School was out for Spring Break so I headed down the coast to a place that I had been wanting to explore since I moved up to the Northwest--the Hoh Rainforest. The drive in was beautiful. It had an ominous, almost mystical feeling as the low clouds rolled through valleys and over the trees.
This is a view from the Hoh River campground looking upstream.
Sammy and I brought a double kayak that we were only planning on using at Lake Crescent, but as we drove along the Hoh River it was decided that had to raft it. We ended up doing about an 8 mile section that delighted us with views of swooping Bald Eagles, fisherman, and lush forest views that we wouldn't have been able to get from just hiking.
That night, the rain settled and the clouds parted for a short glimpse of the stars. I was glad I got up and made a couple frames because this ended up being the only stars we saw all week.
The next stop was the Toleak Trail. Our plan was to start at Three Beaches Trail and hike 17 miles down to Oil City, where we had shuttled our car to. Our research lead us to believe that it would be a nice mellow beach hike--just what we wanted for a relaxing spring break. But there were some unforeseen factors ahead...
There were lots of creeks that we had to cross by fallen logs.
We hiked out onto a cliff to get a view out of the forest as the sun disappeared into the thick clouds. That night it began to rain and it didn't stop for 24 hours. We had to make it to our next camp spot, so we woke up early and started hiking. Packing up the wet tent and putting it in my pack was probably my least favorite part. I didn't take any pictures the next day because it was raining too hard. We ended up hiking right past Toleak Point, which was the next camp spot because of the poring rain. Nick had been hiking from Oil City
Exploring the bluffs off of Toleak Point at low tide.
There are camp sites both in the trees and on the beach. We pulled most of our stuff out to the beach to attempt to dry it off in the light.