Some spots in the high country are easier to get to than others. The ones that are easy to get to tend to be crowded. The ones that are harder to get to are … well, harder to get to. The result is that there typically are a lot fewer folks and the impact is less. That also means the trails tend to be rougher … or sometimes look nothing like a trail so much as a track through the meadows. Martin’s Park is one of those … it sits in a remote portion of the Olympic National Park with a minimum of a 16 mile hike to get there (and that’s the short route). There are quite a few folks that hike close to it … it sits near the Low Divide, on one of the main routes for those wishing to traverse the Olympic Park. The crossing now runs just about 50 miles … so those doing the hike tend to not have a lot of extra time for side trips. It’s beautiful country, though.
Donner Pass is on Interstate 80 between Reno and Sacramento. The impressive rockwork is the old railroad grade, built by Chinese workers with construction finalized in 1868. From the look of the rock in the surroundings, they collected a lot of the rock they used from the wall locally.
Trees have tenacity. They can grown and hang on in amazing places.
An inspiration to us in these strange days.
These are some pretty good skipping rocks. I have thrown a lot of them ever since I was a kid. I feel like it is helping them on their journey to the sea. But, I was never very good at getting them to skip. Not like my friend Jeff.
The beach shot was taken at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend, WA. The river riffle was taken on the North Fork Skokomish in Olympic National Park from the vehicle bridge at Staircase Campground (bridge open to Park personnel vehicles only).
Water does keep moving, heading to the sea, returning to the land.