The Hoh Rain Forest--one of the last primeval temperate rain forests in the continental US, and the destination for my long weekend long hike. My first visit here was during a rare summer drought, and I didn't venture must past the first 1/2 km of trail. Having grown up in rain forest country, I didn't expect to be more than casually impressed with the surroundings. I am glad I gave it another go.
I hit the traill by 9:30, which was perfect. It was 2 hours before I saw another human. This turned out to be the perfect hike for me: long enough that I felt it, with enough elevation gain and diverse tread to keep me interested but not too tired.
Everything lives and dies in symbiosis here. I suppose that's not unusual for anywhere on Earth, but it's visible here. The recently fallen logs decay into shades of brown, the long-fallen logs support green growth, and the trees provide shade. Everything provides moisture. In the dense parts of the hike, my glasses steamed up, less from my effort than the breathing matter around me. Although it hadn't rained in days, even in the early afternoon the leaves were covered in dew and dampness.
I saw a Roosevelt elk on the way back! In all my years of coming to this area, this is the first I saw. There were actually two, but this was the closest. I may have been violating the 100 foot rule, but he came out of the forest in front of me, and I didn't want to move.
My Fitbit was as happy with my hike as I was.