However, I digress. From our home base, we decided to drive at least as far as Ruby Beach (hoping to catch a sunset) but would stop at anything interesting along the way. Our first diversion was in the Quinault Rain Forest, and specifically taking a gander at Lake Quinault as well as driving up North Shore Road and South Shore Road.
Those shore roads were theoretically two way, but in reality, one way and kicked up fierce amounts of road dust from the stones. However, with the sun peeking through, it made for an amazing photo op:
The rainforest was beautiful - such diversity of plant life as well as the moss draping the trees with the sun peeking through:
The beach was covered in tons of smooth stones, and scattered with large logs of driftwood. But what was the most eye catching wasn't the sea stacks, but the cairns on the driftwood. I've never seen anything like it - and certainly was not expecting it.
We were there just after high tide, so these don't seem to wash away every day - but literally every surface there were piles and piles of these beautiful cairns. I became a little obsessed - I filtered out most of the endless photos of these cairns to only the best.
I tasked L with leaving our own contribution behind - I think he did an excellent job, don't you?:
Pictures from Olympic National Park here.
All the pictures from the trip here.