Olympic National Park Holds Many Secrets

20150601_great-outdoors-month-logIn honor of June being National Great Outdoors Month, I thought I’d share one of my favorite camping places.

Olympic National Park
Located in northwestern Washington state, the park is named for Mount Olympus, which receives more than 200 inches of precipitation each year and most of that falls as snow. At 7,980 feet, Mount Olympus is the highest peak in Olympic National Park and has the third largest glacial system in the contiguous U.S.

This is the park of my childhood. It has 16 different campgrounds. My dad’s favorite camping/fishing spot was the Queets. Other camping favorites include the Hoh, Sol Duc, Mora, Kalaloch, and Ozette. You could probably camp there for a lifetime and still not discover all of Olympic’s secrets.

 

Olympic-National-Park.-Credit-Maria-Dominguez-600Photo Credit: Maria Dominguez

With nearly one million acres, Olympic encompasses several distinctly different ecosystems and protects a rich natural and cultural history. Untamed rivers flow from glacier-capped peaks through valleys of old-growth forests, waves crash against a shoreline rich with life, and only trails traverse the vast interior of this internationally recognized wilderness.

 

Beach_credit-NPS-Photo-600Photo Credit: National Park Service

Hoh-River-Credit-NPS-photo-600Photo Credit: National Park Service

Olympic-Coast-Sea-Stacks-Credit-NPS-photo-600Photo Credit: National Park Service

I hope this inspires you to get outside and go camping. And, while you’re camping, cook some amazing food!

 

Fiddlehead-ferns-at-Olympic-National-Park-600Photo Credit: National Park Service

 

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