To The Coast
A final push through the rainforest (aptly named this time) before I set eyes upon the Pacific Ocean.
Like the log covered beachfront of San Juan Island, Olympic's coast was no different.
The air gradually became saltier. I was immediately transported to past times on the beach...on the Atlantic!
The Final Terrain
Rainforest then Alpine and now the Coast. All three major ecosystems in one day. Not too shabby.
Once these trees were part of the forest, then washed to sea...and now they're back!
Never before had I seen geology like this before. I was honestly surprised and dumbfounded. And at this point that takes a lot.
Reliving childhood fantasies here. Yes you are right...I was totally humming the Indiana Jones theme in my head most of this evening.
The ropes had seen better days. I'm just hopping this trees hangs in there better than some of its neighbors.
Up I Go
Without the help of these Amazonian type ladders, I'm not sure there'd be another way up. I'm sure it'll hold...right?
Try doing this with a walking stick and backpack. Oh and did I mention it was pouring rain?
Relaxing sounds and soothing smells. A deep contrast to my general comfort level.
War Torn Beaches
Considering the weather, these beaches look like the perfect setting for a battle. Blown up logs, displaced boulders, towering sea cliffs. Pretty ominous albeit gorgeous.
I didn't check the tide before venturing out. I consider myself luck to catch it at the low end. Otherwise, there'd be no getting through this narrow passage with a strong current.
Night had arrived by the time I finally found a place to call home for the night. I was very dry...*shakes head.
Forest Meets Beach
I had emerged from that wooded area and had been frustratingly hugging the coast line in search of a place to camp. I settled on a spot finally. Hopefully it will keep me semi-protected from the elements. And most importantly the tide.
I made it to Scott's Bluff. Or at least I think I did. According to my map I was there but not much to go off of. I found a flat spot out of the way of the tide and made camp. Soaked.