Heading to the Hoh, Part 2

Trip Start Apr 20, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, May 6, 2012

After breaking camp and driving back into the rainforest, we decided to stay the night along the Hoh River in the campground away from the main visitor center. We picked a prime spot right on the raging river, pitched the tent and hit the trail again in our search for silence.

This hike seemed much different without the rain. It was amazing how much a sunny day can change everything that we saw the day before. We made a beeline to the arched Spruce tree and followed the Elk path to that one square inch. This time, we took it all in…(see video).

After sitting on a moss-covered log for 15 minutes, we found ourselves whispering to each other to preserve the quiet scene. Funny how a little time in the woods can put you so at ease and replenish that certain something that can't be named.

Back to the stumps for celebratory sammiches. Along the hike back we nearly ran into a herd of Roosevelt Elk - at least 15 of them surrounded us on both sides of the trail (see video). We stared in breathless awe for a while, then carefully resumed to camp for some fine wine and sunning on the river bank. That’s right: SUNNING on the riverbank. So, so nice. We finished the day around a great, big fire with the feeling that we had made the right decision to stick around for one of the best days of the trip so far. Tomorrow we head a little further north and then, finally, our eastward trek begins. United States West Coast: check.
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