A Quick Note From Mars

We ran away from home because we forgot to celebrate our anniversary last month.  So we decided to tack it on to my birthday this month and do a double blowout celebration to make up for it.  We’ve come to the Olympic rain forest with it’s gigantic, moss draped vining maples, thousand year old cedar trees, 300 foot tall Douglass firs, and 140 – 167 inches of average precipitation a year (much of it in the form of fog drip.)

We love it here.  It’s like going to another planet.  Because I don’t have much time to write this week I thought I’d post some photos and videos instead.  The first couple of days we spent on the coast among the miles and miles of driftwood stacks that get piled up there by ocean storms.  The driftwood gets sizeable…

…and goes on forever.

We sat for about an hour and a half waiting for this big one to be washed out to sea.

It never happened.

On the drive out through the Columbia River Gorge, we stopped (as we always do) to hike up a side valley full of waterfalls.

This is Wahclella Falls.  ‘Nuff said.  The video speaks for itself.

We’re staying at Lake Quinault Lodge which was built in the 1930’s and made famous by visits from President Roosevelt.

It overlooks (wait for it…wait for it…) Lake Quinault.

And lastly here’s a photo of the traditional painting style of the indigenous peoples.  This was painted on the backside of an overgrown boathouse facing the lake of all places.

One never knows where treasure of this sort will turn up.

That’s it for tonight.  I’ll do a wrap up with more photos once we return home.

copyright 2011 Dia Osborn

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5 responses

  1. Hi Dia,
    First…Happy Anniversary and Birthday! And a better place to celebrate both, could not be found than the rain forest of the Washington coast. How fortunate are we!?
    And…a freind asked me if it was gloomy here. Although we were blessed with sun the first two days…we came here for the “gloomy”. What a word to describe what feels so NOT. I was born in Seattle and spent the first 9 years of my life in these kinds of forests. Growing up…I can’t remember one day of “rain”. We lived across the street from miles and miles of forest and every day, mom let my brothers and I out to play all day on our own. We played and played…and never said (it is raining, we can’t go out, it is gloomy).
    As I sit at the lobby desk writing this post and looking out the window at the lake…I give thanks to God, and the spirits that protect this place…that we could spend time here…together.
    Love,
    Happy Birthday,
    Cal

  2. Happy birthday Dia!
    I’m so glad you’re celebrating in such a beautiful place.
    Michael and I have been looking at the videos and we are both in awe.
    Much love to you both.

    Jodie and Michael

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