Olympic National Park, part 2

Our picnic spot on Lake Cushman

Olympic National Park covers 1,422 square miles, most of it wilderness. There are distinct ecosystems and a few roads in for those of us no longer able to hike long distances. Day hikes can be found on the mountains, in the temperate rain forest, in the lowland forest and along the coast.

Lowland forest

In an earlier post, I described our drive to Hurricane Ridge where we saw alpine meadows and rugged peaks with glaciers.  This post talks about our drive further south into lowland forest, and it is our intent as I write this to visit the Hoh Rainforest on the ocean side of the mountains before we head home.

Coming out of our base at Shelton, we entered the park near the Staircase Trail at the end of Lake Cushman.

After several days driving a lot, we were ready for an easy day. Michelle and I walked the short Shady Lane Nature Trail just nine tenths of a mile.  Then we paused along Lake Cushman for a picnic.

I have read just a few day immersed in nature reduces blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones.

It works for me.  

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Date of our visit: 5 Aug 21

About ralietravels

Ray and Alie (Ralie) are a retired couple who love to travel. Even during our working years, we squeezed a trip in whenever we could, often when we had to stretch the budget to do so. We have been fortunate to vacation in all 50 states, all the provinces of Canada and one territory and a little more than 50 countries. We like to drive, but we particularly love to travel back roads to find unusual sights, people, and experiences.
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9 Responses to Olympic National Park, part 2

  1. Thelma Fosselman says:

    It works for me too. Lol (one of the many reasons we live in the woods). Hope to have a nice long visit when you return home!

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  2. I’ve seen worse picnic spots!

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  3. Garfield Hug says:

    Awesome sights of nature Ralie! I love the gnarly tree trunks and the moss that grows on it. Nature’s beauty indeed at its pristine best.

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  4. neelstoria says:

    This is such a beautiful place. The tree trunks and their gnarled roots look alluring. Lake Cushman is so serene and peaceful.

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  5. JohnRH says:

    Beautiful immersion!!!

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  6. The park looks wonderful and I regret not having visited it during previous trips to Seattle. I hope I can remedy that omission one of these days.

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  7. Rivergirl says:

    Glorious! My blood pressure is dropping already…

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