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Journeys Through America is a nonprofit organization providing educational material for all school-aged children across the country. The program will form partnerships with local school districts to provide children with a new, interactive, educational experience integrating the history of America and its National Parks. Journeys Through America's goal is to foster a fun and adventurous learning environment that will promote altruistic growth within our children and our greater community.

Olympic National Park: The Hoh Rainforest

By Sep 1st 2010 No Comments »

Located on the internationally recognized world Heritage Site of the Olympic Peninsula, the Hoh Rain forest preserves a refuge of old growth trees.

We chose to explore the Hall of Mosses trail through the forest. It allowed for close up views of the ancient, moss-laden trees rising from a thick carpeting of ferns.

While walking through the forest, you leave all worries and problems in the parking lot, because while you are there, amongst the trees and land you belong to them. You are on their time. I was able to completely let go- something I’ve been getting progressively better at during this trip, and let the Rain forest have me.

The moss that was draped on nearly all the branches, seemed strategically placed ever so carefully to give viewers the most magnificent views. Like the glimmer and mystic of Halloween cobwebs perfectly placed and stretched, these draperies of moss gave off a mystical and secret feel.

I no longer only saw trees covered in moss but ballerinas and dancers on a stage for all us mere mortals walking through get a glance of their show.

Being taken by the Hoh Rain Forest was as magical a place as I imagine Hogwarts from Harry Potter to be., though I cannot now perform magical spells, nor turn anyone into a toad- the forest had a spell on me.

My mother has always answered, “A tree!” when being asked what she would want to be in another life… Most people commonly answer this question with a Bird, Lion, or Shark. But now I understand why my mother relates with ‘The Trees.’ And, I suppose like Mother, like Daughter bears truth here, because I too would now answer the question with ‘A tree!’

*Closing notes: For all the Twilight fans out there…We did get the chance to be in Forks and see Bella Swans house, the Cullen house and enjoy a sunset where Bella and Edwards prom scene was filmed. Go Team Jacob!

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