Three days to go!
Rain's a Pain
March 11 -
In the north, the Inuit have sixty-four different words for snow, depending on the texture, solidity, whiteness, etc. Here in the rain forest, they don't have that many, but they do their best with the words they've got so that you have the feeling the weather is changing or progressing when all it's really doing is raining every day.
Hoping for a dry reprieve, we stopped in at the Ranger's office to get a look at what to expect and this is the honest-to-gawd forecast for the next week:
Sunday: Rain today, scattered showers ending tonight.
Monday: Rain, heavy at times. Gale warning.
Tuesday: Showers likely with afternoon sunbreaks.
Extended Forecast: Wednesday through Saturday mostly cloudy with scattered showers.
After reading a report like this, we didn't feel the need to stick around, tent wise. Somehow it never occurred to us that going to a rainforest in rainy season that it would involve rain. Can you believe we were surprised that it was raining? Our stupidity constantly suprises even us!
|San Francisco:||21 inches|
|Hoh Rainforest:||142 inches|
When we had lunch at the Smoke House in Forks town, we asked our waitress how often it rains here. Her reply? Every day. She didn't seem that enthused about it, either. I wonder if anyone really talks that much about the weather here. In Mexico, they don't because it's nice and sunny every single day, so it's taken for granted that it will be nice and sunny the next day. Perhaps they just expect the weather here to be rainy and gloomy every day. No need to discuss the inevitable. The weather-hardened locals just grin and bear it.
Despite the chill-you-to-your-bones rain, this is a really beautiful and unique area, and we would have liked to have had a chance to explore it more than we did. But Aim's got a nasty cold and it's alternating between raining lightly and pelting us with hail bullets. We fear for Mel's safety. So we're heading out of this American jungle and into the somewhat calmer urban jungle of Seattle...
Point to Ponder:|
If it rains every day, why do people still store firewood outside?
A mix of rain, sleet and hail
|I think this is going to be our last chance to abuse our National Parks Pass. What an adventure! What a deal!|
Kitsap State Park
Site 31. Guess what? Yup! It's raining! Oh wait, it stopped. Nope, there it goes again!
|Bkfast: ||On The Road|
Hoh Rain Forest
|K's Order:||Half an Orange|
|A's Order:||The Other Half|
|Lunch: ||The Smokehouse|
|K's Order:||Chili Burger & Fries|
|A's Order:||Grilled Ham & Cheese, Fries|