Day 143 – Olympic National Park Arrival

I woke up in a Walmart parking lot this morning eager to get to Olympic National Park. The weather was really bad today and I heard several weather advisories on the radio. I was pretty certain that meant that the ferry would not be running today. I was also unsure of its itinerary. I decided to loop back south east in the opposite direction back through Seattle to then begin to go north west. Once I got to Olympic National Park I realized I was too late to see a ranger regarding backcountry hiking so I drove around the park taking in the unique vegetation.   I waited until the sun set and found a pull off in the park to sleep. I was looking forward to a good nights sleep as yesterday my sleep quality was horrible and I was feeling a bit sick.

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Day 144 – Olympic National Park Backcountry Day 1 of 3

I woke up pretty late inside the park demonstrating how much I needed sleep. I took the short drive to the ranger station and spoke to one of the gentlemen on duty. He informed me that there would be massive thunderstorms starting Tuesday afternoon. I was not planning on going into the backcountry today but in light of the weather pattern I decided to get a back country permit to take advantage of the “good” weather. The permit was for 3 days and 2 nights. I headed onto the Hoh River Trail at 2pm after cooking/eating some food in the parking lot, filling my water bottles, and packing my bag. I took a side detour off of the main trail to the hall of mosses which was really pleasant. The way the moss engulfed the trees was something I had not seen before. The best way I could describe it is…

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Day 145 – Olympic National Park Backcountry Day 2 of 3

Armed with my dry change of clothes I retrieved my bear bag and made breakfast. It was not pouring down but it was still raining. Today I had planned on hiking about 17 miles round trip to make up for the distance I didn’t cover yesterday. I stopped frequently taking pictures and doing my best to not get my non-waterproof camera wet. Here is my heavier 3 person tent which I had to use since my lighter tent had to get sent in for repairs. I was taken by these little mushrooms yesterday and I was happy to find some more along the trail today. Perhaps it was the contrast against all the green but they had this very pure white to them with a soft delicate appearance. There were a few river crossings and some that I was told could swell making them impassable. I found it funny that…

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Day 146 – Olympic National Park Backcountry Day 3 of 3

I had a little break in weather and quickly emptied my tent and began to pack it up. Since it had been raining heavily throughout the night this would probably be the best opportunity to do this. I packed up my soaking wet tent in the light drizzle and soon after  I took my stuff to the closed Ranger station and cooked/ate under the covered porch. After breakfast I headed out on the Hoh River trail, the trail I came in on. At this point my camera was so wet that I thought I would cease to work, and it did cease to work. This is why today is void of lots of pictures. The one or two shots I managed before my camera quit on me were filled with water spots. I got out with enough daylight to go to another part of the park where I could see…

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Day 147 – 149 – Vancouver

After a day in limbo where I woke up in the afternoon and did some writing, I decided to postpone my arrival into Vancouver another night. I slept in a Walmart parking lot in Bellingham, Washington, a short distance from the border. The following morning it was finally time to make my way across the border. I was a little nervous considering what had happened in Ottawa and the fact that I have a crazy looking beard. I thought I would have been given a hard time at the border but it was probably one of the easier crossings I’ve made into Canada. While considering this aspect I decided it would be a poor idea to show up at the crossing without some sort of reservation so I booked a hostel room at Vancouver Central for one night. My drive into Vancouver demonstrated what a huge Asian population exists here.…

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