|We went back to Lake Quinault to see the largest Wester Red Cedar in the World (63.5' in circumference, 19.5' in diameter and 174' high). We have now seen the two largest trees in the Quinault valley. It was a very rainy day, the hike to this tree is half a mile up hill all the way, very stressful, it really showed how out of shape we are. The trail had roots, steps, mud, large water puddles, etc. However, the effort was worth it. It is amazing how such a large tree is hollow inside. The vegetation that we encounter is amazing. We then drove to Kalaloch Lodge - built in 1938 - located on the Pacific Ocean. It is the second of the four lodges we will eventually visit on the Olympic Peninsula and the Olympic National Forest. It is much smaller than the Lake Quinault Lodge. We then ventured up to Ruby Beach, what an amazing beach. It has a lot of "drift wood" which up in the northwest means trees that have been stripped of their bark, and limbs by the pounding surf. There wasn't much sand, lots of stones that visitors have used to make little "temples" Reggi made one. On the way back to Ocean Shores we stopped at South Beach and then at the Washington State Salmon Hatchery. It was hard to see the Salmon, if you look closely to the last few picture you will see the larger salmon and the last few show the Salmon jumping as they would returning to their spawning ground. We boarded Houston at a Local Dog Boarder - Blondies - John Blondies husband does artwork using shells, very Impressive.