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I wouldn’t mind going back to the mountains. ⛰>🏝 #pnw #quinaultrainforest
Quick #campingtrip #thisweek to the #quinaultrainforest included one massive #sitkaspruce , climbing a burned out and regrown impossibly old tree with @turning_globe and me #cheesinhard pre-adventure. #augustcamping #firsttimeinwashington
“People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances with our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.” ― Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth
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When you find these moments, these places, the people, pay attention, take notice, and grab hold. Let these unravel in front of you. These are the moments I feel alive, whether it’s in nature, running, dancing, tasting chocolate 😜, listening to music that holds your soul, or those connections felt with people you meet and are drawn to. Your gut tells you so. I promise. Just listen :) Thanks @lifesasafari & @medicine.mystic for recommending this book/lecture awhile back. Already on my second read 🙂
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#josephcampbell #moments #nature #alive #wildwomen #heart #soul #innerwisdom #thatgut #pnw #quinaultrainforest #tbt #inspire #optoutside #woods #hiking #intuition #experiences #connections #exciting #marmont #trekking #resonate #goodreads #quote #greatoutdoors #staylon #thepowerofmyth #clouddancing #fairyland
“People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances with our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.” ― Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth • When you find these moments, these places, the people, pay attention, take notice, and grab hold. Let these unravel in front of you. These are the moments I feel alive, whether it’s in nature, running, dancing, tasting chocolate 😜, listening to music that holds your soul, or those connections felt with people you meet and are drawn to. Your gut tells you so. I promise. Just listen :) Thanks @lifesasafari & @medicine.mystic for recommending this book/lecture awhile back. Already on my second read 🙂 • • • #josephcampbell  #moments  #nature  #alive  #wildwomen  #heart  #soul  #innerwisdom  #thatgut  #pnw  #quinaultrainforest  #tbt  #inspire  #optoutside  #woods  #hiking  #intuition  #experiences  #connections  #exciting  #marmont  #trekking  #resonate  #goodreads  #quote  #greatoutdoors  #staylon  #thepowerofmyth  #clouddancing  #fairyland 
gonna be back in the rainforest in a few days 😻 #green
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#olympicpeninsula #forest #jungle #hiking #nature #pnw #pnwgirls #explore #quinault #quinaultrainforest #rainforest #boardwalk
PNW Volume 3 : Bunch Creek Falls in the Quinault Rainforest - Olympic National Park.
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Happy waterfall Wednesday! It’s honestly a wild feeling to be hiking around in a rainforest in the Pacific Northwest, but Olympic National Park gives you that rare opportunity. The Quinault rainforest is located in the lower half of the park, and while it’s not exactly what you envision when you think of a South American rainforest with dart frogs and piranha, it definitely has the lush green beautiful landscape that you would expect to see. This waterfall is kinda hidden down a gravel road, but definitely worth the trip.
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 #olympicnationalpark #keepitwild #wanderlust #keepexploring #hiking #neature #waterfallwednesday #chasingwaterfalls #hohrainforest #waterfallsfordays #lifeofadventure #seekthetrails #letsgosomewhere #amazingtravelbeauty #waterfalls #makeroomforawesome  #pnw #thatpnwlife #pnwonderland #greatnorthcollective #upperleftusa #northwestcreatives #adventureaddicted #olympicpeninsula #longexpohunter #longexposure_world #longexposures #quinaultrainforest
PNW Volume 3 : Bunch Creek Falls in the Quinault Rainforest - Olympic National Park. • • Happy waterfall Wednesday! It’s honestly a wild feeling to be hiking around in a rainforest in the Pacific Northwest, but Olympic National Park gives you that rare opportunity. The Quinault rainforest is located in the lower half of the park, and while it’s not exactly what you envision when you think of a South American rainforest with dart frogs and piranha, it definitely has the lush green beautiful landscape that you would expect to see. This waterfall is kinda hidden down a gravel road, but definitely worth the trip. • • #olympicnationalpark  #keepitwild  #wanderlust  #keepexploring  #hiking  #neature  #waterfallwednesday  #chasingwaterfalls  #hohrainforest  #waterfallsfordays  #lifeofadventure  #seekthetrails  #letsgosomewhere  #amazingtravelbeauty  #waterfalls  #makeroomforawesome  #pnw  #thatpnwlife  #pnwonderland  #greatnorthcollective  #upperleftusa  #northwestcreatives  #adventureaddicted  #olympicpeninsula  #longexpohunter  #longexposure_world  #longexposures  #quinaultrainforest 
Spent the day in the Quinault region of the park today. We spent time at the lake,hiking smaller trails in the Quinault rain forest, and looking for waterfalls. First pic is of the lake. We didn't escape the effects of the wildfires by coming to the Olympic peninsula. The west coast is on fire. I'm ready for RAIN.

#thewestisonfire #lakequinault #quinault #quinaultrainforest #olympicnationalpark #olympicnationalforest #pnw #washingtonstate
One last Pacific Northwest camping trip before I head back to the Midwest! 🌲🏕 #olympicnationalpark #camping #quinaultrainforest
Some times the best reward from of shooting all night is catching the sunrise. That last hour or two before the dawn can creep on forever. But then you finally see that sliver of light and color on the horizon, and you get a wave of energy and inspiration. These are are my favorite moments, when nature rewards me for the hard work and perseverance.
Some times the best reward from of shooting all night is catching the sunrise. That last hour or two before the dawn can creep on forever. But then you finally see that sliver of light and color on the horizon, and you get a wave of energy and inspiration. These are are my favorite moments, when nature rewards me for the hard work and perseverance.
These are photos that Lish took of Callan and I during our Rainforest adventures. Callan was so happy the whole time, smiling at everyone that walked by and singing(babbling/drooling😁) songs as we hiked. What a little trooper. Daddy loves you son. ❤️ We are already planning our next trip back 👍🏻😉💧🌲💚. #myboy #babyboy #fathersonbonding #family #babyphoto #westcoast #westcoastadventures #westcoastliving #quinaultrainforest #rainforestadventures #protectourparks #protectourplanet
These are photos that Lish took of Callan and I during our Rainforest adventures. Callan was so happy the whole time, smiling at everyone that walked by and singing(babbling/drooling😁) songs as we hiked. What a little trooper. Daddy loves you son. ❤️ We are already planning our next trip back 👍🏻😉💧🌲💚. #myboy  #babyboy  #fathersonbonding  #family  #babyphoto  #westcoast  #westcoastadventures  #westcoastliving  #quinaultrainforest  #rainforestadventures  #protectourparks  #protectourplanet 
Beautiful nature.. lived n loved every moment with it😊😊😉 #happymood😊😊 #happyweekend #quinaultrainforest 🏞🏞 #quinaultlake #olympicnatinalpark
Oh, you, you wanted to see more pictures of trees? I guess we can make that happen 😂. We stopped in Quinault on our way home to canoe and hike. I don’t like my pictures as much as Hoh but would totally go back. For scale, the leaves on the plant on the left are the size of my head. (8/5/18)

#quinault #quinaultrainforest #pnwonderland #wanderwashington #olympicnationalpark #findyourpark #olympicpeninsula #optoutside
The last hike we did was the creme de la creme - the heart of the rainforest. I have never been in a more vibrant, overflowing with life, awe-inspiring, exotic place in my life. The pictures show the beauty, but you have to be there to see with your own, wide open eyes 👀. Magical and resplendent, I really don’t know what else to say. There wasn’t a lifeless spec of earth anywhere, everything was alive! We kept looking at each other and saying, “ this is unreal”! “Look at this”, “look at that”! I guess the other word I would use is gigantic!! I know I talk a lot about trees, but I have never seen so many 250 foot trees, they were everywhere, one literally after another. It made you feel like you were in a forest straight out of fantasy novel. Somehow at every turn we saw something we couldn’t believe. The Willaby river that runs through the rainforest was incredible! Crystal clear, glittering unspoiled mountain water. All along the embankment of the river was a bright green wall of sprouting life, just amazing. We have marked all the spots and we are taking anyone that wants to come. You have to see this land. It’s like nothing you have ever seen before. 💧🌲💚 #rainforest #rainforestadventures #quinaultrainforest #beauty #splendor #olympicnationalpark #olympicpeninsula #pnwonderland #westcoastadventures #familyadventures #babyadventures #family #camping #hikingadventures #life #westcoastliving #ilovethepacificnorthwest #home #protectourparks #protectourplanet #loveofmylife Stay tuned for more adventures 😊😊🌲🌊🏕🗻🏔🌄
The last hike we did was the creme de la creme - the heart of the rainforest. I have never been in a more vibrant, overflowing with life, awe-inspiring, exotic place in my life. The pictures show the beauty, but you have to be there to see with your own, wide open eyes 👀. Magical and resplendent, I really don’t know what else to say. There wasn’t a lifeless spec of earth anywhere, everything was alive! We kept looking at each other and saying, “ this is unreal”! “Look at this”, “look at that”! I guess the other word I would use is gigantic!! I know I talk a lot about trees, but I have never seen so many 250 foot trees, they were everywhere, one literally after another. It made you feel like you were in a forest straight out of fantasy novel. Somehow at every turn we saw something we couldn’t believe. The Willaby river that runs through the rainforest was incredible! Crystal clear, glittering unspoiled mountain water. All along the embankment of the river was a bright green wall of sprouting life, just amazing. We have marked all the spots and we are taking anyone that wants to come. You have to see this land. It’s like nothing you have ever seen before. 💧🌲💚 #rainforest  #rainforestadventures  #quinaultrainforest  #beauty  #splendor  #olympicnationalpark  #olympicpeninsula  #pnwonderland  #westcoastadventures  #familyadventures  #babyadventures  #family  #camping  #hikingadventures  #life  #westcoastliving  #ilovethepacificnorthwest  #home  #protectourparks  #protectourplanet  #loveofmylife  Stay tuned for more adventures 😊😊🌲🌊🏕🗻🏔🌄
Friday part 3: #maplegladerainforest This trail was amazing, and here is the crazy part, tomorrow we would see an even more stunning part of the #rainforest Of course we saw some massive and I mean massive 🌲. Lish could live in one and Callan looks like a little potato 🥔 next to another😁. Anyone remember the movie Ferngully? This is what we thought of walking through the forest. Trees growing out trees, dead or alive, and trees growing out of branches of other trees. It’s just mind blowing the amount of life packed into every square foot. I guess 12 to 15 feet of rain a year will do it 💧😳. #rainforest #olympicnationalpark #quinaultrainforest #olympicpeninsula #pnwforest #pnw #pnwonderland #westcoastadventures #familyadventures #babyboy #babyadventures #bigtrees #westcoastliving #protectourparks #protectourplanet 💧🌲💚
Friday part 3: #maplegladerainforest  This trail was amazing, and here is the crazy part, tomorrow we would see an even more stunning part of the #rainforest  Of course we saw some massive and I mean massive 🌲. Lish could live in one and Callan looks like a little potato 🥔 next to another😁. Anyone remember the movie Ferngully? This is what we thought of walking through the forest. Trees growing out trees, dead or alive, and trees growing out of branches of other trees. It’s just mind blowing the amount of life packed into every square foot. I guess 12 to 15 feet of rain a year will do it 💧😳. #rainforest  #olympicnationalpark  #quinaultrainforest  #olympicpeninsula  #pnwforest  #pnw  #pnwonderland  #westcoastadventures  #familyadventures  #babyboy  #babyadventures  #bigtrees  #westcoastliving  #protectourparks  #protectourplanet  💧🌲💚
"This we know, the earth does not belong to man. Man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood which unites one family. What befalls the earth, befalls the sons and daughters of the earth. Man did not weave the web of life. He is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself." #quinaultrainforest #giantsamongus #olympicnationalforest #motherearth #saveourforests #protectourplanet #home #pnw
Friday part 1: Worlds largest #sitkaspruce This was the largest tree I have seen yet, and from past posts you know we have seen some behemoths. 60 feet around, 20 feet wide, nearly 200 feet tall and probably older than a 1,000 years 😳😳😳😳. The pictures don’t it justice, the minute we got to the bridge we new, we saw it and our jaws dropped. This tree was freakishly large. #lakequinault has 6 Champion status trees, all the largest in the world, think about that. #olympicnationalpark has the largest collection and quantity of BIG trees in the entire world😳🌲! We went on a hike immediately afterwards to find the largest Douglas fir in the world, sadly there is no official trail to it and we didn’t feel like bushwhacking our way to its location with a 6 month old, but we saw a few of its 300 foot cousins in the area where it resides, which is about a mile and half hike up the mountain. The picture at the end was tallest tree I have ever seen, way taller the Sitka in the picture. There is no way capture a 300 foot tree in a picture, especially in a rainforest where the tree is surrounded by 200 foot trees. Here’s what you should do for fun, go to a football field and imagine a tree lying down from end zone to end zone in length 😳🤪🌲. The forests out here in the #pnw are just out this world, both in beauty and in size. Everyone I know needs to explore and experience #olympicnationalpark For my money it can’t be beat. #bigtree #verybigtrees #recordsize #quinaultrainforest #lakequinault #rainforest #pnwonderland #pnwforest #westcoastadventures #babyadventures #familyadventures 💧🌲💚 #protectourparks
Friday part 1: Worlds largest #sitkaspruce  This was the largest tree I have seen yet, and from past posts you know we have seen some behemoths. 60 feet around, 20 feet wide, nearly 200 feet tall and probably older than a 1,000 years 😳😳😳😳. The pictures don’t it justice, the minute we got to the bridge we new, we saw it and our jaws dropped. This tree was freakishly large. #lakequinault  has 6 Champion status trees, all the largest in the world, think about that. #olympicnationalpark  has the largest collection and quantity of BIG trees in the entire world😳🌲! We went on a hike immediately afterwards to find the largest Douglas fir in the world, sadly there is no official trail to it and we didn’t feel like bushwhacking our way to its location with a 6 month old, but we saw a few of its 300 foot cousins in the area where it resides, which is about a mile and half hike up the mountain. The picture at the end was tallest tree I have ever seen, way taller the Sitka in the picture. There is no way capture a 300 foot tree in a picture, especially in a rainforest where the tree is surrounded by 200 foot trees. Here’s what you should do for fun, go to a football field and imagine a tree lying down from end zone to end zone in length 😳🤪🌲. The forests out here in the #pnw  are just out this world, both in beauty and in size. Everyone I know needs to explore and experience #olympicnationalpark  For my money it can’t be beat. #bigtree  #verybigtrees  #recordsize  #quinaultrainforest  #lakequinault  #rainforest  #pnwonderland  #pnwforest  #westcoastadventures  #babyadventures  #familyadventures  💧🌲💚 #protectourparks 
We were craving another adventure so we took a drive over to the Olympic Peninsula to do some hiking and try our hand at camping in the Pacific Northest. We hit the jackpot finding this incredible site in the Quinault Rainforest! It was nestled into the lush forest, between a mountain stream and Quinault Lake. 
This was Callan's first camping trip and we are so proud of him! He settled right in to camp life 👶🏕🏔 #babyexplorer #babysfirstcampingtrip #tentcamping #olympicnationalforest #quinaultrainforest #familyadventure #campwashington
We were craving another adventure so we took a drive over to the Olympic Peninsula to do some hiking and try our hand at camping in the Pacific Northest. We hit the jackpot finding this incredible site in the Quinault Rainforest! It was nestled into the lush forest, between a mountain stream and Quinault Lake. This was Callan's first camping trip and we are so proud of him! He settled right in to camp life 👶🏕🏔 #babyexplorer  #babysfirstcampingtrip  #tentcamping  #olympicnationalforest  #quinaultrainforest  #familyadventure  #campwashington 
More adventures in the PNW! This time its #rainforest addition Part 2. These were taken on the #pacificcoast at our hotel Thursday night. The hotel was older, but perfect what we needed and literally right on the beach - we lucked out! It’s hot on the Puget Sound side where we live in Seattle which draws in the marine layer, hence why you can’t see more than a mile or less in a few pics. The beach was awesome and massive!! People were driving their cars right down to water, parking and just laying back watching and listening to the waves crash a shore. Have I said I love living on the #westcoast lately 🤪. Our goal was to go camping at the ballyhooed #quinaultrainforest so we left early to get a first come first serve camping site and bam, we lucked again - Big time!! Tons of room, great place to cook, tree cover, right next to a mountain stream, other side was #lakequinault surrounded by the Olympic Mountains and with good privacy. This campground was legit! Smack dab in the rainforest - how cool is that?! Callan had a blast walking around with us and playing in the tent as we got settled in. Look at smile 😊 #cutestbaby Friday was a busy day for the fam - stay tuned for crazy beautiful pics 😁💧🌲💚 #pnw #pnwonderland #westcoastlife #westcoastliving #westcoastadventures #babyadventures #familyadventures #familycampingtrip #rainforestcamping
More adventures in the PNW! This time its #rainforest  addition Part 2. These were taken on the #pacificcoast  at our hotel Thursday night. The hotel was older, but perfect what we needed and literally right on the beach - we lucked out! It’s hot on the Puget Sound side where we live in Seattle which draws in the marine layer, hence why you can’t see more than a mile or less in a few pics. The beach was awesome and massive!! People were driving their cars right down to water, parking and just laying back watching and listening to the waves crash a shore. Have I said I love living on the #westcoast  lately 🤪. Our goal was to go camping at the ballyhooed #quinaultrainforest  so we left early to get a first come first serve camping site and bam, we lucked again - Big time!! Tons of room, great place to cook, tree cover, right next to a mountain stream, other side was #lakequinault  surrounded by the Olympic Mountains and with good privacy. This campground was legit! Smack dab in the rainforest - how cool is that?! Callan had a blast walking around with us and playing in the tent as we got settled in. Look at smile 😊 #cutestbaby  Friday was a busy day for the fam - stay tuned for crazy beautiful pics 😁💧🌲💚 #pnw  #pnwonderland  #westcoastlife  #westcoastliving  #westcoastadventures  #babyadventures  #familyadventures  #familycampingtrip  #rainforestcamping 
Seriously, how could you not love the PNW? 😍🌲🌿
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Raining in the #quinaultrainforest what a surprise!!! Still open at the stand, I got trapped in the downpour after this video so I thought I’d showcase our goodies😊 #downpour #rainforest #pnw #washingtoncoast #homemadegoodness #grandmaspie #lakequinault #quinaultlake #quinaultlodge @bluejaywaylq #lakequinaultlodge #rainorshine #comevisit #rainyday
Majestic pup is majestic #quinaultrainforest
Casey did a great job organizing the pantry yesterday... made restocking the stand a breeze today! We made a few new jams the past few days and are hoping to can some fresh squeezed apple juice tonight after work😊 Supposed to be a rainy Saturday here in the #quinaultrainforest so it will be a perfect weekend to make more jams and load up some more! Hope to see you @bluejaywaylq  #quinault #discovergraysharbor #lakequinaultlodge #graysharborliving #washingtoncoast #pnw #roadsidestand #farmstand #pantry @ballcanning #eatseasonal #homestead #homemadejam #stockingup #localeats #canningseason
Casey did a great job organizing the pantry yesterday... made restocking the stand a breeze today! We made a few new jams the past few days and are hoping to can some fresh squeezed apple juice tonight after work😊 Supposed to be a rainy Saturday here in the #quinaultrainforest  so it will be a perfect weekend to make more jams and load up some more! Hope to see you @bluejaywaylq #quinault  #discovergraysharbor  #lakequinaultlodge  #graysharborliving  #washingtoncoast  #pnw  #roadsidestand  #farmstand  #pantry  @ballcanning #eatseasonal  #homestead  #homemadejam  #stockingup  #localeats  #canningseason 
So little time... so many jams!!! We did it again this week! Made a few #uniqueflavors of jams and jellies, honeydew and peach huckleberry are the two new favorites😍 come see us anytime this week and find your new fav flavor! #quinaultlake #lakequinault #lakequinaultlodge #101 #pnw #homemadejam #homemadejelly #roadsidestand #familystand #farmstand #supportlocal #smallbusiness #summer2018 #openrainorshine #washingtoncoast #olympicnationalpark #salmonhouserestaurant #quinaultrainforest #quinaultlodge
So little time... so many jams!!! We did it again this week! Made a few #uniqueflavors  of jams and jellies, honeydew and peach huckleberry are the two new favorites😍 come see us anytime this week and find your new fav flavor! #quinaultlake  #lakequinault  #lakequinaultlodge  #101  #pnw  #homemadejam  #homemadejelly  #roadsidestand  #familystand  #farmstand  #supportlocal  #smallbusiness  #summer2018  #openrainorshine  #washingtoncoast  #olympicnationalpark  #salmonhouserestaurant  #quinaultrainforest  #quinaultlodge 
We've had two August cancellations,  freeing up several days. Anyone looking for a getaway, in our little rustic cabin, in the woods, by the sea? 
We are 5 miles from Taholah, 5 miles from Moclips, and 45 mins from the Olympic National park at Lake Quinault.
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We've had two August cancellations, freeing up several days. Anyone looking for a getaway, in our little rustic cabin, in the woods, by the sea? We are 5 miles from Taholah, 5 miles from Moclips, and 45 mins from the Olympic National park at Lake Quinault. Link in bio 📸@alexgarlandphotography
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- Wandering around the #QuinaultRainforest - aka Fairy Land - like awestruck kids. Felt like walking through a real-life version of Fern Gulley.
- Getting ‘lost’ down an old farm road in search of a campsite, only to find a little slice of heaven above the clouds - right as the sun was setting - to call home for the night.
- Cooling off on some late summer snow pack after a brutal 5000+ ft climb up Sourdough Mountain
- That moment @JamesGarside asked, “hey, should we get a beer?” and I said, “What, from the car?” Pause. Moment of realization. “Oh, right! We live here!”
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Lake runs. River swims. Library work sessions. Campfires. It keeps getting better. Can’t wait to see what Canada has in store.
Highlights from this week in #vanlife : ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ - Wandering around the #QuinaultRainforest  - aka Fairy Land - like awestruck kids. Felt like walking through a real-life version of Fern Gulley. - Getting ‘lost’ down an old farm road in search of a campsite, only to find a little slice of heaven above the clouds - right as the sun was setting - to call home for the night. - Cooling off on some late summer snow pack after a brutal 5000+ ft climb up Sourdough Mountain - That moment @JamesGarside asked, “hey, should we get a beer?” and I said, “What, from the car?” Pause. Moment of realization. “Oh, right! We live here!” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Lake runs. River swims. Library work sessions. Campfires. It keeps getting better. Can’t wait to see what Canada has in store.
This #huge #tree #stump just appeared in a commercial!  It's quite a site to behold.  I love how the other trees #roots have grown over it. #nature #naturelover #rainforest #forest #mountains #olympicmountains #quinaultrainforest #trails #washingtonstate
I love National Park lodges, always so beautiful. I could not get over the hydrangeas growing wild and lining the roads around the lodge.#findyourpark #olympicnationalpark #quinaultrainforest #quinault #nationalparks #hydrengea #flowers #lakequinaltlodge
You don’t hike with @northforkstudios without #bushwacking your way to some unknown destination in his mind’s eye... so here I stand at the top of some unknown ridge overlooking an unnamed lake that has no path to or from. There was definitely a bit of scrambling, grumbling and a few threats, littered with cursing. There’s one horsefly out there that almost drove me straight into madness 😐 but I did pull off a smile, and it was all worth it. #offthebeatenpath #again #skyline #quinaultrainforest #mountains #alpine #alpinelakeswilderness #op
You don’t hike with @northforkstudios without #bushwacking  your way to some unknown destination in his mind’s eye... so here I stand at the top of some unknown ridge overlooking an unnamed lake that has no path to or from. There was definitely a bit of scrambling, grumbling and a few threats, littered with cursing. There’s one horsefly out there that almost drove me straight into madness 😐 but I did pull off a smile, and it was all worth it. #offthebeatenpath  #again  #skyline  #quinaultrainforest  #mountains  #alpine  #alpinelakeswilderness  #op 
A year ago today I arrived in Washington after a 6 day, 3000+ mile journey across the country. Celebrated by visiting my favorite place in the state. 🌲💚. So it might go without saying, but moving across the country alone to a state where you don’t know a single soul and to a city you’ve only visited once…definitely not for the faint of heart. This was exactly what I wanted, I wanted a challenge, I wanted to get out of my comfort zone, and boy did this adventure start out as a case of be careful what you wish for. Without going into too much detail, things went awry pretty much from the start, culminating in me leaving orientation early and crying the whole way home thinking I was never going to fit in or do well in this program. One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned over this past year is to just give things time because everything will work out exactly how its supposed to. The hardest part is being patient and trusting that if something good falls apart, something even better will come along when the time is right. And while things are still far from perfect, I wake up every day grateful for the friends I’ve made, the experiences I’ve had, and just to be here, in a place that not too long ago felt completely out of my reach. 
#pnwonderland #olympicnationalpark #quinaultrainforest #temperaterainforest #spikemoss #mossytrees #washingtonexplored #favoriteplace #movinganniversary
A year ago today I arrived in Washington after a 6 day, 3000+ mile journey across the country. Celebrated by visiting my favorite place in the state. 🌲💚. So it might go without saying, but moving across the country alone to a state where you don’t know a single soul and to a city you’ve only visited once…definitely not for the faint of heart. This was exactly what I wanted, I wanted a challenge, I wanted to get out of my comfort zone, and boy did this adventure start out as a case of be careful what you wish for. Without going into too much detail, things went awry pretty much from the start, culminating in me leaving orientation early and crying the whole way home thinking I was never going to fit in or do well in this program. One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned over this past year is to just give things time because everything will work out exactly how its supposed to. The hardest part is being patient and trusting that if something good falls apart, something even better will come along when the time is right. And while things are still far from perfect, I wake up every day grateful for the friends I’ve made, the experiences I’ve had, and just to be here, in a place that not too long ago felt completely out of my reach. #pnwonderland  #olympicnationalpark  #quinaultrainforest  #temperaterainforest  #spikemoss  #mossytrees  #washingtonexplored  #favoriteplace  #movinganniversary 
Happy Sunday Everyone! Here’s a shot of a beautiful little waterfall just inside Quinault Rainforest in Washington
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Happy Sunday Everyone! Here’s a shot of a beautiful little waterfall just inside Quinault Rainforest in Washington 💧💧💧 • • • • • #quinaultrainforest  #washington  #rainforest  #westcoast  #westcoastlife  #westisbest  #west  #nikon 📷 #nikon  #nikontop_  #nikond7200  #d7200  #greenery  #plants  #waterfalls  #waterscape  #explorewashington  #igmaster  #flowing  #westcoastbestcoast  #forests  #forest 🌲 #lightroom  #editmasters  #exploremore  #explorepage  #meditation  #meditatedaily  #calming  #peaceofmind 
Had such a great time with my East Coast Friends these last few days. Spent time at the beach, exploring the rainforest and enjoying great food with better company. Cheers to lifelong friends! #eastcoasttowestcoast #lifelongfriends #quinaultrainforest #quinault #kalalochbeach #goodfood #goodcompany #finallycametovisit #hiking #exploring #pnw
It’s close enough to a beach photo #quinaultrainforest #washingtonstate #lake
The rain forest at Lake Quinault.  Olympic National Park, Washington
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Be Forever Wandering But Not Lost
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#Travel #Wandering Zen #WanderingButNotLost #Explore #Adventure  #hiking #hikingadventures  #mountain #mountains #roadtrip #washington #hike #DROH #OlympicNationalPark #quinaultrainforest
Somewhere off the dirt road leading further up the Quinault River Valley
Somewhere off the dirt road leading further up the Quinault River Valley
Some photos from our family camping trip to the #quinaultrainforest ! It was amazing to be in the #oldgrowthforest of the great state of Washington, and share some of my old college knowledge😉. We spent a day at #rubybeach too- thinking of the McCabe clan
Some photos from our family camping trip to the #quinaultrainforest  ! It was amazing to be in the #oldgrowthforest  of the great state of Washington, and share some of my old college knowledge😉. We spent a day at #rubybeach  too- thinking of the McCabe clan
On the other side of this bridge sits a land of enchantment, waterfalls, towering timbers and pure wilderness bliss. What will it take to get you to hike here? 
#outdoorsociety 
#quinaultrainforest #olympicnationalpark #publiclands #meditationdestination #nationalparkexpert #saywa #bridges #wilderness #naturelovers #optoutside #nationalparks #findyourpark
Day 1 #olympicnationalpark: Rainforest on rainforest! Went to #quinaultrainforest and #hohrainforest. As @ashleychamm astutely said, “This place looks like a rain forest cafe.” Also threw in a trip to #rubybeach for good measure. #nationalparks #bestfriends #hiking
Following the stream through Quinault Rainforest
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