Olympic National Park

31 May, 2016 9:34pm

What a magnificent day! Waking up this morning feels like ages ago with how many adventures we packed into the day!

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I woke up to Julia shaking my arm, a strange situation to be sure. Julia could out sleep a dead bear.

“What time is it?” the words are slurred as they come out of my mouth. I pull the time-warping wax ear plugs from my ears thinking I must be late for work.
I went straight from night shift at the hospital to the airport, and a combination of day drinking and gregorian chanting in my headphones failed me in the effort to sleep. Staying awake for 30 something hours apparently causes me to sleep in when sleep finally comes!

“It’s almost 9,” she says (11am my time).

I leapt out of bed and dressed quickly, there were trails to be hiked and I had gone full on hibernation!

She shoved a cup of coffee in my hand as we moved to meet Mom and Dad at the lodge for breakfast.

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Afterwards, we set out on the Marymere Falls trail, a mile trip to a pretty, 90ft waterfall. All moss and feather-like cascades. Quite a lovely payoff for such a quick hike.

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But the ocean was calling, so we packed up the car and drove south, stopping at the Sol Duc Hot Springs and waterfall hike it boasts. The springs were man-made and a bit of a disappointment, but the waterfall was spectacular.

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Imagine falling into a jewelry box full of silver set emeralds. The brilliant green of the trees sliced through the rush and fall of water, and a little wooden bridge high above was the perfect vantage point. The powerful falls sprayed us with a cool mist, and every surface was a new, fine texture.

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We left the falls happy and hungry, and after grabbing lunch at the springs, we made for the ocean.

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And now, I am sitting in bed, in our little log cabin at Kalaloch. The sunset tonight was all pastels. Beautiful and subdued, cradled by a gentle ocean and calm breeze. My heart is full tonight.
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Ocean pictures to follow!

Xx,
Lauren

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