In Washington, home of two-thirds of the world’s temperate rain forest, there’s so much rain that things grow big. Here are some gigantic leaves, huge clovers, and some of the biggest trees in the world.
We visited the most northwest point of the lower 48 states, La Push on Olympia Point. Home to a small Indian Reservation, La Push has some spooky beaches. Whipping winds and powerful waves, brown from all the silt they turn up, crash into a sandless beach. The beach is made of different sized smooth, round, flat stones, like coins, all perfect for skipping, even those with the diameter of a softball. All along the beach are water-weathered logs the size of trees, white and gray, hardwoods worn smooth and marbly, soft woods worn feathery and splintery. We walked along a thin stretch of beach that disappears at hide tide to a rock mountain in the sea, home to starsfish and sea urchins.
Next Stop, Mount Rainer.