We drove to Lake Quinault Lodge about 40 miles north of where we are staying. Our dear friend Jackyee told us about this lodge as well others in the Olympic National Forest established by President Grover Cleveland. The lodge is very impressive, it is where FDR came to announce the establishment of the Olympic National Park, this is the parks 75th anniversary . We found out that in the 1930s Elk were domesticated and there were some pictures of Elk in the hallways of the lodge. We did not see any Roosevelt Elk as they are called but we did see a doe across the river. We decided to take a 4 hour van tour around the lake through the only Temperate Rain Forest in the USA, it is very special. It get over 144 " of rain and up to 44 feet of snow each year, our tour guide Charlie was exceptional. We learned so much, he taught us how to recoginize the difference between trees - Spruce, Fir, Hemlock, Cedar -, he told us about Nurse logs and stumps, we saw many, the best ones were three logs in Qunault Lake at the start of our tour, he taught us how to recoginize what type of fern we were looking at - Princess, lace, wood - he showed us a pond at the base of a waterfall where Blue Back salmon (rare) - very small, were located (you can see one in the lower right corner of the picture after the one showing Charlie our guide) (Blue Backs are Sockeye Salmon but their backs are blue and will turn red after they spend 5 months at the bottom of Lake Quinault before they move further up stream to spawn, these Blue Back are found no where else than in the Quinault River and Lake)., he took us to some Old Growth Forest. We saw a Banana Slug, normally they are yellow, but at this time of the year they are spotted. We returned to the lodge were we had lunch, view was outstanding. You can see how dense the forest is, where we were had been logged about 50 years ago, the first expedition to ever traverse the Olympic National Forest was in 1938 by a group of 10 journalists, it took them 6 months to go all of 60 miles.
Before we left, we mailed a package from a very small post office in Quinault Vilalge, we then walked to the Largest Sitka Spruce in the world - 55' 7" in circumference, 17.68' in diameter, 191' tall. when Reggi turned the corner and she saw the tree across the bridge, she said "Holy S..." it is a very impressive tree. We we got back to Ocean Shores Houston was waiting for us to return.