Road Trip > Olympic Peninsula > Day Two

by Rainbow Bobbins

After a night of sleeping to pouring rain we awoke to the sun. Thanks Jerry. We met up with Andy of Rain Forest Paddlers and headed to the Hoh River put-in with our kayaks. The Hoh River is a milky grey blue color due to the rock flour created by tiny clay particles formed as rocks grinds from the movement of the glacier against bedrock. We spotted a couple of bald eagles and navigated some minor rapids. Early in the trip we pulled over to check out a waterfall and swim under its flow.

Hoh River > Olympic National Park

Swimming in the falls off of the Hoh River

Kayaking was followed by some lounging in sun, lunch and a hike along the Hoh River Trail. The trail is lovely…also an inspiration for future trip to backpack to the glacier (about 17 miles). Along the trail I encountered my spirit animal: a baby Olympic Shrew. He could fit on a quarter and was snacking on slug guts. My camera pooped out after taking this picture of a slug so I don’t have documentation of just how cute this oblivious little shrew was.  But here are some fun shrew facts:

  • They are total loners
  • They have the highest brain to body mass of all animals
  • They are venomous – They inject poison through their teeth which is powerful enough to kill 200 mice.
  • They are the only terrestrial animals that echolocate (we saw how well that worked)
  • Their venom is being used to develop cures to ovarian cancer and neuromuscular diseases.

Thanks wiki

Death Metal Slug. On our rambles through Olympic National Park

for more about day one of our excursion click here

Amazing trip.