Lake Quinault

2006 Mar 19

We stayed at Lake Quinault for a couple of days. It is in the Washington rain forest and gets several yards (meters) of rain every year. It only rained a bit of the time that we were there, so we were able to get out and walk a few trails.

The lake was beautiful.

Lawn and view of lake

There was still quite a bit of snow at higher elevations.

Snow in trees on hill

And there were waterfalls all over the place.

Waterfall through trees

Everything was green: the little leaves,

clover leaves

and the moss hanging from the trees.

green lichen on tree

There were some absolutely huge trees! This is the world's largest spruce tree. Notice the boy in the red shirt climbed up on the buttresses at the base.

Massive spruce you can walk up

They make you feel so small beside them.

Many of these trees had been cut down in the past, leaving huge stumps,

stump, springboard notches, roots around it

Or decomposing logs.

large nurse log

It is so interesting how the living (even different species) and the downed are intertwined.

Melanie by clump of tree trunks

The calm of sunset.

sunset over the lake