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Olympic National Park, WA
14th Jun 2008
Hoh Rainforest; Olympia

After doing my chores, sweeping and scrubbing, I visited the Hoh rainforest, again part of the Olympic National Park.  This is one of only a few temperate rainforests in the world, and consists of trees draped in clubmoss. 

It was interesting to see the life cycle the trees:  a large tree falls, becomes covered in moss, then seedling trees grow on the trunk, before maturing over the rotting wood, and finally the mature trees are left tip-toeing over the space where the old trunk used to be.


I drove to Olympia, the capital of Washington.  Again I was impressed with how clean the capital city is compared to the state's largest city.  The state capitol distinguishes itself from all other generic capitols by being in its own campus set on a hillside.  It features a park, fountains, war memorials and gardens, and commands great views over the city and the water.   

I then explored the city centre, which is only a few blocks square.  There was nothing of note there.

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