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Day 19: A Joy Ride Through Washington's Temperate Rainforest

Redmond, WA through the Olympic National Park to SeaTac, WA

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I can be a bit grumpy when I wake up early (especially if a tad hungover), but luckily Christian had adventured into the city while the rest of the house was still asleep to grab coffee and breakfast for us in preparation for our departure. Bless him.

Today we planned to explore the western section of Washington state, through Olympic National Park which featured a temperate rainforest. I didn’t know the USA had rainforests and I was thrilled. Unfortunately, we didn’t finish packing up and planning out our route until it was already early afternoon, meaning we wouldn’t have very much time to explore the park before nightfall. Nevertheless, we set out for the long drive around the peninsula and towards the tip of the state where thick forests and misty lakes awaited us.

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As we got closer to the park, scenic viewpoints popped up every few miles featuring picturesque lookouts over the ocean at the mountains beyond. We had to stop at just about every single one, despite our time crunch. The views were breathtaking, and worth every second. Even though it was raining on and off as we sped down the winding roads through Olympic National Park, each turn around a bend brought a new gasp of excitement as we saw better and better views of one of the most beautiful landscapes I’ve ever encountered, somehow even more gorgeous in the rainy weather.

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It was nearing sunset when we hit the western tip, and a sign for Forks, WA popped up on the side of the road. If you’re not familiar with this town, this is the location where the infamous “Twilight” vampire book series takes place. While I was never a huge fan of the series, we had to stop because this was such a huge part of our generation’s culture.

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I’m glad we did; despite the town’s tiny population, they held an impressive amount of tourist shops dedicated to Twilight paraphernalia. We even found a hotel offering a “Twilight Suite” package…I don’t want to know what that entailed.

We even checked out the high school where I believe some of the Twilight films had been shot, staying true the book series’ location.

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Nightfall was upon us and it was time to head back towards the Seattle area where we had booked a motel in SeaTac (just between Seattle and Tacoma) for the night. The last leg of the drive was spooky, with fog coating the roads and tall trees looming over us on either side of the road for miles in both directions.

Since we couldn’t see the scenery anyway, we took a shortcut and ended up in SeaTac by around midnight, exhausted and beyond ready to pass out for the night.

Posted by aswoger 23:23 Archived in USA

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