One of the best hikes of the weekend wasn't really a hike at all but a short walk down the hillside to Ruby Beach which we hit at low tide. Getting there at low tide is amazing as you can walk quite a way out on this beautiful firm sand and find all kinds of ocean life. That is for another Shot of the Day but this view is also amazing. I love these land formations called sea stacks that stick out into the ocean and we were able to walk right up to it without getting wet. Pretty cool.
A moment of zen at the end of a long hike in the Olympic National Park. The hike lead to Lake Crescent where we initially parked the car. Got lots and lots of great lakes in the midwest, but tough to get that mountain view in the background.
It is frustrating walking through the forest and seeing all of this biomass around you and not knowing the name of anything. So, as a public service, I will give you the names of the four most common trees in the Pacific Northwest rainforest. From left to right we have the Western Hemlock (can live 400 or 500 hundred years), the Douglas Fir (deep ridges on the bark), the Western Red Cedar (the small one there in the background: a slow growing tree that can live 1,000 years) and the Sitka Spruce (found only 20 to 30 miles from the coast). Yes, I am an Arborist now. It also helps to have a conveniently helpful sign sitting right below these 4 trees showing you what is sitting directly in front of you.
Had a great weekend visiting the Olympic National Forest with Michael Jr. Wonderful hikes and amazing views. If you love trees, the Pacific Northwest is the place to be. What an amazing area of the country.
Here is a hidden gem. Brandywine Falls in Cuyahoga Valley National Park near Akron, Ohio is a fun place to visit. I saw that I had a national park near my hotel and business finished early enough to get there before the sun set. I enjoyed an unexpected one mile hike in this beautiful area on north central Ohio. The unexpected is what makes heavy travel fun.
Most of the gas stations on Route 66 are of the normal every day variety or very old and closed for decades. This one above is old but open, showing lots of signs of life. The one below is more common on old Route 66.