Olympic National Park: Bird Watching

Ah, so many birds and so little time to sketch them poorly in my nature journal! While we did not see too many big animals on our trip to Olympic -- not like going to Yellowstone where you're practically tripping on elk and bison the whole time -- we did get to see a lot … Continue reading Olympic National Park: Bird Watching

Olympic National Park: Wildflowers

In the literature I was reading preparing for our trip to Olympic, one description stated that the park had a "dazzling variety of wildflowers."  That was no joke!  Due to the extreme variations in ecosystems throughout the park, countless types of wildflowers flourish.  Below are just a few that we enjoyed. Most images are courtesy … Continue reading Olympic National Park: Wildflowers

Olympic National Park Ecosystems: Temperate Rainforest

The word "rainforest" conjures images of brightly-colored macaws, 15-foot anacondas, and jaguars creeping along tree branches; however, rainforests are designated simply by the amount of precipitation they receive each year.  Their flora, fauna, and climates vary in every other way.  If you're interested in the temperate rainforests of the Olympic Penninsula, set aside your visions … Continue reading Olympic National Park Ecosystems: Temperate Rainforest

Olympic National Park Ecosystems: Forests, Rivers, and Waterfalls

Our hunt for more waterfalls led us to explore the Elwha River, Barnes Creek, Falls Creek, and the Sol Duc River.  Hiking to Marymere Falls gave us our first good look at an old growth forest. Immense, moss-covered trees towered over us, and the incredible assortment of wildflowers varied with each change in altitude, sunlight, … Continue reading Olympic National Park Ecosystems: Forests, Rivers, and Waterfalls

Olympic National Park Ecosystems: Mountains

Our week in Olympic National Park began in the mountains surrounding Lake Crescent.  We lodged at the Log Cabin Resort and had a cabin right on the water.  The boys enjoyed having easy access to the water for tossing rocks in the lake and watching the many birds -- especially mallard ducks, Canada geese, a … Continue reading Olympic National Park Ecosystems: Mountains

Olympic National Park Nature Study

The American National Parks are a dream come true for families seeking an opportunity to explore wildlife and wilderness.  This summer we made our first visit to Olympic National Park.  Located on the Olympic peninsula of Washington state, this park offers a uniquely diverse experience.  Moisture from the Pacific hits the western side of the … Continue reading Olympic National Park Nature Study