Big Washington

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.

The rain makes everything big in Washington - even little clovers

The rain makes everything big in Washington - even little clovers

This tree is 400 years old - it was here before the American Revolution!

This tree is 400 years old - it was here before the American Revolution!

Douglas Fir in the Quinault Rain Forest

Douglas Fir in the Quinault Rain Forest

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.

Rialto Beach, Olympia Point. We climbed the bluff in the back.

Rialto Beach, Olympia Point. We climbed the bluff in the back.

Climbing the Cliffs in Rialto Beach

Climbing the Cliffs in Rialto Beach

Starfish at Rialto Beach

Starfish at Rialto Beach

Next Stop, Mount Rainer.

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2 thoughts on “Big Washington

  1. Great pictures. Love the one of you guys at the top of the page. You look very married there 🙂 We miss you, fly safe!

  2. I’m almost positive that those leaves are on steroids. We need a federal investigation to look deeper into this situation. We can’t have big tree trunks and leaves like that. No way jose. haha. Sounds like you guys are having a blast out there. Wish Adie and I could join you guys!

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