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.
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 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
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
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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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.
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.
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