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The Olympic Peninsula

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A couple days ago, we visited the Olympic Peninsula and went on an intense hike during an epic downpour. The only other people out on the trail were an elderly couple from New Zealand who just looked at us through the rain and squinted as we passed them on the trail. I took the picture below after the first half of the hike.

Later, after trudging and crawling through wet, muddy, uncut trail that reminded me of a scene I had recently read from Mailer’s wartime novel, The Naked and the Dead, I ended up falling viciously on my knee while attempting to rappel down a wet cliff side. What a bummer!

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I found the rain forest incredibly beautiful, complex, and almost pensive during the rainstorm. It was as though we were seeing it simultaneously consume, grow, and birth as the rain was falling – nothing stopped as it does in civilization when it rains – instead it overtly flourished, right in front of us.

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Written by catthrasher

November 9, 2008 at 10:59 pm

Posted in Seattle, WA, Travel

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