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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 Aug 31st 2010 No Comments »

Breathe deep and close your eyes.  Exhale.  You open your eyes. You’re surrounded by trees seemingly as old as the earth.  Their branches are dripping with a forest of moss, green with life. You imagine yourself walking around the base of one of these colossal giants, and quickly loose count of how many steps you would take.  You crane your neck searching for the tree tops but are quickly blinded by the rays of sunlight sneaking through to the forest floor.  Roots adorn the ground, wrapping their arms around neighboring trees for support. Ferns have found life all around you.  Moss envelops the tree branches, covering it like a thick coat of paint. You listen closely, searching for life around you.  Your ears are met with the sound of bubbling water from a nearby stream.  A cricket chirps to your left. Birds above you flutter to their next stop on a tree branch high above.  Your sense of smell is infiltrated by the soil you are standing on.  It’s a clean but dirty smell.  You breathe deep and close your eyes, letting earth settle into your lungs.  Exhale.  You hesitate to open your eyes, afraid this otherworldly environment will disappear from around you.

You open your eyes. Your mind wasn’t playing tricks on you. You falter, still waiting for this dream to end.

You are standing in the Hoh Rain Forest at Olympic National Park.  It does exist. Even better, it does exist in the continental United States.

The fascinating thing about Olympic National Park is its extreme diversity.  One minute you are standing in this wild rainforest and the next you are walking the shoreline of a stunning Pacific coast beach.   What’s more, there are hundreds more trails accessible to you that showcase mountains, lakes and rivers.

The experience I had in the Hoh Rainforest is very much like what I described above. At times I felt as though I was in a completely different part of the world, and was one hundred percent of the time baffled by the fact that I was in Washington State.  Here you will find the best of a multitude of worlds.  For those that have had the opportunity to experience what Olympic National Park has to offer, I hope you can agree with me. And for those who have yet to experience this park – prepare to be amazed by the diversity it incorporates – it is a very unique and unforgettable journey.

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