloch Lodge!