Quinault~

Lake Quinault Lodge in Olympic National Park, Washington state, was built in 1925. You can see Jim walking in front of the historic old building.

The lodge lies on the shores of Lake Quinault and is nearly empty this time of year, which makes it an ideal time to visit the park.

Olympic National Park encompasses one of three temperate rain forests in the United States. Quinault receives an average of 12 feet of rain per year, making it the wettest place in the lower 48.

This rain creates a luscious forest full of ferns, hanging epiphytic mosses, wild roses and violets, and old growth trees, some over 1000 years old.

The lake itself provides safe harbor to over 100 bald eagles and a myriad of bird and mammal species, including the unique Roosevelt Elk. Quinault is home to four types of salmon, including giant chinooks weighing up to 126 pounds.

There are over fourteen different hiking trails in the Quinault area alone, making exploration of the stunning rain forest easily accessible.

You can hike to the olderst Sitka Spruce tree in the world, and explore The Valley of the Giants, home to six of the of the world’s largest trees of their species.

Cheers to you from stunning Quinault in Olympic National Park~

(Sorry, if I am off line and slow to respond. We are traveling in the Pacific Northwest and often out of wifi range. I will check in with you when I can. Until then, be well and take good care!)

217 thoughts on “Quinault~

  1. Aha, Cindy, at last you are sending images of a place I’ve actually visited – many years ago when I lived in Seattle from 1969 – 71. I visited the Olympic Peninsula several times during those years and your pictures brought back great memories! Enjoy.

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  2. I stopped there once, many years ago on the way back from a dive trip in Neah Bay. It’s such a picturesque spot I was curious from all the dive trips I didn’t stop. That Sitka Spruce is fat, isn’t it?

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  3. It is inspiring to see such great environmental conservation efforts.
    Makes me really feel for our remnant Equatorial Forest in Western Kenya, that is being parcelled off by politicians for their palatial houses.

    I wish they could learn from such successful conservation stories

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  4. The forest photographs are so beautiful. It did my heart good just to see them and know there is such a lovely place on the other side of the country.

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  5. Meanwhile, Sequim just the other side of the Olympic Mountains, and also on the Olympic Peninsula, is the driest place in Western Washington with an average of 11-16 inches per year. Although as the climate gets warmer all of the Pacific Northwest is supposed to get wetter so those numbers could go up.

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  6. Cindy, stunning as usual, for you. Despite the time I’ve spent in Washington and Canada, that is one of the places I never visited. It is a good thing I have your photos. x

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  7. Bonjour ou bonsoir BELLE CINDY il doit faire se promener dans ce coin de foret

    Mon amitié est une chanson
    Que je dépose chez toi
    Qui m’ apporte tant d’émotion

    Mon amitié est ma chanson
    Je veux partager avec passion
    De notes de musique sur un rythme fantastique

    Mon amitié est une chanson
    Que j’offre sans aucune condition
    Sur des paroles qui te feront rêver

    cette amitié est une chanson
    Je l’apprécie et j’en suis fière
    Cette amitié que je l’ai construit avec toi

    Sur cet air de musique
    Que je te fredonne
    Je te souhaite une très bonne journée ou soirée

    Gros bisous,

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  8. Beautiful pictures! I felt like I was right there walking through the trails with you. This is very close to where I grew up. It was nice to get a little “taste of home” from far away.

    ❤ Alana

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